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The Startup Journey

CityFALCON to Add Trustpilot Content to Alternative Data Coverage

In this Age of the Algorithm and Big Data, everyone is vacuuming up as much data as possible in the belief that more data implies better results. The idea is that the more data we collect and analyse, the clearer… Continue reading →

How Startups Can Fool Angel, Crowd and P2P Investors to Raise Funding

Most of us have lost money in startups: the asset class is inherently risky, markets are often illiquid, and entrepreneurs are not always straightforward or forthcoming. The owners and founders may manage cash poorly, be grossly negligent in their duties,… Continue reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON at £8.5m in our Jan 2020 Crowdfunding Round

What’s a big Cricket shot have to do with a company valuation? One of the first things I tell investors is that we go for the risky, big shots, even if it means there’s a chance of striking out.  … Continue reading →

Access London Stock Exchange’s RNS Feeds on CityFALCON and via API

We’re out to conquer the world of financial content, and one of the most important pieces of the due diligence puzzle are the company and regulatory filings. Some filings, like annual financial statements and share allocations, are mandatory for all… Continue reading →

CityFALCON wins six-figure R&D grant from Malta Enterprise, will collaborate with University of Malta

Research and Development (R&D) is the crucible in which companies, including start-ups, discover great ideas and build them into fortunes. This process contributes to building vibrant and sustainable national economies, which transform the standards of living for residents. This summer… Continue reading →

Seedrs & WiseAlpha Integrate Financial Content from CityFALCON

You have excess capital and want to make an investment. Perhaps you want some stability, so you look to the fixed income market, where your return is, well, fixed. Or perhaps you want a lot more potential upside, and a… Continue reading →

Read the World with CityFALCON’s Translation Feature

How many languages do you speak? Three? Five? One? If your native language isn’t English, it is extremely likely your second language is. We can deduce that because you’re reading this in English, but also by the high prevalence of… Continue reading →

15 Lessons I’ve Learnt From 15,000 Hours of FinTech Entrepreneurship

On 30 June 2019, we completed 5 years of our darling – CityFALCON.  Over the last 5 years, I’ve followed my passion (not “worked”) – a lot. On average about 60 hours a week, 50 weeks a year. That gave… Continue reading →

CityFALCON to Launch Spotify-like Premium Subscription for Financial Content

We’ve been working hard backstage to improve what we offer, from the basic watchlist to analytics. We often update our products, too, so they’re at the forefront of best practices and (mostly) bug-free. We’re quite proud of what we’ve created… Continue reading →

Introducing the New and Improved Mobile Experience 2.0

We’re always working to improve our products, and until recently, there were many features available on our desktop site that were not available on the mobile platform. To be honest, it was a bit lacking in functions outside the watchlist…. Continue reading →

April Fools Roundup in Tech and Finance

April Fools Day was this week. Our Chief Editor dropped the ball and forgot it was April Fools Day, so we didn’t have any funny content releases yesterday. Or he just doesn’t like pranks and didn’t want to remind anyone…. Continue reading →

100 Reasons Why Stock Market Investors should attend the Master Investor Show in London – and why we are too

We have been exhibiting at the Master Investor Show in London for the last 3 years. We thought we’d share with you why we attend these kinds of events and what they mean to us. We also thought we’d give… Continue reading →

Engaging a Unique Species of Worker, the Software Developer

Disclaimer: in no way were any developers harmed in the process of researching this article. Some days they are trying to squeeze ridiculous amounts of money out of you. Other days, they are your older, protective siblings solving your problems… Continue reading →

CityFALCON to Open an EU HQ in Malta

There are three sources of cash for startups: customer money, investor money, and government money. The first one comes from many individuals or clients in small payments, the second tends to come in larger payments but from fewer individuals, and… Continue reading →

CityFALCON Partners with Bloomberg and Fitch to Launch Premium News Service

Apart from democratising access to financial news and content, we are now launching a premium version whereby users have access to all the information they need without the advertising and clutter. Moreover, users will be able to benefit from content… Continue reading →

CityFALCON Signs up Smartkarma as Client and Partner

The combination of detailed independent research and up-to-the-minute tailored news coverage provides a powerful tool for investors and industry professionals.   We are glad to announce that we have signed up Smartkarma, the global investment research network, as a client… Continue reading →

FinTech Firms Collaborate – CityFALCON Partners with RequirementOne on RegTech Solutions

We are glad to have RequirementOne, a leading end-to-end compliance RegTech platform, as a partner. RequirementOne is using CityFALCON’s technology to keep clients updated in real time about the latest financial news that could potentially impact their compliance environment. “CityFALCON’s… Continue reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON’s Crowdfunding Round in Nov 2018 at £5.8m?

You must be wondering what a baseball hit has to do with a company’s valuation but this is the first thing I let most of our investors know – we are going for a home run even if it means… Continue reading →

Raiffeisen Bank Signs up CityFALCON to Pilot Personalised Financial Content in CEE Markets

Raiffeisen Bank is a lead corporate and investment bank in Austria and has retail and other banking operations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) markets. The bank has been working closing with FinTech start-ups to improve its offerings to clients…. Continue reading →

FinTech Firms Collaborate – CityFALCON Partners with Goldex

Goldex, the first smart trading technology platform allowing retail customers to invest in physical gold, today announced its partnership with CityFALCON – a leading curated financial news service platform. The recently launched Goldex start-up is using CityFALCON’s technology to keep… Continue reading →

Serial entrepreneur and AI evangelist David White joins CityFALCON’s advisory board

For those in the AI community in London, David White doesn’t need much introduction.  He co-founded Kusiri which was acquired by PWC in 2015.  Given his passion for data and AI, he co-founded Import.io where he also served as the… Continue reading →

CityFALCON launches Interactive Personalised News on Amazon Alexa

For decades, we have listened to a one-way radio to get our daily dose of news and music.  Spotify came along and redefined the whole experience of consuming music. And now, we, at CityFALCON, are changing your consumption experience for… Continue reading →

Week 1 – First Impressions – Zurich, Kickstart Accelerator, and the Swiss way of life

Growing up in India, most of us have been fascinated with Switzerland – not only for chocolates, cheeses, and politicians hiding money but also for the song and dance sequences in the Bollywood movies.  I’ve spent a lot of time… Continue reading →

CityFALCON raises £550K on Seedrs

CityFALCON, the London-based FinTech company, has raised more than £550K on equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Their campaign was oversubscribed at more than 350% and includes investors from several banks and financial institutions. The company has now raised a total of… Continue reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON’s Crowdfunding Round in June 2017 at £4.7m?

You must be wondering what a baseball hit has to do with a company’s valuation but this is the first thing I let most of our investors know – we are going for a home run even if it means… Continue reading →

Ex-Skype Architect Koen Vos joins CityFALCON as an Advisor and Investor

For many in the communications industry, Koen Vos doesn’t need much introduction.  He has co-written a codec that most over-the-top voice communications services and apps use.  Koen worked as a senior architect at Skype since the early days for almost… Continue reading →

Polar Bear Pitching – CityFALCON Dream from an Ice Hole…Why, How, What’s Next?

  The Polar Bear Pitch, held in Oulu, Finland in the dark cold days of mid-February, is an annual event for startups pitching their ideas for the chance to win the 10,000 euro prize and, more importantly, get coverage and… Continue reading →

How to Raise Money for a Start-Up in Risk-Averse UK; fcuk innovation, problem, solution

If you’re sitting somewhere outside of the start-up ecosystem, the media can make you believe that there is tons of liquidity floating around the UK that’s waiting dormant to be utilised by green-eyed entrepreneurs. But the unfortunate reality is that… Continue reading →

10 Life Changes That Will Get You Ready for Entrepreneurship

As a first time entrepreneur (and a single founder at that!) who has been building a product company for the last 3 years, I’m the first to admit that I’ve made tons of mistakes. If I were to do everything… Continue reading →

Why Single Founder Discrimination is More Severe Than Gender or Racial Discrimination in the Start-Up World?

Imagine someone going to a woman and saying – “You will fail because you’re a woman…how many women do you see in the boards of big companies?… clearly the stats prove that you’ll fail if you’re a woman”.  If you… Continue reading →

7 Steps in 2 Years to ‘Smash’ £150K Equity Crowdfunding Target on Seedrs – the Process – the Great, Good, Bad and Ugly

Disclosure: I’m an investor in Seedrs, and CityFALCON has business relationships with Seedrs. If you depend on the media you may not realise this but fundraising at an early stage remains a real challenge in the UK unless you have… Continue reading →

Octopus Labs Accelerator – Week 2 – Game ON

As expected, in the first week we were settling down, and the real action started in the last week, week 2 of the program.  Also on the business front, we had a very positive week at CityFALCON (touch wood!). We… Continue reading →

Octopus Labs Accelerator – Week 1 – The Pilot

Why join an accelerator program again? Whether accelerators are helpful or a waste of time depends on several factors, and we, at CityFALCON, have declined a few of these that have approached us in the past.  Apart from whether they… Continue reading →

CityFALCON Financial News API for £20 Donation to ActionAid

The story goes that Nathan Mayer Rothschild, once reputed to be the wealthiest man of his generation, made a fortune because he was the first to learn of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Informed by his couriers, the… Continue reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON’s Crowdfunding Round at £4m?

As a value investor, I look to buy assets quoted below their ‘intrinsic’ value.  If you’re in London, come down to the London Value Investing Club, where we have over 800 active members and hold 2-3 events each month. At… Continue reading →

Four Things That We Failed At Within Our First Two Years Of Start-up Operations

One of the key differences between Silicon Valley and the rest of the entrepreneurial world, is that the rest of the world does not celebrate failure as much as it should. Here in UK, “success” is the primary focus, and… Continue reading →

Our Commitment to Investors in Our Crowdfunding Round

We recognize and appreciate the contributions of all our investors, and the inherent risk they take by investing in a new venture…

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Why You Should NOT Invest In Our Upcoming Equity Crowdfunding Round

Our goal is to make our fundraising campaign one of the most transparent crowdfunding campaigns ever…

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4 Reasons Start-ups Get Acquired – It Goes Beyond Revenue and User Traction

Acquiring start-ups is risky business. No matter how good an idea sounds, or how simple a solution a start-up offers, the acquisition may never pay off…

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Why Most Start-ups Worth Investing Are Worth At Least £1m Using ONE Fundamental Financial Concept

An idea is worthless until someone is willing to invest in it. When someone puts money…

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Life Of A “Highly Skilled” Immigrant In The UK  – The Unheard Side Of The Story

Let me start with saying that I don’t mince words and I was never taught diplomacy…

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5 Unique Challenges Startups in the UK Face, and How to Work Around Them

If you’re looking for quick and simple solutions to the many challenges entrepreneurs face…

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Why we entrepreneurs are responsible for the risk aversion of investors in the UK and Europe

I wear two hats: a fintech entrepreneur and an angel investor…

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Reality vs Hype in UK Fintech Startups

“There are three categories where you will get funding very easily”: “if you are a Rockstar product manager or serial entrepreneur” “If you have worked in the City for a long time and can…

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15 Things I Learned as a First Time Entrepreneur in the UK

In 2014, I launched CityFALCON from my bedroom, raised £200K in seed funding, hired a few people, and started to build a scalable product…

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Petition to UK Parliament – Improve entrepreneurial schemes and their implementation

Please sign the petition here if you agree with the points highlighted below. This petition is based on my experience as an entrepreneur for last 2 years running CityFALCON and also based on discussions with other entrepreneurs. We hope that…

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How A $25 Investment Converted Our Developers Into Marketers

In a start-up with limited resources, detailed specs for your developers are a luxury. At the same time, without proper specs, developers may not build what’s actually useful for our customers. To solve this problem, we decided to try something out,… Continue reading →

Reflections On The Startup And FinTech Ecosystems In Ontario From CityFALCON

We can’t overstate how proud we are that CityFALCON won the Next Big Idea in FinTech competition. For the honour, we got to travel to Ontario to get acquainted with the FinTech ecosystem there and learn more about startup culture… Continue reading →

Why I would think twice before building a PRODUCT startup again in the UK

Unfortunately many people in the start-up space do not understand the difference between PRODUCT and SERVICE start-ups. User/revenue traction, i.e. “how many users do you have or how much revenue…

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UK unicorns – how much did they raise in their seed rounds?

For service businesses where you can target customers from month 1 and even start making revenue, funding can be less important. But for ‘product’ businesses where-in you have to build for 2, 3, 6 months before you can start making… Continue reading →

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