Wonga readies $1.5bn IPO, but stigma won’t go away

Payday loans business Wonga has become hot property in the U.K. over the last few years — but with the prospect of a Nasdaq IPO on the cards, the company is still struggling to overcome the public’s distrust of money lenders.

Months after raising $116m, Wonga talks to the banks

Hot European finance startup Wonga may not be to everybody’s tastes, but it’s doing strong business — and reports suggest it is already testing the waters for its next step, just six months after raising a monster round of $116 million to expand its loan operations.

GigaOM Euro 20: Super Stars

The average European startup might struggle to get the same attention as the latest hot prospect outta Silicon Valley, but some of Europe’s biggest names are famous across the globe. In our first installment of GigaOM’s Euro 20, we chose these five startups as Super Stars.