finder fintech roundup: Bitcoin, gender diversity, Apple Pay, the Tech Fast 50 and the Royal Commission

Elizabeth Barry 4 December 2017

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Fintech firms find their place in the Tech Fast 50 while gender diversity issues still plague Australian startups.

The year may be rounding up but everything is still busy in fintech.

Less than half of Australian startups are meeting gender diversity targets

The 2017 Startup Muster report has found that 57.3% of startup respondents had a workforce where females made up less than 30%. And 38.3% of respondents had no full-time employees at all. We spoke to CEO and co-founder of Startup Muster Monica Wulff as well as FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho about the new findings and the experience for women in startups.

Bitcoin goes up and up

It seems every day the world's first cryptocurrency, bitcoin, is breaking new records and finder is here to provide you with detailed analysis as to its enormous growth. Bitcoin hit US$9,412 on 27 November and then reached US$10,000 on 29 November. We look at what's pushing the digital currency to new peaks and what may slow its trajectory.

The global initiative that’s backing women working in payments

Worldwide symposium Women in Payments was in Sydney, ensuring the women powering payments are uplifted and supported. We spoke to Mastercard's Richard Wormald as well as Kirsty Duncan, founder and CEO of Women in Payments, about the conference offerings and the importance of supporting female efforts in innovative industries.

Finance, business and fintech industries welcome royal commission

Fintech firms Acorns and Xinja were among those welcoming last week's announcement of a Royal Commission into the Australian banking sector.

Finance comes to the tech party; fintech companies named in Tech Fast 50

A number of Australian fintech companies have been named in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 list, which ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies based on percentage growth over the past three years. Find out where companies such as zipMoney, GetCapital and Prospa placed – and who took out the top spot.

Bendigo Bank customers can now shop with Apple Pay

Bendigo Bank is the latest addition to the long list of institutions that are offering Apple Pay to their customers. Bendigo Bank Mastercard holders can now use their iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad to make contactless payments using Apple Pay.

5 Aussie fintech firms that are shaking up the home loan business

Fintech has come for home loans. We take you through five fintech startups that are trying to change the home loans game.


The finder fintech roundup is a summary of the news in fintech from the past week. Check back every Monday to catch up.

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