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Google and Walmart face growth hurdles as India caps payments transactions

Google and Walmart face growth hurdles as India caps payments transactions Google and Walmart have a new challenge ahead of them as they race to expand the reach of their payments apps in India: They won’t be permitted to grow beyond a limit. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the body that operates the widely […]

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4 takeaways from fintech VC in Q3 2020

4 takeaways from fintech VC in Q3 2020 Fintech has been a key startup story in recent quarters, with leading players in the genre raising titanic rounds at eye-popping valuations. Consider companies like Robinhood, and its epic capital run this year on the back of huge revenue growth, or Chime, which also raised huge sums […]

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Walmart’s PhonePe zips past Google Pay in India as UPI tops 2B monthly transactions

Walmart’s PhonePe zips past Google Pay in India as UPI tops 2B monthly transactions UPI, a payments infrastructure built by India’s largest banks, surpassed 2 billion transactions last month, exactly a year after hitting the 1 billion monthly transactions milestone. Driving the transactions for UPI — which has become the most popular digital payments method […]

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10 favorite startups from Techstars’ October 2020 class

10 favorite startups from Techstars’ October 2020 class A few weeks back, The Exchange dug through a number of Techstars demo days and parsed a few dozen startups to find a few favorites. Today, we’re back for more of the same, albeit with a different set of accelerators’ results to examine. As a reminder, the […]

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Adyen alumni raise €2.6M seed to launch Silverflow, a ‘cloud-native’ card payments processor

Adyen alumni raise €2.6M seed to launch Silverflow, a ‘cloud-native’ card payments processor Silverflow, a Dutch startup founded by Adyen alumni, is breaking cover and announcing seed funding. The pre-launch company has spent the last two years building what it describes as a “cloud-native” online card processor that directly connects to card networks. The aim […]

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Daily Crunch: Venmo launches a credit card

Daily Crunch: Venmo launches a credit card Venmo’s first credit card is here, a former Amazon employee is arrested for fraud and we review the Nest Audio smart speaker. This is your Daily Crunch for October 5, 2020. The big story: Venmo launches a credit card PayPal -owned mobile payment app Venmo already offers a […]

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Embedded finance might represent fintech’s future

Embedded finance might represent fintech’s future The fintech industry is on a tear. Popular consumer services like Robinhood to Coinbase and Revolut have managed to attract millions of customers, but the most interesting trend right now is embedded finance. Tech companies that don’t necessarily provide financial services can embed services from fintech companies directly in […]

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Which neobanks will rise or fall?

Which neobanks will rise or fall? Denis Barrier Contributor Share on Twitter Denis Barrier is co-founder and CEO of Cathay Innovation, a global venture capital firm investing across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Alex Lazarow Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Lazarow is an author, a global venture investor with Cathay Innovation and is an […]

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Indian startups explore forming an alliance and alternative app store to fight Google’s ‘monopoly’

Indian startups explore forming an alliance and alternative app store to fight Google’s ‘monopoly’ Google, which reaches more internet users than any other firm in India and commands 99% of the nation’s smartphone market, has stumbled upon an odd challenge in the world’s second largest internet market: Scores of top local entrepreneurs. Dozens of top […]

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Our 11 favorite companies from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part I

Our 11 favorite companies from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part I Startup incubator and investment group Y Combinator today held the first of two demo days for founders in its Summer 2020 batch. So far, this cohort contains the usual mix of bold, impressive, and, at times, slightly wacky ideas young companies so often […]

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