Impact investing, race relations, practiced inclusion, social capital. While my first piece on SOCAP came from a more tactical topic (they invited me to startup pitches, I was grateful to attend), this piece came from a much larger issue consuming minds these days, both in tech and in the nation at large: racism, sexism, and discrimination in all forms. In fact, my interest when registering for SOCAP was chiefly two-fold: 1) impact investing 2) impacting culture. That is to say, attendance was tied to this issue that shows itself relentlessly in the United States, in its cities with bullets, in its companies with comfortable stereotypes, and sadly even in its presidential politics. [...]
What does Future Start Technology do?
Future Start Technology is revolutionising and democratising investment management. The company’s mission is to give access to investment management and financial advice to anyone, regardless of their amount of money or knowledge of finance. In order for them to achieve this goal, they are empowering wealth managers with both cutting edge robo-technology and artificial intelligence.
Why is Future Start Technology different from its competitors?
Future Start Technology adopted the unique approach of partnering [...]
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My first SOCAP was illuminating to say the least, and not just because I was excited to see what the world of Impact [Investing] was all about, but also because I got to hear firsthand what young companies in countries with little to no venture capital do to get off the ground. What do they do? What they have to. It turns out a big piece of that equation is working with private foundations and government entities, and so perhaps appropriately, I was keenly interested when the World’s second largest Telco invited me to their startup pitch [...]
AimBrain delivers advanced biometric technology to banks so they can stay ahead of mobile fraud through a secure and frictionless authentication experience.
AimBrain is helping some of the world’s largest financial institutions know if their users are really who they say they are, thanks to a biometric authentication platform that provides voice, facial and behavioural recognition — with the latter being the very latest technology in the [...]
One of the company’s strengths is that it is composed of experts in their fields. It was founded by Gemma Godfrey, a former quantum physicist, who was previously Head of Investment Strategy for a publicly listed wealth manager and also worked for some of the world’s largest financial institutions. The CTO and co-Founder, Andrew Jordan, previously co-founded [...]
In other words, Money Mover is targeting the $500bn that 5 million SMEs make in international payments every year.
Money Mover is a fintech startup with a compelling proposition in a huge market. Being a disruptor of the payment market, it differentiates itself from banks and the old world of FX brokers through complete transparency, a feature-rich web application and a simple fee [...]
The expertise and products offered by Kantox allow its customers to manage their currency exposure, build hedging strategies, automate FX transactions and process international payments in a smart way. The company, headquartered in London and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, was born out of the idea of disintermediating banks and brokers from the foreign exchange process; the immediate result brought by Kantox is a cut-down of the costs and administration time for [...]
For traders to succeed, they need a chance to show their skills. But the closed off financial system is traditionally a playing field accessible only by a selected bunch. Darwinex creates a new, better and fairer playing field that provides individual traders with the opportunity to put their strategies into use, enjoy trading and make a living.
Under Darwinex FCA (UK) regulation, [...]