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Where top VCs are investing in fintech

Where top VCs are investing in fintech Over the past several years, ‘fintech’ has quietly become the unsung darling of venture. A rapidly swelling pool of new startups is taking aim at the large incumbent institutions, complex processes and outdated unfriendly interfaces that mar billion dollar financial services verticals, such as insurtech, […]

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Patch Homes locks in $5m Series A to give homeowners financial freedom without debt

Patch Homes locks in m Series A to give homeowners financial freedom without debt Homeownership has long been touted as the American dream. But rising rates of mortgage debt, student loan debt, or otherwise are making the pursuit of homeownership a nightmare. Debt burdened individuals or those with inconsistent or tight cash […]

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Launching out of YC, Blair is aiming to reshape the financing of college tuition

Launching out of YC, Blair is aiming to reshape the financing of college tuition It’s generally agreed that Higher Education in the United States has gradually become more and more unaffordable. Students are dependent on external financial resources for which many of them do not even qualify. Students that are able to […]

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Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts Several users of credit monitoring site Credit Karmas have complained that they were served other people’s account information when they logged in. Many took to a Reddit thread and complained on Twitter about the apparent security lapse. “First time logging in it gave […]

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Mobile messaging financial advisory service, Stackin, adds banking features and raises cash

Mobile messaging financial advisory service, Stackin, adds banking features and raises cash When Stackin initially pitched itself as part of Techstars Los Angeles accelerator program two years ago, the company was a video platform for financial advice targeting a millennial audience too savvy for traditional advisory services. Now, nearly two years later, […]

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After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities

After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities A federal watchdog says the government should stop relying on the credit agencies to verify the identifies of those using government services. In a report out this week, the the Government Accountability Office said several government departments still rely on the […]

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Student loan refinancing startup Splash Financial raises $4.3 million

Student loan refinancing startup Splash Financial raises .3 million Splash Financial, a Cleveland-based startup that has partnered with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union to refinance student loans, has raised $4.3 million in a round of venture financing. The round was led by CUNA Mutual Group, a PenFed partner, and Northwestern Mutual Future […]

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WTF are ISAs? (and can they transform education and spark a startup wave?)

WTF are ISAs? (and can they transform education and spark a startup wave?) Soaring college tuition prices have left Americans drowning in debt without a correspondingly enhanced set of professional skills to show for it. In the past 11 years, US student debt has increased by 157% and 1 in 10 borrowers […]

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Affirm’s latest partnership brings its alternative financing to Walmart’s U.S. stores and website

Affirm’s latest partnership brings its alternative financing to Walmart’s U.S. stores and website Financial technology company Affirm, which offers consumers an alternative to cash and credit when paying for large purchases, has scored a notable new partner: Walmart. The companies announced this morning that Affirm’s financing options would be made available in […]

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Petal’s no-fee credit card for the credit score-less is now open to the public

Petal’s no-fee credit card for the credit score-less is now open to the public Petal, the startup credit card company that’s offering a no-fee credit line to people without a credit history, is now publicly available. Launched earlier this year by co-founders Jason Gross, Andrew Endicott, Andrew Ehrich, and Jake Arenas, Petal […]

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