F|T: The FinTech Times – Can blockchain fuel startups?

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BetaKit

Flinks raises $500,000 to fuel mission of powering Canada’s FinTechs

The company raised the money in a friends and family round that included the founders’ and early employees’ own money.


STACK

STACK RECOMMENDS: Ottawa unveils ‘supercluster’ innovation plan

“A Federal backed plan shows Canada’s commitment to driving and leading global innovation.”
– Miro Pavletic, CEO and co-founder of STACK


PYMNTS.com

Previse lands $2.58M for AI-powered invoice financing platform

The round was led by Hambro Perks, with participation from Founders Factory.


BusinessInsider

Goldman Sachs is looking to spinoff one of its tech bets at a $75 million valuation

Goldman Sachs is looking to sell a stake in one of its FinTech bets — an online platform for retail bond investors called Simon.


BetaKit

Flexiti Financial wins bid to be POS financing partner for outdoor equipment manufacturers

Flexiti Financial now has access to over 800 dealers that sell lawn and garden tools and outdoor power equipment.


Finextra

Cross-border payments firm InstaReM raises $13M

The round was led by GSR Ventures, with participation from SBI-FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund (SBI-FMO Fund), Vertex Ventures, Fullerton Financial Holdings (FFH), and Global Founders Capital (GFC).


TechCrunch

FinTech startup Omise raises $25M in ICO that bucks ‘money grabbing’ trend

By raising money through a token sale, Omise become the most established tech company to date to take this financing route.


Entrepreneur

What FinTech entrepreneurs can learn from big tech companies

The trajectory from big tech to fintech is becoming increasingly common. What makes for a successful transition and what can big tech folks take with them in their new ventures?


BetaKit

Mylo launches spare change investment platform on iOS

Through the app, users can open an account in three minutes and set a financial goal.


Finextra

Tide raises $14 million for small business banking service

Tide enables users to set up a fully functioning business account in a matter of minutes using their passport or driving licence.


TechCrunch

PayFit raises $15.9 million to manage European payrolls

The round comes from Accel, with participation from Xavier Niel and Otium Venture.


Business Insider

You won’t recognize the new world of digital payments without this report

The growing importance of the smartphone as the go-to computing device for every digital activity is having a profound effect everywhere you look, but it’s only the biggest story among many exciting developments in the world of payments.


TechCrunch

Six months after acquisition, SoFi is shutting down Zenbanx

Back in February, SoFi took its first step toward adding checking and credit cards to its suite of financial services through its acquisition of Zenbanx.


Wired

The blockchain fuels startups — unlike any you’ve ever seen

Bitcoin was hailed as the digital currency of a utopian future, but, at least in the US, few people use it. What is taking off, however, is the tech underlying bitcoin.



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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.