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Neobank Varo Raises US$510 Million, Now Valued at US$2.5 Billion

US-based Neobank Varo Bank announced that it closed a US$510 million oversubscribed Series E funding round, valuing it at US$2.5 billion. The round was led by new investor Lone Pine Capital, who was joined by dozens of additional new investors

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Mastercard Bets on Crypto, Buys CipherTrace for Undisclosed Sum

Mastercard has signed a deal to acquire CipherTrace, a US-based cryptocurrency intelligence company, for an undisclosed sum to extend its capabilities deep into the field of digital assets. The deal is anticipated to close before the end of the year.

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Mastercard Inks Deal to Acquire Danish Open Banking Firm Aiia

Mastercard is set to acquire Aiia, a Danish open banking technology provider, for an undisclosed sum and the transaction is anticipated to close by year’s end. Aiia is a licensed Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP) and Account Information Service Provider

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Databricks Secures US$1.6 Billion in Series H Fundraise at US$38 Billion Valuation

Databricks, a US-based enterprise software company, announced that it has raised US$1.6 billion during a Series H funding round at a US$38 billion valuation. This new round brings Databricks’ total funding to almost US$3.6 billion, and will be used to

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MoneyLion’s SPAC Merger to Be Finalised, Soon to Be Listed on NYSE

US-based neobank MoneyLion’s merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Fusion Acquisition Corp. to become a publicly listed company is coming to a close. A special meeting of Fusion Acquisition Corp. shareholders will be held on 21 September 2021

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Facebook Readies Novi Launch; Digital Currency Wallet Could Support NFTs

Facebook is preparing for the launch of Novi, a digital currency wallet that will be integrated into its multiple apps. David Marcus, the head of Facebook Financial (F2), the internal group developing the digital wallet, said Novi could be supporting

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Amazon Taps Affirm to Offer BNPL Payment Option at Checkout

Affirm, a US-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) firm, announced that its flexible payment solution will soon be available to Amazon.com customers at checkout. In a joint statement, Amazon and Affirm said that they are testing with select customers now,

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Corporate Card Startup Ramp Bags US$300 Million, Acquires Buyer

Corporate credit card startup Ramp announced that it has raised US$300 million in a Series C funding round which now values the firm at US$3.9 billion. Ramp has raised over US$620 million to date in a mix of equity and

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DriveWealth Secures US$450 Million Series D, Now Valued at US$2.85 Billion

DriveWealth, US-based specialist of embedded finance, fractional investing in US equities, and API-driven brokerage infrastructure, announced a US$450 million Series D with a valuation of US$2.85 billion. The round was co-led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital

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Canadian Travel Tech Firm Hopper Secures US$175 Series G Funding

Canadian travel tech company Hopper announced that it has completed a US$175 million Series G financing round led by New York’s GPI Capital. The fundraise also saw participation from Glade Brook Capital, WestCap, Goldman Sachs Growth and Accomplice. Hopper said

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