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November 10, 2016

Oh [#LeanStartup], Where Art Thou?

TAKE NOTICE: build-test-learn

So once upon a time a guy named Eric started a movement. Truth be told, like most of us he was probably trying to start something that would decrease his probability of financial hardship in the future, and in the process possibly make a bit of a name for himself. It would appear it worked and his insights have been well received, by BOTH startups starting out AND mega-corporations interested in a given decade’s operational ‘botox’. But whatever the path that leads you to Lean, it can be an incredible learning experience. So yea, build-[test+]measure-learn is EXACTLY it, and the take-home is that [...]

 
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November 4, 2016

Tech Inclusion: the Diversity of an Open Mind

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was born out of an Exhibition intent on demonstrating that San Francisco had rebuilt itself. So the fact this year’s Tech Inclusion conference was held in the neighboring Innovation Hangar (previously the Exploratorium) is quite appropriate. In a sense, the goal here is to rebuild SF’s crown jewel: Tech. Young and not so young white guys hold a majority stake at present, but in the years to come, it seems to me that the tech sector is going to incur some well-deserved growing pains of a different variety. We’re not talking 4-5x the national GDP growth rate, no, this is something more like [...]

 
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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 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 23, 2016

Startup of the Month: AimBrain

AimBrain, a next-generation biometrics engineering company, helps financial institutions easily, securely, and accurately authenticate their mobile banking users.

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 [...]

 
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September 16, 2016

Startup of the Month: MOO.LA

Moo.la is a digital investment manager. Its disruptive way of helping you manage and grow your money to take control of your savings and investments could represent the future of investing, and its value has been recognised by FinTech50 which ranked Moo.La in its top ten fintech companies.

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 [...]

 
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September 14, 2016

Startup of the Month: MONEY MOVER

Money Mover brings cutting edge technology to cross-border payments. Its online foreign exchange and global payments platform provides a secure and low cost way for businesses to make international payments.

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 [...]

 
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September 12, 2016

Startup of the Month: KANTOX

Kantox is a multinational fintech company offering FX management solutions, and was founded in order to simplify the process of currency exchange with a transparent and easy-to-use tool.

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 [...]

 
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September 9, 2016

Startup of the Month: DARWINEX

Darwinex is the revolutionary marketplace which bridges the gap between traders and investors. Using this online platform, traders get listed as a new asset class that investors, by backing the traders, can buy and sell.

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, [...]

 
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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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