Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in …

The startups creating the future of RegTech and financial services

Marc Gilman Contributor Marc Gilman is General Counsel and VP of Compliance at Theta Lake. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Technology has been used to manage regulatory risk since the advent of the ledger book (or the Bloomberg terminal, depending on your reference …

Vignette is a handy new app that keeps your iOS contact photos up to date

If there’s a special place in your heart for single-purpose utilities that solve a nagging problem, then you’re going to want to skip your daily Starbucks coffee and instead buy yourself a copy of the new iOS contacts utility Vignette. The new app is focused on doing one thing well: …

Justice Department has issued draft rules on using consumer genetic data in investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a preliminary set of guidelines for how law enforcement agencies can use genetic information from consumer DNA analysis services in their investigations. “Prosecuting violent crimes is a Department priority for many reasons, including to ensure public safety and to bring justice and closure …

Stock trading app Robinhood revamps its newsfeed with The Wall Street Journal and ad-free videos

Robinhood may be best known its free stock trading, but today it’s rolling out a new version of the newsfeed, adding content from Reuters, Barron’s and market coverage from The Wall Street Journal, with no paywall or additional charge. In addition, Robinhood is introducing video into the newsfeed, with ad-free videos …

Some thoughts on the addictive power of workplace design

The search for some concoction or contraption to improve our performance at work is nothing new. Lawyers, bankers and other professionals have famously used performance-enhancing drugs to gain a competitive advantage. But the design of a workspace can actually have similar effects on those who create it, consume it or pursue it. …

How an immigration crackdown is hurting UK startups

The two people who sat down in reception without an appointment would not leave the startup’s office until the end of the day. Two months later, a letter followed informing the company it had been suspended from the United Kingdom’s register of licensed sponsors, the database of companies the government …

Zola, the $650M wedding portal, taps the travel market with an expansion into honeymoons

The wedding industry is estimated to be worth some $100 billion in the U.S. alone, and now one of the fastest-growing companies in that space — the wedding planning site Zola — is making a move to augment its position with a sidestep into travel. Today at Disrupt (our conference …

TravelPerk launches flexible refunds to help businesses save on cancelled trips

Fresh from topping up its Series C with a whopping $60M, business travel booking platform TravelPerk is launching a new product it hopes will make customers keep singing its praises by shaving further friction off of programming work trips. The Barcelona-based SaaS startup has been on a mission to make …

How to prepare your email subscriber list for the holiday season

Isn’t it hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us again? It feels like just a few weeks ago we were throwing off our sweaters and digging out sandals for the summer. Our snow shovels and winter hats have been collecting dust, unused and stored for cooler weather. …

Facebook Says Hackers Just Breached 50 Million Accounts. Here’s How to Keep Yours Safe

Social media giant Facebook said on Friday that it discovered a giant security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts. Facebook found the breach on Tuesday and fixed it by Thursday night, the company said. It is currently working with the FBI. Details of what happened are still emerging, and it’s …

Which Sears Stores Are Closing? Here’s the Full List as Sears Files for Bankruptcy

The long-predicted Sears bankruptcy is finally here. On Monday, Sears Holdings announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an attempt to restructure the company and save the troubled retailer from oblivion. Shoppers can expect more Sears store closures, as well as liquidation sales, in brick-and-mortar locations around the …

Workplace design must address a neurodiverse workforce

HOK’s WorkPlace practice has issued its latest report, Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace (registration), exploring how organisations can apply workplace design to create physical environments that support the full range of neurodiversity in  employees. HOK’s report includes interviews with experts as well as suggestions for design strategies, operational changes and individual …

Beyond Money: The Hidden Benefits of Web Design Projects

Not all website design gigs are created equally. The truth is that they will all vary in terms of compensation, scope and the overall experience you have. But just about every project provides you with some type of benefit. They aren’t always monetary. And they aren’t necessarily obvious – at …