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 […]

Crypto remittances are a lifeline for the world’s most vulnerable

Joshua Jahani Contributor Share on Twitter Joshua Jahani is a lecturer at Cornell University and New York University, and a board adviser at the investment bank Jahani and Associates specializing in the Middle East and Africa. More posts by this contributor We must subsidize and regulate space exploration Cryptocurrency remittances are a lifeline for Afghans […]

A close look at Singapore’s thriving startup ecosystem

Toni Eliasz Contributor Share on Twitter Toni Eliasz is the program manager of the Disruptive Technologies for Development Program (DT4D) that supports the innovation and adoption of technology-driven solutions in World Bank Group operations. In addition, Toni works on several digital-economy-related initiatives that support the scaling of digital businesses, stimulate startup ecosystems and accelerate the […]