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U.S., global partners wrestle over trade stance
BADEN-BADEN, Germany — Top finance officials including new Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are debating what stance to take on free trade at a meeting that will help set the tone for the global economy....
U.S. to confront trade partners at global finance meeting
U.S. to confront trade partners at global finance meeting The meeting of the most powerful economies’ finance ministers in Germany this week is expected to be dominated by talk about whether to commit...
The best free personal finance software 2017
Free personal finance softwareThinking about personal finance may not excite you, but it may not be as hard as you think to get on top of things. The first step on the road to financial success is understanding...
Alibaba's $60 billion finance arm seeks growth before IPO: sources
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Investors gearing up for the initial public offering of Ant Financial, the $60 billion online finance arm spun off by e-commerce giant Alibaba , will have to wait until at...
Microsoft and BAML team up on blockchain-based trade finance project
LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have joined forces on a project to use blockchain technology to make trade finance transactions faster, cheaper, safer and more transparent,...
Banks and tech firms apply blockchain to trade finance
LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - An HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch venture and financial technology firm R3 said separately on Wednesday that they had created ways of using blockchain technology to...
Oakland vs. Cleveland (home-price division), plus 5 adjectives
NBA Finals showdown: median home prices Mike Rosenberg, who covers real estate for the Seattle Times. A former employee in Oracle’s finance department is accusing the Redwood City company of trying to...
GTA Online's next update lets you be the CEO of a criminal organization
Summer vacation may not necessarily be a thing for everyone playing Grand Theft Auto Online, but they may want still take a few days off of work this June as Rockstar announced the next step for the open-world...
World economy still faces threats, top finance officials say
The finance ministers from the Group of 20 major economies, meeting in Washington, pledged to pursue policies that will bolster growth and further stabilize financial markets, but they offered no new...
UK opposition: Treasury must explain Google tax deal
Britain's opposition Labour party demanded on Sunday that the finance ministry explain how it arrived at a back tax payment by Internet giant Google that has put the government on the back foot. The settlement...
CFOs Struggle to Adopt KPIs, Data Analytics Tools
The survey found just 25 percent of respondents had access to the right data to gauge customer sentiment, one of the most critical intangible assets. Chief financial officers (CFOs) need to rethink how...
Finance and tech heavyweights join forces as blockchain initiative grows
LONDON (Reuters) - Big names from the worlds of finance and technology such as Deutsche Boerse, JP Morgan, Cisco and IBM have come together to work on an open-source framework for using the "blockchain"...
Most APAC finance execs lack insights for decision making
Some 83 percent of finance professionals in the region say their firms don't have capabilities in advanced analytics to support decision making, while half feel ill-equipped to generate meaningful analysis,...
'Whale' finance scam hits businesses
Cyber-thieves are stealing millions of pounds, with a scam based around faking email messages from company bosses. The spoofed messages ask finance staff to rush through a payment to a supplier that the...
CrunchWeek: WSJ Vs. Theranos, Square’s IPO, And Twitter’s ‘Streamline’
Knock. Knock. “Who’s there?” CrunchWeek! OK, fine…it wasn’t funny. Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the...
Selling Private Company Shares 2.0
Congratulations, you now own stock in a private company… but can you sell any of it? The considerations that go into answering this question have changed over time as the process for selling private...
First Data Prices Its IPO At $16 Per Share, Raising $2.56 Billion
First Data priced its IPO tonight at $16 per share, beneath the expected range of $18 to $20, according to Bloomberg. Selling 160 million shares, the payments processing company will raise $2.56...
Square Will End Payment Processing Agreement With Starbucks
Square disclosed Wednesday it will discontinue its payment processing agreement with Starbucks in its IPO filing. The companies partnership, which formed in 2012, began to unravel last year when...
Zwipe Banks $5M To Get Its Biometric Payment Cards To Market In Early 2016
Norwegian startup Zwipe, which is taking aim at payment card PIN codes and passwords with an embedded fingerprint reader technology to authenticate card payments, has closed a $5 million Series B...
Loan Platform Kabbage Raises $135M At A $1B Valuation, Grows Credit Line to $900M
Kabbage — the online platform that loans money to businesses and individuals using a wide set of online data and algorithms to measure credit-worthiness — is growing once more. The startup...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 14
[...] is the public fascination with the Tesla Motors Gigafactory that the $5 billion battery plant taking shape in the Nevada desert may have had what amounts to a run-in with the paparazzi last week....
Checkr Is Raising $30M+ For Its Background Checking API, Y Combinator Investing
As on-demand businesses like Uber and Instacart grow quickly, so too do the B2B startups that service their wider ecosystem. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed with several...
Former Symantec COO Stephen Gillett Joins Google Ventures As “Executive In Residence”
Google Ventures is bringing in an experienced veteran to help with its portfolio. Today, former COO at Symanetic, Stephen Gillett, announced that he’s joining Google Ventures as an “Executive...
VMware Reports Q3 Sales Of $1.67B, Stock Drops After Dell Offers $67B For EMC
Alongside the not-unexpected news that Dell would acquire EMC in a record $67.1 billion deal, EMC-controlled VMware released an early look at its Q3 results: the virtualization giant said it expects to...
How Bitcoin Has Been Building Brand Equity As A Spectator Of Itself
From the Grexit crisis to the recent block size split debate, Bitcoin frequently finds itself at the center of regular news cycles. As the debates about its price performance, volatility and political...
The Payments World Really Wants To Know Who You Are
In the early 1960s, Scottish engineer James Goodfellow was given a problem to solve. A colleague had invented a way to insert a card into a machine and get money out. Goodfellow’s task was...
Finance officials to clamp down on mulinational tax evasion
LIMA, Peru — Finance officials from the world’s 20 biggest economies have committed to toughening laws and boosting cross-border cooperation to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as...
Box Spikes 6% On News That CEO Aaron Levie Recently Purchased 15,000 Shares
Shares of Box, an enterprise collaboration shop, traded sharply higher today following news that the company’s CEO, Aaron Levie, recently purchased 15,000 shares. At a price, according to an...
Pure Storage Falls In Public Debut, CEO Optimistic
Pure Storage, the enterprise storage company, went public on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. After pricing at $17, shares traded down in its debut, closing the day at $16.01. CEO Scott Dietzen...
MoneySmart Raises Series A To Bring Personal Finance Tools To Southeast Asia’s Growing Middle Class
For most consumers who aren’t Scrooge McDuck, learning about personal finance is like dental checkups—boring, sometimes painful, but necessary. Vinod Nair, the founder and chief executive...
The Buckham Boot Brings Crowdfunding To Your Feet
It’s never been easier for craftsmen to become manufacturers thanks to crowdfunding. Fans and buyers turn into investors and backers. Heck, manufacturing never left America: it just changed...
Winklevoss Twins Receive Approval To Launch Bitcoin Exchange Gemini
Gemini, the bitcoin exchanged started by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has finally received approval to launch from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS). More specifically,...
The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology
To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice. In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks...
How to Write a Winning Pitch Deck
It’s tough enough to get a meeting with a VC. But once you’ve stolen their attention, how do you get their financial support? VCs look for the valuable product, great team and exciting mission trifecta....
Microsoft Excel celebrates 30 years today!
Microsoft has seen a number of milestones this past year and another falls today as its revolutionary Excel program celebrates its 30th birthday.Ever since September 30 1985, the spreadsheet program has...
Credible, The Marketplace For Student Loans, Closes $10 Million Series A Funding
Credible, the multi-lender marketplace for student loans, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by Soul Htite, founder and CEO of Dianrong.com and cofounder of...
IBM to Buy Meteorix for Workday Financial, HR Services Support
IBM has signed an agreement to acquire Meteorix, which specializes in providing services around the Workday finance and HR platform. IBM today announced plans to acquire Meteorix, a key Workday services...
9 Answers to Freelancers Frequently Asked Tax Questions
Ah taxes. They led to the arrest of Al Capone. They had a little something to do with the Revolutionary War. They keep the Swiss banks in business. They’re also a thorn in the side of every freelancer....
Walker & Company Brands Raises $24M Series B, Inks Bevel Deal With Target
Building a lifestyle brand is nothing like building say…an app. Higher degree of difficulty for sure. That’s not stopping Tristan Walker, though. Today, his company Walker & Company...
Kreditech Nabs $92M To Build Financial Services For The ‘Underbanked’
Another startup out of Europe focused on finance has raised a hefty round of funding. Kreditech, a German company building a suite of credit and banking products for consumers who have little or...
Using The Blockchain To Fight Crime And Save Lives
Blockchain technology has been described as email for money, but it has the potential to be so much more. Blockchain technology is a hyper-secure record of digital events that is distributed among...
SAP user group finds big minority adopting Run Simple mantra
The SAP user group for the UK and Ireland has discovered a large minority of members adopting the supplier’s Simple Finance product. Simple Finance was the first demonstration of SAP’s “Run Simple” mantra...
Venture Capitalists (VCs) Answer: How to Approach Them
Unless you’re bootstrapping it, you’re well aware that the fundraising process is frustrating, draining and stressful—yet when it, literally, pays off, you’re on top of the world. To help you get to the...
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