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Brisbane’s ‘non-bank’ WLTH announces $5m seed funding round

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Digital lending and payments provider WLTH has today announced the opening of its $5 million seed funding round, as it races towards its growth projections of $330 million worth of residential and commercial loans by the end of FY21.

The Brisbane-based fintech will use the funds to accelerate the growth of its proprietary technology platforms, ahead of the upcoming launches of its B2C payments app ‘WLTH Pay’ and loyalty program ‘WLTH + Loyalty’, as well as make key hires for its newly opened Sydney office.

The capital injection will bring WLTH’s total raised capital to $6.44 million, after an initial $1.44 million founder investment round at the end of 2020.

WLTH has generated in excess of $121 million worth of enquiry volume and has over $86 million worth of approval volume via its flagship low-interest Lending Loop offering.

Co-founder and CEO of WLTH, Brodie Haupt said, “This investment will allow us to have a comfortable buffer to cover all of the significant costs and OPEX required to launch our next two offerings, whilst also allowing us to meet the requirements of our growing team.

“Since the start of 2021, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on some winning talent here at WLTH. We have recently hired ex-MYOB executive Jo-Ann Chung as our Chief Producer Officer, as well as David Chapman who joins us as our Chief Technology Officer. David brings with him a wealth of experience, holding previous roles at American Express, Westpac, Xinja, and G&C Mutual Bank.

“With lofty targets to settle and a mandate to really shake up the property lending space in Australia; this seed round will definitely put us on the right path to reaching our goals” Haupt concluded.

The seed round officially opened on 17 February, with applications of interest closing on 15 March 2021. WLTH also has plans to open a Series A round in June 2021, with the goal of raising $20 million.

Founded in Brisbane in 2019 by serial entrepreneurs Brodie Haupt, Drew Haupt, Darren Hodgkin, and John Kerr, WLTH is on a mission to refresh the financial services industry in Australia through bringing to market a suite of tech-centric products, including feature-laden transactional accounts, a powerful payments application, a high-value loyalty system and a pipeline, including a myriad of further fintech solutions.

Source: https://australianfintech.com.au/brisbanes-non-bank-wlth-announces-5m-seed-funding-round/

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How XRP Ledger Can Help Central Banks Create and Manage Digital Currencies

FinTech firm Ripple says that it is “piloting” a private version of the open-source public XRP Ledger (XRPL) to allow central banks to create and manage their own digital currencies. The XRP Ledger was created in 2012 by David Schwartz, Jed McCaleb, and Arthur Britto, and XRP is the native currency of the XRP Ledger. […]

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FinTech firm Ripple says that it is “piloting” a private version of the open-source public XRP Ledger (XRPL) to allow central banks to create and manage their own digital currencies. The XRP Ledger was created in 2012 by David Schwartz, Jed McCaleb, and Arthur Britto, and XRP is the native currency of the XRP Ledger. […] Checkout PrimeXBT
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Apple Pay Users Can Now Buy COTI Via Simplex

Simplex has now added Apple Pay as a supported payment method, allowing its users to use the popular digital payment app to buy COTI more simply. With 45% of Americans owning an iPhone and Apple dominating 11% of the world mobile market, Apple pay has become one of the most used apps for paying for […]

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Simplex has now added Apple Pay as a supported payment method, allowing its users to use the popular digital payment app to buy COTI more simply.

With 45% of Americans owning an iPhone and Apple dominating 11% of the world mobile market, Apple pay has become one of the most used apps for paying for goods and services straight from a user’s phone.

This integration will not only facilitate the purchasing of COTI and other cryptocurrencies in the SImplex platform but also improve security by not requiring users to provide their credit card information over the internet.

COTI also announced that it has continued its partnership with Simplex to launch the COTI debit cards and bank accounts in the future, with the design development being scheduled to start in the near future.

Facilitating Payment Trough Crypto

Coti announced back in December of 2020 that it would be launching its COTI Pay debit card and bank accounts in January of 2021.

However, the issuance of the products was delayed and no specific date has been set while the company continues to work in partnership with Simplex.

The team behind the project expects that the issuance of the physical and virtual debit card will significantly increase the adoption of the network by facilitating crypto payments both for users and merchants alike.

COTI debit cards will be available globally but originally launched in Europe, followed by the United States, Asia, Oceania, and other regions.

The bank account, on the other hand, will be immediately available globally and work as a gateway between fiat and cryptocurrencies not only by allowing users to store them in the COTI Pay app but also by facilitating the conversion between both types of currency.

COTI aims to provide features such as no maximum purchase limits, 1-click transactions with various partners, 1-time know your customer (KYC) process, and a variety of payment and transfer options.

COTI and Simplex: A Long Time Partnership

COTI and Simplex originally announced their partnership on June 18 of 2019, with the aim to optimize crypto payment processing by using state-of-the-art fraud prevention solutions, AI technology, and Cryptocurrencies.

At the time, Simplex was already working with both Binance and Kucoin, some of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, to increase digital currency adoption.

Nimrod Lehavi, co-founder and CEO of Simplex, referred to the importance of this partnership by stating:

“Easy and fast credit card payments for mainstream users is a key factor in wider adoption of crypto in general. We’re thrilled to partner up with COTI and together enable a much better, fast and easy payment experience.”

Cryptocurrencies have gained increasing popularity as payment methods as exchanges like Binance, Crypto.com, and Coinbase have started launching their debit and credit cards, but there is still a long road ahead before they are available o the general public.

Partnerships such as the one between Simplex and COTI could pave the way for enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of crypto on their daily operations, increasing trust in crypto and incentivizing merchants to facilitate the transition from fiat.

COTI: Facilitating Global Payments

COTI is an enterprise-grade fintech platform built using distributed ledger technology that aims to meet the challenges of traditional finance by making use of new technologies and infrastructure.

The acronym COTI stands for “Currency of the Internet”, which summarizes the vision behind the project.

The company has partnerships with companies like Ernst & Young, Blackedge Capita, Lacanstar Group, Wave financial, and Base 15, which operate as both investors and advisors on the development of the platform.

The platform makes use of a Directed Acrylic Graph (DAG) instead of a blockchain-based storage solution, as well as a trust scoring system, meditation system, and currency exchange to achieve scalability, simplicity, cost-effectiveness, security, instantaneity, and price stability.

The platform uses the native token COTI, which has rapidly increase its value during the first 3 months of 2021 reaching an all-time high of $0.22 after starting the year at $0.04.

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