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Plaid announces strategic investment from Mastercard and Visa

Plaid announces strategic investment from Mastercard and Visa When Plaid announced its $250 million Series C investment, last year, it left out a couple of key investors. Today it revealed that Mastercard and Visa had also quietly participated in the round. For a company like Plaid, which builds APIs to enable customers […]

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Payments giant Stripe debuts a credit card in its latest step into the financing fray

Payments giant Stripe debuts a credit card in its latest step into the financing fray Last week, when the popular payments startup Stripe made some waves with its first move into money lending through the launch of Stripe Capital, we reported that the company was also soon going to be launching a […]

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Apple rolls out Apple Card Preview to select users

Apple rolls out Apple Card Preview to select users Apple Card is getting its first group of public test users today. A limited amount of customers that signed up to be notified about the release of Apple Card are getting the ability to apply for the card in their Wallet app today […]

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Visa pitches a program offering fintechs faster market access through an ecosystem of partners

Visa pitches a program offering fintechs faster market access through an ecosystem of partners Visa is pitching a new way for startups in the fintech space to get to market faster by using its rails and a group of pre-approved partners. The Fast Track program, a variant of an investment commitment and […]

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UK fintech Jaja pays $671M in cash to acquire the Bank of Ireland’s UK credit card business

UK fintech Jaja pays 1M in cash to acquire the Bank of Ireland’s UK credit card business Fintech has been one of the bigger stories of the UK startup world — due in no small part to the fact that its capital, London, is also one of the world’s major financial centers. […]

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Step raises $22.5M led by Stripe to build no-fee banking services for teens

Step raises .5M led by Stripe to build no-fee banking services for teens The smartphone revolution has well and truly disrupted the world of banking. A wide range of startups have cropped up that have completely removed the need to make visits to physical branches to open accounts, make deposits, pay for […]

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Zero raises $20 million from NEA and others for a credit card that works like debit

Zero raises million from NEA and others for a credit card that works like debit Just ahead of the launch of the Apple Card, a startup that has its own take on modernizing the credit card industry, Zero, is announcing the close of its $20 million Series A. The new round of […]

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Africa Roundup: Zimbabwe’s net blackout, Partech’s $143M fund, Andela’s $100M raise, Flutterwave’s pivot

Africa Roundup: Zimbabwe’s net blackout, Partech’s 3M fund, Andela’s 0M raise, Flutterwave’s pivot Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Partech is doubling the size of its African venture fund to $143 million […]

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Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment service GetBarter

Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment service GetBarter Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley Davidson reveals more about its push into electric vehicles Venture capital, global expansion, blockchain and drones […]

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Plastiq raises $27M at 2X+ value to let you pay for anything on credit

Plastiq raises M at 2X+ value to let you pay for anything on credit “I wasn’t asking to pay in Bitcoin!” Plastiq CEO and co-founder Eliot Buchanan recalls with a laugh. “I went to pay part of my tuition at Harvard and I was told that they didn’t (and never would) accept […]

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