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German fintech company builder Finleap acquires SME banking provider Penta

Just since months after raising $7 million in Series A funding, German SME banking provider Penta has been acquired by Finleap. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although I understand that the acquisition sees Finleap and Penta’s co-founders becoming the challenger bank’s sole owners, with all other shareholders exiting.

Launched in late 2014 by Hitfox Group and Ramin Niroumand, Finleap has developed 16 ventures from scratch, as well as acquiring a number of fintechs. Companies in its portfolio include banking platform solarisBank, of which Penta is a customer, and digital insurer Element, to name just two.

Penta says that becoming part of the Finleap “ecosystem” will help the SME banking provider increase the speed at which it expands internationally. This will include launching in Italy in partnership with Beesy, a Finleap portfolio company focusing on digital business banking for freelancers.

“Penta has a great product and a great team, serving especially the digital industry, which matches perfectly [with] Finleap’s focus on vertical banking,” FinLeap co-founder Niroumand tells me. “Additionally, with Pair Finance for digital debt collection and Perseus for cybersecurity, there are already two other players in the Finleap ecosystem offering services to a similar customer group like Penta, so they form a real value chain for the digital industry”.

To date, Penta counts over 5,500 digital businesses as customers, such as AirHelp, bepro11 and Global Digital Women. The banking fintech set out to fix SME banking, enabling customers to open a business bank account in just a few minutes online. Other features include a real-time overview of a business’ finances, debit cards with individual limits for employees, and accounting integration. Over the next year, Penta plans to add direct debits, SME loans, international transfers and more.

“The decision to go with Finleap was a strategic one,” says Penta co-founder Luka Ivicevic. “By becoming part of the finleap ecosystem, we’re able to accelerate our growth inside and outside of Germany at an unprecedented pace”.

Meanwhile, Niroumand says Penta will remain an independent business and that Finleap will not be part of the operational management of Penta. However, Penta will be able to benefit from Finleap’s resources and expertise. Penta will be able to get strong support from Finleap’s team of top talents,” he says.

“For example to accelerate their hiring efforts and to solve back-office tasks, so that the Penta team can focus completely on the development of the product and new features, like loans and direct debits. In terms of funding, Penta can also tap into Finleap’s network of corporate financial partners”.

Adds Ivicevic: “This is not an exit, but the next step of our growth, Finleap is the right partner for it”.


Source: TechCrunch

April Fools' pranks: Space burps, Waymo self-driving cars for cats, pickle burger – CNET

From Logitech, Duolingo, McDonald’s and other big names, here’s a tally of this year’s finest — or, at least, most obvious — April 1 2019 jokes.
Source: CNET

NASA chief labels Indian anti-satellite missile test a 'terrible, terrible thing' – CNET

Lingering space debris from the missile test poses a threat to astronauts on the International Space Station.
Source: CNET

Do yourself a favor and watch the trailer for the new film “The Dead Don’t Die”

Sometimes, gentle reader, we report on things at TechCrunch because it’s information that we think you, as a member of our community should know, given your interests and sensibilities.

This is one of those times.

Do yourself a favor and watch the clip for Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie.

The movie’s trailer bills it as “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled” (and the movie’s trailer is not wrong).

You could watch it because it features Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Caleb Landon Jones, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, and Tom Waits.

You could watch it because it’s likely to be one of the greatest entrants into the zombie movie oeuvre ever.

Or you could simply watch it because it’s been a long April Fool’s Monday and you’d like to give your brain a break (before it’s consumed in the great zombie apocalypse).

There’s no tech angle to this, simply consider it service journalism (as in, we’re providing a service by bringing this gem to your attention).

And please, go see it in theaters when it opens in June, (based on the trailer) you’ll likely be very glad you did.

Also… Tom freaking Waits.


Source: TechCrunch

The Twilight Zone premiere makes my stand-up comedy nightmares too real – CNET

Commentary: Jordan Peele’s reboot starts with a comedy of terrors starring Kumail Nanjiani, and for a working comic like me, it’s dead-on.
Source: CNET

New Game of Thrones promo spots: Is Jon Snow riding a dragon? – CNET

Hit the freeze-frame button like Tyrion and Cersei hit the bottle if you want to see every last detail.
Source: CNET

Save up to $150 during Best Buy's all-in-one sale – CNET

Take a look at a trio of currently discounted 24-inch all-in-one PCs.
Source: CNET

2019 WWE Wrestlemania 35: Start time, how to watch, date, match card, WWE Network and more – CNET

WWE Wrestlemania 35 is on this Sunday, April 7! Here’s every confirmed match and participant.
Source: CNET

Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone makes my stand-up comedy nightmares feel real – CNET

Commentary: The Twilight Zone reboot starts with a comedy of terrors starring Kumail Nanjiani, and for a working comic like me, it’s dead-on.
Source: CNET

Confusing your car's ADAS systems is easier than you might think – Roadshow

Vehicle manufacturers’ warnings to always pay attention when driving are no joke, and we’ll show you why.
Source: CNET

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