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Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, starting as early as […]

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PalmPay launches in Nigeria on $40M round led by China’s Transsion

PalmPay launches in Nigeria on M round led by China’s Transsion Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has launched in Nigeria after raising a $40 million seed-round led by Chinese mobile-phone maker Transsion. The investment came via Transsion’s Tecno subsidiary, with participation from China’s NetEase and Taiwanese wireless comms hardware firm Mediatek — […]

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Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation

Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation Fintech startup Chaka aims to open up online investingd to Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. The seed-stage company recently went live with its mobile-based platform that offers Nigerians stock trading in over 40 countries. Chaka positions itself as a passport to local […]

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Every startup is a bank–or wants to be

Every startup is a bank–or wants to be Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we did something just a little bit new. Kate was in studio at TechCrunch’s SF HQ. Alex was in his dork cave in Providence. And […]

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Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees

Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. More posts by this contributor Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees What […]

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WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs

WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs WeWork’s efforts to cut costs following the ouster of its chief executive officer and a delayed initial public offering looks to be impacting its subsidiaries. Meetup, which WeWork acquired for a reported $200 million in 2017, announced a round of layoffs this morning, TechCrunch has learned. The […]

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Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Africa Roundup: Goldman leads M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry Kenya’s Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumia and South […]

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Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about how SoftBank is screwing up. Before that, I […]

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Los Angeles-based BuildOps, subcontracting software for real estate, raises $5.8 million

Los Angeles-based BuildOps, subcontracting software for real estate, raises .8 million Software development companies tackling services for niche industries, like commercial real estate subcontracting, continue to find Los Angeles to be fertile ground for development. The latest company to raise funding from a clutch of investors is BuildOps, which raised $5.8 million […]

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Morpheus Space’s modular, scalable satellite propulsion could be a game-changer for orbital industry

Morpheus Space’s modular, scalable satellite propulsion could be a game-changer for orbital industry Building effective propulsion systems for satellites has traditionally been a highly bespoke affair, with expensive, one-off systems tailor-made to big, expensive spacecraft hardware. But increasingly, companies including startups are looking at ways to provide propulsion tech that can scale […]

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