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Bitcoin Rewards Platform Lolli Raises $5 Million From VCs, Celebrities

With Bitcoin continuing to show strength (despite a few ebbs this week), another startup in the crypto space has announced a new round of investment. This week, the Bitcoin rewards platform Lolli announced that it had secured $5 million in funding. The "pre-Series A" round included participation from firms Seven...

Robinhood Files Paperwork for Planned Initial Public Offering

One of the largest, most popular, and often controversial FinTechs is apparently getting ready to go public. This week, Robinhood announced that it had confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While this filing confirms the company's eventual plans for an...

Revolut Applies for U.S. Bank Charter

Another FinTech app has announced that it's looking to become a bank. As TechCrunch reports, London-based Revolut has filed a draft application with the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation as well as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). If granted, the charter would allow Revolut to offer a...

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Republic Announces $36 Million Round

Equity crowdfunding platform Republic has just announced that it's raised $36 million in its latest funding round. The Series A was led by Galaxy Interactive while Tribe Capital, Motley Fool Ventures, and Broadhaven Ventures also participated. With the new round, Republic has now raised more than $70 million since its founding in 2016. Republic's platform...

Eco Raises $26 Million in Latest Investment Round

With cryptocurrencies and blockchain continuing their march into the mainstream, venture capitalists are taking notice of startups utilizing these technologies in new and interesting ways. Recent weeks and months have brought a flurry of investments to their firms. The latest in this line is Eco, which has just revealed an...

BlockFi Announces $350 Million Funding Round

With Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continuing to show strength, FinTechs that make such assets more accessible or who utilize them in interesting ways are seeing impressive growth as well. In turn, recent weeks have brought significant investments to such firms. The latest example of this trend is BlockFi, which just...

Bitcoin Investment Strategies Firm NYDIG Raises $200 Million

With the cryptocurrency market continuing to grow, another FinTech that specializes in the space is seeing a major investment. This week, NYDIG announced that it had raised $200 million in investments from strategic partners. Described as a "growth capital round," the raise was led by Stone Ridge Holdings Group, Morgan...

American FinTech Council Forms to Highlight Financial Inclusion, Transparency

As various financial technologies have grown in recent years, so has regulatory scrutiny. What's more, among several well-intentioned startups, some bad actors have given the online lending and greater FinTech industries bad names at times. To combat this, some companies have banded together in order to help influence any regulations...