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The CEO Of The Future Is A “Designer-In-Chief”

FAST COMPANY: A trends report from Wolff Olins says CEOs are starting to harnes the good ideas of others rather than cracking a whip.  (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

February 26, 2015

HK Budget: $50M Venture Fund For Growing Startups

COMPUTER WORLD: The Hong Kong government will be offering financial assistance to technology startups with its plan to set up a HK$50 million corporate venture fund. The amount is earmarked for companies located at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and those that have participated in its incubation programs. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

February 26, 2015

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Apple Pay Coming To Europe ‘By The End Of The Year’

WIRED UK: Tim Cook has told an employee at Apple Store Kurfürstendamm in Berlin that Apple Pay will be in Europe by the end of the year, and that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, according to a report in French by Igen.fr. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

February 26, 2015

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The Hong Kong’s 2015-16 Budget Focus on Financial Development

BUDGET SPEECH: Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John C Tsang in his budget speech has announced a strong focus on financial sector development (80% of Hong Kong’s GDP) and support of fintech startups. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, news

February 25, 2015

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Bitchcoin: A New Crytpocurrency For Buying Art And Invest In The Artists

WIRED: When you buy art, you typically get something physical in return: A print, a painting, a sculpture. And that piece of art, depending upon who created it and what happens after you bought it, can become very valuable down the line. Or not. But here’s an interesting idea: What would happen if you were to invest in the artist instead of the art? That’s a question Sarah Meyohas, a young photographer from Yale’s MFA program, hopes to answer with her latest project. Meyohas, working with Brooklyn’s Where gallery, created BitchCoin, a new cryptocurrency. Like bitcoin, BitchCoin is virtual and “mine-able,” but has just one purpose: to buy Meyohas’ art.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 24, 2015

US government accepts PayPal, Dwolla payment methods for tax collection

THE PAYPERS: The US Department of Treasury has started accepting PayPal and Dwolla e-payment methods for tax collection services in an effort to move away from paper-based processing.

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Global trends, Government activities

February 20, 2015

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Aegon Reports Higher Earnings And Sales For Q4 2014

AEGON, one of the largest financial groups in the world, which owns the Dutch startup Knab (Fidor analogue), has released its new annual report, where it reports the success of the model when specific customer groups are targeted by a particular brand with mono line business and additional services are purchased from the parent company.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 19, 2015

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IFTTT’s New Apps Offer A Button For Triggering Other Apps

WIRED: Perhaps you’re one of the many thousands of people who’ve automated some small part of their digital existence with  IFTTT. Maybe you’ve instructed it to post your Instagram shots to Twitter, or to text message you whenever someone in your city puts an acoustic guitar for sale on Craigslist.

Until now, these “recipes” have been dependent on something else happening. If this, then that. But with its new trio of apps, IFTTT wants to let you start taking action yourself. (more…)

Fintech news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

February 19, 2015

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This App Wants You To Borrow Money From Friends, Not Banks

WIREDLong ago, your parents probably gave you some advice: never borrow money from a friend. More importantly: never let your friends borrow from you. If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that mixing money and friendship rarely ends in anything other than blood and tears.

Skylar Woodward wants you to forget all about that. Woodward is the CEO of Puddle, a recently-launched service that lets you borrow money from your social network instead of through traditional avenues like banks and credit cards. Explained in brief: Throw money into a digital pot and you can take out five times as much as you’ve put in when you need it. So for example, say you throw $10 into your Puddle; that automatically gives you a credit line of $50 that you can dip into whenever you need.  $100 turns into $500 and $500 into $2,500. You can choose to pay off the borrowed monthly installments over either three or six months. No interest beyond a set fee for every month you’re paying back (this incentivizes early repayment Puddle says). Sound crazy? It’s really not. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 12, 2015

By The End Of 2014 The Volume Of Investments In FinTech Totaled $6.8B

LIFE.SREDA VC: According to the annual research of international fintech venture capital firm Life.SREDA, fintech startups worldwide raised a total of $6.8B in 2014. This is three times more than in 2013, when the total investment amount in fintech was $2.2B.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 10, 2015

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CommonBond Goes From Disruptor to Player

CRAINSNEWYORK: What if there were a $1 trillion-plus market so riven with inefficiencies and overburdened with regulation that even the most powerful companies inside it had grown eager to partner with the startups seeking to disrupt it? Welcome to the world of student loans.

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Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 5, 2015

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Half Of The World’s Banks Set To Fall By The Digital Wayside – BBVA

FINEXTRA: Up to half of the world’s banks will disappear through the cracks opened up by digital disruption of the industry, forecasts BBVA chairman and CEO Francisco Gonzalez.

Speaking to the press as the bank reported a 25% uplift in profits to EUR2.62 billion, Gonzalez said that competition from fintech startups and the entry into banking by any one of a number of big tech computer companies would have drastic consequences for banks which had failed to adjust to the digital revolution sweeping the industry.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 4, 2015

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First Things First, What Is Fintech?

THE GUARDIAN:  Simply put, it’s “the application of technology in financial services to create disruptive business models and inclusive products,” says EY’s Imran Gulamhuseinwala. One example is M-Pesa, a mobile-phone based payments network serving millions of ‘unbanked’ in Kenya.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 3, 2015