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Monzo’s Tom Blomfield on lie-ins, video games and finding his zen

via Wired.co.uk

Waking up at 3:45am, on the treadmill by 4am while going through emails, reading a book a day and finding time to meditate – that’s the myth of the superhuman startup founder. It would be “pointless even if it were true”, says Tom Blomfield, the 33-year-old co-founder of one of Europe’s newest unicorns – digital bank Monzo. Recently, the company raised more than £200m in funding and plans to expand into the US. (more…)

Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 16, 2019

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The Challenger: Dozens’ Aritra Chakravarty

via AltFi

At the beginning of 2019 luminous yellow adverts promoting a mysterious new app began spreading across London.

Called Dozens, the app appeared almost out of nowhere with a digital banking service similar to a Monzo or Starling, but with the addition of a curious 5% fixed interest bond aimed at “savers”.

The only question on everyone’s mind was – who was behind this mysterious startup? (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, People of fintech

April 10, 2019

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Digital futurist Brett King on why credit cards will disappear

via The Australian Financial Review

Mr King, an adviser to local neo-bank Xinja, worries that traditional banks’ conservative cultures have created an “iterative” – or incremental – approach to making money that has put them years behind rapidly emerging digital disrupters famous for their willingness to take risks and break through.

“Banks can survive but have to become part of this new ecosystem,” said Mr King, who is based in Manhattan and visiting Australia. (more…)

Banks, People of fintech

March 18, 2019

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Puerto Rico Financial Commissioner George Joyner: “There’s a space for virtual assets that won’t go away”

via Crowdfund Insider

George Joyner has Puerto Rico in his blood. The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions is a veteran player who has spent his whole career in the fast-growing banking and, latterly, FinTech industry in the US territory of Puerto Rico, with the exception of two years in Florida. Born on the mainland, he was brought to San Juan as a six-month-old baby. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Joyner is an American and a passionate Puerto Rican.

Puerto Rico’s tax-favored status has proved attractive to both mainstream finance and players from cryptoland. Joyner understands and shares the local passion for growth, but as the gatekeeper of Puerto Rican standards, he will only allow growth to occur in the fashion he considers prudent.

Crowdfund Insider caught up with him at the recent financial summit organised by one of Puerto Rico’s newest financial institutions, Kinetic International. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities, People of fintech

March 18, 2019

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Bitbond CEO: The German regulator is “very open” to security tokens

via AltFi

AltFi sat down with Radoslav Albrecht to hear what it was like working with BaFin to bring the Bitbond token to market. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, People of fintech

March 11, 2019

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From Book to Bank: How a Fintech Firm Found Its Calling

via Knowledge@Wharton

In the rapidly evolving world of fintechs, cutting-edge intermediaries that seek to disrupt traditional banking or cater to underserved niches, success depends on rigorous customer screening and proactive regulatory compliance, according to Vladislav (Slava) Solodkiy, cofounder and CEO of Puerto Rico-based Arival Bank. Solodkiy is also managing partner at Life.SREDA, a Singapore-based venture capital firm that over the past six years has invested in more than 20 fintech startups and successfully exited from nine. He has documented his journey from a fintech investor to a founder of a digital bank in his book, The First Fintech Bank’s Arival – From Book to Bank in 12 Months.

Arival claims to be the first digital fintech bank to be focused on small businesses, the so-called “gig economy” of entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups, and small and medium-sized business enterprises that use crypto currencies to receive and pay money. While it may be difficult to identify the ‘bad guys’ among those customers — who could be money launderers or others with dubious backgrounds — prompt reporting of problem cases to regulators and remedial action to prevent future occurrences could save fintechs from hefty fines, according to Solodkiy and Arival’s chief operating officer, Jeremy Berger. Arival is now in the process of securing a federal banking license in the U.S. and exploring similar licenses in Europe and Asia. Solodkiy and Berger shared insights into their strategies for Arival Bank and the road ahead for fintechs in an interview with Knowledge@Wharton. (more…)

About, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews, Open Source/ API, People of fintech

December 20, 2018

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How the Banking Status Quo is Being Challenged in the Age of Fintech and APIs

 

It’s no secret that digital disruption is challenging the status quo in the banking world. The Digital Banking Asia Summit team spoke with Jeremy Berger, Chief Operating Officer at Arival Bank, a venture-backed digital banking startup for SMEs, to discuss new trends, innovating models, APIs and open banking. Jeremy is also the Portfolio Director of Life.SREDA, one of the first fintech only venture capital funds in Southeast Asia.

Additionally, Jeremy helped create (and now advises) Goldbell Investments, the corporate VC arm of the Goldbell Group, focusing on investments in fintech, mobility and automotive innovations. Prior to joining the venture capital and startup scene in Singapore, Jeremy worked for various fintech startups as well as one of the largest wealth management firms in the US.

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About, Banks, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Open Source/ API, People of fintech

December 17, 2018

Meet the world’s youngest digital bankers: Jeremy Berger (24) & Ollie Purdue (25)

At 24 years old, most people graduate college, consider different careers options and think about what they want to achieve in their professional lives.

But for every rule, there is an exception. Some 24-year-olds run successful businesses. And some even build their own banks.

We know at least two such exceptions: Ollie Purdue (25) and Jeremy Berger (24).

They have at least two things in common: both are young (obviously), and both have co-founded digital banking startups. And most importantly, both entrepreneurs are similar in their innovative and inclusive approach to banking.

(more…)

About, Banks, Influences FinTech, People of fintech, SME

November 27, 2018

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Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker is delivering her annual rapid-fire internet trends report right now at Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in California.

(more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, People of fintech

June 1, 2017

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Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS, is Re-appointed to the MAS Board of Directors

By Crowdfund Insider

Ravi Menon, current Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has been re-appointed to the MAS board of directors. His term on the Board has now been extended to June 1, 2019. (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, People of fintech

June 1, 2017

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As VCs pivot from lenders, case for deposit-side fintech is less clear

By American Banker

Companies that aggregate consumers’ financial lives are having a moment. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Influences FinTech, People of fintech

May 15, 2017

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Former Citi Chairman and Asia Pacific CEO Shirish Apte invests in fintech startup Invoice Bazaar

by e27.com

Invoice Bazaar Supply Chain Finance platform connects large buyers with SME suppliers which enables them to avail early payment on their receivables (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, People of fintech

May 9, 2017

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Bitcoin Investor Tim Draper Re-Enters India VC, Praises Modi’s Reforms

By the CoinTelegraph

Tim Draper, a Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor, has returned to the Indian market, backing startups through Mumbai-based Blume Ventures.

(more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, India, People of fintech

February 14, 2017

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Australian Federal Treasurer Pushes FinTech Agenda

By CryptoCoins News

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that the growth of FinTech and the financial sector moving into the digital space has produced a shift in how businesses operate presenting challenges and opportunities. (more…)

Fintech news, Government activities, People of fintech

January 31, 2017

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Bitcoin Core Dev’s Blocksize Reduction Proposal Draws Ire from ViaBTC Founder

By CryptoCoins News

Haipo Yang, ViaBTC’s founder and former employee at the Chinese internet giant Tencent, expressed strong criticism in a brief interview with CCN towards Luke-Jr, a Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream contractor, regarding his proposal to reduce the blocksize to 300kb or, alternatively, for the network to wait another 7 years before an increase of the current 1MB transaction capacity. Yang says: (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Global trends, People of fintech

January 31, 2017

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Insurtech, Interview with Sam Evans, Founder of Eos Venture Partners

By FinSMEs

According to CB Insights, vc activity related to insurance startups hit its highest annual total in 2016 with $1.69B invested in 173 deals.
In this space, one of the first cases on thematic investors focused exclusively on investing in insurance startups comes from London with Eos Venture Partners, an independent and specialist InsurTech investment and advisory firm launched by Sam Evans.

(more…)

Analytics, Insurance, People of fintech

January 27, 2017

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Why Coinbase’s Cofounder Is Moving On

By Robert Hackett for Fortune

Five years after co-founding Coinbase, one of the most well-funded Bitcoin ventures, Fred Ehrsam has decided to leave the company. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, People of fintech

January 23, 2017

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Blackstone’s Jay Leek joins Florida VC firm to manage $300 million security fund

By  for Venturebeat

Rumors have been spreading lately about where Jay Leek, former managing director and chief information security officer (CISO) at Blackstone, will be heading next. His pick? ClearSky, an under-the-radar venture capital firm based in Palm Beach, Florida, where he will be managing a $300 million fund dedicated to cybersecurity. (more…)

Fintech news, People of fintech, Security

January 22, 2017

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How Women Won a Leading Role in China’s Venture Capital Industry

By Shai Oster and Selina Wang for Bloomberg

Women launch more than half of all new Internet companies in China.

(more…)

China, People of fintech

September 22, 2016

Ex-LendingClub CEO Laplanche Is Selling $20 Million of Stock

By Jennifer Surane for Bloomberg

Renaud Laplanche, the LendingClub Corp. founder who stepped down as chief executive officer in a May shakeup, is selling stock in the company valued at $20.1 million.

Laplanche disclosed a plan to execute options for 4.63 million shares of the San Francisco-based company in a filing dated June 29. Calls to Laplanche and LendingClub weren’t immediately returned.

Laplanche, 45, resigned as chairman and CEO in May, setting off a slide in LendingClub’s stock. The company, which matches consumers seeking loans with investors willing to fund them, said the exit was prompted by two incidents: Staff had altered application dates on some loans before their sale, and Laplanche failed to disclose his interests in a fund that LendingClub was considering investing in.

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending, People of fintech

July 9, 2016

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John Biggs leaves ‘Best job ever’ to run a fintech company

It’s hard to deny the brain drain to the FinTech industry occurring nowadays. And this is no surprise – the industry has been showing rapid growth recently. The overall investment in the sector reached millions of dollars and financial technology startups inconspicuously turned into red hot investments.

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Fintech news, news, People of fintech

January 12, 2016

An Interview With Roberto Ferrari, GM of CheBanca!

The Finanser: The bank, based in Milan Italy has been recognized on many occasions as an innovator from flagship futuristic branches to award-winning banking apps such as WOW! What makes innovation in the Italian markets any different to most markets?  Roberto explains. (more…)

People of fintech

April 1, 2015

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An Interview: Renaud Laplanche, CEO Lending Club

An exclusive interview of Renaud Laplanche, CEO Lending Club, to LendingMemo about  post-IPO, soaring record growth, shifting interest rates, and why the stock fell 13% in a day.

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People of fintech

March 10, 2015