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Gerald Cotten, founder of QuadrigaCX, apparently filed a will 12 days before his death. New reports indicate that the money might be missing, not stuck.
The company is going after the cashless opportunity in Japan, where it is the dominant chat app with an estimated 50 million registered users.
Raisin raises $114M in Series D funding (FINSMES)
Raisin, which has created a pan-European marketplace in retail banking through partnership with 62 banks, raised the funding from Index Ventures, PayPal, Ribbit Capital, and Thrive Capital.
Accenture has announced the completion of a transaction with Toronto-based Zafin, which will see select professional-services employees join Accenture as a part of an acquisition deal announced in December.
From a consumer perspective, you would select your bank from the list and the Plaid Auth tool would find the fastest connection method automatically, based on the bank’s technology.
The digital bank is set to open this spring, and will allow Canadians to access their bank accounts, investments, and mortgages online, while offering digital customer service from real people.
The round was led by Hiscox, with participation from Chubb, Aflac Ventures, and Japan-based MS&AD.
“We want to redefine the way Canadians see banking by giving them products that fit their lives, regardless of relationship status.” – Daniel Eberhard, CEO and founder of Koho.
The Series A funding comes from HSBC, Goldman Sachs, ANZ, InnoCells, and other investors.
Tink offers an app for people to get a snapshot of how they’re spending across all their bank accounts.
Vancouver-based ClickDishes is working with Alipay, a major digital payment platform in China, to allow users to order food directly through Alipay’s app.
The deal gives the three-year-old firm an eye-watering $2.8 billion post-money valuation, making it Europe’s most valuable private FinTech group.