Inside Revolut’s Big Crypto Ambitions

Inside Revolut’s Big Crypto Ambitions
Revolut Co-Founder/CEO Nikolay Storonsky

Hey FinTech Fanatic!

In February, Revolut announced to its customers the introduction of a crypto exchange tailored for experienced traders, signaling the FinTech giant's intent to capitalize on the flourishing bull market.

First look at the New (invite-only Bèta) Revolut Crypto Exchange

This move is not Revolut's debut in the cryptocurrency realm, yet it underscores the company's significant aspirations within the industry.

The expansion of its cryptocurrency division is evident, as Revolut is actively enhancing its team in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Lithuania.

Notably, in its London headquarters, the company is on the lookout for legal professionals who specialize in cryptocurrency regulations.

Additionally, Revolut is seeking to recruit experts in crypto-related financial crime analysis in both Poland and Lithuania, as revealed on its LinkedIn profile.

Given the cryptocurrency market's impressive $1 trillion surge in the first quarter, Revolut's strategy to introduce more crypto-centric products in the near future, aiming to leverage the escalating interest from both retail and institutional investors, seems highly anticipated.

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🇬🇧 GoHenry co-founder Louise Hill hits out at UK education secretary over comments that financial services firms are London-centric. Hill said she found the comment strange and added that GoHenry, which operates a flexible work policy, had staff living in Manchester, Edinburgh and Bristol. Learn more


🇲🇽 Uber has put a pause on its FinTech initiatives in Mexico despite holding an official license for financial products. In contrast, its competitors, DiDi and inDrive, are actively enhancing their services in payments, loans, and credit cards, betting heavily on digital finance's potential in the collaborative economy.

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🇨🇦 Airwallex rolls out borderless Visa Cards in Canada, giving Canadian businesses a streamlined approach to global expense management. The virtual card is issued by Peoples Trust Company, part of Peoples Group, and enables Canadian businesses to easily make payments around the world, everywhere Visa is accepted. 

🇺🇸 Troubled FinTech Aspiration is suing fraud prevention platform Socure, saying it shouldn’t have to pay a $4 million bill for a contract it canceled. The suit alleges that Socure failed to deliver adequate services and then won a pricey contract renewal in part by providing Deepak Kumar, Aspiration’s former chief administrative officer, with lavish personal benefits and gifts. 

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🇺🇸 Santander has announced the launch of a new national, digital offering in the US under the Openbank brand in the second half of 2024. The rollout of Openbank in the US market marks the first time Santander combines all its core, proprietary technology to deliver an innovative and secure cloud-based banking platform. 

🇬🇧 Digital bank OakNorth is in the early stages of testing to provide wire banking services in the United Kingdom. The London-based bank is beta-testing business banking services, including operational accounts, cards and payments, Chief Executive Rishi Khosla told Bank Automation News.

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🇬🇧 TransferGo secures $10m investment from Taiwania CapitalThis investment aims to accelerate growth in the Asia-Pacific region and support the expansion of its new product offerings. TransferGo’s valuation has doubled since its last investment round in September 2021.

🇦🇹 Monkee's 'Save Now Buy Later' model gains momentum with new seven-figure investment. With 300,000 app downloads and savings goals surpassing €250 million, Monkee highlights a growing awareness and need for a shift in personal finance paradigms. This infusion of capital fuels Monkee's ambitions for further growth and expansion.

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