Category: FinTech News

Marqeta Expands Credit Program with New APIs and More

A FinTech that specializes in creating credit card experiences is rolling out some new features. This week, Marqeta announced what it calls a "significant expansion" of its credit platform. This includes more than 40 new credit APIs that will further help clients craft and launch their own credit card products. Additionally, the company notes an updated intuitive dashboard. Using this platform, businesses can create unique card options that can not...

Split Payment Platform Kasheesh Launches as Alternative to BNPL

In recent months, "buy now, pay later" (BNPL) platforms have exploded in popularity. What's more, with Apple jumping into the space, the practice is likely to continue growing despite some concerns in regards to how BNPL services impact consumers' personal finances. With that in mind, one FinTech has just revealed its alternative: a payment-splitting platform for online retail. Today, Kasheesh exited stealth mode to announce the launch of its unique...

Brex Pivots Away From Small Business Customers, Toward Startups

A FinTech on the rise has announced a major shakeup that will see them actively repelling many current customers. Last week, Brex revealed that it was moving away from serving general small businesses and would instead refocus its platform to serve startups — specifically those who have already received venture capital or other funding. The company has already been sending emails to affected customers, informing them that their accounts will...

FinTech App Paydownhero Announces Upcoming Gas Rewards Debit Card

A FinTech app that aims to help drivers pay down their car loan balances by rounding up their everyday purchases is set to expand into the world of debit cards. This week, Paydownhero announced plans for their Paydown Rewards Card. Using this option, customers will not only earn rewards at the pump but will also receive boosts on their roundups, allowing them to pay off their cars even faster. The...

Apple Officially Announces "Apple Pay Later" BNPL Service

Apple may not be a traditional FinTech, but once again it's about to expand its financial technology bonafides. After previously launching its own mobile wallet, credit card, and more, the company is now set to enter the "Buy Now, Pay Later" (BNPL) market. At this year's Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple unveiled its upcoming feature Apple Pay Later. Like many other BNPL options, Apple Pay Later will allow customers to make...

Viola Credit Closes $700 Million Fund That Will Lend to FinTech Startups

A global alternative credit asset manage firm just raised a lot of money in hopes of partnering with financial startups. Viola Credit announced the closing of a $700 million fund. The fund — known as Viola Credit Alternative Lending Income Fund II — will focus on offering asset-based lending capital solutions to FinTechs, including those in the PropTech (property tech) and Insurtech spaces. Specifically, Viola plans to partner with startups in...

Banking-as-a-Service Platform Unit Raises $100 Million

Put another tally mark on FinTech "megadeal" board for 2022. This week, Unit announced that it had closed a $100 million round. The Series C was led by Insight Partners. Existing investors such as Accel, Better Tomorrow Ventures, and Flourish Ventures also participated along with newcomers Moving Capital and Stepstone. Notably, the round valued the company at $1.2 billion, earning it "unicorn" status. To date, Unit has now raised a...

Zilch Launches Its "BNPL 2.0" Platform in the United States Market

The "buy now, pay later" scene has a new entrant. This week, Zilch announced its arrival in the United States. According to the company, the app launched with 150,000 pre-registered customers and comes after the service gained two million U.K customers since its debut there 18 months ago. Elsewhere, Zilch has raised $400 million in debt and equity from Goldman Sachs among others and the company is valued at more...