Issue #4 - A week in Fintech (28/06)

A week in fintech as it happened!

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📣Open Role Spotlight

Karza Technology provides software (APIs) as a service to fintech/banks/FIs

  • Hiring software developers for the development of their platform

Mobikwik, primarily a payment platform, 

  • hiring Risk Head for Unsecured Personal Loan. 

Rupeek, a lending fintech startup

  •  is hiring for a Sales Head 

🏦Credit Cards and Banking

🚀Product Launches

Yes Bank has launched a full-service digital savings account
  • Similar to what SBI mentioned for their YONO platform, you can open your account using Aadhaar Card

  • A virtual debit card will be issued which can be used to do online transactions


🚀Product Launches

Zerodha has partnered with GoldenPI to introduce investment in corporate bonds
  • Corporate Bonds are traditionally offered to HNIs and institutions since they require large amounts of capital.

  • With just a minimum investment of Rs.10,000 up to Rs.2,00,000, you now have access to investing in corporate bonds.


Setu is working towards introducing 3 more products on their platform which includes investments, credit & account aggregator

  • After raising $15 million couple of months ago, Setu has started expanding its current product portfolio 

  • Building an API-driven infrastructure has now become extremely important since it will 

    • standardize how consumption of data is done, 

    • reduce the time & effort of complex integration 

    • and will help businesses focus on building value creation products

  • There are strong examples of how companies in the US like Plaid , Stripe are working towards simplifying the usage of financial solutions and payments so that businesses can focus on creating value on top of it. 


CreditVidya launched a product called Compass which helps you track some critical macro-economic indicators to understand the impact of CoVid
  • A dashboard where you can select & compare some of the macro-indicators like savings/expenses/employment before March and up to May


Instamojo launched InstaCash where they will provide businesses with a working capital loan upto Rs.1,00,000
  • The loan will be offered for a period of 7 to 14 days

  • Unfortunately, I did not have access to it (I am currently a user of Instamojo) 

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Instamojo launched a new feature called Mojo Rewards where their customers (merchants) will get rewarded with points with every payment they receive
  • The merchants get 1 point for every Rs.100 they receive 

  • They can redeem these points in Instamojo platform for various services

    • App Store subscriptions (LIVE)

    • Discounts on Shipping Fee (Coming Soon)

    • Discounts on Payout Fee (Coming Soon)

    • Quick Settlements on Payouts (Coming Soon)

  • I really like this idea to keep the merchants sticky, this really encourages them to use the platform since they know their rewards can be redeemed for discounts tomorrow which will help them reduce their cost of using the platform

BharatPe has launched a Zero-MDR based POS
  • Similar to their QR-code based 0% fee MDR, BharatPe has now launched Zero-MDR based POS named as “Bharat Swipe”

  • Along with Zero-MDR, BharatPe will also not charge any rental fees for using the POS as well

  • BharatPe’s core proposition is lending to the businesses that utilize their platform and they continue to do so by providing products and services to the business which are completely free

💲 Funding

Aye Finance raised a Series E round of $30 million from Google Capital, Falcon Edge Capital, LGT Lightstone, A91 Partners, MAJ Invest
  • They have disbursed over Rs. 3,000 Cr to over 2,00,000 unorganized businesses

  • Products they provide are mortgages, hypothecation, term loan services

  • Ticket size between Rs.50,000 to Rs.3,00,000

  • Interest Rate Ranging from 22% to 28%


Slice raised a pre-series B round of ~$6.5 million from Japan-based VC called Gunosy, CRED, Better Capital, Das Capital
  • A limit-based card which can be converted into Buy-Now Pay-Later or a term loan basis your convenience

  • They are getting around 4 lac new customers every year as of March 2020


Paytm continues to remain the leader in active daily users
  • Paytm dominates the DAU (Daily Active Users) numbers with 3.9 Cr users with Google Pay & PhonePe at 1.9 Cr and 1.7 Cr respectively

  • This is primarily because of a lot of innovations that Paytm continues to introduce into the market which is a combination of both transactional & non-transactional products

  • However, the corollary is that customers continue to transact more via Google Pay & PhonePe than Paytm 

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