Axios Pro: Fintech Deals

January 09, 2023

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Happy Monday, fintech friends!

Situational awareness: Apple’s “buy now, pay later” service and savings accounts continue to see delays, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

  • And we've got a Merger Monday for you here, with Ryan's exclusive and Vista Equity inking a $2.6 billion deal, plus Nuvei striking a $1.3 billion cross-border acquisition.

1 big thing: A new crypto on-ramp

Illustration of a crypto block with an image of a one hundred dollar bill on one side.

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

C14, a New York-based web3 payments firm, is coming to market having raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by General Catalyst, the company tells Ryan exclusively.

Why it matters: With Wyre winding down, there's an opportunity for alternative crypto on-ramps — particularly in emerging markets.

How it works: C14 built a platform for embedding purchases of digital assets onto websites and decentralized applications (dApps), focusing on international and localized payment options in emerging markets.

  • As a result, the firm hopes to go beyond just debit and credit card processing in the U.S., Canada and the European Union.
  • It supports PIX transactions in Brazil and plans to roll out localized payment options in other regions throughout 2023.

Between the lines: Founder and CEO Erich Grant was at Wyre from April 2021 to February 2022. While at Wyre, Grant saw some of the problems crypto ramp companies encounter.

  • "It's still very hard for most people in most places to get access to most assets," Grant tells Axios.
  • "Most people in the world don't have credit cards or debit cards," he adds. "So if you say you can on-ramp a user from Mexico or South Africa through card networks, that's technically true, but very few people can actually use it."

The latest: On the partner side, C14 launched with Evmos and has added support for Ethereum and Aurora, among other assets.

  • It is also working to get embedded through crypto ecosystems such as Hedera, Aleph Zero and LGCY Network.

Of note: So far, C14 has registered with FinCEN in the U.S., FinTRAC in Canada and has obtained a virtual asset service provider designation in Lithuania.

  • Other investors in the round include Fin Capital, Cipholio and Istari Ventures, among others.

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