Blackhawk Network Acquires CashStar for $175 million; Establishes a Leadership Position in First-Party Digital Gift Card Market

Acquisition of digital gift card solution leader expands Blackhawk’s footprint in first-party egift and gift cards and further strengthens its mobile and digital offerings PLEASANTON, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2017 – Blackhawk Network, Inc., a global financial technology company (“Blackhawk”), announced today that it has acquired CashStar, Inc., a leading...

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7K+ FinTech Startups Globally Will Fall Victim to Consolidation in FinServ

Bright long-term legacy coupled with gloomy mid-term expectations FinTech aficionados could argue endlessly about the power gained by FinTech in the financial services industry, and they wouldn't be completely wrong. Indeed, 7,000+ financial technology startups around the world are proving to be capable of pushing the envelope beyond established consumer...

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Week in Review: Boiling Frogs

I have a confession: I wasn’t planning on taking a summer break from writing the FinTech Week in Review but the constant heat has a way of forcing you be a little lazy. It’s the slow, habituation to the heat which makes you forget that cool, activity-filled days are ahead...

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Enabling Technologies

A Culture of Convenience

A shift in time From checking the weather to booking a personal training session at the gym, the phone in our pockets is increasingly becoming central to how we live our lives. In fact, a recent study shows that the average time each of us now spends on our mobile...

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MEDICI now! The Story of ItsPayd

MEDICI now! Startup Stories highlights the companies that are shaping the new Financial Technology industry. Keep an eye out each week for new stories! If you or someone you know should be highlighted, send us a note. Without further ado… Company Name: ItsPayd Name / Title: Ken Green, Founder &...

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5 InsurTech Trends That Will Keep You Ahead of the Curve

The insurance industry is a conservative one. Conservative being code for “outdated” and not serving the agents and brokers at all. Most agencies are built on paper-and-ink processes or siloed computer systems that have trouble keeping up with the way consumers want to do business today. While most agencies are...

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