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Nov
18

Why fintech is high on the radar for this London Stock Exchange-listed company

Financial technology, or fintech, is finally getting the recognition it deserves as funding pours in and investors begin to warm up to its risky nature. Solving the technological shortcomings of banking institutions and easing payment processes while increasing consumer protection, companies under the segment have been quite instrumental in improving the quality of financial services for both customers and entrepreneurs. Following the success of Lending Club, WePay and Kabbage, dozens of fintech start-ups have entered the fray, and it didn’t take venture capitalists long to flirt with the idea of betting on them. According to the Economic Times, the industry is now worth US$4.7 trillion (AU$6.6 trillion), and have raked […]

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Invoice2go gets $15M to compete more directly with Square and PayPal

Since 2002, Invoice2go has provided small businesses with one tool—a simple way to create an invoice and send it to clients. Now, with $15 million in new funding, the company is preparing to expand more deeply into the small business product territory. Today, Invoice2go is partnering with Stripe to allow invoice recipients to pay their bills through its platform. With this integration, Invoice2go joins the growing number of companies dedicated to building out services for small businesses. It also puts Invoice2go more closely in competition with Square, PayPal, QuickBooks, and FreshBooks — all of which offer invoicing as a feature in their overall back office ecosystem. Invoice2go got its start […]

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Sep
29

Accel Partners’ Rich Wong: Australian start-up sector now a global player

More fantastic news on the Australian FinTech industry, and this one line sums it up best – “Australia is now on the radar of tech investors globally” The local start-up sector is increasingly being recognised as a player in the global technology arena as competition for Australian companies heats up among international venture capital funds.Accel Partners’ Rich Wong has backed more local technology companies than any other US fund and has wryly welcomed the growing interest from fellow Silicon Valley-based funds. “Australia is now on the radar of tech investors globally,” Mr Wong told Fairfax Media in San Francisco. “It creates more competition for us and we’d like to keep […]

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Sep
18

Super funds back biggest-ever Australian tech venture fund worth $200 million | afr.com

This is certainly great news for the Australian tech start-up industry. It also shows great faith in what is to come out of the Australian tech sector in the coming years. Leading entrepreneurs and two major superannuation funds will combine forces to launch Australia’s biggest-ever technology start-up venture capital fund, with more than $200 million set aside to back growing companies. The new fund will be managed by Blackbird Ventures and has been backed by 96 technology entrepreneurs including Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, as well as two major superannuation funds, First State Super and Hostplus Super. It will target tech companies that would previously have headed overseas in search of […]

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Carlyle backs Prospa securitisation to boost SME lending

This is great news for Australian FinTech company Prospa. It’s also a very positive sign to see global companies investing in Australian FinTech companies – it appears others are starting to see the potential here in Australia. Global alternative asset manager the Carlyle Group has invested $50 million in the first securitisation deal in Australia of unsecured, online business loans, which will allow Prospa to step up its small-business lending as the big banks overlook the sector. The securitisation deal, which is only the third globally in the online business lending category, is part of a $60 million capital raising that was also supported by Ironbridge Capital, AirTree Ventures, and […]

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Jul
23

FinTech Investments Quadruple: Top Trends To Watch

Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing from just over $3 billion in 2013 to over $12 billion in 2014. And consider alongside that another trend showing that crowdfunding will surpass VC in 2016 as a funding source–given that crowdfunding itself is a segment of the FinTech market. Source: FinTech Investments Quadruple: Top Trends To Watch

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Jul
21

Australia can be the global start-up laboratory | The Australian

What if Australia was named the most ideal environment to create a global start-up? It sounds like an unlikely prospect but it’s not as unlikely as we would like to think. Examining the current appetite US venture capital funds have for the Australian market, there’s something unique at play in Australia, which makes it a great birthplace for start-ups. Source: Australia can be the global start-up laboratory | The Australian

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Jul
14

Investing opportunities in FinTech

Investment Investment in FinTech takes two directions. Firstly you can invest your funds into companies such as peer to peer lenders for them to distribute as loans. This takes the form of either direct investment for the wholesale investor or investment into managed investment schemes that administer the funds for a fixed return. Obviously as the level of management increases the returns will decrease but so too will the risk. The second approach that is starting to gain a foothold is to invest directly into the companies themselves through new ‘crowd funding’ platforms that provide you with equity for your investment. These equity raising platforms are great for anyone looking […]

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