“Varo was founded with a clear vision to deploy a more efficient business model and cutting-edge technology in order to create a new kind of bank – one that is wholly designed around the financial health and wellbeing of the everyday American consumer. From the start, we knew this vision needed to be supported by having a national bank charter and an innovative technology partner like Temenos. After a three and a half year journey, I’m thrilled that Varo has made history as the first US consumer fintech to receive a national bank charter. Varo Bank is now live using our new industry-leading technology stack, developed in partnership with Temenos. Varo now has a historic opportunity to deliver the tech-driven banking products and services that will help millions of Americans make progress in their financial lives.”
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I say this because I did NOT do this and now I need to shell out over $ 7k that I didn’t really plan on spending.
Even if you stay for a while and you’re at a company when they have a successful exit, in order to take advantage of long-term capital gains tax, you NEED to exercise (ie purchase) them at least one year ahead of time. If you don’t, you’ll likely end up exercising and selling in one transaction which gets taxed at the higher short-term capital gains rate. If your stock has real value, this will make a significant difference in how much money you take home when all is said and done.
And if you don’t end up exercising at all then you have a nice surprise savings account 🙂
As per the UK government, out of 5.9 million private businesses in 2019, more than 99 percent are small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs). To ensure that these SMEs thrive, the Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) is tasked with implementing the State Aid Alternative Remedies Package (ARP) of £775 Million (€859.8).
The aim of BCR’s Fund Pool E Application Period One is to facilitate the commercialisation of financial technology that is relevant to SMEs. It recently declared the results of its Innovation Fund Pool E grant process wherein six UK-based companies, including Codat, have won a combined value grant of €22.2 million.
Six UK-based companies share €22.2 million grant
A total of six companies have been awarded the combined grant of €22.2 million in the latest Fund Pool E grant. Two of the six companies, namely Funding Xchange Ltd and Onfido Limited, scooped up €5.55 million each. While Codat, ezbob, Fractal Labs and Previse were each granted €2.77 million. BCR says it received 92 applications from 67 applicants for the Pool E Application Period One process. The above mentioned six companies will be invited to enter into a Capability and Innovation Fund Agreement with BCR.
Codat to open up its API on a self-serve basis
Codat states, in a media release, that the latest funding will be utilised to open up its API on a self-serve basis. This is said to allow a larger number of fintechs to build new products and services for supporting SMEs. Codat’s API enables connecting the internal systems of small businesses to banks, fintechs and other financial institutions, allowing business data to flow back and forth in real time. The company also recently raised €8.79 million in venture funding.
“Developers, not bankers, are going to be the people to build the financial products we need for small businesses here in the UK. BCR has recognised that by awarding this money to Codat, they are benefiting potentially hundreds of products instead of just one,” Pete Lord, CEO at Codat says. “With BCR’s backing we’ve been able to move much quicker, to ultimately help support British SMEs – and right now, that’s never had more significance. It’s hugely encouraging to see our strong progress recognised alongside the new set of innovators awarded in this latest round.”
The fresh grant of €2.77 builds on the original €5.55 million Codat received from BCR in 2019. The company is currently on track to deliver all of its commitments attached to the previous funding and is confident of over-delivering on its target of at least 100,000 UK SMEs benefiting from new integrated products and services developed on the Codat platform.
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“The ability to operate as a full-service national bank gives Varo more freedom to deliver the kind of innovation and allyship that many Americans have never had from their bank before.
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Zopa, the 15 year old peer-to-peer lending company, is announcing that it has been awarded its full U.K. bank licence, as it gears up to launch a fixed term savings account, followed by a credit card.
Dubbed “Zopa Bank,” the new challenger bank will sit alongside its existing peer-to-peer lending business, under Zopa Group, creating what the veteran fintech previously described as the first hybrid peer-to-peer and digital bank offering.
Zopa had provisionally acquired a U.K. bank license in December 2018 “with restrictions,” the first major milestone in the licensing process. The full license, which required Zopa to raise a further £140 million late last year in a round led by IAG Capital, in order to meet capital required to become a bank, means it can now launch more widely.
“The Zopa Fixed Term Savings Account offers a competitive rate over 1-5 years at a time when rates are at a historic low,” says the upstart bank. “The account can be opened in as little as 7 minutes online and is protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) up to £85,000”.
Next, Zopa says it plans to introduce a credit card in the coming months, which will include “innovative new features designed to put customers in control of their borrowing”.
“The card will address the needs of customers who have had to put up with poor service and unclear pricing from their existing card providers. These new products will sit alongside Zopa’s existing offering of personal and auto loans and investment products,” says Zopa Bank.
Whether or not a new challenger bank, even one with Zopa’s established brand, can cut through the noise this late in the race remains to be seen. The challenger bank space in the U.K. is crowded to say the least, including burgeoning household names like Monzo and Starling, and to a lesser extend, Tandem, which on the surface looks to be Zopa’s most direct non-legacy competitor.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent for Trusona’s anti-replay technology for passwordless authentication, the company announced.
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Applications and users are the weakest links in enterprise security. Tala’s innovation
transforms how we approach securing them.
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