INTERESTING COMPANIES FOUND

Tapoly (2016, London) – On-demand insurance platform for freelancers and sharing economy (sole traders, contractors, home letters, equipment lenders, etc.) which offers products like car lending, travel cover, home letting, cycling cover, gadgets etc.
Dunforce (2016, Barcelona) – Online account receivable management solution for freelancers and SMBs. The platform uses an algorithm based on artificial intelligence to automate and speed up the account receivable processes.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

  • Wells Fargo is launching a pilot to test an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven customer chat experience for Facebook Messenger. Read More  
  • BNP Paribas is working with AXA Ivestment Managers on the deployment of a blockchain-based fund distribution platform using smart contracts to ease the flow of information between buyers and sellers. Read More  
  • HelloPay Group, the online payments platform used on South East Asian e-commerce platform Lazada, is to merge with Alibaba’s Ant Financial and be rebranded into AliPay. Read More
  • The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has denied the listing and trading of Bitcoin. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) has determined distributed ledger technology has its advantages, but it is not an option for the Eurosystem’s financial framework. Read More 
  • Robo-advisor Wealthfront is moving into lending, teaming up with RBC Capital Markets to let customers borrow against their investment accounts. Read More

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