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July 23, 2016

Hiroes

Can you describe Hiroes in few words? What’s your mission? Hiroes is a marketplace that connects individuals or small businesses with talented independents and unusual venues to organise creative and affordable events, in an easy way. Our goal is to tackle the event-planning industry which is still very much offline and unaffordable for many people. We also want to give a chance to talented amateurs or professionals starting in the business to demonstrate their talent and build themselves a clientele by doing what they love. 

Would you qualify your business as disruptive? If yes, why? Our idea is not just a platform like any other. We want to create new niche of service [...]

 
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July 22, 2016

The Opportunity of the City-State in the Data Age

To varying degrees most any adult understands the truth of: ‘everything is cyclical’. The following suggests that there is a case to be made for our civilization tactics and rationale circling back around to the city-state in the data age. The idea grew fuller for me at a Churchill Club event last week entitled ‘A World Awash in Data: Risks and Opportunities’, the speakers of which were Gordon Crovitz (partner NextNews Ventures, previously WSJ) and Anthony Scriffignano (Chief Data Scientist, Dun & Bradstreet).

Fittingly, the evening’s conversation started out with a mention of Hong Kong, and specifically that the Minister of Finance (Financial [...]

 
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July 22, 2016

Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2)

The FinTech world is buzzing about PSD2. Should banks be worried? European banks are finally realising the magnitude of the revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2), which will force them to provide account information to third parties via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that cut out transaction intermediaries.

PSD2 aims to:

– standardise and make interoperable card, online and mobile payments;

– reduce entry barriers for card & online payments;

– align charging and steering practices across the EU;

– regulate emerging payment services;

With this revised [...]

 
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July 22, 2016

Three Simple Ways to Get Feedback from Your Employees

Employee satisfaction is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when running your business. Making sure that your employees are happy at work means that they’ll have better levels of productivity and will be an asset to your business as a whole, providing you with better levels of customer retention, improved results, and better development and growth. But, how can you ensure employee satisfaction? Getting feedback from your employees is one of the most effective ways to do this, as you can learn straight from them what it is that effects their feelings at work and what they’d like you to do in order to improve the situation. Here are some of the best ways in [...]

 
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July 20, 2016

Reimagining Insurance

Innovative Fintech companies are disrupting the value chain, and creating whole new ways of buying, assessing, recommending and using insurance.

Felix Anthonj, CEO of insurance communications platform experto, says: “The new entrants have noticed that the insurance industry has slept for the past decade and basically no innovation has happened. The insurance companies haven’t reacted to the changing customer needs, they have lost the connection to them, acting too greedily and as if they’re immune to disruption. They neglected the underlying principal of a business:

Beyond Black Boxes 

Insurance is [...]

 
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July 18, 2016

How Apply Financial Help Fintechs Not Get Fined For Having Fat Fingers

According to official stats, nearly 30 percent of cross border payments initiated through payment gateways have some sort of error in them or are incomplete, and may not get to the destination bank account.

This is a major source of friction for companies actioning hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of payments a day and for the payment institutions who are fulfilling these payments.

The causes of payment failure or delay can be human input error, aka fat fingers, the moving landscape of international payment rules and regulations, compliance legislation and individual banks internal compliance requirements and global banking [...]

 
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July 15, 2016

Finding the right balance between HIGH TECH and HIGH TOUCH in wealth and asset management

With billions of dollars invested in FinTech startups, there is a plethora of companies providing high tech solutions for almost every aspect in Wealth and Asset management.

Some global banks have been quick in establishing fintech teams in their institutions and are implementing different fintech solutions including setting up virtual banks, and have been successful in attracting clients with little or no human interaction.

However, for private bankers and wealth managers, the personal client relationship or “high touch” relationship is a key factor for growth of their business. Does this mean that they don’t need fintech solutions to grow or [...]

 
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July 13, 2016

Study entrepreneurship in Canary Wharf

Stanford Ignite, the 11-week global innovation and entrepreneurship program, returns to Canary Wharf in September, but the time to apply is now. We quiz Yossi Feinberg, Faculty Director, in anticipation. 

Yossi, could you tell us briefly about the program, who it’s aimed at firstly?

“It’s intended for anyone who wants to create a new business. It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur, or if you’re within an existing firm. We are looking for people who want to create an impact. And we give them the tools to do that.”

The program runs in New York [...]

 
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July 11, 2016

How can b2B companies properly understand their clients?

b2B (small business to big business) companies, including fintechs, often find it a challenge to get to grips with the realities faced by their differently scaled clients.

As ever in these matches, communication is key, but how can a team, or even an entire company, engage with a major client in such a way as to really get to understand not just what they do, but how and why they do it?

This was the question faced by Freddie Talberg, CEO of Pie Mapping, developers of sophisticated logistics software to enterprise level clients. His response to the question?

Hire a bus, book a hotel, [...]

 
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July 8, 2016

Top Tips for Maximising ROI on Your Exhibition Stand

Being in front of a stand at an exhibition is a great way to gain more exposure and marketing for your business. When you exhibit at an event, you come into contact with thousands of potential new customers, investors, and other significant people in your industry. Exhibiting, if done correctly, can give you an invaluable amount of brand recognition and increase your popularity. However, it’s no secret that exhibiting can be expensive, so it’s important to make sure that you put in as much effort as possible to get a positive return on investment.

Your Exhibition Display

While exhibiting, your stand is the first thing that is going to capture your prospects attention. Because [...]

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