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Visa is acquiring Plaid for $5.3 billion, 2x its final private valuation

Visa is acquiring Plaid for .3 billion, 2x its final private valuation Visa announced today that it is buying financial services API startup Plaid for $5.3 billion.  Plaid develops financial services APIs. It is akin to what Stripe does for payments, but instead of facilitating payments, it helps developers share banking and […]

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Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter

Cross-border investments aren’t dead, they’re getting smarter Yohei Nakajima Contributor Share on Twitter Yohei Nakajima is an investor at Scrum Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, and Senior Vice President at Scrum Studio, helping global corporations connect and work with innovative startups. In recent years, the venture capital […]

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In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to […]

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Who will the winners be in the future of fintech?

Who will the winners be in the future of fintech? 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 Fintech’s next decade will look radically different Libra’s critics […]

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Fintech’s next decade will look radically different

Fintech’s next decade will look radically different The birth and growth of financial technology developed mostly over the last ten years. So as we look ahead, what does the next decade have in store? I believe we’re starting to see early signs: in the next ten years, fintech will become portable and […]

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Sleek raises $5M to help companies incorporate and operate in Singapore and Hong Kong

Sleek raises M to help companies incorporate and operate in Singapore and Hong Kong Sleek, a startup that is making it easier for other startups and companies to incorporate and operate in Singapore and Hong Kong, said today it has extended its seed financing round to raise $5 million. The extended seed […]

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No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers

No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers European Union finance ministers have agreed a defacto ban on the launch in the region of so-called global ‘stablecoins’ such as Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency until the bloc has a common approach to regulation that can mitigate the risks posed […]

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Elavon to acquire Sage Pay, a gateway that competes with Stripe, PayPal and Adyen, for $300M

Elavon to acquire Sage Pay, a gateway that competes with Stripe, PayPal and Adyen, for 0M E-commerce continues to gain momentum — a trend we’ll see played out in the next two months of holiday shopping — and with that comes more consolidation. Today, Elavon, the payments company that is a subsidiary […]

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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the […]

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Why San Francisco is still the gold mine for tech startups

Why San Francisco is still the gold mine for tech startups Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people’s copious dollars and lacking sense. This week was special! Kate and Alex at Disrupt where they recorded live in front of an audience. Equity has […]

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