F|T: The FinTech Times – Investing through the blockchain

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BetaKit

PayPal Canada market development lead Alex Peh joins RBC as VP of innovation

Peh has a significant presence supporting Canadian startups and the broader tech ecosystem.


Stack

STACK RECOMMENDS: Canada shouldn’t shy away from FinTech – it’s our opportunity to shine

“Enablers or disruptors, challengers or incumbents, FinTechs are driving progress in Canada.”
– Miro Pavletic, CEO and co-founder of STACK


BetaKit

Tourism Montreal partners with OTT Financial to support WeChat Pay

An approximate total of 123,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit Montreal by the end of 2017.


Bloomberg Markets

Ex-Barclays CEO Jenkins bags $46 million for his FinTech startup

10X Future Technologies, which provides an AI-powered digital banking platform, raised a $46 million Series A round led by Ping An Insurance and Oliver Wyman.


CNBC

IBM far outranks Microsoft as blockchain industry leader, research says

More than 40 percent of tech executives and leaders in the blockchain sector ranked IBM as top, with only 20 percent saying the same of Microsoft, according to a study by Big Blue.


TechCrunch

Activehours raises $39 million for its new take on cash advances

Led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from the company’s early-stage investors Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital, and March Capital Partners, Activehours has managed to now raise nearly $65 million since its launch in 2013.


Silicon Angle

iZettle raises $36M to develop next-generation FinTech solutions

iZettle, which offers small businesses portable POS solutions and free sales overview tools, raised the funds from the European Investment Bank.


BetaKit

TD bank app has the most monthly active users in Canada

The report revealed that Canadians are spending more time using mobile banking apps than Americans.


TechCrunch

YC wants to let people invest in its startups through the blockchain

ICO’s are emerging as a route for startups to raise money from a wide pool of investors through cryptocurrency networks.


BetaKit

#ElevateFinTech says the future of the internet lies in blockchain

“What if there was not only an internet of information; what if there were an internet of value?”


Forbes

Google pitches a mobile wallet to India’s 300 million smartphone users

The app, Tez, is jumping in with several large international competitors, including WhatsApp, Uber, and Truecaller, who are all seeking to capitalize on India’s big push towards a cashless society with the recent launch of a payments system called UPI.


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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.