Day: November 12, 2020

Railsbank, the Banking-as-a-Service, raises $37M in growth funding – TechCrunch

Railsbank, the London-headquartered Banking-as-a-Service platform, has raised $37 million in new growth funding.

Leading the round is MiddleGame Ventures and Ventura Capital, which are both existing investors in Railsbank . Also participating is Anthos Capital, Global Brain, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Moneta VC, Mitsui Fudosan and Firestartr.

Nigel Verdon, co-founder and CEO of Railsbank, tells me the injection of capital will be used to continue expanding the fintech’s global footprint and for further product development. This will include the launch of “credit cards as a service” in the U.S. and expand its product in APAC, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Japan. It will also double down on existing markets such as the U.K./Europe.

Verdon isn’t ruling out further M&A activity, either, including other strategic acquisitions following the purchase of Wirecard in the U.K.

Asked what the upside of the Wirecard acquisition was, the Railsbank founder says it helps

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Apple Silicon M1 Mac buying guide: 2020 MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro vs. Mac mini

Apple’s Macs with the Apple Silicon M1 processor will the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Here’s how to pick the right one for your needs.

Apple’s 2020 M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Apple announced the first set of Macs to be powered by the company’s new ARM-based
M1

system-on-chip (SoC) at its
‘One More Thing’ event

. The M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and
Mac mini

are available for pre-order on the Apple store today and will be available next week. At TechRepublic, we’ll be purchasing the new Macs to test against their Intel-based Mac counterparts and similar Windows PCs. But, should you buy one…for yourself or you business? And, which one should you choose?

As with any business tech purchase, the answer to these questions depends on what the machine will be used for. So, I’m going to break down each machine by the

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Free Linux webinars on development of open-source projects and more

Linux Foundation launches LF Live: Mentorship Series designed for reskilling, further developing, and introducing new talent to a welcoming job market.

Image: Linux Foundation

If you lost your job or were furloughed because of the COVID-19 crisis or if you’d like to further develop your current skill set, the Linux Foundation has launched free webinars through its LF Live: Mentorship Series. Founded in 2000, the Foundation’s goal is for developers and companies worldwide to “build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption.” 

In the mentorship series, experts will tackle various topics, but the live sessions will include interactive discussions. Even if you miss a session on the day it premieres, you’ll still be able to view a recording session and the accompanying slides. The foundation said it is offering the webinars free to “anyone to attend and are being offered to support that development of skills and further

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