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Jonathan Dyer

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Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded DyerNews.com in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

Insurtech Company Hippo Scores $350 Million Investment

Palo Alto-based insurtech startup Hippo just announced that it's raised another $350 million. The impressive raise comes exclusively from Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited and brings the company's total funding to date to $709 million. Instead of being aside a letter, the round is being described as simply a "venture...

Bitcoin Continues to Surge, Nearing All-Time High

In 2017, Bitcoin enjoyed a famed run that saw the cryptocurrency's value climb to nearly $20,000 per coin before plummeting back down to earth. Now, nearly three years later, the asset is making another run at that record. Since October 1st, the price of Bitcoin has nearly doubled, going from...

Vennfi Raises $2.3 Million Ahead of Charityvest Platform Expansion

Even as 2020 begins to wind down, FinTech deals continue to roll in. Last week, Vennfi announced it had raised $2.3 million in funding. The seed round was led by former DCM Ventures partner Tom Blaisdell with participation from Teamworthy Ventures, Duro.vc, Sovereign's Capital, and Promus Ventures along with individual...

American Express Commits $2.5 Million to "100 for 100" Program for Black Women Entrepreneurs

Continuing their commitment to supporting small businesses, this week American Express announced the 100 Black women entrepreneurs that have been selected to participate in the "100 for 100" program. Not only will the chosen women receive $25,000 in grants will also be able to utilize 100 days of business resources....

Google Pay Unveils Overhaul, Opens Waitlist for Banking Account

Users of Google Pay for Android or iOS may have noticed some major changes to the app this week. A new update turns the focus to personal finance as well as peer to peer payments, while also teasing future endeavors. First, users can now link bank accounts and credit cards...

Three-Quarters of Americans Plan to Shop Local This Holiday Season

Good news for small businesses: consumers are ready to shop small this season. A new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Mastercard found that 77% of Americans intend on shopping at local retailers for their holiday gifts. What’s more, 75% report that they’re being more conscious about where...

U.S. Credit Card Balances Reach Lowest Total Since 2017

If the credit card balances you carry have decreased in recent months, you're not alone! According to data from TransUnion, credit card balances fell to a total of $723 billion during the third quarter of the year. That's not only down $15 billion from the prior quarter but is also...

Small Business Saturday 2020: Tips For Celebrating the Pandemic-Era Event 3

With November already well underway, Small Business Saturday is now just around the corner. Of course, the 2020 edition — which will be celebrated on November 28th — will be unlike any other in the shopping holiday’s now decade-long history. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of ways for small businesses...