Ioana Guiman, on Allevo’s offering in 2019
Jul19

Ioana Guiman, on Allevo’s offering in 2019

We speak with Ioana Guiman, from Allevo about their offering in 2019.

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The Future of Automation in UX and Design System Ecosystems with Jiří Třečák (Supernova) at TCE2019 Prague
Jul19

The Future of Automation in UX and Design System Ecosystems with Jiří Třečák (Supernova) at TCE2019 Prague

We all heard this before, “The Future of UX Design Is Automation “, and it seems that we have reached that point where without automation, there is no real opportunity for growth. It is believed that by 2029, computers are likely to be more intelligent than humans and this came out from Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google.  The recent leap in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can now...

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Fintech Finance Presents: The Paytech Show 2.08 – EWPN
Jul19

Fintech Finance Presents: The Paytech Show 2.08 – EWPN

In this episode of The Paytech Show we send Doug Mackenzie to Amsterdam to find out what was happening at the European Women Payments Network event. With a star-studded Fintech awards ceremony, workshops and conference, there was a lot to...

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Kaleyra and Epiphany partner to lead banks  into open banking
Jul19

Kaleyra and Epiphany partner to lead banks into open banking

Kaleyra, an international leader in mobile messaging services for banks and companies of all sizes, and Epiphany, a technology start-up born in Italy and operating globally, specialised in digital banking solutions that “open up” open banking, have signed a partnership agreement to jointly support banks in their digital transformation efforts, from basic PSD2 compliance to delivering new banking experiences, to enabling core banking...

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Tesco For Business selects Blackhawk Network to lead its UK Corporate Gift Card sales
Jul19

Tesco For Business selects Blackhawk Network to lead its UK Corporate Gift Card sales

Tesco For Business has selected branded payments provider Blackhawk Network to lead its UK Corporate Gift Card programme. The agreement marks the expansion of Tesco and Blackhawk’s long-standing relationship, which began in 2010 when Tesco partnered with Blackhawk to offer gift cards across its 2,500 retail locations. Working collaboratively with Tesco, Blackhawk Network will manage the programme through its proprietary CashStar...

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Gate.io Ranks Number One in IEO Rankings
Jul19

Gate.io Ranks Number One in IEO Rankings

Blockchain assets exchange platform, Gate.io, has successfully reached 2.75 million users, experiencing a recent surge due to the success of its currency, GT, and its IEO platform, Startup. GT, the main currency on the GateChain network which supports the infrastructure, recently saw a huge surge in value (over 34%). Recent token sales on the Startup IEO platform, such as SERO and VIDY, led to this increase in value. SERO is a new...

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Weary eyes and fictitious faces: why fingerprints are best for biometric authentication
Jul19

Weary eyes and fictitious faces: why fingerprints are best for biometric authentication

David Orme, Senior Vice President at IDEX Biometrics ASA Biometric technology is already revolutionising both physical and cyber-security in the UK. While the latest breakthroughs are impressive, we’re only just touching the tip of the iceberg. Regardless of which method we’re using – whether it is fingerprint, facial, retinal or voice recognition solutions – there is no escaping the fact that biometric developments have been...

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Apply Financial and Currencycloud partner to remove customer friction from cross-border payments
Jul19

Apply Financial and Currencycloud partner to remove customer friction from cross-border payments

Apply Financial, the specialist payments validation company, has announced a new partnership with Currencycloud. Using Apply Financial’s Validate API, the deal will enhance Currencycloud’s mission to remove the complexity of international payments, allowing businesses to focus on delivering a great experience for their customers. With a network of nearly 40 currencies being paid cross-border to more than 180 countries, beneficiary...

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The Fintech Fix: Banks becoming Pubs?
Jul19

The Fintech Fix: Banks becoming Pubs?

In this episode of The Fintech Fix, we will be continuing to look at the Banker Summer transfer season as more top bankers move institutions. We will take a review of last week, when we saw the first real ripples of GDPR starting to kick in and also at how closed bank branches can transform the high...

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SureCam Partners with Concirrus
Jul19

SureCam Partners with Concirrus

SureCam, the market leader in connected camera technology has today announced a partnership with leading InsurTech, Concirrus, to provide a ground-breaking solution that is set to revolutionise the claims process and deliver significant ROI for fleet operators. Justin White, Managing Director at SureCam explains: “We recognise that fleet operators find it difficult to manage and prioritise the vast amount of data available through...

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Need for Speed-to-Market Driving Nationwide Platform, Powered by Bold Penguin
Jul19

Need for Speed-to-Market Driving Nationwide Platform, Powered by Bold Penguin

Business owners are in rapid-fire operational mode to expand and grow in today’s competitive environment.  Successful insurance agents in turn are feeling the pressure to provide fast, easy and affordable solutions for business clients with complex protection needs. In response, Nationwide is executing a multi-pronged strategy to develop digital solutions and expedited underwriting for agents and consumers. Speed-to-market with...

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Wirecard and ALDI sign MOU and agree collaboration
Jul19

Wirecard and ALDI sign MOU and agree collaboration

Wirecard, the global innovation leader for digital financial technology, and the ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD Groups have signed an MOU and plan to work together in the area of cashless payments. Within the scope of the partnership, Wirecard will process all credit card and international debit card payments at all ALDI stores in Germany. The possibility of expanding the cooperation is also being considered. “Wirecard and ALDI share a common...

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Stashbee breaks multiple records and smashes second funding round
Jul19

Stashbee breaks multiple records and smashes second funding round

Stashbee, the online sharing-economy platform for storage space, today announces that it has closed a £2.5m equity investment round from 886 investors on Seedrs. Having smashed it’s initial target of £1.6m in a number of hours, in just four weeks the campaign overfunded by over £900,000. This is Stashbee’s second investment round on Seedrs, having previously raised over £900,000 in investment on the platform. Stashbee has committed to...

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UK fintech Wiserfunding partners with European rating agency modefinance to launch first credit rating service specific for SMEs
Jul19

UK fintech Wiserfunding partners with European rating agency modefinance to launch first credit rating service specific for SMEs

Europe’s first certified credit rating for SMEs has launched today in London. The service means that SMEs can, for the first time, receive a specific credit rating that traditionally only larger, public corporates have been able to rely on to demonstrate their value and creditworthiness. The new SME credit rating, launched by Wiserfunding and modefinance, will enable small firms to demonstrate their creditworthiness to potential...

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TransUnion Launches TrueVision – A New Suite of Trended Data Capabilities to Better Predict Credit Risk
Jul19

TransUnion Launches TrueVision – A New Suite of Trended Data Capabilities to Better Predict Credit Risk

Global information solutions provider TransUnion has announced the launch of TrueVision™ – a suite of trended data capabilities which can fundamentally transform the way finance providers understand and evaluate their customers. With the power of TrueVision’s trended data, financial institutions can leverage new consumer insights previously unavailable from traditional credit data alone, to optimise growth and better serve consumers....

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Avelacom Adds Gemini to provide enhanced connectivity  for growing crypto markets
Jul19

Avelacom Adds Gemini to provide enhanced connectivity for growing crypto markets

Avelacom, the high-performance global connectivity and IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry, has added Gemini Trust Company, LLC, a digital asset exchange and custodian, to its list of cryptocurrency exchange tech vendors in Equinix’s NY5 data center. The partnership will support both firms’ clients by providing increased connectivity options to Gemini. With this new partnership Avelacom’s clients, including...

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China Merchants Bank Selects Wolters Kluwer’s
Jul19

China Merchants Bank Selects Wolters Kluwer’s

China Merchants Bank has chosen Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX for Regulatory Reporting to provide its regulatory reporting software in the U.S. OneSumX for Regulatory Reporting combines bank data into a single source of data to ensure consistency, reconciliation and accuracy and includes Wolters Kluwer’s Regulatory Update Service. This unique service is maintained by Wolters Kluwer experts who actively monitor regulation in 30 countries....

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Finastra FusionONE: Mitesh Soni, Finastra
Jul18

Finastra FusionONE: Mitesh Soni, Finastra

We speak with Mitesh Soni, Finastra about the highlights of the event, AIn in the future and much more! Missed out on FusionONE? Catch up with the Finastra Virtual DevCon here: www.fusionone.cloud

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Finastra FusionONE: Eli Rosner, Finastra
Jul18

Finastra FusionONE: Eli Rosner, Finastra

We speak with Eli Rosner, Finastra about what to expect from the event, PSD2 and much more! Missed out on FusionONE? Catch up with the Finastra Virtual DevCon here: www.fusionone.cloud

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Finastra FusionONE: Lauren Harris, Hyber
Jul18

Finastra FusionONE: Lauren Harris, Hyber

We speak with Lauren Harris, Hyber about being part of the Hackathon, banks improving customer service and much more! Missed out on FusionONE? Catch up with the Finastra Virtual DevCon...

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Finastra FusionONE: Hans Sluijter, Amsterdam Trade Bank
Jul18

Finastra FusionONE: Hans Sluijter, Amsterdam Trade Bank

We speak with Hans Sluijter, Amsterdam Trade Bank about the background on what they do, digitisation and PSD2. Missed out on FusionONE? Catch up with the Finastra Virtual DevCon...

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Finastra FusionONE: Elizabeth Lumley, VC Innovations
Jul18

Finastra FusionONE: Elizabeth Lumley, VC Innovations

We speak with Elizabeth Lumley, VC Innovations about being at the event, where is the technology heading within the industry and FusionCloud platform. Missed out on FusionONE? Catch up with the Finastra Virtual DevCon here: www.fusionone.cloud...

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Money20/20 Europe 2019 Summary
Jul18

Money20/20 Europe 2019 Summary

The Fintech Finance team heads over to Money20/20 Europe in Amsterdam to talk to Dennis Martens from Synechron, Daria Rippingale from Bankingblocks, Gabrielle Inzirillo from Plug and Play and, many, many more!

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‘Views from the Top’ conference programme announced for Sibos London  Industry CEOs lead the new conference series
Jul18

‘Views from the Top’ conference programme announced for Sibos London Industry CEOs lead the new conference series

Sibos, the world’s leading financial services event, has announced the speaker list for its ‘Views from the Top’ conference programme, which will premiere at this year’s event in London. The programme will include leading CEOs from the financial industry and inspiring speakers from other disciplines, delivering a series of keynote speeches and fireside chats tackling industry issues, leadership skills and motivational techniques. The...

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Paysafe announces YouTube partnership
Jul18

Paysafe announces YouTube partnership

Paysafe Group (Paysafe), a leading global payments provider, has collaborated with the world’s biggest video streaming platform YouTube. The partnership will see YouTube add the popular online prepaid solution, paysafecard, as an alternative payment method for YouTube Premium in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. With the addition of paysafecard as an easy and safe online cash payment option, millions of additional consumers are now...

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Alipay and Lyf Pay Join nexo standards
Jul18

Alipay and Lyf Pay Join nexo standards

nexo standards, the international association dedicated to enabling fast, interoperable and borderless payments acceptance, today announces that Alipay and Lyf Pay have become Principal and Associate Members of the association respectively. Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform, which currently serves over one billion users with its local e-wallet partners. Lyf Pay is...

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N26 rises to one of Europe’s most valuable Fintechs
Jul18

N26 rises to one of Europe’s most valuable Fintechs

N26’s goal is to give everyone the opportunity to bank and live their own way. Today we announce a $170 million extension of our Series D funding round to $470m. The extension drives N26’s valuation to $3.5bn, making it the highest valued German startup. The Mobile Bank now also ranks among the most valuable European startups and the top ten of the most valuable FinTechs worldwide. All previous investors from the Series D funding...

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56% of female investors rely on advice to make financial decisions
Jul18

56% of female investors rely on advice to make financial decisions

A survey conducted by the European P2P platform Robo.cash revealed that 55.9% of female investors rely on external help when making financial decisions compared to 44.3% of men. The most popular sources of advice for both sexes are financial media and blogs, which are trusted by 23.5% of women and 22.9% of men. In total, the survey involved 350 P2P investors from 26 European countries. According to its results, only 44.1% of female...

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Keynote speakers announced for 2019 P20 Global Payments Conference
Jul18

Keynote speakers announced for 2019 P20 Global Payments Conference

P20 has announced the Agenda and first wave of keynote speakers for its global payments conference in London on 3rd October 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Harmonising Global Payments’ and the agenda covers P20’s top priorities of Regulation, Cyber Security and Financial Inclusion. The conference encapsulates progress on P20’s work throughout the year and sets the action plans for 2020. The invitation only conference...

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SWIFT sees success with global instant cross-border payments with Singapore’s FAST
Jul18

SWIFT sees success with global instant cross-border payments with Singapore’s FAST

SWIFT today announces the results of a global trial to integrate SWIFT gpi Instant, the co-operative’s cross-border instant payments service, into Singapore’s domestic instant payment service, Fast And Secure Transfers (FAST). The successful trial which involved 17 banks across seven countries – Australia, China, Canada, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand – saw payments between all continents settle within 25 seconds;...

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Travel payments reach ‘tipping point’ as alternative methods surpass cards and cash
Jul18

Travel payments reach ‘tipping point’ as alternative methods surpass cards and cash

Travellers now choose to pay for digital travel with alternative methods more often than cards and cash combined, accounting for 51% of global travel e-Commerce spend. The way people shop and pay for travel is changing according to ‘The Travel Payments Guide’, a new report from ppro and Amadeus, charting the rise of alternative payment methods. The two companies have partnered to enable travel companies to accept high-growth...

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Superdry lets shoppers “Klarna it” with latest payments partnership in the US & UK
Jul18

Superdry lets shoppers “Klarna it” with latest payments partnership in the US & UK

British contemporary fashion brand Superdry and leading payments provider Klarna have today announced a perfect-fit partnership, enabled by Adyen. Superdry customers are now able to Pay later or Pay in 3 in the UK, and later this month will be able to Pay in 4 in the US, making everything from jackets to jeans more accessible to Superdry customers globally. The introduction of new payment methods is the first wave of a global...

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Tally launches banking app tied to gold ownership
Jul18

Tally launches banking app tied to gold ownership

Tally is the first banking app to offer individual banking accounts delivering seamless saving and spending in physical gold, at home and abroad. Unlike a traditional bank account, Tally gives consumers full ownership of their money, and being gold means savings are protected from inflation and bank risk, and political and economic uncertainty. When customers make a deposit through the app, they are buying Tally gold at the global...

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Poll reveals low confidence on month-end close process
Jul18

Poll reveals low confidence on month-end close process

Three ways to improve the finance function issued by MHR Analytics Almost three-quarters *(73%) of respondents to an MHR Analytics Twitter poll revealed they are not confident about their data and numbers on month-end closes and audit submissions. The findings from the survey of 1,000 respondents underline the increasing pressures facing finance teams. A separate **survey showed the new IFRS 16 lease accounting legislation to be...

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Temenos acquires a SaaS-based, Patented, Explainable AI (XAI) platform to accelerate its AI roadmap and expertise
Jul17

Temenos acquires a SaaS-based, Patented, Explainable AI (XAI) platform to accelerate its AI roadmap and expertise

Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Logical Glue Ltd., a London-based provider of a patented, award-winning Explainable AI (XAI) platform with financial clients in the UK and Europe. The acquisition accelerates Temenos’ AI roadmap by bringing together a patented, proven, industry-first XAI platform, AI credit scoring models that are immediately available worldwide as...

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Mambu enters Brazilian market signing fintech, Acesso
Jul17

Mambu enters Brazilian market signing fintech, Acesso

Mambu, the leading SaaS banking engine, today announced that it has signed its first Brazilian client, Acesso, the innovative financial services company specialising in issuing and managing prepaid cards with a reputation for setting benchmarks in the country. Founded in 2010, the company aims to provide access to financial services to 50 million unbanked and underbanked Brazilians. Acesso currently has over 500,000 active accounts...

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Salt Edge: The first bite of Open Banking leaves a bitter-sweet aftertaste
Jul17

Salt Edge: The first bite of Open Banking leaves a bitter-sweet aftertaste

After recently announcing their program of expanding the PSD2 API integrations, with already 250+ connected APIs across Europe, Salt Edge is sharing the accumulated experience – good and bad. They believe that this is not just the company’s journey, but of each and every TPP that aims to provide stable, highly secure, and valuable Open Banking services. Luckily, up till now, they have found banks to be receptive to their feedback. And...

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POS Manufacturer Wiseasy to Build Aadhaar Payment Solutions Based on NEXT Fingerprint Sensor Technology
Jul17

POS Manufacturer Wiseasy to Build Aadhaar Payment Solutions Based on NEXT Fingerprint Sensor Technology

NEXT Biometrics, a global leader in fingerprint sensor technology, announces that Beijing Wiseasy Technology Co., Ltd. (Wiseasy) has selected NEXT`s certified sensor technology for the production of POS terminals for sales in the Indian market. Wiseasy manufactures intelligent payment terminals and offers innovative payment systems for embedded transactions in various industries, including retail, food and beverage, parking,...

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LMAX Exchange Group continues global expansion with the acquisition of a broker in Cyprus
Jul17

LMAX Exchange Group continues global expansion with the acquisition of a broker in Cyprus

LMAX Global (‘The Company’), a leading FCA-regulated broker for FX and part of LMAX Exchange Group, is pleased to announce that CySEC has formally approved its application for a purchase of Cyprus-regulated broker CB Capital Business ltd. Once complete, the deal will allow LMAX Global to build out and better serve its Southern European, Cypriot and Middle Eastern institutional and intermediary client-base. Through this acquisition,...

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A first for MTD fintech: Coconut becomes the first smart banking   product to add VAT management feature
Jul17

A first for MTD fintech: Coconut becomes the first smart banking product to add VAT management feature

Coconut, the smart banking and accounting product built for self-employed business owners and their accountants, has added a new VAT management feature. Managing VAT can be a drawn-out process for many of the 2m VAT-registered businesses in the UK and Coconut’s app is the first smart-banking product to offer VAT management in a bid to ease the burden.  The new service will help customers record VAT on business transactions as soon as...

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Three Ways to Improve Your Risk Performance Through Data Technology
Jul17

Three Ways to Improve Your Risk Performance Through Data Technology

by Leigh Lones, Director at Equiniti Riskfactor Whether you’re evaluating risk at one of the biggest commercial lenders in the world or as an independent factor, you’re likely taking on more risk at a faster pace. And that’s because both Asset-Based Lending (ABL) and factoring continue to grow at healthy rates in the US.  According to the recent Secured Finance Foundation Impact Study, in 2018 ABL commitments by US lenders grew by...

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Insurtech startup, Cuvva smashes one million policies sold barrier
Jul17

Insurtech startup, Cuvva smashes one million policies sold barrier

UK-based short-term insurance startup, Cuvva has sold over one million policies via its mobile app, and has experienced roughly 750 per cent growth in policy sales in the last two years. Since selling its first policy in 2016, the startup has sold over 32 million hours of motor insurance alone, providing a solution for UK’s sharing economy. Challenging the insurance sector, Cuvva was the first to provide both hourly motor insurance...

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Uncertainty Over AI Holding Back UK Industry Adoption
Jul17

Uncertainty Over AI Holding Back UK Industry Adoption

The majority of businesses (70%) across the UK acknowledge that failing to get on-board with artificial intelligence (AI) now will cost their organisation for the next decade. In fact, just 17% of UK businesses have a fully implemented AI strategy. That’s according to a survey of business leaders in the UK conducted by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA). Because of this worry around being left behind on...

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Qtum Collaborates with Beam to Offer Atomic Swap Function
Jul17

Qtum Collaborates with Beam to Offer Atomic Swap Function

Qtum, the open-source public blockchain platform, has launched its test version of an atomic swap function with Beam, the scalable and confidential cryptocurrency utilizing Mimblewimble technology. The Qtum/Beam atomic swap feature, available here, will enable secure, cross-chain transactions between the two currencies without having to rely on a third party. Qtum CIO Miguel Palencia said: “As a public blockchain focused on technical...

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Championing the Freedom of Crypto Beyond Borders, Travala.com Joins Forces with Leading Crypto Payment Provider Dash
Jul17

Championing the Freedom of Crypto Beyond Borders, Travala.com Joins Forces with Leading Crypto Payment Provider Dash

Travala.com, the leading blockchain-based hotel booking platform, has been announced as travel partner for Dash Core Group, the main development team supporting the Dash network, a global open-source cryptocurrency payments platform. Travala.com and Dash will spearhead the ongoing, prolific trend of crypto tourism by enabling the vast Dash community to benefit from up to a 40% discount on accommodation bookings made on Travala.com....

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Blockstack’s App Mining Program Plans to Increase Monthly Payout to $1 Million by May 2020
Jul17

Blockstack’s App Mining Program Plans to Increase Monthly Payout to $1 Million by May 2020

Blockstack PBC, creator of the decentralized computing network and secure app ecosystem, plans to increase monthly payouts from its developer reward program up to $1 million worth of Stacks tokens per month by May 2020. Payouts from the App Mining Program, which rewards developers who create the top-ranked applications within the Blockstack ecosystem, are set to increase gradually over time, starting in August and building up to a...

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Anova Financial Networks Partners with NovaSparks to Launch MicroFeed, Delivering Sub Microsecond Market Data Processing Latency
Jul17

Anova Financial Networks Partners with NovaSparks to Launch MicroFeed, Delivering Sub Microsecond Market Data Processing Latency

Anova Financial Networks, an international carrier and market data provider, announces its partnership with NovaSparks, the leading Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) market data company, to launch MicroFeed. Anova is leveraging NovaSparks’ award-winning NovaTick, a fully-integrated ticker plant solution that conflates data for sub microsecond processing latency for the entire trading cycle, even during market peak periods. The...

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Wealth Wizards appoints former Prudential director
Jul17

Wealth Wizards appoints former Prudential director

Peter Coleman, former CEO of Positive Solutions, and Financial Planning and Strategy Director for Prudential’s advice division, has joined Wealth Wizards, the digital financial advice scale-up, as Chief Commercial Officer. The appointment is now the second to be announced in the past few weeks and comes just after the fintech welcomed new chairman Scanes Bentley, a former director for Accenture. Coleman’s background lies in business...

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ACI Worldwide and Worldpay to Drive Global Acceptance of Alternative Payment Methods
Jul17

ACI Worldwide and Worldpay to Drive Global Acceptance of Alternative Payment Methods

ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of real-time, any-to-any electronic payment solutions for banks, intermediaries, merchants and corporates, today announced an international relationship with Worldpay, Inc., a global leader in payments processing technology and solutions. Worldpay will utilize ACI’s award-winning UP eCommerce Payments solution to accelerate the roll-out of Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) to its global...

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Stenn closes $200m securitisation with Natixis, further extending its international trade finance programme toward a multi-billion target
Jul17

Stenn closes $200m securitisation with Natixis, further extending its international trade finance programme toward a multi-billion target

Stenn, a leading provider of cross-border trade finance, closed a $200 million receivables securitisation programme with Natixis to expand its capital markets programme. This programme significantly augments previous capital programmes launched by Stenn. Founded in 2015, Stenn is already a leading provider of alternative finance, aiming to address the $1.5 trillion ‘trade finance gap’ that the International Chamber of...

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