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TLDR: Learn how BNPL companies make money. New fintech unicorn. Manage your NFT portfolio from a single app.
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Europe News and Funding
How do “Buy Now Pay Later” companies make money💰?
From online merchants: sellers usually pay 2-5% of the purchase price. Sellers offset that cost because BNPL offers a new marketing channel and leads to higher value transactions as people spend more (because they can pay in more installments).
From consumers: they charge anywhere from 0% to 30% APR. Also, they make money from late payment fees.
BNPL can be used as an entry-level financial service - once the company learns the person can be “trustworthy” to pay off the BNPL loan they will then offer them more lines of credit.
Americas News and Funding
Banking-as-a-service startup became unicorn🦄
Unit just raised $100M at a $1.2B valuation, led by Insight Partners. In short, Unit helps other businesses to build banking products. I’m always happy to see new financial infrastructure companies because they will help launch hundreds of new fintech startups.
The first year startup was in stealth mode just building the product, and now they support all kinds of neobank features - account, cards, payment, lending.
In terms of regulations, Unit is not the bank, they also used traditional banks in the backend for regulations and licenses.
An app that helps you manage NFT🖼️ portfolio
Having few NFTs on different blockchains and wallets can be annoying, so I like the idea to have everything in one app. Also, the app allows you to discover new NFTs collections which you can buy directly from the app.