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A company that helps students in developing countries go to top universities has raised $240 million

LONDON — A fintech business that helps fund international students studying abroad has raised $240 million (£186 million) in debt and equity funding.

Prodigy Finance has raised $40 million in equity funding from leading London venture capital funds Index Ventures and Balderton Capital, as well as African fintech accelerator AlphaCode.

An unnamed "global" investment bank is providing a further $200 million debt facility to help it finance loans to postgraduate students from developing and emerging market who are studying overseas.


All the biggest moments from this week's action-packed 'Game of Thrones'

Warning: Huge spoilers for "Game of Thrones" season seven, episode six, "Beyond the Wall." If you aren't caught up on the series or the season, read at your own risk. 

This week's episode of "Game of Thrones," "Beyond the Wall," was one of the most anticipated of the season.

After the amazing ending last week, we get to see Jon Snow and his team of Westerosi misfits go beyond the wall (hey, that's the title of the episode!) to fight the dead and capture a wight to prove this threat is real.

In addition to the action in the far North, there's trouble in Winterfell with the Stark sisters, Brienne heads to King's Landing to reunite with Jaime, and Daenerys shows off a new coat, losing a child in the process.

Here's our recap of "Beyond the Wall:"

Jon Snow, Tormund Giantsbane, The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Gendry, and Jorah Mormont try to capture a wight.

The expensive, rare, and stylish sunglasses worn by Silicon Valley's top tech execs

Silicon Valley's tech elite don't define their status with the typical trappings of wealth.

You generally won't find Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, or other billionaire tech execs sporting expensive tailored suits or Rolexes like their high-powered peers in the rest of corporate America. Instead, they signal their membership in the elite another way — with expensive sneakers and luxury eyewear.

The sunglasses of Silicon Valley are taken out of their cases at least once a year when the who's who of tech elites descends on Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual


Travis Kalanick lasted in his role for 6.5 years — five times longer than the average Uber employee

Despite the high pay and jaw-dropping perks found across the tech industry, giants like Amazon and Apple can't avoid the job-hopping nature of today's workforce.

The company with the longest average retention is Facebook, where employees spend around 2.02 years at the company, according to Paysa, a company which publicizes salary data. 

On the low end of the spectrum is Uber, where employees spend an average of just 1.23 years. That makes former CEO Travis Kalanick an outlier, with his 6.5 year stint at the ride-sharing company — though as a cofounder it's natural that he would have a much lengthier tenure than the average staffer.

But it's clear that Uber has a lot of work to do when it comes to convincing employees to stick around. 


This 18-year-old digital-currency millionaire thinks bitcoin could hit $10,000 a coin

Erik Finman may be only 18, but he's a millionaire, thanks to a very shrewd and early investment in bitcoin.

And despite the recent tumult in the world of digital currency and a huge run-up in the value of bitcoin, Finman is still a bitcoin believer. By his reckoning, the cyber currency still has a ton of upside.

Indeed, Finman said recently that buying bitcoin now would be a "very smart financial decision."

The teen mogul is putting his money where his mouth is. He owns 403 bitcoins, which give him a net worth of around $1.7 million. He's not going to college, and he doesn't have a steady job. He's just focusing on his bitcoin investments. Well, that and launching a satellite stocked with a signed Taylor Swift CD into low-earth orbit. 

His faith in bitcoin hasn't been shaken by recent events, such as the explosive growth of


The Essential Phone made by the 'Father of Android' confirms what I've said all along – the best Android is stock Android

The Essential Phone will soon be in the hands of customers who pre-ordered the device. And after the recent flood of up-close-and-personal photos of the phone, anticipation is building.

Indeed, the Essential Phone is a beautiful device, as Business Insider immediately realized during our hands-on time with one of the first review units. The titanium and ceramic that's used to clad the Phone helps make it stand out against even the gorgeous Samsung Galaxy S8. 

Yet, perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the Essential Phone is the fact that it runs a near-stock version of the Android operating system (OS). 


A scientist reveals the secrets to beating jet lag
Jet lag is the disruption of your body clock. Your body or circadian clock regulates a host of different functions including your sleep, metabolism, and digestion. Before and during your flight, shift your activity pattern to match that of your destination.

Jet lag.

That dreaded side effect of international travel hell bent on ruining a great time.

After all, days of insomnia, nausea, constipation, and general discomfort can quickly throw a wrench in any vacation or business trip.

Unfortunately, most travelers don't have a great understanding of what really is this thing we call "jet lag." As a result, we are woefully under equipped to beat it. 

That is why we asked a world-renowned biologist for an explanation and some tips.

What is jet lag?

"The fundamental basis of jet lag is the disruption of your body clock system,"


The new Balmain Powerbeats headphones are the perfect marriage of tech and fashion (AAPL)

The worlds of tech and high-end fashion collide with the newest iteration of Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones. 

The new $250 Bluetooth headphones from Apple's Beats by Dre brand were created in partnership with French fashion house Balmain (pronounced "ball-MON"), a high-end brand most famous these days for outfitting the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid. In fact, Kardashian's little sister, Kylie Jenner, was the face of the campaign to promote these new headphones. 

While Apple and Balmain


Inside the daily routine of billionaire Bill Gates, who loves cheeseburgers, tours missile silos, and washes the dishes every night

What does the richest man in the world get up to all day?

Bill Gates is worth $85.2 billion, making him the wealthiest person on planet Earth, according to Forbes.

Since stepping down from the helm of Microsoft in 2006, Gates has thrown himself into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates money to research and charitable organizations.

His daily routine is often quite busy and varied, as he travels the world and launches new initiatives.

Here's a look inside the daily schedule of Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the world:

Gates claims to enjoy the chocolate cereal Cocoa Puffs, but his wife Melinda told Betsy Layne High School students that he usually skips breakfast.

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Over half a dozen residents of this San Francisco 'castle' have become bitcoin millionaires — take a look inside

The Crypto Castle is a three-story home in San Francisco where young tech workers eat, sleep, party, and plot the future of money.

A majority of the millennial tenants invest in bitcoin, a new kind of payment system that allows people to buy things and send money with anonymity. There are no banks or middlemen. Transactions are recorded on a digital ledger called a blockchain. 

Cryptocurrencies (of which bitcoin is the most popular) have been on a tear in 2017. Bitcoin surged in value from about $200 per token in 2015 to above $4,000 in August. Some believe the digital payment system is headed for a bubble that's destined to pop.