Hi! It’s Monday, June 29, 2020. Did you know that on this day 13 years ago, the Apple iPhone (1st generation) was released?? Leading Off Mastercard acquired open banking API platform Finicity for up to $1 billion. // The Brazilian central bank suspended WhatsApp’s mobile payments service only a week after it launched in the […]
Leading Off Kabbage said it’s processed $3.5B in PPP loans, a significant comeback after suspending its small business lending amid the early days of the coronavirus crisis; Samsung and SoFi jointly launched a cash management account and debit card; Google is piloting voice confirmations for payments; payments startup Marqueta raised $150M; and Square’s Cash App […]
Leading Off The FDIC issued a statement addressing the use of cloud computing services in the financial services sector; Libra hired Stuart Levey, HSBC’s Chief Legal Officer as its CEO; Samsung partnered with SoFi to launch a debit card; Zoom acquired encryption firm Keybase to bolster the security of its product; Robinhood raised $280M in […]
Leading Off PayPal, Intuit, and Square were approved to disburse emergency small business loans under the coronavirus Paycheck Protection Program; Google is reportedly developing a debit card; Libra reapplied for regulatory approval in Switzerland, presenting a “scaled back” version of its proposed cryptocurrency; the FSB outlined new guidance for global regulation of stablecoins; Ant Financial […]
Thirty-seven community groups called on the FDIC to reject Square’s ILC application; Apple and Goldman Sachs announced their plans to jointly release an iPhone-based credit card; Mizuho clinched support of AliPay and UnionPay for the rollout of its new digital currency platform; Mastercard is working with a domestic partner on a JV to enter the Chinese payments market; the government of Seoul, South Korea set up a $1B investment fund for fintech and blockchain startups; and SoFi is expanding its business lines to include investment services and new types of loans.
The DOJ is investigating crypto price manipulation; U.S. and Canadian regulators are investigating nearly 70 ICOs; BOX and T0 are working on an SEC-compliant, blockchain-based securities exchange; SoFi plans to expand into crypto investing by 2019; and 2018 VC funding for blockchain firms has already surpassed 2017 totals.