Take a closer look at Blockchain technology (Infographic)

By Jeremy Drane, Director, FinTech, PwC

There’s been a lot of noise recently about bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. Some of it is hype, but some of it points to important forces in the financial services industry. So what does it all mean? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 21, 2016


The Tricky Task of Regulating Fintech


Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry talks about balancing safety and innovation


Analytics, Government activities, Hotnews

June 21, 2016


The blockchain could give a big boost to local economies

By Pauline Bock for Wired

Widespread use of blockchain technology could help local economies stay local and support small and medium-sized businesses, according to Colu CEO Amos Meiri (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 16, 2016


Elite Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz Looks for These 3 Things in Startups

By Catherine Clifford for the Entrepreneur

Airbnb. Box. BuzzFeed. Facebook. Foursquare. GitHub. Groupon. Lyft. Oculus. Pinterest. Product Hunt. Skype. Slack. Twitter. Zenefits. Zulily. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

June 16, 2016


Boom, bubble or bust for fintech?

by  for

The term “fintech” has become all the rage; investors and media can’t stop talking about it. Many people also have been talking about the “bubble” in the tech industry, but could there be a “bubble” in fintech, as well? (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

June 16, 2016


What’s Next for Artificial Intelligence

Yann LeCun, director of artificial-intelligence research at Facebook, on a curriculum for software

The best minds in the business—Yann LeCun of Facebook, Luke Nosek of the Founders Fund, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University and Andrew Ng of Baidu—on what life will look like in the age of the machines (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews

June 14, 2016


Fintech Is Ending Money Management as We Know It

By  for Bloomberg View

Financial Technology Partners is a San Francisco-based investment-banking firm focused, appropriately enough, on the financial-technology industry. I managed to get my hands on its new report of how fintech is altering the landscape for money management. The report looks at industry trends, interviews numerous fintech executives and sizes up all of the usual big picture Silicon Valley stuff.


Columns, Global trends, Hotnews

June 10, 2016


Bring On the Blockchain Future

By  of Bloomberg

Could the technology behind bitcoin, the alternative currency much loved by anarchists and drug dealers, make the world less vulnerable to financial disasters?



June 7, 2016


Can South Korean startups (and the government) save its flailing giant tech conglomerates?

By  for techcrunch

With 17 percent of the GDP, it’s fair to say that Samsung is South Korea, or at least has represented it on the global business stage for the last decade or so. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 6, 2016


Cash is still king in Vietnam, but two fintech firms look to bring a drastic change

By Andrew Rowan for

Last year remittances to Vietnam topped US$12.24 billion, up from US$6.18 billion in 2007 (the year Vietnam joined the World Trade Organisation), according to the World Bank. These incoming funds, about half of which came from the US, contributed to 6.4 per cent of Vietnam’s GDP and solidified the country’s status as the 11th biggest remittance recipient worldwide. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

June 5, 2016

Yes, Biotech Unicorns Are Still Real

By Max Nisen for Bloomberg

Biotech, at its core, means burning tons of cash on R&D for years in pursuit of a wildly uncertain and highly regulated outcome. Failure isn’t just likely, but near-certain. Fun! (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 2, 2016

FinTech: Picking Up Momentum

By John Mason for Seeking Alpha


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

June 2, 2016


Five Highlights From Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report

By Cathleen Chaykowski for Forbes

At 213 slides, Mary Meeker’s anticipated annual “Internet Trends” report was a gold mine of data on everything from debt-to-GDP ratios by country to U.S. Internet advertising growth. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 2, 2016


J.P. Morgan’s CIO on the Bank’s Security Game Plan

By Emily Glazer for WSJ

Dana Deasy discusses the bank’s strategy since the 2014 breach, as well as working with fintech partners


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 31, 2016


US peer-to-peer lending model has parallels with subprime crisis

By Patric Jenkins for Irish Times

It’s growing in popularity in Ireland but credit quality of some peer-to-peer loans is triggering concerns in the US (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p/online lending

May 31, 2016


Humans are the biggest problem with this $150 million virtual-company experiment

By Ian Karr for

Of course, the biggest problem behind a revolutionary new investment fund dictated by computer code could well be human nature. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 31, 2016


What Is a Bank? A series exploring the existential crisis facing banks in 2016

The question is so simple it seems silly: What is a bank? (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Hotnews

May 31, 2016

Short term lending – A pink Slip

By the Economist
“WHAT rate of interest…can naturally be more proper than another?” asked Jeremy Bentham in “Defence of Usury” in 1787. Anything less than 36%, answer American activists who want to curtail payday lending—pricey, short-term credit typically used as an advance on a pay cheque. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

May 30, 2016


I left Silicon Valley to start up in India. Here are my lessons learned the hard way

By  for TechinAsia

I had a cushy job in the US for over a decade. I was working in the Silicon Valley, helping startups as well as Fortune 500 companies roll out products. Having excessive exposure to startup networking events, success stories at conferences, and free booze at VC funded happy hours in Silicon Valley can turn your brain into mush. I was no exception. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, India, InspirAsia

May 25, 2016


The mercurial nature of P2P lending

By Mike Lobanov for Techcrunch

The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetterZopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and increase their loan portfolios. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

May 23, 2016


All the cool kids are doing Ethereum now

By Jon Evans for

In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth. And thencame the Prophet Vitalik, bearing Ethereum; and lo, it was even better. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 23, 2016


Vitalik Buterin will be in Singapore on 2nd-3rd of June

22 y.o. Russian Canadian (ex hacker and now) famous digital-entrepreneur Vitalik Buterin aka “Digital Lenin” will be in Singapore on 2nd and 3rd of June. Here you can find everything you should know about him, Etherium, The DAO and “smart contracts” – this post is based on materials by Forbes, Wired, FastCompany, TechCrunch, BitcoinMagazine and the Economist.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 22, 2016


LendingClub Is Ruining It for the Rest of Fintech

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

May 20, 2016


OCBC claims to be first Singaporean bank to use voice recognition for transactions

By Judith Balea for TechinAsia

OCBC Bank has been busy launching a string of firsts to ride the fintech boom. It just announced it has deployed voice recognition solutions to make it easier for customers to access different services. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 20, 2016


Think big. Grow smart.

By Kara Sprague for Mckinsey Insights

When big corporations are plotting growth strategies, their ambitions are often limited to growth rates in, say, the high single digits. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 19, 2016


What the AI behind Alphango can teach us about being human

By Cade Metz for the Wired

AJA HUANG DIPS his hand into a wooden bowl of polished black stones and, without looking, thumbs one between his middle and index finger. Peering through wire-rim glasses, he places the black stone on the board, in a mostly empty zone, just below and to the left of a single white stone. In Go parlance it is a “shoulder hit,” in from the side, far away from most of the game’s other action. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

May 18, 2016


Finance is sexy: 10 female-leaders in fintech

By Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner of a Singapore-based Life.SREDA VC 

Four years ago Marc Zuckerberg surprised everyone when he married his Harvard girlfriend Priscilla Chan. One of their wedding guests – Priscilla’s ex tennis coach – recalls visiting the couple soon after the ceremony in their house in Palo-Alto: “When I entered, Marc was sitting at a kitchen table working on his computer. Priscilla introduced me, he smile and said: Behind every successful man there is always a great woman’”. (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

May 17, 2016


Singapore start-up scene receives near $30M boost from government

By Saheli roy Choudhury for CNBC

Singapore’s start-up scene received a boost on Thursday, after the government said it will provide funds to four large local enterprises to match their investments in fledgling local companies.


Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews, Singapore

May 17, 2016


HP Launches Group to Invest in Startups

HP Inc., a descendant of Silicon Valley’s original startup, plans to bet on the next generation of entrepreneurs. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews

May 11, 2016


Why Venture Debt Is Getting Hotter in Southeast Asia

By Rahil Bhagat for INC Southeast Asia

No entrepreneur likes giving up equity. Here’s how they can avoid it


Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

May 10, 2016