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Open banking; who to choose

The question is… who will the customer choose to be their banking confidant in this new, open connected banking marketplace starting from January? The answer is the one you trust the most with your money and data. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

October 5, 2017

152

Japan and blockchain tech are a match made in heaven

By Jack Ellis for Tech in Asia

Blockchain is about a whole lot more than cryptocurrencies. But it was inevitable that digital tokens would dominate a discussion at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 on the impact that blockchain tech is having on Japan’s financial services industry. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia

October 5, 2017

Starling to move into business banking

Digital challenger bank Starling is to open a mobile-only business account for small traders and SMEs. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

October 5, 2017

Ten Years of iPhone Success: What Could Banks Learn From Nokia’s Fall?

 

Forbes Nokia 2007

By Alex Kreger – UX Design Agency

This year, Apple celebrates ten years since the iPhone launch. We can all agree that it changed the world in which we live. But, ten years ago, just a few months after the presentation of the iPhone, Forbes appeared with the title on the cover: “Nokia. One billion customers – can anyone catch the cell phone king?” Nobody was expecting what would happen in the next 10 years. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

October 5, 2017

116

OurCrowd Expands with Office in Spain, Partners with Spanish-Israeli VC Cardumen Capital

Global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has established a new office in Spain thus expanding its operational footprint in Europe. The additional office, located  in Madrid’s financial district of the Paseo de la Castellana, brings OurCrowd’s global locations to multiple countries with the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and a planned expansion in the UK. OurCrowd headquarters are located in Jerusalem. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Global trends, Hotnews

October 3, 2017

ANZ acquires proptech startup REALas

ANZ

ANZ has acquired a startup that uses data analytics and crowdsourced market chatter to provide prospective home buyers with accurate predictions of property price momentum in Australia’s fervent real estate market.

Launched in 2011, the REALas price prediction is calculated using a proprietary algorithm developed with RMIT University, property buyers and real estate experts. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Deals, Hotnews

October 3, 2017

146

ANZ goes live with Fitibit payments

ANZ today announced it had partnered with leading global wearables brand, Fitbit, to offer customers the ability to make payments on the run through Fitbit Ionic, the ultimate health and fitness watch. (more…)

Banks

October 3, 2017

159

Oracle ships digital innovation platform for open banking

By Oracle

Today, Oracle announced momentum for its open banking initiative, which includes a comprehensive set of PaaS capabilities as well as an open API framework enabling banks and fintechs to collaborate on a common cloud platform. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Open Source/ API

October 3, 2017

Seedrs Raises £10 Million with £6 Million via Self Crowdfunding Round

By CrowdFund Insider

Seedrs, one of the leading UK based investment crowdfunding platforms, has closed on £10 million in funding with £4 million coming from Woodford Investment Management and the balance coming from retails investors via their own platform. The deal was announced earlier this month with Seedrs garnering a pre-money £40 million valuation. (more…)

Fintech news

October 3, 2017

103

Fintech startup Curve partners with accounting software Xero to make filing expenses ‘frictionless’

By Steve O’Hear for TechCrunch

Curve, the London fintech startup that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and track your spending, has partnered with accounting software Xero to remove much of the friction involved in filing expenses. The move is part of the newly-launched ‘Curve Connect’ feature that will see Curve connect to a growing list of third-party apps and services to make managing your money easier. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile payments/banking

October 3, 2017

111

N26, Revolut and Monzo founders to talk about starting a bank from scratch at Disrupt Berlin

By Romain DIllet for Techcrunch

What do N26, Revolut and Monzo have in common? The three founders of those three startups are all coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to discuss all things fintech. If you want to see Valentin StalfNikolay Storonsky and Tom Blomfield share the same stage, come to Disrupt in December. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

October 3, 2017

202

Ayondo Remains a Private Company after Reverse Takeover Bid Lapses

By Julie Muhn for Finovate

Social trading company ayondo may no longer be the first fintech company to go public on the Singapore stock exchange (SGX). (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

September 28, 2017

245

A new map for strategic growth in banking

By Mckinsey Insights

Portfolio strategists need to look beyond economic development when eyeing new investment.

When bank strategists seek new growth or reevaluate their portfolios, the odds of success often look stronger in places where banking penetration is low and opportunities relatively abundant. But not always. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

September 28, 2017

204

Berlin Group launches Public Market Consultation on NextGenPSD2 Standard

On 2 October 2017, The Berlin Group will launch a 6-weeks public market consultation on its NextGenPSD2 Access to Accounts (XS2A) Standard that enables Third Party Providers (TPPs) to access bank accounts under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

September 28, 2017

168

ABN Amro launches Sustainable Investment Tool

By ABM Amro

From the local florist stall to the large metalworking factory in an industrial park – starting today, all of ABN AMRO’s business clients can go online to see what they can do to make their commercial premises more sustainable. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Wealth management

September 28, 2017

145

Mobile banking outfit Chime raises $18m

Chime, the leader in mobile banking that helps members avoid fees and automate their finances, today announces $18 million in Series B financing, led by global venture fund Cathay Innovation. (more…)

Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

September 28, 2017

310

Revolut moves into insurance

Revolut users will now be able to insure their mobile phone for as little as £1.00 per week as the innovative fintech launches the first phase of its insurance offering. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Insurance, Remittances

September 28, 2017

191

HSBC moves into open banking

HSBC is testing a platform that lets customers see all of their accounts, no matter who the provider, on one screen. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, Open Source/ API

September 28, 2017

169

Confirmed: Korean crypto exchange Korbit sold to Nexon parent for $80M

By Jon Russel for Techcrunch

The parent company of games giant Nexon has confirmed that it acquired Korea’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange, Korbit, in a deal that values it at just over $120 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 28, 2017

587

The brand new fancy book about fintech

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner at Life.SREDA

Why you should hire an artist to build fintech bank?

The First Fintech Bank’s Arrival

You can buy for 9,99$ on Amazon or download for free on www.ariv.al. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

September 26, 2017

205

BBVA ports 92% of product portfolio to the mobile

BBVA’s mobile banking strategy is picking up pace, with the bank predicting that virtually its entire portfolio of Spanish banking products will be available as an app-based service by year-end. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

September 25, 2017

I got a golden ticket: What I learned about APIs in my first year at Google

A year ago, I found a job in one of the world’s biggest API companies. You probably know us for Search, Mail, Maps, or any of the dozens of apps that we have in the Android and iOS app stores. Those apps range all the way from delivering YouTube, one of the largest sources of worldwide internet traffic, to fun VR demonstrations about Abbey Road and The Bohemian Rhapsody. We have a lot of apps, and another thing that we do a lot is build data centers.

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Columns, Global trends

September 25, 2017

292

Digitised Banking is Now… Digital Banking is the Future

By Kunal Patel – Startupbootcamp/Supercharger FinTech Accelerators

The intention of this short article is not to talk about digital banking being the future, we all know it is and will be. I do feel there needs to be a clear distinction between what we’re seeing now, what we’ll see in the future and terminology. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

September 25, 2017

150

Elevate Report: Too Many Gen-Xers Lack Financial Stability

Elevate (NYSE: ELVT) is out with a report stating that members of Generation-X, the rapidly aging population that followed the Boomers, born between 1965 and 1980, are facing economic challenges that constantly keep them off balance. Yes, Baby Boomers do suck. They Hoovered up all of the public benefits in a spending party and left ensuing generations (Gen-X and onward) riddled with debt and a government populated by nincompoops. Gen-Xers are enjoying now the impact of the Baby Boomer generated hangover (minus the party the night before). (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

September 25, 2017

159

Evolution Of Data Structures In Yandex.Metrica

By Scalability

Yandex.Metrica is the world’s second largest web analytics system. Metrica takes in a stream of data representing events that took place on sites or on apps. Our task is to process this data and present it in an analyzable form. (more…)

Columns, Global trends, Hotnews

September 25, 2017

158

How Much Should A SaaS Startup Invest In Sales & Marketing?

By Tomasz Tunguz from Redpoint Ventures

How much should a SaaS startup invest in sales and marketing at different stages of the business? This is a very nuanced question, but benchmarks do provide some guidance for what is reasonable. Sales and marketing investment depends on many different factors including establishing product market fit, the business’s sales model (inside, field, freemium), and not least, cash balance and fundraising capacity. (more…)

Columns, Global trends, Hotnews

September 25, 2017

230

ZhongAn launches insurtech concept to world

Investors excited about idea of merging insurance with big data and internet sales.
ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance begins trading in Hong Kong this week, launching into public markets a hot emerging asset: the insurance technology, or insurtech, company. The Shanghai-based group, which made a splash in China in 2014 selling quirky insurance products, raised $1.5bn last week, valuing the group at up to $10bn. (more…)

Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Insurance

September 25, 2017

Deliveroo raises $385M in new funding, now valued at ‘over $2 Billion’

Deliveroo, the London headquartered restaurant food delivery startup, has raised $385 million in new funding, giving it a valuation of “over $2 billion,” according to the company. (more…)

Deals, Global trends

September 25, 2017

198

ABN Amro online lending startup New10 opens for business

ABN Amro is promising credit-worthy small businesses a decision on a loan application in 15 minutes through a home-grown fintech startup, dubbed New10. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

September 22, 2017

183

German central bank flags DLT weaknesses

Deutsche Bundesbank has dampened the blockchain hype, dismissing distributed ledger technology’s prospects in retail payments, at least in the eurozone, and pouring cold water on central bank-issued digital currencies. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

September 22, 2017