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November 3, 2016

Intuit Connect? Turns out I’m into it.

Shaq (early Google investor, Dad, Hall-of-Famer)

I’m on the VTA chugging along, in search of the right convention center. You see, I used to work near Santa Clara’s, so it comes naturally. And let’s face it, there are a lot of arrows and trails of initiative’s presence leading to and exuding from Great America Pkwy these days. But no, today it is San Jose’s that beckons my attention. So I chug.

The first reaction in mentioning to a couple people that I’m headed to the S.Bay is: ‘why?’. SF has become insular. I am a job seeker amongst other things right now, so the Peninsula is a treasure trove of [...]

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September 29, 2016

The 2nd Fintech Investing Seminar launches

The time has arrived. With the 2nd Fintech Investing Conference dating closer and closer, you wouldn’t not want to have your hands on tickets. Attendees from across the globe will be flying to the capital to be involved. With over 40 presenting companies, this event would be imperative to learn about and broaden your knowledge on the depths of fintech, whilst networking alongside fintech specialists.

Still aren’t fully persuaded? 

The conference will focus on and address the biggest, most contemporary topics in the industry today, topics which are ultimately affecting you. Areas from ‘Where is the money coming from?’ and ‘What do family offices look for and how do they [...]

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September 25, 2016

Startup of the Month: Future Start Technology

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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September 7, 2016

Attacks against financial services firms rocket in 2016

Why is it happening, and what can be done about it?

In 2016, financial services organisations have been under attack like never before, with a series of high profile data breaches that have rocked the global financial system. The February theft of $81m from the Bangladesh central bank was significant – not least because of the huge sums involved but because it targeted Swift, the very backbone of the international banking system. The act continues to be investigated and just last week the U.S. attorney said ‘people should be horrified’ about the attack.

There’s been at least ten breaches since, [...]

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September 5, 2016

How to get investors chasing you, the owner of a Fintech Business

According to a recent Accenture study, investment in fintech across the globe, continues to rise.  In the first quarter of 2016, investments in fintech reached $5.3 billion, a 67% increase over the same period the year before.

However, the landscape of investment in fintech is changing.  Fintech startups are no longer the only option available to investors, as bigger players, such as tech giants and some incumbent players, are starting to explore an entry into this lucrative sector.

In our last article, we put forward the case that organic growth is almost impossible for a fintech firm.  In this [...]

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September 2, 2016

Will London remain the capital of fintech?

London is currently hailed as the global centre of fintech. This should come as no surprise, as it is by tradition a financial centre, with most of the leading banks operating in the European and African markets headquartered in the capital.

Similarly, leading disrupting actors such as Funding Circle, Transferwise, Nutmeg, and Mondo have chosen London as their home, creating a stimulating ecosystem that other fintech startups can benefit from. The British capital currently hosts 17 of the top 50 fintech companies in the world (Currency Cloud, Revolut, Property Partners, GoCardless, Elliptic, Bankable, Ebury, iZettle to mention a few), and it is [...]

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August 29, 2016

The Future of Fintech – with a bit of Brexit thrown in!

I’m still in shock over the referendum result, but more about that later. According to the technologists we are all going to pay with thumbs, robots will make sure our pensions don’t shrink, realtime payments will be global and and it will be impossible to launder money…

As a fully paid up member of the Gadgets for Addicts society it’s easy to convince me that any new technology is brilliant. But in reality I don’t believe in technology for technology’s sake, and feel their is an element of this in the current range of startups in fintech. Building something to create a market just because you can is extremely difficult and in most [...]

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August 24, 2016

The Future of Fintech: William Mougayar

The future of FinTech will include a continuous assault on the large incumbent players whose market shares are eroding.

Large financial institutions are challenged, because they cannot innovate from within their current business models. They are happy improving themselves gradually, but are not able to make radical changes to their operations.

aThe blockchain is the biggest opportunity for change and innovation since the Internet came along, over 20 years ago. What remains unknown is the extent to which banks will see the blockchain as a threat or an occasion. Will they repeat the same mistakes [...]

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August 19, 2016

The Future of Fintech: REVOLUT

Brexit was an outcome I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the UK fintech community was neither desiring or expecting, but whenever there is change and uncertainty, there is opportunity.

Now that the dust is settling, it is time to take a dispassionate view and focus on the positives and opportunities that the situation might create, rather than the negatives. This approach is after all one of the key traits of the entrepreneurial mindset. To quote Dale Carnegie, “If you have a lemon, make lemonade.”

Brexit could actually prove to be a boon to fintech innovation in the UK. One possibility [...]

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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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