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银行卡数字集合平台Curve再获融资300万

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银行卡数字集合平台Curve再获融资300万

Curve raises $3 million to aggregate all your bank cards into one

近日,新兴金融科技创业公司Curve宣布新获一笔300万美元后种子期投资,这或许意味着Curve有望在今年后期获得更大的一笔首轮融资。

Curve 2015年创立于伦敦,正努力从利润丰厚的金融科技市场中分得一杯羹。Curve提供实体卡及手机应用,把你所有的银行卡集中于一张卡中。Curve建立于万事达卡网络之上,Curve卡将预先花费35英镑(50美元),一旦你安装了手机应用,你就可以手动在应用中加入无限量的银行卡,然后这些卡将与Curve卡同步。

Curve卡能够像普通银行卡一样使用,你可以随时改变绑定Curve卡的银行卡。这对不同情况中要使用不同银行卡的人来说很有用,比如,一张卡用于个人日常开销,一张信用卡用于酒店住宿,另一张卡用于出差旅行。有了Curve,你仅仅需要随身携带一张Curve卡。

之前有种种退出市场的智能卡设备,比如Stratos和Coin,乍看之下,Curve与它们没什么不同,但Curve和它们确实不同。它不是与你的手机连接的蓝牙设备,它确实是一张可插入钱包、接受万事达卡的任意场所均可使用真正的银行卡。

之前Curve已获200万美元种子资金,扩大的测试期也只局限于企业和自由职业者,测试期后向公众全面推出要到2017年初,公司正在建立自己的金库,发展新的业务,为更广泛推广做准备。

新的投资者包括Connect Ventures、Paul Townsend及加入包括Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise首席执行官)、Ricky Knox (Azimo首席执行官)、Ed Wray (Betfair共同创始人)、Seedcamp和 Speedinvest 在内的现有种子投资人的Samos Brothers。

Connect Ventures合伙人Bill Earner表示:“除了Brexit,伦敦金融科技继续爆炸式发展,前景光明。但是我们仍没有见过任何一家创业公司像Curve一样成为你的钱包。我们乐于看到这样的事实,这绝不是用户需要考虑的账户或应用,这就是他们所需要的应用。Curve正在金融科技领域创新,得益于独特的Curve卡,用户能够享受未来。”

虽然已经有了300多万美元在手中,一位发言人仍表示Curve希望11月完全投放市场前能够增加大概800万美元投资。

Fledgling fintech startup Curve has announced a new $3 million post-seed raise, which it hopes will kick off a bigger Series A round later this year.

Founded out of London in 2015, Curve is vying for a piece of the lucrative fintech pie by offering a physical card and mobile app that aggregate all your bank cards into a single entity. Built on the MasterCard network, the Curve card costs £35 ($50) up front, and once you’ve installed the iPhone app, you can manually add an unlimited number of bank cards to the app, which then syncs with the Curve card.

The Curve card can be used just like any normal bank card, and you can change which of your bank cards are associated with the Curve card at any given time. It’s useful for people who have multiple cards for different scenarios — for example, a bank card for personal day-to-day spending, a credit card for hotel stays, and another one for work trips. With Curve, you only ever need to carry one card around with you.

At a glance, Curve looks identical to the myriad smart credit card devices that have gone to market, such as Stratos and Coin, but Curve isn’t the same thing. It’s not a Bluetooth device that connects to your phone — it’s a real bank card that slips in your wallet and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

Curve had raised around $2 million in seed funding prior to now, but with a full public launch coming up in early 2017 — after an extended beta period that has so far been limited to businesses and freelancers — the company is now building up its coffers to aid its wider rollout and the development of new features.

New investors include Connect Ventures, Paul Townsend, and the Samos Brothers, who join existing seed investors such as Taavet Hinrikus (CEO TransferWise), Ricky Knox (CEO Azimo), Ed Wray (cofounder of Betfair), Seedcamp, and Speedinvest.

“Despite Brexit, London fintech continues to explode with numerous exciting prospects, but we’ve not seen any other startups taking Curve’s approach of becoming your wallet,” said Bill Earner, partner at Connect Ventures. “We love the fact that this isn’t just one more account or app the user needs to think about — it’s the only app they need. [Curve is] innovating within the fintech space, while enabling users to enjoy the future today thanks to their unique Curve card.”

With $3 million more in the pot, a spokesperson says that Curve hopes to add around $8 million in December ahead of the full launch.

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