2019 looks to continue another lights-out year for fintech startups

Dana Stalder Contributor Allen Miller is a venture captialist at Matrix Partners. He’s excited by bold entrepreneurs building great companies across categories, especially in fintech. More posts by this contributor Financial technology startups emerged as serious challengers to financial services in 2017 As we look back, this prediction proved to…

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Stock markets suffer their worst Christmas Eve trading day

Twas the last trading day before Christmas, and on the trading floor, Most stocks were falling, and then falling some more, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all the banks had called, In hopes that full coffers were still in their vaults. The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They…

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Payment service Toss becomes Koreas newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first…

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Africas agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital

Jake Bright Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from investors led by the to add processed food and fast-moving consumer goods to its product line-up. CEO and co-founder Grant Brooke sees “a growth horizon…to build a B2B Amazon,” with produce as the base. “If we can build a business around fresh fruit…

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Venture capital and the blockchain will be the talk at Startup Battlefield Africa

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield returns to Africa next month, and we have an agenda chock-full of interesting panels and our premier startup competition. Joining us in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11 for a couple of those aforementioned panels will be Chris Folayan, the founder and CEO of Mall for Africa; Nichole…

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