What SoftBank really wants

(Source: techcrunch.com) Some in Silicon Valley aren’t quite sure what to make of SoftBank and its massive, roughly $100 billion Vision Fund. At times, they say privately, it looks like a drunken gunslinger, firing off massive checks in quick succession. But sources close to SoftBank say there is a method to its madness. In fact, […] […]

SoftBank Group will buy a 5% stake in ZhongAn, China’s first online-only insurance agency

SoftBank Group has agreed to be a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering of ZhongAn, China’s first online-only insurance agency, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today. SoftBank Group will buy a 5 percent stake in the company, or about 72 million shares, at the offer price, which is in the range of HKD… via […]

UK’s Tide raises $14M to challenge big banks with a mobile-first service for SMBs

Europe has seen a large wave of startup banks pop up in the last few years — businesses like N26, Atom and Monzo that are taking on the big incumbents by creating faster and cheaper services for a new class of consumers as they grow up and enter the working world. Now a startup has… via […]