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Google Assistant Could Soon Support Payments

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Bots, Cashless, Mobile payments/banking

January 17, 2017

Kasisto continues chatbot momentum with $9.2 million funding

By Penny Corpsman for Payments Source
Kasisto, a provider of chatbots to banks, announced Thursday a $9.2 million Series A funding round led by Propel Venture Partners with participation from Mastercard and Commerce Ventures.

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Banks, Bots, Deals, Fintech news

January 17, 2017

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Bots are not killing apps — bad apps are killing apps

By  for VentureBeat

According to bot evangelists, today’s apps are going to be replaced by bots, so why bother with fanciness? Goodbye, delicious Uber UI animations. So long, stickers and filters on Snapchat. Farewell, swiping on Tinder. Will the last app standing be Facebook Messenger? (more…)

About, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

January 15, 2017

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Innovate or die: Top tech trends in banking

By  for TheNextWeb

Whether it’s social unrest or an economic downturn, it’s easy to blame banks when things go wrong. But banks have developed and survived over the course of thousands of years – the earliest bank prototypes were in Assyria around 2000 BC – because we need them for both our commercial and individual needs. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Bots, Fintech news, p2p-payments

January 14, 2017

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YES Bank introduces chat bot for instant loan offering

By Finextra

India’s YES Bank has partnered with Silicon valley-based Gupshup to develop a banking chat bot for its loan product. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Fintech news, India, Mobile payments/banking

January 13, 2017

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Why chatbots will disappoint and messaging will thrive in 2017

By  for VentureBeat

The year 2016 was pretty messy by all accounts — just look at what John Oliver has to say about it. Between Harambe, Brexit, Bowie, the American election, a Syrian refugee crisis, shootings, and, of course, the New York Jets missing the playoffs, it’s safe to say that many of us are looking forward to 2017. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Global trends

December 27, 2016

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Do or die: Robo-advice & Psychometry What drives wealth management winners in 2020?

By Diederick Van Thiel for Finextra

The wealth management challenge

The high net worth individual population globally grew to 15.36 million people in 2015. The global assets under management also grew to $ 58.7 trillion. Private banks globally however  experience a disruptive change in their markets. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Bots, Fintech news, Global trends, PFM/PFP services

December 27, 2016

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Top Direct-to-Consumer Wealth Tech Plays

By Julie Muhn for Finovate blog

Our wealth tech industry coverage continues this week. We looked at the industry last week and reviewed the top trends earlier this month. Today we’re taking a look at industry players with B2C offerings– in other words, companies that market directly to consumers and not through businesses. (more…)

About, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services

December 23, 2016

Lloyds partners startups peddling bill payments tech and AI virtual assistants

By Finextra

Lloyds Banking Group is to test-drive technology presented by two of the ten companies participating in this year’s Startupbootcamp demo day in London. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Deals, PFM/PFP services, SME

December 20, 2016

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FinTech Chatbots – The Millennial Command Line

By Chris Gledhill for Finextra

I have a confession to make – I’m not really a millennial! Despite my liberal use of emojis in my tweets and the word ‘awesome’, the fact of the matter is I missed out on the crucial millennial cutoff point by a few months. I’m Generation X. The good part about being a generational inbetweener is that I remember a time before smartphones, a time before social networks and a time before the internet. I’ve had the pleasure of a front row seat witnessing the greatest period of technological change in human history and I’ve loved every bit of it!  (more…)

About, Banks, Bots, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

December 14, 2016

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10 FinTech Predictions for Asia in 2017

By Henri Arslanian for LTP

In 2016, FinTech went mainstream. So what can we expect for 2017?

Here are some predictions for FinTech in Asia for 2017: (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Bots, China, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, India, InspirAsia, RegTech

December 13, 2016

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Top Trends in WealthTech: From API-ization to Virtual Engagement

By David Penn for Finovate Blog

With 2017 right around the corner, what trends are likely to drive innovations in wealth management technology or Wealth Tech? (more…)

Analytics, Bots, Fintech news, Global trends, PFM/PFP services

December 10, 2016

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Ring out the old, ring in the new

By Finextra

Sophie Guibaud, VP of European expansion at Fidor Bank looks back at the key banking tech trends of 2016 and what we can expect to rise to the top in the year ahead. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Fintech news, Security, SME

December 9, 2016

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What We Learned About Robo-Advisors in the Last 19 Months

By Amit for LTP

Hundreds of startups are trying to shake up the investment world with the so-called robo-advisor offering, and that is nothing new. The incumbents have not only taken notice but also embraced and latched on to the opportunity. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Analytics, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services

November 21, 2016

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Wells Fargo partners SigFig on rob-advisor service

By Finextra

Wells Fargo is working with San Francisco-based wealth management technology startup SigFig on a digital advisory service that the bank will begin piloting next year. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services, TradingTech

November 16, 2016

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Singapore startup raises US$3M to let bank clients talk to an AI assistant

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

Singapore-based fintech startup Active.ai has raised US$3 million from IDG Ventures India and Kalaari Capital.

It aims to use the newly-raised capital to accelerate the development of more advanced AI features for its platform. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Banks, Bots, Fintech news

November 14, 2016

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The mad sprint to banking chatbots has begun

By  for VentureBeat

Apple announcements are like holidays in our office and the new iOS release in September was no exception. Since then, AI assistant news has moved at warp speed. Every Alexa update is a new opportunity for fintech integration. With their latest releases, Google also is now in the running. (more…)

About, Banks, Bots, Mobile payments/banking, news

November 14, 2016

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The rise of the fintech bots

By  for VentureBeat

Want to know if chatbots are gaining ground on apps? Look at the data. A Citi analyst, for example, reported that bots are growing at a much faster pace than mobile apps did at this same stage. In the realm of personal finance, bots have the real potential to radically improve the way we manage our money, weaving financial decisions into the fabric of our daily lives and giving us immediate insight into the long-term effects of our spending, savings and investing habits. (more…)

About, Bots, Fintech news, PFM/PFP services

November 14, 2016

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Mark Zuckerberg just explained how close Messenger and WhatsApp are to making money

By  for Business Insider

A big questions investors have for Facebook is when it will start making money from its collection of standalone apps. (more…)

About, Bots, news

November 6, 2016

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API.ai launches payments and unlimited queries to its bot platform following Google acquisition

By  for VentureBeat

Bots made with API.ai can now complete transactions, use photos and videos, and send an unlimited amount of messages, the company announced today. (more…)

Bots, Fintech news

November 4, 2016

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Mastercard wants to help you bank with a chatbot

By  for CNET

Starting next year, you may be able to get more of your banking done on Facebook Messenger, instead of waiting in a teller line or on hold with customer service. (more…)

Bots, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

October 26, 2016

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Bank of America to roll out AI chatbot

By Finextra

Bank of America has unveiled Erica, an AI chatbot that will be available to answer queries and help the bank’s million of mobile app users make smarter spending and saving decisions. (more…)

Banks, Bots, PFM/PFP services

October 25, 2016

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Swych to Showcase Its Artificial Intelligence Enabled Gifting-As-A-Service Platform at Money2020

By LTP

PLANO, TEXAS (PRWEB) OCTOBER 19, 2016 – Swych™, the pioneer of the revolutionary GiftBot™ technology, announced today they will showcase Business to Business (B2B) applications of their award winning artificial intelligence (AI) enabled digital gifting platform at this year’s Money2020 show in Las Vegas, October 23–26, 2016. The Swych executive team will be on site at Kiosk 2048. (more…)

About, Bots, Fintech news, SME

October 24, 2016

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Internal expense fraud is next on machine learning’s list

By  for TechCrunch

What reactions did people have to the movie trailer for Morgan (which was created entirely — and for the first time — by an AI bot, and a pretty famous one at that)? (more…)

About, Bots, Security

October 19, 2016

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These chatbots want to help you manage your money

By  Steve O’Hear for TechCrunch

Can a chatbot help you manage your money? Three London-based fintech startups are betting on the answer being yes and have jumped aboard the messaging gravy train as they seek to entice millennials to their respective platforms. (more…)

Bots, PFM/PFP services

October 10, 2016

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Banking in the age of AI

By Finextra

Julia Krauwer, artificial intelligence expert at ABN Amro, discusses how advances in machine learning are increasingly being applied to an array of business-to-consumer interactions, including banking. (more…)

About, Bots, Global trends

October 10, 2016

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The first InspiRUSSIA Hackathon ended in Innopolis: the largest blockchain and Fintech hackathon in Russia

From 17 up to 18 September, the largest Russian InspiRUSSIA Hackathon organized by Life.SREDA VC – one of the first venture funds focused on financial technologies – in cooperation with the biggest Russian banks and institutions – Tatfondbank, Sberbank (Sberbank Tech), Microsoft and QIWI (NASDAQ trading Payment service provider) has successfully taken place at the Innopolis University. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Bots, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

October 5, 2016

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Bank of America to Build Its Own Robo Adviser

By Penny Crosman for American Banker

Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch unit is the newest entrant into the robo-advisory game. (more…)

Banks, Bots, PFM/PFP services

October 4, 2016

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3 reasons Forrester is totally wrong about banking chatbots

By Jake Tyler for VentureBeat

When I saw the summary of the recently released Forrester white paper on what banks should do in the face of the rapidly evolving usage of chatbots, I was pretty floored. At Finn, we believe strongly it is essential for banks to enter the chatbot space and that it will be critical to the future-proofing of their business. (more…)

Banks, Bots, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

October 4, 2016

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Troops raises $7 million for its Salesforce-powered bot

By Khari Johnson for VB

Troops, a bot that lets you speak with your Salesforce data, announced the end of a $7 million funding round today, and that the bot is now available to the public. Until today, Troops had been a private beta testing with about 350 companies. (more…)

Bots, Deals

September 22, 2016