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Australian FinTech company profile #128 – MyPayNow

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1. Company Name: MyPayNow

2. Website: www.mypaynow.com.au

3. Key Staff & Titles:

  • Bronson Powe (Managing Director)
  • Brett Callaghan (Chief Operations Officer)
  • Nic Bennetts (Head of Credit Assessment and Risk Management)

 

4. Location(s): Gold Coast, Australia

 

5. In one sentence, what does your fintech do?: MyPayNow is a revolutionary app that’s changing the way people access their wages through real-time payments; meaning you can access your pay, when you need it, without having to wait for payday.

 

6. How / why did you start your fintech company?: Unexpected costs come up all the time and we don’t believe anyone should wait for money they have already earned. We recognised that there were minimal financial alternatives available to consumers, aside from loans or credit cards with high interest and high fees. So, we created a user-friendly solution that allows customers to access up to a quarter of their pay in advance, 24/7.

 

7. What is the best thing your company has achieved or learnt along the way (this can include awards, capital raising etc)?: Since launching in June 2020, we have experienced exponential growth, largely thanks to the owners belief marketing. Their support has opened many doors for us, with highlights including working with Gold Coast based NRL team the Titans, along with some of biggest shows on television such as MAFS & Big Brother. Our first national brand campaign ’Tired of Waiting’ is actually in market right now – you can can catch it on a TV, billboard or phone screen near you!

 

8. What’s some advice you’d give to an aspiring start-up?: Be persistent and stay innovative!

 

9. What’s next for your company? And are you looking to expand overseas or stay focussed on Australia?: MyPayNow has grown rapidly within the Australian market and has no plans to slow down. While we endeavour to explore options that help international workers access their pay early, our main focus is on the Australian market (for now!).

 

10. What other fintechs or companies do you admire?: We admire Afterpay for trail blazing the BNPL market in Australia. They successfully changed consumer behaviour and forced retailers to evolve to a modern consumer first approach.

 

11. What’s the most interesting or funniest moment that’s happened in your company’s lifetime?: We created and brought to life our charismatic and cheeky mascot, Slothy! He won the hearts of thousands on television featuring in our first national television commercial and has taken the social media world by storm with his own Instagram account. You can even catch him at the Gold Coast Titans (NRL) home games this year!

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Source: https://australianfintech.com.au/australian-fintech-company-profile-128-mypaynow/

Crowdfunding

UK-based BaaS Fintech 10x Future Technologies Finalizes Oversubscribed $187M Round led by BlackRock, Others

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London-based 10x Future Technologies, a Cloud banking solution provider, has finalized an oversubscribed $187 million Series C round.

The company states:

“10x Future Technologies is … focused on transforming banking to be 10x better for customers, banks and society. The group has developed its own cloud-native SuperCore™ banking-as-a-service platform to address a bank’s core architecture challenges. With its ambition to help transform the way banks operate, 10x is also committed to doing business the right way and help build a banking sector that is more secure, fair and transparent, providing services that benefit customers and society.”

The 10x Future Technologies investment round was co-led by funds that are managed by BlackRock and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments). Existing investors JPMorgan Chase, Nationwide, Ping An and Westpac also took part in the round.

The UK-based tech firm will use the proceeds to support its expansion efforts into new markets, such as North America. The company will also use the funds to further develop the Cloud native 10x SuperCore™ platform.

The Fintech firm noted that the additional capital will support its plans to scale its platform to 1 billion end-users globally within the next 10 years.

10x customers reportedly include building society Nationwide and Australia-based Westpac, which is getting ready to introduce a Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform that will be run on the 10x SuperCore™.

10x is working cooperatively with leading banking institutions across the globe. Recently, the firm started working with a top-tier bank in a new jurisdiction to offer a greenfield transformation project.

Antony Jenkins, Founder, Chair and CEO of 10x Future Technologies, stated:

“This funding round represents another significant milestone in our journey to become the operating system of choice for leading banks across the globe. With our microservices architecture and API-first design, our platform has been purposefully designed to enable the world’s largest banks to transform their customer experience and economics. Our vision is to reliably support more than one billion of their customers within the next 10 years.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176795-uk-based-baas-fintech-10x-future-technologies-finalizes-oversubscribed-187m-round-led-by-blackrock-others/

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Nutmeg Delivers Returns to Crowdfunding Investors, Industry Needs More News Like This

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Yesterday it was reported that Nutmeg, a digital investment manager operating in the UK, had been acquired by JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM). The Fintech had already partnered with the bank and JPM apparently decided to utilize Nutmeg’s tech as a step to launch a digital-only bank, under the Chase name, in the UK. JP Morgan acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of Nutmeg at a reported valuation of £700 million or around $973 million.

While much of the news focused on JP Morgan’s acquisition designed to buttress a new digital banking venture it should be noted that Nutmeg offered shares to retail investors on Crowdcube back in 2019. At that time, Nutmeg raised £3,783,549 in equity capital with 2168 smaller investors backing the Fintech. Nutmeg raised funding at a pre-money valuation of £251 million thus indicating a return of over 2X for shareholders.

While exact details have yet to filter out, one report indicates that JPM purchased the shares from between £30 to £32 each while Crowdcube investors bought at £12.82 a share. Not a  bad return after holding the security for just 2 years.

Investing in early-stage ventures is not for the impatient nor for individuals unwilling to shoulder the heightened risk (balanced by the hope of outsized returns). As any VC knows, the returns of a few winners make up for the failures of the many. Many startups fail over time, and while some may bounce along for years, creating an opportunity for an exit with an index beating return is not necessarily the norm. Investment crowdfunding platforms have enabled smaller investors the option to participate in risky assets that have been the exclusive realm of the wealthy in the past – a good opportunity for portfolio diversification. News like the acquisition of Nutmeg by JP Morgan is something we will hopefully be hearing more of in the coming years as crowdfunded issuers mature and some emerge as viable, profitable ventures. In the end, crowdfunding platforms, and the securities they list, will be judged by the returns generated for investors on a portfolio basis.

Another bright spot in the equation is the emergence of secondary trading platforms provided by securities crowdfunding platforms. Seedrs trailblazed this segment of online investing with its Secondary Marketplace that claims the title as the “biggest marketplace for buyers and sellers of Europe’s hottest startups” (including 75 Fintechs currently).  Over the past several years, Seedrs Secondary Marketplace has iterated and grown thus providing a viable exit opportunity for private securities beyond the more traditional initial public offering or acquisition. Over time, this service will play a larger role in the future of Seedrs.

Recently, Crowdcube announced it will soon launch its own secondary trading platform. Long-anticipated, last month Crowdcube revealed the forthcoming launch of “Cubex“.

At that time, Crowdcube explained that gone are the days of only IPOs or acquisitions as a pathway for a successful exit. The platform pointed out that companies are staying private longer these days thus minimizing gains available for public investors. Crowdcube stated:

“Secondary sales are not new to us, we’ve arranged one-off secondary transactions for multiple companies in our portfolio. Since 2017, we have delivered over £16m in liquidity through secondary shares. Most notably, Revolut shareholders achieved 20x returns in 2018. Secondary sales are proving increasingly popular as our portfolio matures and the profile of business raising capital on the marketplace continues to evolve.”

Cubex has already been tested with a secondary sale for Freetrade, a transaction that reportedly delivered a 47X return for investors. Reports like this will help to engender investment crowdfunding as a sustainable (profitable) sector of Fintech.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176807-nutmeg-delivers-returns-to-crowdfunding-investors-industry-needs-more-news-like-this/

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AI-driven hedge fund rules out Bitcoin for lack of ‘fundamentals’

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A Swedish hedge fund that returned roughly four times the industry average last year using artificial intelligence won’t touch Bitcoin, based on an assessment that the cryptocurrency doesn’t lend itself to sensible analysis.

Photo by Bloomberg Mercury

Patrik Safvenblad, the chief investment officer of Volt Capital Management AB, says the problem with Bitcoin and other crypto assets is that they “do not have accessible fundamentals that we could build a model on.”

“When there is a crisis, markets generally move toward fundamentals. Not the old fundamentals but new, different fundamentals,” he said in an interview. So if an asset doesn’t provide that basic parameter, “we stay away from that,” he said.

The role of Bitcoin in investment portfolios continues to split managers, as the world’s most popular cryptocurrency remains one of its most volatile asset classes. One coin traded at less than $40,000 on Friday, compared with an April peak of $63,410. This time last year, a single Bitcoin cost around $10,000.

Among Volt’s best-known investors is Bjorn Wahlroos, the former Nordea Bank Abp chairman. His son and former professional poker player, Thomas Wahlroos, is Volt’s board chairman. The fund currently manages assets worth just $73 million, on which it returned 41% in 2020, four times the industry average.

Bitcoin enthusiasts recently received a boost when hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones told CNBC he likes it “as a portfolio diversifier.” He went on to say that the “only thing” he’s “certain” about is that he wants “5% in gold, 5% in Bitcoin, 5% in cash, 5% in commodities.”

Meanwhile, Bank of America Corp. research shows that Bitcoin is about four times as volatile as the Brazilian real and Turkish lira. And the International Monetary Fund has warned that El Salvador’s decision to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender “raises a number of macroeconomic, financial and legal issues that require very careful analysis.”

Safvenblad says it’s more than just a matter of Bitcoin’s lack of fundamentals. He says he’s not ready to hold an asset that’s ultimately designed to dodge public scrutiny.

Volt would “much prefer to be in a regulated market with regulated trading,” he said. “And Bitcoin is not yet fully regulated.”

The hedge-fund manager has chosen 250 models it thinks will make money, and its AI program then allocates daily weightings. Volt’s investment horizon is relatively short, averaging about 10-12 trading days. It holds roughly 60 positions at any given time, and its current analysis points toward what Safvenblad calls a “nervous long.”

“In the past few weeks the program has turned more bearish,” he said. We have some positions that anticipate a slowdown, for example long fixed-income, and the models have now trimmed our long positions in commodities. Today, the portfolio reflects a more balanced outlook.”

Safvenblad says the advantage to Volt’s AI model is that it’s unlikely to miss any signals. “We don’t say that we know where the world is heading. But we have a system that monitors everything that could mean something.”

— Jonas Cho Walsgard, Bloomberg Mercury

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Source: https://bankautomationnews.com/allposts/wealth/ai-driven-hedge-fund-rules-out-bitcoin-for-lack-of-fundamentals/

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London based Open Payments Fintech Volt Secures $23.5M via Series A led by EQT Ventures

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London-headquartered Volt, an open payments gateway provider, has secured $23.5 million in capital through a Series A round that was led by EQT Ventures.

Augmentum Fintech, Fuel Ventures, and angel investors including Adyen co-founder Robert Kraal and FIS non-executive director Gabriel de Montessus took part in Volt‘s latest investment round as well.

Launched in 2019, Volt aims to provide convenient access to Open Banking payments across Europe. It reportedly connects more than 5,000 banking platforms in the UK and EU. This helps bring together new generation account-to-account payments infrastructure to a single point of access.

Volt’s management noted that there are 58 countries that are introducing new instant payment schemes, with firms throughout the world now embracing a more digital way of conducting business. With this new funding, Volt aims to expand operations into new markets so that it can increase its global presence.

Tom Greenwood, CEO at Volt, stated:

“Instant payments are set to dominate the global payments landscape and will become the new normal. It’s an exciting time to be in payments, and we are delighted to have secured such a significant funding round, and the backing of an influential group of investors.”

Tom Mendoza, Partner at EQT Ventures, remarked:

“The pandemic has created an inflection point in the payments sector; faced with unprecedented online demand, merchants and PSPs are re-assessing the technical infrastructure that underpins their business. Volt’s team of payments experts are creating meaningful change and building a new category in instant payments, forging the path by bringing new real-time networks to a single switch. We are delighted to be working with Tom and the team.”

As covered in April 2021, Volt revealed that it has developed new cash management functionality. It offers merchants and payment service providers with full visibility of Open Banking payments made via the UK’s Faster Payments Service and the European SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Instant Credit Transfer schemes.

Currently available in the United Kingdom, and also across Europe, Volt Connect has been designed to give merchants more control of their cash by allowing them to keep track of multi-currency PSD2 payments from the point of initiation to the moment of arrival in their accounts. Automatic reconciliation and reporting offer recipients with instant notification of transaction settlement, enabling them to credit the intended customer account a lot faster and in a reliable manner.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/06/176789-london-based-open-payments-fintech-volt-secures-23-5m-via-series-a-led-by-eqt-ventures/

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