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FinTech Funding Reaches Record High in Q2 2021

FinTech is on fire! As the latest "State of FinTech" release from CBInsights notes, last quarter marked a boom for financial technology startup funding. In fact, Q2 set a new record for investment deals in the sector. According to the report, FinTech companies raised a total of $30.8 billion from...

Upgrade Launches Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card

Another Bitcoin-earning credit card isn't just on the way — it's already here. This week, Upgrade announced the launch of its new Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card. The Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card is essentially a crypto reskin of the FinTech's Cash Rewards card, earning 1.5% back in rewards. However, these...

Play2Pay Raises $13 Million for Payment Gamification Platform

What if mobile phone customers could get a discount on their service by playing games and participating in other activities? That's exactly what Play2Pay is making possible — and, now, the FinTech is bringing in money of its own, recently closing an eight-figure funding round. Miami-based start-up Play2Pay has announced that...

Data Shows Majority of Bitcoin Owners are Holding at a Profit

After a strong run early in 2021, several cryptocurrencies have since fallen on hard times. In the case of Bitcoin, the asset is now trading for nearly half of its record highs seen just a few short months ago. Nevertheless, the current value is still far ahead of where Bitcoin...

Visa: $1 Billion Spent Via Crypto-Linked Cards in 2021 So Far

The age of cryptocurrency debit and credit cards is apparently upon us. According to Visa, the company is currently working with 50 cryptocurrency platforms on card programs. These cards will make it easier for consumers to convert and spend crypto with the more than 70 million merchants worldwide that accept...

Apptopia Data Shows Most Downloaded Digital Banking Apps for H1 2021

These days, there's certainly no shortage of digital banking options — also known as neobanks. With many of these platforms operating primarily via mobile apps, the impact of such services can also be seen on app store rankings. On that note, a new report from Apptopia highlights the top 10...

Robinhood Officially Files for Initial Public Offering

After previously confidentially submitting a draft registration statement in March, this week, Robinhood made it official, announcing its plans to go public. The number of shares Robinhood plans to issue and the price range they'll be targeting have yet to be determined. What is known is that the FinTech will list...