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FinTech: Grandmother-inspired Quick Checkout Startup Fast Adds $20M In Series A

Fast announced Thursday its Series A funding round worth $ 20 million. The round was led by Stripe though existing investors Index Ventures and Susa Ventures also chipped in. Fast is a San Francisco-based start-up aiming to make online shopping a wholly ‘one-click’ experience. It’s ‘Fast Login,’ a free to use one-click login tool, is already available to consumers.

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