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Pluang Receives Over US$3M in Funding Led by Go-Ventures

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Pluang (https://Pluang.com), a fintech startup that provides digital micro-savings for Indonesians (formerly known as EmasDigi), officially announced today its US$3 million Series A funding led by Go-Ventures. Currently, Pluang has launched one product, its gold savings product, but with this fresh capital, Pluang plans to launch other products, including US dollar savings and fixed return products.

Amongst 167 fintech startups in Indonesia, 38% exist in the payment sector and 31% in lending. Pluang is one of the few fintech companies trying to solve the difficult problem of improving savings in Indonesia, which Pluang believes is important to tackle the problem of financial inclusion in Indonesia.

Through its mobile application, Pluang provides users with the convenience of investing and saving with the most competitive and transparent pricing. At present, Pluang’s gold savings product allows investments starting from 0.01 grams (equivalent to roughly USD$0.50) and users can choose to either pay periodically or in installments. With this product, Pluang hopes to revolutionize gold investing by providing simple and transparent pricing. Additionally, Pluang provides instant liquidity as users can sell back the gold in real time, from denominations of 0.01 grams. Pluang also provides its customers with peace of mind as the gold is kept in a government-backed institution through the official Indonesian commodities exchange.

Pluang’s ultimate mission is to democratize financial products for all Indonesians. The company will use the fresh capital from Go-Ventures to further this mission by improving its application and expanding the reach of its financial products to more users.

Aditya Kumar, Go-Ventures VP of Investments, asserts  “Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and over 50% of that population does not have a bank account. Even fewer have access to formal investment and savings channels.

“We are strong believers in Pluang’s mission to democratize access to financial services in Indonesia. We are impressed by the team’s unique ability to create innovative, and fully compliant micro-savings products for all Indonesians and are excited to be part of Claudia and her team’s journey”

Claudia Kolonas, Founder of Pluang, explains “In terms of investment solutions, Indonesians are underserved, and there is a lack of access to financial products that have people’s interest at heart. Financial solutions that are convenient, safe, reliable and stable remain elusive; and Indonesians often feel like they don’t have a choice. We want to help Indonesian consumers see that better possibilities exist for growing their savings.”

“We believe that Indonesia needs a financial revolution, which will ultimately democratize access to the best financial products. Whether coming from privilege or from the base of the pyramid, everyone deserves access to a better savings product that can bring a brighter future.”

As a new disruptive financial platform, Pluang provides a smarter way to save for Indonesians. With just 3 taps on the phone, users can safely access curated financial products, without having to worry about hidden or exorbitant fees.

With a friendly user interface, Pluang aims to bring the power back into the user’s hands. The company ultimately believes the key to empowerment is to create less intimidating products and build conviction amongst Indonesians that good financial products are not only for the privileged.

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Pluang is a brand owned by PT PG Berjangka, a licensed entity regulated by the BAPPEBTI. Pluang is committed to democratizing investing and savings in Indonesia, and work closely with regulators to achieve this goal.

Go-Ventures is a venture capital fund that aims to invest in early stage companies with demonstrated traction in their target markets. It aims to support, promote and expand technology ecosystems and in turn improve the lives of citizens of emerging markets. The fund is backed by a number of notable private equity firms, venture capital firms, global technology businesses, regional conglomerates, and highly regarded technopreneurs. The fund’s cornerstone investor is Gojek, Indonesia’s leading technology company.

 

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2020 Crypto World Summit “The Future of Security Tokens” to Address Latest Blockchain Developments with Leading Industry Experts

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New York, NY, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (via Blockchain Wire) Leading experts in the digital money sector will gather at the Crypto World Summit in New York on February 20, 2020 to discuss the latest developments in security token offerings and digital assets, amongst other rising blockchain and alternative financing topics.

The most current SEC laws, rules, regulations, and compliance will be addressed at this 4th International Conference and Workshop streamed live on Fintech World Media.

This premier event features speakers and attendees from a wide range of sectors, attracting a who’s who of the industry.  Other top discussions include: The Future of Bitcoin, The Digital Banking Industry, Blockchain and Real Estate, The ETF Cryptocurrency Market, DAO, Ethereum Investment, and Cannabis Banking Solutions. 

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BitPay Taps Simplex to Make BitPay App an All-In-One Solution

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Atlanta, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BitPay, the world’s largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, today announced a partnership with Simplex, the best-in-class processor of fiat-to-crypto transactions, that gives BitPay app users the ability to buy Bitcoin and other supported cryptocurrencies directly in app with a credit card. Users can now buy cryptocurrency, transfer funds, make purchases, buy gift cards and pay friends around the world all from a single app.   

With the addition of Simplex’s credit card purchasing, BitPay aims to improve the overall user experience of the BitPay app. By eliminating the need to navigate a cryptocurrency exchange to fund payments, the company anticipates increased value to users, especially for new users unfamiliar with the space.

BitPay CEO and Co-Founder Stephen Pair said, “Cryptocurrency exchanges can be intimidating for new users. The Simplex integration, however, makes the blockchain payment experience seamless.” Pair added, “Whether converting fiat to crypto to make crypto payments, or converting crypto to fiat to pay with the BitPay card, the BitPay app is an all-in-one solution.”

“A real breakthrough in usability can only be achieved when the leading crypto payment app meets the leader in fiat infrastructure for crypto. We are proud to launch this partnership with BitPay and will work together to add more innovative solutions in the future,” added Nimrod Lehavi, Simplex founder and CEO.  

Simplex, an EU licensed fintech company, is the industry choice for providing fraud-free cryptocurrency purchases via credit card. They list among their many clients industry leaders such as Binance, Bithumb, Xapo and Changelly. Their processing services eliminate fraud and ensure regulatory compliance, in part, by using AI technology to analyze each transaction with proprietary machine-learning algorithms. The Tel Aviv-based company was founded in 2014.

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Founded in 2011, BitPay pioneered blockchain payment processing with the mission of transforming how businesses and people send, receive, and store money. Its business solutions eliminate transaction fraud, reduce the cost of payment processing, and enable borderless payments in cryptocurrency and fiat, among other services. BitPay offers consumers a complete digital asset management solution that includes the BitPay Wallet and BitPay Prepaid Visa® Card, enabling them to turn digital assets into dollars for spending at tens of thousands of businesses. The company has offices in North America, Europe, and South America and has raised more than $70 million in funding from leading investment firms including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, Virgin Group, and Aquiline Technology Growth. For more information visit bitpay.com.

The BitPay Visa® Prepaid Card is issued by Metropolitan Commercial Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa, U.S.A. Inc. “Metropolitan” and “Metropolitan Commercial Bank” are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank © 2014. Use of the Card is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Cardholder Agreement and fee schedule if any.

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Digital wealth manager Kristal.AI raises 6 million in Series A funding

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Kristal.AI is a 4-year old invest-tech startup which uses a bionic approach to personalize investments. The company started its business in Hong Kong since 2016 and now it is planning to use its Series A funding, to bring its AI-driven personalized wealth platform to more countries in APAC regions.

Artificial Intelligence has long been hailed as the future of fintech, and Singapore-based digital wealth management platform Kristal.AI is proving that maxim true. The company, started by Indian entrepreneurs, has offices in Hong KongSingapore, and India. Kristal.AI is celebrating its 4-year anniversary in January 2020, after closing last year with a sizable Series A round of USD 6 million (upsized from an initial target of USD 4 million).

The funding round is led by long-term partners Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) and influential names such as Desai Family Office, which has interests ranging from fintech to boutique investments. Other investors include HNWI names well known in the financial industry. This round brings the total Kristal.AI has raised till date to USD 11 million.

Financial technology has been evolving rapidly over the past decade. Despite the relatively small Hong Kong market, innovative technology companies have continued to emerge with the vigorous promotion of the government. Kristal.AI has also benefitted from the support provided by the Cyberport Incubation program and SFC Fintech Unit when commencing business here.

Hong Kong-based Co-founder of Kristal.AI Vivek Mohindra said, “Kristal.AI fulfils a much-needed gap in the HK market for the beginner and smaller investors who really don’t have much choices at present. We provide a digital mobile friendly solution that is educational and free of cost till HKD 400,000.” Hong Kong customers are now looking for smart investment platforms with higher transparency, lower fees, and other value-added services. The HKMA has recently released a report on the application of artificial intelligence in the banking industry, showing that nearly 90% of retail banks have used or plan to use artificial intelligence in their businesses.

Kristal.AI’s CEO and founder Asheesh Chanda added, “The aspirational class today does not live in boxes. We don’t work at the same job until retirement, we don’t all marry and buy houses at thirty, and most of us have a very different way of living than the generation before. However, the way we invest has not evolved with our evolving lifestyles. The new-gen investor needs strategies personalized for their individual risk profile, lifestyle, and expectations. Traditional banks offer such hyper-personalization only to high-profile clients, but we are bringing it to the everyman. Kristal.AI’s strategies are made for the new-age global investor.

Kristal.AI will use the Series A funds towards bolstering its technology backend, crafting more curated strategies (called Kristals), and expanding further into the APAC and Middle-East market. The company is also poised to launch a new offering for its Indian market very soon.

Since officially launching in February 2016, Kristal.AI has experienced consistent growth and currently handles overUSD 100 million in AUM, with 10,000 users on its platform. The company’s custom-crafted strategies have provided consistent returns to investors even in volatile markets, with both its Leveraged Bond Kristal and Singapore REITs Kristal achieving around 14% returns historically.

 

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