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Fake it til you break it (TWIF 5/6)

Fake it til you break it (TWIF 5/6)
Marcello Mastroianni in Divorce Italian Style, 1961

Hello Fintech Friends,

My favorite story this week was that of Array, an ‘algorithmic currency system,’ which put out a press release that announced a $10 million investment from Singaporean investor Temasek, with such quotes as “Array is thrilled to reveal that its valuation after this investment is rumored to be over $100 million” and “Unlike traditional bonding curves [...] Array-Go learns, observes, and predicts, making ArrayFi a groundbreaking DeFi project in the market.”

The kicker? It was all made up. Temasek quickly put out its own press release claiming that the entire investment was fake news.

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AWS Corner, from our Partners at Amazon (Sponsored)

How machine learning helps Fraud.net to build a modern app on AWS to combat financial fraud.

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💸 Venture Financing
  1. Advance Intelligence Group, the Singaporean fintech builder and owner of buy-now-pay-later firm Atome, raised $80 million in new equity, bringing its total raised to $700 million.
  2. Tarabut Gateway, the Bahraini pan-MENA open banking platform, raised $32 million from Visa and others to expand into Saudi Arabia.
  3. Duetti, a music financing and catalog sales provider, raised $32 million.
  4. Nomba, a Nigerian payment service provider, raised a $30 million pre-Series B, valuing the company at $150 million+.
  5. Liquido, a LatAm payments provider similar to Stripe, raised $27 million.
  6. Inbox Health, a patient billing communications platform, raised a $22.5 million Series B.
  7. Fintech Farm, a UK-based neobank-builder for emerging markets (beginning in Azerbaijan, Vietnam, and Nigeria), raised a $22 million Series B.
  8. Slash, an online banking platform for solopreneurs (and not the Guns & Roses guitarist), raised $19 million in seed and Series A capital.
  9. OpenEnvoy, an accounts payable automation solution, raised a $15 million Series A.
  10. Range, an AI wealth management tool builder, raised a $12 million Series A.
  11. Niro, a Bangalore-based consumer embedded lending startup, raised $8.5 million in equity and $2.5 million in debt.
  12. Kreditz, a Swedish credit scoring and information startup, raised €10 million.
  13. Setscale, a purchase order financing provider for SMBs, raised a $9.5 million seed round and secured $70 million in debt.
  14. Constrafor, a construction payment and procurement platform, raised $7.5 million.
  15. Kiwi, an Indian UPI-enabled credit card provider, raised a $6 million pre-seed.
  16. Aligned, a buyer-seller network and financing platform for business transactions, raised $5.8 million.
  17. Green-Got, a French neobank, raised €5 million.
  18. Tristero, the builder of a decentralized investing dark pool, raised $4.8 million in seed funding.
  19. Moonsense, a fraud prevention app, raised a $4.2 million seed.
  20. Marble, a digital wallet specifically for consumer insurance, raised $4.2 million.
  21. InvestorHub, an Australian platform to help public companies communicate with investors, raised $4 million.
  22. Frost, a UK-based e-wallet provider that connects users to utility providers to help them save on their household bills, raised a £1.87 crowdfunding round.
💰 Venture Funds
  • Vera Equity, a fintech-focused venture capital firm founded by former Venmo COO Michael Vaughan, raised $20 million for its first fund.
  • Fineqia is setting up a new venture capital fund to invest in digital asset businesses.

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