Start-up

Platform News: Binance

Binance founder willing to go, as pressure mounts

Binance founder Changpeng Zhao said he was willing to step down whenever he finds a successor who can do a “better job”, as one of the world’s biggest cryptocurre...

President Macron

Macron bemoans nonsense innovation, takes aim at Chinese and US tech bonanza

French President Macron has called out what he described as excesses of liquidity in the US and Chinese financial markets, some of which he said could instead foster the growth of ...

Platform news: Artificial intelligence AI

Artificial intelligence start-up DataRobot seeks to raise $500 million

DataRobot is in advanced discussions to raise fresh capital of about $500 million in a funding round that could value the machine learning start-up at more than $7 billion, accordi...

Platform News: Marqeta

Payments start-up Marqeta valued at over $17 billion in Nasdaq debut

Shares of Marqeta Inc, which provides payments services to customers including Uber and DoorDash, rose more than 20% in their Nasdaq debut, giving the firm a market capitalization ...

Platform News: Nerdwallet

Personal finance start-up NerdWallet files for an IPO

NerdWallet Inc, the owner of the eponymous consumer financial advice website, has confidentially submitted paperwork to US regulators for an IPO, people familiar with the matter ha...

Current FinTech

FinTech start-up Current valuation triples after Andreessen funding

Current has raised $220 million in a funding round led by venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz that lifted its valuation by three-fold to a cool $2.2 billion.

Ant Group

Ant Group agrees to invest in Brazil loyalty co Dotz

China’s Ant Group has sealed a deal to acquire a 5% stake in the Brazilian loyalty program Dotz, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.

Platform Industry: Delivery Hero app

E-commerce pioneer Wenzel launches ‘Amazon on steroids’

Ralf Wenzel, formerly of Delivery Hero and Softbank Group, is launching a global rapid delivery retail platform, entering a field that is attracting huge investment and experiencin...

AppHarvest AgTech Start-up

AppHarvest to go public via merger with blank-check firm

AgTech business AppHarvest has said it will go public through a merger with a blank-check company in a deal that will value the business at $1 billion.

Grab

Grab expands finance business with consumer loans services and wealth management

Asian ride-hailing business Grab has deepened its financial services push by announcing that it will offer consumer loans services in Singapore and roll-out wealth management produ...

Platform Industry Executive: Google CEO

Google commits $10 billion to accelerate Indian digital economy

Google has said it would spend around $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth ...

Covering bases: helping your team perform to the best of their ability

Covering bases: helping your team perform to the best of their ability

When you first start a business, founders will often work independently formulating the potential product and initial strategy. During this stage the founders will take care of mos...

Start-up

Efficiently automating a business

High levels of automation are becoming the norm for business across the economy. From the global industry giants to mom and pop businesses, there is a focus on streamlining efforts...

Marketing Meeting

Covering the bases: notes to help start-ups market their business

If you have passed the ideation stage in building your bootstrapped start-up and have created a minimal viable product (MVP) you then you will want to bring the product to market a...