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12 International VC Firms That Have Invested in South Asian Startups

TECHINASIA: As smartphone usage booms across Asia and web services become more commonplace, private equity firms and venture capitalists are exploring the lucrative potential of the region. There are a number of global VC firms, especially in Silicon Valley that are keeping an eye on startups on the other side of the planet. Below we’ve identified some big-name VCs who have backed South Asian startups.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 12, 2015

UK Financial Inclusion Report Recommends 22 Things For 2020 (Some For Banks)

THE FINANSER: Yesterday the UK’s Financial Inclusion Commission published their report on Financial Inclusion for the UK. Here’s the summary of the report.

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Analytics, Global trends

March 12, 2015

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Which Asian city has the hottest FinTech startup ecosystem?

E27.CO: Among heavyweight financial hubs Hong Kong and Shanghai, Singapore takes the top spot as the ecosystem most conducive to building FinTech startups, says Markus Gnirck, Co-Founder and COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 10, 2015

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Battle For Mobile Payments: Guide to Digital Wallets

THE FINANCIAL BRAND: According to BI Intelligence, the consumer payments industry will process about $2.7 trillion of card-based payments in the US in 2015. This explains why there is a massive amount of mobile-centric innovation occurring in the payments space and why competition for the consumer’s wallet is so intense.

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Analytics, eWallets, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

March 10, 2015

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How KakaoTalk’s Billionaire Creator Ignited A Global Messaging War

FORBES: How KakaoTalk’s founder ignited a global messaging war. Kim Beom-Su, the son of a factory worker and a hotel maid, has become a billionaire by building a technological empire. Why is it difficult to grow outside of South Korea?

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Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Korea, news

March 2, 2015

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The Global Financial Centres Index

QFC: The Global Financial Centres Index (№17, March’15): New York (1), Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Moscow (75) (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

March 1, 2015

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Five Banking Innovations from Five Continents:  USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia 

MarketResearch.com: Banking Innovation is a global growth‐sector. There are three types of banking innovations (on top of the regular IT investments done by banks): (1) In‐bank FinTech innovations – also known as FinServ innovations; (2) Neo‐Banks as part of the FinTech community; and, (3) Non‐Banking FinTech companies. Global FinTech investments almost hit the USD 10 billion mark in 2014 (USD 9.9 billion). Banking Reports’ research shows that 2015 is going to be the real point of inflexion: FinTech investments are expected to reach USD 19.7 billion globally. In the next 10 years – following 2015 – FinTech investment growth will be strong but not exponential, bringing circa 20 percent compound annual growth rate to the table. We have found highly significant qualitative and quantitative differences between the five continents examined in this report. While London and New York are jockeying for the global leader’s role, Australian banks are doing an exemplary and outstanding job.

Analytics, Global trends, news

March 1, 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

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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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