Apple will sell limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics as sales stall

 Are you ready for the performance-enhancing drugs TV special called the Olympic Games? It looks like Apple is ready for the marketing branding extravaganza as the company is releasing limited … Continue Reading →

Coinbase is adding support for Ethereum

 Since Coinbase was founded in 2012, hundreds if not thousands of Bitcoin competitors (typically referred to as alt-coins) were created. But Coinbase ignored the noise and remained focused on supporting … Continue Reading →

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans

 Amazon Prime is known for its 2-day shipping service and other perks, like free movies and TV shows for streaming through Prime Video and unlimited photo storage, among other things. … Continue Reading →

India’s Mywish Marketplaces raises $15M to expand to new financial products

 Fintech companies are beginning to make a significant impact to how people live in Asia. Mywish Marketplaces, one of the more mature startups in what is admittedly a very broad … Continue Reading →

Number26 is now a true bank as it now has a full banking license

 Berlin-based startup Number26 is trying to reinvent the bank. This might sound crazy, and that’s why the startup has processed step by step. After partnering with Wirecard for the banking … Continue Reading →

Omise lands $17.5M Series B to expand its Stripe-like service in Southeast Asia

 Omise, a Bangkok-based payment enabler much like Stripe, has raised a $17.5 million Series B round to expand its reach across Southeast Asia. Read More

Tesla’s master plan part two is huge for the company

 Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosystem driven … Continue Reading →

Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s master plan

 Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosystem driven … Continue Reading →

Lighter Capital takes a different approach to startup financing

 The new world of startup finance is very strange. Private equity is increasingly dipping down to finance startups. Meanwhile, venture capital funds are being forced to use every financial tool imaginable … Continue Reading →

eBay shares up 5% after beating earnings expectations

 eBay reported second quarter results after the bell on Wednesday and saw its stock rise over 5% in initial after-hours trading. The company beat expectations, posting earnings at an adjusted … Continue Reading →

Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money

 Ever wonder how much you spend each month on Uber? The newly released Trim chatbot will tell you in a text. Trim also helps you manage subscriptions, set up spending … Continue Reading →

Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for reported $1B value

 Unilever creates and captures a unicorn with its plans to acquire Dollar Shave Club. Announced this evening, the $130 billion dollar multinational consumer goods company is speculated to be paying … Continue Reading →

After 3 weeks, Worldpay still fumbling millions of Etsy transactions

 Etsy users had another bad week as payment processor Worldpay continues to cause problems. Late last week, some Etsy users began reporting that they had experienced duplicate charges. The forum on … Continue Reading →

Decacorns continue to get funding while the rest of the startup investing declines

 If you look at the investment dollars for the last quarter, you might be surprised to see an uptick in deal volume. For all the gripes about sky high valuations … Continue Reading →

Netflix falls 15% after missing subscriber expectations

 Netflix reported earnings after the bell on Monday, seeing its shares quickly tumble 15% in after-hours trading after missing the mark on subscriber growth. In the second quarter of the … Continue Reading →

Baidu invests in ZestFinance to develop search-powered credit scoring for China

 Baidu has made its second investment in a U.S. fintech company inside a month after it put an undisclosed sum of money into ZestFinance, a big data firm specializing in … Continue Reading →

A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

 With a Tweet from The Donald himself, it’s official that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will be Donald Trump’s running-mate come November. Gov. Pence has been loudly parading his innovation and entrepreneurship … Continue Reading →

Line’s share price jumps 50% on Tokyo debut as IPO raises over $1.1B

 Fresh from a positive listing in New York on Thursday, messaging company Line saw its share jump as high as 50 percent after it listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange … Continue Reading →

Android Pay launches in Australia

 Google is continuing the expansion of Android Pay in Asia Pacific after the mobile payments service went live in Australia today, its most significant launch in the region to date. … Continue Reading →

Blockchain-based banking backend Vault OS from ex-Googler emerges from stealth mode

 Despite holding the vast majority of the world’s wealth (or perhaps because of that), banks aren’t exactly hotbeds of cutting-edge tech, often relying on decades-old systems for everyday tasks. ThoughtMachine, … Continue Reading →

The future of car ownership that no one is talking about

 It has never been more clear that transformational change to one of the world’s largest industries is just around the corner. Car ownership is supposed to change — and when … Continue Reading →

Opening the gates on Indian financial data

 India’s digital landscape is changing faster than we can imagine, and it could mean huge improvements in financial access for many. As we speak, three key factors are converging to … Continue Reading →

The reward for mining Bitcoin was just cut in half

 It’s Halvening!!! Bitcoin just experienced a major milestone in its short little lifespan. The reward for mining a block (a block = a ledger of transaction data) was just cut … Continue Reading →

Asia Pacific cross-border payment startup Airwallex lands $3M

 Fintech companies are continuing to draw interest from investors in Asia. The latest company to pull in financing is Airwallex, a China-Australia startup that specializes in cross-border transactions. Read More

New reports confirm $1.15B leveraged loan raised by Uber at 5%

 Two weeks ago, we reported that Uber was in talks to raise $1-2 billion in leveraged loans. The Wall Street Journal is circulating new information that the company has closed a … Continue Reading →

Blackmoon launches in the US to match investors with balance-sheet lenders

 It was only a matter of time before Tinder for balance sheet lenders and debt investors became a thing. Financial matchmaking platform Blackmoon launched this week in the United States. The … Continue Reading →

How our founding fathers raised a Series A

 For some of us, hotdogs, patriotic songs, and fireworks are enough. We here at TechCrunch expect more of our readers. Why be satisfied with fireworks when you could literally launch … Continue Reading →

#Brexit + #fintech: What happens now?

 The British public recently voted to leave the European Union. Only history will tell whether it was a good decision or not. The immediate issue is… what happens now? Those … Continue Reading →

The rise of the overbanked and the opportunity to serve them

 Meet Alvin, a Silicon Valley executive in his late-30s. Alvin has accounts with three banks, an online brokerage account and has borrowed from no less than nine lenders in the … Continue Reading →

MoneyLion brings traditional banking ever closer to obsolescence

 The lingo of personal finance is rapidly changing. Mint has replaced our nagging parents and significant others who think our spending is out of control. Wealthfront and Betterment took away … Continue Reading →

ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

 ProducePay has raised $2.5 million to solve what CEO Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck said is a major issue for farmers — getting paid in a timely manner for their crops. Borquez … Continue Reading →

Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

 Credit card fraud is a big problem, with an increasing number of companies launching products to patch the problems. The most recent example is Final, which today announced it is … Continue Reading →

Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion

LINE Corp., makers of a messaging app that’s gone mainstream in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, has set a price range for an initial public offering on the Tokyo and New York Stock exchanges in … Continue Reading →

So, does anybody want Twitter?

 Twitter is in trouble. In a move out of a middle school flag-football game, Microsoft selected LinkedIn to join its team. The sheer size of the transaction has reignited conversations about … Continue Reading →

Why we don’t believe in tech ‘themes’

 The tech hype-cycle works something like this: Some driver triggers a flurry of investments in a particular “theme,” which in turn feeds news flow, panel discussions at conferences and a … Continue Reading →

How new tech can improve the loan process

 Anyone who keeps up with the stock market is likely aware that Lending Club is in hot water. Anyone with professional lending experience is likely unphased by this. Even so, … Continue Reading →

Former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago raises £4.6m to help small businesses get paid

 Back in November, TechCrunch took a look at former Startup Battlefield competitor Satago, a U.K. fintech startup that was looking to help freelancers and other small business owners get paid … Continue Reading →

Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China

 How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in … Continue Reading →

Kabbage partners with Scotiabank to provide small business loans in Canada and Mexico

 Small business lending platform Kabbage announced a partnership with Scotiabank today to make it easier for residents of Canada and Mexico to take out small business loans of up to $100,000 … Continue Reading →

PeerStreet lowers barriers for accredited investors who want access to real estate debt

 Vive la révolution financière! PeerStreet co-founders, Brew Johnson, Brett Crosby, and Alex Perelman, have been working alongside famed investors like Dr. Michael Burry to provide investors access to real estate debt. … Continue Reading →