F|T: The FinTech Times – Investing in Canada

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BetaKit

With new seed funding, Hockeystick looks to compete with CB Insights for startup data

“There’s so much focus on pre-investment – it’s a very sexy industry because people like reading about money.”



Wealthsimple

Announcing Wealthsimple’s New Partnership With Mint

We just made it easier to be a financial grown-up without having to spend any time with calculators and spreadsheets. (sponsored)



BetaKit

Decentral launches initiative to encourage collaboration in building Canada’s FinTech ecosystem

Areas of focus for the organization include banking and insurance, compliance and settlement, digital currencies and mobile transactions, peer-to-peer lending, social investing and equity crowdfunding, micropayments, and digital wallets.



Finextra

Bloq launches Blochain Operating System

Bloq has unveiled its first product: a multi-pronged blockchain software solution designed to allow enterprise users the ability to create, update, customize and analyze their own public, private, and permissioned blockchains.



TechCrunch

Remittance startup Azimo raises $15M from Viber owner, e-commerce giant Rakuten

The funding will be used to help Azimo integrate into messaging apps like Viber, but also to expand its services further into Asia from its primary base in Europe.



 VentureBeat

Square reports $379 million in revenue for Q1 as gross payment volume spikes 45%

Net loss in the company, however, was $96.7 million for the quarter, compared to $47.98 million at the same time in 2015



TechCrunch

Insurance brokerage is broken

As with every other industry, we are beginning to see the Internet enable a new world of comparison shopping, online transactions and streamlined customer service for the insurance consumer.



ff Venture Capital

Why This New York Venture Capital Firm is Investing in Canada

In 2015, we were the second most active foreign VC in Canada.



Financial Post

The great fintech debate: Will regulating financial upstarts ‘level the playing field,’ or stifle innovation?

In late March, Toronto-Dominion Bank chief executive Bharat Masrani stood in front of his bank’s shareholders and, for the second year in row, called on policymakers to regulate fintechs.




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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.