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The Bouqs Co. Takes Floral Delivery Back To The Source

BY PYMNTS.COM | March 2nd, 2017

Though using the online channel to order flowers for delivery is nothing new, it’s safe to say that most consumers have no idea where those flowers are coming from and what the supply chain is that’s used to get that delivery from Point A to Point B.

But huge economic and environmental waste comes as a result of many of those flowers not even surviving long enough to make it through the traditional supply chain, and John Tabis, co-founder and CEO of The Bouqs Company, knew it was time for a change.

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SoFi Is in Talks for $500 Million Funding Led by Silver Lake

By Selina Wang and Alex Sherman | Bloomberg.com | February 16, 2017

Social Finance Inc. is close to raising about $500 million in a funding round expected to be led by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners to bolster the expansion of its online-lending businesses and personal financial services, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investment round should include several Asian investors, who will join Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., DCM Ventures, Third Point and others. The new international group will purchase SoFi’s loans as well as take an equity stake, said one of the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. The round could close as early as next week, the person said. Bloomberg reported in September that SoFi was aiming to raise $500 million…

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Flower delivery startup The Bouqs raises $24 million to grow past its many competitors

BY Sarah Buhr | TechCrunch | Jan 30th, 2017

There’s a field full of flower delivery services to choose from these days from the old school 1-800-flowers and FTD to startups popping up over the last few years like BloomThat, Farmgirl Flowers, UrbanStems and The Bouqs.

That last one just raised $24 million in Series C financing, bringing the total now to $43 million. The Bouqs doesn’t quite roll off the tongue but that fresh new funding puts it at the top of the heap in capital raised among on-demand flower startups.

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TripActions launches its business travel app and unveils a $14.6 million round

By Bérénice Magistretti | VentureBeat.com | January 24, 2017

Booking a holiday is fun, but booking a professional trip often isn’t. TripActions is trying to change that with a solution that incentivizes employees to spend more consciously through a rewards program. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup, which has been in stealth mode until now, announced today the launch of its travel-booking app, as well as a funding round of $14.6 million.

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Watch Out for These 10 Unicorns in 2017 – Tipalti 9

By Shama Hyder | Inc.com | January 23, 2017

9. Tipalti
In the past decade, there has been a proliferation of companies–whether e-commerce, affiliate, adtech, or otherwise–that need to pay a daunting number of suppliers or publishers every month. At the same time, regulations (especially international ones) have become onerous. Enter Tipalti. Its payment automation software helps businesses make mass payments across the globe with ease and compliance. The software automates payments in almost any currency and manages regulatory requirements, such as withholding payments from people on international “Do Not Pay” blacklists. Tipalti claims its product reduces the time its customers spend on payments by up to 80 percent. And last year, the company rolled out technology that brings automation to the entire accounts payable lifecycle. Tipalti’s quickly expanding customer base includes behemoths like Twitter and nimble startups like Visually. Last September, the company closed its most recent fundraising round, pulling in $14 million to drive new customer acquisition.

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Morgan Stanley partners with Addepar to see more of clients’ wealth

By Elizabeth Dilts; editing by Grant McCool | Reuters.com | January 11, 2017

Morgan Stanley is rolling out a new software platform to 20 of its top financial advisory teams to help them see more of their wealthiest clients assets.

The bank, which manages most of its technology in-house, said late Tuesday that part of its private wealth management division will use Addepar, a Mountain View, California-based technology firm that already partners with family offices and independent investment advisers.

Ultra-wealthy clients typically hold their assets in limited partnerships, family trusts or in alternative and illiquid investments spread across a number of banks and accounts.

Addepar’s platform will allow Morgan Stanley, with clients’ permission, to gather information from those various accounts in one place, and to quickly parse the data to answer individualized questions, said Addepar’s chief executive Eric Poirier…

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