だが banking startups are moving much faster
, my colleague Matt Egan writes
. By Monday afternoon
, the most valuable US consumer fintech startup
, had already made about
$ 3.5 billion in stimulus payments to more than a million customers
. Digital bank Current says it immediately credited member accounts
, with the funds beginning to flow Friday morning
Big payments like this flow through the banking world via the ACH system, which is run by the Federal Reserve. When transactions are initiated, banks receive a notification indicating money is on the way. Hence, “pending.”
Fintechs like Chime, しかしながら, don’t wait for the money to actually arrive. They pay it out early, trusting that when the Fed says the money is coming, it’ll get there eventually.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I don’t have to choose between lifestyle and career. I get to do both now.”
Nicole Maddox accepted her job at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase less than a week before San Francisco went under shelter-in-place orders in March last year
. So she packed up an Airstream trailer with her dog
, and hit the road
. My colleague Kathryn Vasel spoke with Maddox and others who’ve found their rhythm in remote work
YOU DOWN WITH NFT?
Non-fungible tokens are all the rage. So the CNN Business team decided to buy one.
Let’s break down that term:
- Non-fungible: meaning one of a kind, not interchangeable.
- Token: like a unit of currency.
NFTs can take different forms, but they are commonly used to buy and sell digital art. 先週, 例えば, a single JPG file by the artist Bleeple sold for $ 69.3 百万.
BUYING AN NFT
Our team’s NFT, for the record, fit a decidedly more journalist-y budget, as my colleague Rishin Iyengar explains. After much deliberation, we chose a piece by Moscow-based digital artist Alexander Shelupinin called “Little Alien” — a shapeshifting, color-changing portrait of a hairless Sphynx cat. (The CNN Business team has a history with hairless cats, but that’s a story for another time.)
We bought it from a marketplace called Known Origin where it was listed by the artist for 0.01 ethereum, or $ 15 at the time. Thanks to a slight jump in ethereum prices since, it’s now worth a princely sum of $ 17.
Buying an NFT
, でも, is a lot easier said than done
. It required not one but two wallet apps for storing digital assets
, familiarity with cryptocurrency and
, perhaps most important of all
, a discerning eye in sifting through an endless number of NFTs
, ranging from pixelated wizards and tuxedo-wearing bulls to many
, many portraits of Elon Musk
. Read Rishi’s full account
NUMBER OF THE DAY
$ 95 十億
: name the most valuable startup in the US
. It’s not Instacart
. It’s not SpaceX
, the MVP goes to payments processing company Stripe
. It just announced a new round of funding at a valuation of $ 95 十億
, nearly tripling its last valuation of
$ 36 十億.
, in the most Elon Musk move imaginable
, has anointed himself king
In a filing with his Musk’s least favorite regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla disclosed that its founder and CEO is adding the title of “Technoking of Tesla.” It also said that Chief Financial Officer Zach Kirkhorn had taken on the title of “Master of Coin.”
(Fully inspired, today I’m declaring myself Empress of Nightcap.)
The move is something of a middle finger to the SEC. Some background:
- Musk used to be the chairman of Tesla, but the SEC stripped him of that title in 2018 as part of a settlement.
- Reminder: The SEC is charged with, among other things, making sure heads of companies don’t mislead the public…
- And that’s exactly what Musk did when he tweeted “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $ 420 a share. In fact no such agreement existed.
- The SEC originally sought to strip Musk of his CEO title, あまりにも, but settled for having him pay a $ 20 million fine and give up “chairman.”
Musk has to occasionally fire off these innocuous billionaire-with-Peter-Pan-Syndrome moves to keep up his eccentric mad scientist routine. But there’s a reason to the madness: He needs shareholders to not panic when he does something even more alarming, like publicly dismissing measures to combat Covid-19 (which he’s called “fascist” and un-American.)
And if you look at Tesla’s share price, it seems to be working. Investors have driven Tesla shares up to make it one of the most valuable US companies of any kind — worth roughly as much as the world’s seven largest automakers combined.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
- Rosalind Brewer assumed her new role as CEO of Walgreens, officially making her the only Black woman currently serving as the head of a Fortune 500 company and just the third in history to achieve the career milestone.
- Volkswagen plans to build six “gigafactories” in Europe by 2030 — a massive expansion of its battery production as it tries to gain an edge in the electric car market.
- Toys “R” Us is changing hands again, just two years after it went bankrupt.