Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch

Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak […]

Blockchain Startups To Watch In 2019

Article was originally published on MintDice. In 2018, the blockchain landscape was a mix of negative and positive events that were in equal parts hectic, eye-opening and indicative of future developments within the digital currency industry. From the beginning of the year, corporations, venture capitalists, investors, and regulators were locked in a mash of uncertainty. While some […]

This startup plans to take on CreditKarma by offering cash rewards for making smarter money decisions — here’s what it says about the future of consumer finance

Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock A fintech startup is giving cash rewards for consumers who sign up for its account and then take active steps to improve their financial health.  Status Money is pioneering a novel approach to personal financial management, effectively sharing some of the referral money with customers that it collects from suggesting credit cards or […]

Meet the startup that’s on a mission to help 100,000 people buy homes in the next 5 years, and recently raised $30 million to do so

_ Divvy Divvy provides alternative financing options for potential home buyers who don’t qualify for traditional mortgages.  Divvy buys homes outright and allows customers to pay it back in a series of monthly payments — 25% of which goes toward building equity and 75% goes toward paying “rent.”  The company’s COO, Adena Hefets, told us: […]

Google once rejected this founder for a job — but then went on to acquire his first startup and partner with his 2nd

Pointy Irish entrepreneur Mark Cummins is the founder of Pointy, a startup that helps bricks-and-mortar retailers show what they have in stock online. Cummins is a serial entrepreneur and sold his first startup, visual search app Plink, to Google in 2010. Ironically, he was rejected for a job at Google years earlier as a graduate […]