FinTech

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StreetShares: Connecting Small Businesses to Funding

By Nancy Widjaja Small businesses play a strong role in driving the U.S. economy as they make up 99.7% of...

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How an App Promotes Personal Finance in Colombia

By Liza Guzman How an ingenious tech-based program is building financial capabilities in Colombia Having access to a bank account...

SMEcorner Wins Second Place at SURGE’s PITCH Competition

By Pamela Sud On February 22-24, 2016, SMEcorner joined over 5,000 people from 72 countries at SURGE in Bengaluru, India....

Digital Savings Circles: Challenges and the Road Ahead

Digital Savings Circles: Challenges and the Road Ahead

By Amee Patel, John Plaisted and Nancy Widjaja For decades, traditional savings circles (also called ROSCAs in the U.S., tandas...

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Konfío and the Future of Small Business Lending in Mexico

By Nancy Widjaja Are you passionate about startups? Intrigued by how entrepreneurs get their inspirations, raise money to fund their...

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What Do You Do If Your Credit Score is Zero?

By Nancy Widjaja According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau one in 10 adults in America in 2015 is “credit...

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Grading 3 Fintech Ads at the Super Bowl: Two Fumbles and a Touchdown

By Amee Patel and Paul Breloff If you’re anything like the Venture Lab team, you found yourself glued to the...

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How Alternative Data Can Promote Financial Inclusion

By Michael Schlein Last week, leaders from around the gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the 46th World Economic Forum (WEF)...

Investment Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Internet Finance Space

Investment Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Internet Finance Space

By Alice Tang I recently traveled to China to meet with a number of local investors in the internet finance space...

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“The Big Short” Meets Financial Inclusion: Is There a Flip Side to the Hype Cycle?

By Paul Breloff For folks like me, whose passion fuel is a unique kind of end-is-nigh moral indignation paired with...