Startup Digest


March 25, 2016

Hello FinTech fans,

Here's the latest edition of the FinTech Digest.  Lots happening this week.  Hope you enjoy it and, as always, reach out with any questions.


FinTech Startup Digest is curated by:
Camron Miraftab

Camron Miraftab - Capital Markets Consultant and Start-up Enthusiast

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Thilmin Gee

Thilmin Gee - Global Payments and FinTech Startup Enthusiast

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Connecting Investors with the Hottest Startups May 9-11 in New York

TechCrunch Disrupt is the most anticipated tech event of the year, coming to New York this May 9-11. Join our community of entrepreneurs, investors and influencers at the most connected conference in New York. Come for the fireside chats with thought leaders and panels on hot tech topics, a stroll through Startup and Hardware Alley, and the iconic Startup Battlefield competition. Leave knowing you’re one step ahead of the future. Get $1000 off general admission, but hurry, prices will rise April 8th.

Disrupting Financial Services

CB Insights

CB Insights presented a webinar on the disruption of financial services and the trends and emerging players in the space.  These slides show metrics on how CB Insights evaluated different fintech areas.  It's a great summary view of a very busy industry.

The Rise of FinTech Mega Rounds

CB Insights

KPMG and CB Insights reported that 2015 was a good year for FinTech funding mega rounds ($50+M).  North America and Asia saw significant increases.

Square's Newest Offering: Bank Loans


Square announced that it will begin offering loans as an add-on to its core payments business, and this move will help Square in its race to profitability.  Loans will be provided to their SMBs with fees ranging from 10-16% and the companies have 18 months to repay the loan.

Global Biometrics Industry to Grow to $30B by 2021


ABI Research released data that predicted the high growth of the global biometrics market.  This includes fingerprint sensors, facial recognition, and biometric surveillance technology.  The estimate is a 118% increase from the market as of 2015.

Amazon is Trying to Patent Paying with a Selfie


Several large companies have recently announced integrating selfie technology for increased payments security.  Amazon continues this trend.

60 Startups that Launched at YCombinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 1


This week YCombinator launched their Winter 2016 Demo Day.  Here's a peek at the Day 1 FinTech startups:, Truebill, Alphaflow, Landed, LendEDU, MeterFeeder, Paystack.

59 Startups that Launched at YCombinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 2


Callouts of the FinTech startups that launched at the YCombinator Winter 2016 Demo Day 2 this week - flexReceipts, Emburse.

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