本周,财务软件巨头Intuit宣布计划斥资3.4亿美元以全现金模式收购TSheets。被誉为美版钉钉的TSheets成立于2006年,主要为企业提供员工移动端签到、考勤服务,管理人员还可以在线安排员工工作并发布实时通知。而Intuit在财务软件领域的名气则要大得多。Intuit平台最出名的产品就是会计软件QuickBooks,而早在2012年QuickBooks就已经在app store中与TSheets进行了整合。值得注意的,除2008年收到了一笔早期天使投资外,TSheets只在2015年收获了1500万美元的股权投资,所以这次的3.4亿美元对于TSheets自身及其投资者来说都是一个不错的套现机会。据悉,Intuit对于本次收购热情很高,因为TSheets声称自己已经在全球积累了3.5万的用户群体并有望在未来实现盈利。


上月初,总部位于美国纽约的金融信息新闻源聚合平台Accern宣布获得一笔210万美元的pre-A轮融资,投资方包括Cane Investment Partners,Gurtin Ventures,Affinity Investment Group,Belmond Capital,VYL LLC,26 Ventures,瑞士信贷银行股份有限公司和德意志银行。据悉,该公司通过人工智能技术从超过3亿个网站、社交媒体平台、专有数据库(包括美国证监会文档)和领先的金融新闻来源中搜集数据,为金融专业人士提供个性化金融信息推送。据《福布斯》报道,Accern的新闻分析速度可谓是全球最快,每篇文章的分析时间只有短短40毫秒。这样的服务让量化对冲基金和金融机构能够紧跟全球新闻动态,在早期投资决策时尽量避免假消息的干扰。


近日有媒体报道称,韩国国家税务局(NTS)已经公布了其有关加密货币(包括比特币)征税计划。就在与韩国国家税务行政改革委员会和韩国公共金融机构联合举办的"2017年国家税务管理论坛"上,该机构宣布了这个征税计划。据了解,该项税收主要指的是虚拟货币所得税和转让所得税。此外,该机构还计划出台其他一些强制性措施,保证加密货币交易所按照要求定期上传用户交易数据。不过,韩国战略和财政部长副总理Kim Dong-yeon在上周的新闻发布会上表示,目前该项税收计划尚在讨论之中,至少还不会纳入明年的税法修正案中。

英国在线小贷平台Oakam获Victory Part Capital注资3500万英镑

本周,英国在线小微借贷平台Oakam宣布获得3500万英镑债务投资,投资方为Victory Park Capital。Oakam成立于2006年,主要为无法获得常规商业银行服务的用户提供借贷服务,仅2017年一年贷款申请量就增加了300%。据悉,Oakam已经累计发放了总额3.2亿英镑的消费贷,并且准备继续利用本轮投资拓展英国借贷市场,预计同比增长至少180%。


消息人士透露,巴西金融创企PagSeguro Internet Ltda计划在2018年第一季度在美上市。PagSeguro是一家在线与移动支付服务商,目前该公司已就上市事宜与高盛集团展开洽谈。据悉,目前PagSeguro母公司Universo Online SA还未决定到底是在纽交所还是在纳斯达克上市。如果一切顺利,PagSuguro将成为首个成功上市的巴西金融科技创企。此前在美上市最大规模金融科技创企记录由贝宝支付保持,该公司市值达到905亿美元。


本周,来自以色列的科技投资集团Viola宣布,将推出一个独立的风投基金,专注投资全球各地的金融科技创企。这个名叫"Viola FinTech"的基金初期规模为1亿美元,后期有望增长到1.2到1.5亿美元。资金来源包括多个国际银行、保险公司、资产管理经纪人等,覆盖北美、欧洲、亚太和以色列等多个区域。


Intuit to acquire employee time-tracking and scheduling app TSheets for $340 million

Financial software giant Intuit has announced plans to acquire TSheets in an all-cash deal valued at around $340 million. Founded out of Idaho in 2006, TSheets' cross-platform app enables employees to clock in and out of a shift using their own mobile devices, with GPS serving to confirm an employee's location. It also allows managers and admins to schedule employee shifts, with changes showing up for everyone in real time. Palo Alto-based Intuit is among the more recognizable brands in the finance software sphere. Among the most popular tools is accounting software QuickBooks, which TSheets has integrated with since 2012 through the QuickBooks app store. Notably, aside from a small-undisclosed angel funding round back in 2008, TSheets had only raised $15 million in equity funding in 2015, so a $340 million sale seems like an excellent exit for TSheets and Summit Partners, its main investor. The price also suggests that Intuit was desperate to buy the company, with TSheets claiming some 35,000 customers globally and known to have been profitable for some time. (Source: VentureBeat)

Data Science Startup Accern Raises $2.1 Million In Pre-Series A Funding

Earlier last month, New York-based data science start-up Accern closed a $2.1 million Pre-Series A funding round. The participants in the raise include Cane Investment Partners and private executives from Gurtin Ventures, Affinity Investment Group, Belmond Capital, VYL LLC, 26 Ventures, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Banks. Accern's data-science platform consolidates a variety of actionable analytics from more than 300 million websites, social media outlets such as Twitter, proprietary data (including SEC filings), and premium financial news data sources into a single newsfeed. With its news-monitoring dashboard and quantitative data feed, Accern enables quantitative hedge funds and world financial institutions to stay up-to-date on the latest news and rumors that drive early-investment decisions. (Source: The Money Street

South Korea Unveils Plans to Tax Crypto Users and Get Their Data From Exchanges

South Korea's National Tax Service (NTS) has revealed its plans regarding the taxation of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin. This was announced at the 2017 National Tax Administration Forum, which the agency jointly hosted with the National Tax Administration Reform Committee and the Korea Institute of Public Finance on Tuesday. According to Business Korea, The NTS "has decided to push for the plan to impose an income tax and transfer income tax on virtual currencies." Besides, the agency is also discussing ways to make it compulsory for cryptocurrency exchanges to hand over their users' transaction data. However, as revealed by Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Strategy and Finance Kim Dong-yeon, the issue of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency taxation is still being discussed and has not being progressed enough to put into the next year's law revision. (Source: Bitcoin.com)

Digital 'lender to the unbanked' Oakam raises £35m from Victory Park Capital

Digital micro-lender Oakam, which focuses on lending to people who struggle to access loans from high street banks, has grabbed a £35m debt investment from Victory Park Capital. The lender launched in 2006, and its loan applications have grown by 300 per cent over 2017 alone. Oakam has already distributed £320m in consumer loans, and plans to use the investment to increase its UK lending activity by more than 180 per cent year-on-year. (Source: CITY A.M.)

Brazil's PagSeguro considers IPO in New York: sources

Brazilian payment processor PagSeguro Internet Ltda is considering an initial public offering in the first quarter of 2018 in New York, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. PagSeguro, which provides online and mobile payment services for Brazilian companies, has been in talks with Goldman Sachs & Co for an IPO since earlier this year. PagSeguro's controlling shareholder, Brazilian media group Universo Online SA (UOL), is deciding whether to list the company on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, the sources added. If successful, PagSeguro would be the first exchange listing among a wave of new Brazilian financial technology startups, or fintechs. The biggest listed fintech in the United States is PayPal Holdings Inc, with a $90.5 billion market value. (Source: Reuters)

Viola FinTech is a new $100M Israel-based VC fund targeting fintech startups around the world

Viola, the Israel-based technology investment group, is launching new independent VC fund targeting fintech startups from anywhere in the world. Dubbed Viola FinTech, the "cross-stage venture fund" has an initial closing of $100 million but will extend that towards $120-150 million. It is backed by global banks, insurance companies and asset managers from North America, Europe, APAC and Israel, including Scotiabank, The Travelers Companies, Inc and Bank Hapoalim. (Source:TechCrunch







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