Sarah Mishkin

Uber’s been investing heavily in lobbying politicians around the country to allow it to operate, but new data out suggests that, at least in one respect, politicians are already big fans of the group. Read more

Sarah Mishkin

Spanish bank BBVA has struck up a partnership with payments start-up Dwolla as the Spanish group continues trying to figure out how to integrate new digital technology into its core banking business.

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Sarah Mishkin

The number of California residents whose personal data was stolen by hackers jumped six-fold between 2012 and last year, with nearly half of California’s residents affected by one of the year’s many data breaches, according to a new report by the state’s attorney general.

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Sarah Mishkin

London’s burgeoning fintech scene is about to get a bit bigger as a US start-up with a board of former Wall Street chief executives starts expanding internationally.

Orchard, a online direct lending platform, just raised $12m in venture funding with plans to open an office in London to tap into the UK’s growing demand, and government support, for direct lending.

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Sarah Mishkin

Start-up Product Hunt, not yet one year old, may be setting new records for fastest fundraisings and longest list of big name investors.

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Sarah Mishkin

One of the early investors in payment processing start-up Stripe is upping its investment. Not in the company itself, valued earlier this year at near $2bn, but in the ecosystem of other start-ups that is slowly coalescing around it.

General Catalyst, an early investor in Stripe, is putting up $10m fund to invest in start-ups that offer services, like analytics or other business analysis tools, tied to the company’s Stripe Connect platform. Read more

Sarah Mishkin

Payments start-up Square is raising at least $100m in a funding round that valued the group at $6bn, up from a $5bn valuation earlier this year, according to a new company filing.

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Sarah Mishkin

Paypal will soon start to enable merchants on its payments processing network to accept bitcoin, a sign of the growing acceptance and maturation of the volatile digital currency sometimes derided as magic internet money.

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Sarah Mishkin

It’s already obvious that investment into start-ups is booming, and new data out today shows just how loudly the market is roaring. Read more

Sarah Mishkin

A new tie-up between a payment company affiliated with Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba and a US-based payments processor could soon make it far easier for Chinese shoppers to buy online from overseas retailers.

Stripe, a San Francisco start-up that handles payments for online retailers, has started to let online retailers accept purchases made through Alipay, an Alibaba-affiliated payment method that is by far China’s most popular way of paying for goods bought online. Read more