Mission-driven ventures are growing fast during the pandemic

Noorjit Sidhu Contributor Share on Twitter Noorjit Sidhu is an early-stage investor at Plug & Play Ventures, focused on investments across data infrastructure and cloud, artificial intelligence, financial services, and the future of learning and work. More posts by this contributor Regulations can define the best places to build and invest You’ve heard of SPACs, […]

Tala grabs $145M to offer more financial services in emerging markets

Tala, an emerging markets digital lender that offers loans between $10 to $500 to consumers and small business owners, has raised $145 million in Series E funding. Upstart, a company founded by ex-Googlers Dave Girouard, Anna Counselman and Paul Gu, led the round. DeFi network Stellar Enterprise Foundation participated, alongside new investors Kindred Ventures and […]

Better.com acquires UK-based Property Partner ahead of SPAC close

Online mortgage company Better.com has acquired U.K.-based startup Property Partner as it seeks to expand into new markets and offer new product lines. The deal could give Better a way to augment its lending business with the potential to enable fractional ownership of properties in the U.S. and other markets. Better plans to go public […]

Lessons from COVID: Flexible funding is a must for alternative lenders

Archita Bhandari Contributor Share on Twitter Archita Bhandari is a senior associate at FischerJordan, a multidisciplinary consulting firm, helping businesses achieve uncommon clarity, gain control and win in the marketplace. Deeba Goyal Contributor Share on Twitter Deeba Goyal is an analyst at FischerJordan, helping organizations to exchange complexity for clarity by combining strategy, analytics and […]