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Fintech Insights - Robinhood Announces $7.6 Billion Series E Funding

Fintech Insights - Robinhood Announces $7.6 Billion Series E Funding

July 2019
On Monday 22nd July, Robinhood announced $323 million Series E financing, with the company now valued at $7.6 billion.

The funding was led by DST Global, with participation from other investors including Ribbit Capital, NEA, Sequoia, and Thrive Capital. Robinhood says it plans to employ the funding to continue ‘democratising finance for all’.
IoT Insights - Waymo Granted Licences to Transport Passengers in its Self-driving Vehicles

IoT Insights - Waymo Granted Licences to Transport Passengers in its Self-driving Vehicles

July 2019
Waymo, Google’s self-driving venture now operated under umbrella company Alphabet, has been given permission by California regulators to transport passengers in vehicles that leverage its autonomous driving system.

The CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) granted Waymo a permit on Tuesday to participate in the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot.
Telco Insights - Vodafone UK Offers Speed-Based Pricing for Contracts, Including 5G

Telco Insights - Vodafone UK Offers Speed-Based Pricing for Contracts, Including 5G

July 2019
Vodafone launched its 5G services into its first round of UK cities, and introduced a speed-based pricing model. The speed-based contracts are not just for 5G-capable phones and contracts, hinting at a new pricing model for the company.

In addition, the company announced free 5G roaming (currently only available in select regions of Germany, Italy and Spain), in addition to a 5G mobile broadband box, the 5G Gigacube. This is being positioned as a broadband replacement service.
Fintech Insights - Remitly Raises $220 Million Boosting its Valuation to Nearly $1 Billion

Fintech Insights - Remitly Raises $220 Million Boosting its Valuation to Nearly $1 Billion

July 2019
Start-up Remitly, a digital money transfer specialist, has announced that it has raised $220 million in funding to boost its money transfer services and invest in new opportunities in financial services.

This round was Remitly’s biggest round of funding to date and was composed of $135 million in equity financing, led by Generation, co-founded by Al Gore, and $85 million in debt. This funding has resulted in the company now being valued to close to $1 billion; considerably raising the profile of the start-up. Remitly is now more on par with competitor WorldRemit, which raised $175 million last month.
Fintech Insights - Facebook's Libra Faces an Uncertain Future

Fintech Insights - Facebook's Libra Faces an Uncertain Future

June 2019
On Tuesday 18th June 2019, Facebook announced the Libra cryptocurrency, backed by several impressive partners including Uber, eBay, PayPal, Spotify, Visa, and Mastercard.

Libra is intended to enable simple payments, particularly in the P2P and cross-border arenas. There is also a goal to empower the financially excluded to make payments digitally; bringing them into the wider economy.
 
Telco Insights - Google to Launch RCS-Capable Messaging Client within Android

Telco Insights - Google to Launch RCS-Capable Messaging Client within Android

June 2019
Google has announced that they will enable mobile subscribers in the UK and France to opt into RCS rather than waiting for their carrier to support the messaging technology. Previously, a mobile subscriber would have needed to be using an RCS-enabled smartphone and subscribe to an operator who supported the messaging technology. This move by Google is aimed at accelerating the growth of RCS-enabled subscribers through mitigating the need for an RCS-capable operator.
 
IOT Insights - Global Coalition of Cities Launches the Open Mobility Foundation

IOT Insights - Global Coalition of Cities Launches the Open Mobility Foundation

June 2019
This week, 16 cities in the US and Colombia announced that they had formed the OMF, a new not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping cities develop and deploy new digital mobility tools, and provide the governance needed to efficiently manage them.
 
Telco Insights - Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Blocked Again as States File Suit

Telco Insights - Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Blocked Again as States File Suit

June 2019
A group of 10 Democrat state attorneys general earlier this week filed to block the high-profile merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. This action comes shortly after the merger had been given the green light by the head of the Federal Communications Commission.

The Justice Department is expected to issue a decision in the next few weeks. While the lawsuit is unlikely to stop the merger, it can significantly delay it, with the schedule now being in the hands of courts, instead of federal regulators.
IoT Insights - Cisco Announces Intention to Acquire IoT Cybersecurity Company Sentryo

IoT Insights - Cisco Announces Intention to Acquire IoT Cybersecurity Company Sentryo

June 2019
On June 6th 2019, Cisco announced its intentions to acquire Sentryo, an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) cybersecurity company, based in France.

Sentryo specialises in supplying asset visibility and security solutions for industrial control systems and networks. The acquisition is planned to be completed by the end of Cisco’s Q1 fiscal year 2020 (October 26, 2019).
Fintech Insights - Visa B2B Connect Launches Globally

Fintech Insights - Visa B2B Connect Launches Globally

June 2019
Visa announced the commercial launch of Visa B2B Connect network, which will connect financial institutions; giving them the ability to process high-value B2B payments globally in a quick and secure fashion. The launch will cover over 30 global trade corridors. The company aims to expand it to 90 corridors by the end of the year.
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