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Here’s Why This Top VC Says Amazon Is Set to Rule the Fintech Game

By Jeff John Roberts for Fortune

If any technology company makes a major move into payments and banking, the most obvious candidates are Apple (AAPL, +0.36%) and Google (GOOG, -0.18%). After all, both have a lot of experience thanks to the Apple Pay and Google Wallet functions, and both have already persuaded hundreds of millions of customers to share their credit card information. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Mobile payments/banking

February 16, 2017

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Bundesbank President: FinTech Needs Greater Regulatory Oversight

By CryptoCoins news

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has expressed that FinTech requires more regulatory oversight because of its potential to threaten financial stability and the banking sector. (more…)

About, Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Influences FinTech

January 27, 2017

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Virtual reality banking? Now that IS science fiction.

By Finextra

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Back in early February 2016, Facebook uploaded a photo of CEO Mark Zuckerberg walking through what seemed like an army of VR headset wearing drones. The overall look and feel of the picture has been dubbed ‘disturbingly Orwellian’, but it’s easy to see why VR headsets are becoming so popular. By 2020, according to the study conducted by the Analysis Group and commissioned by Facebook, $14.6 billion in revenue is due to come from Virtual Reality based technology. That’s based on low adoption rates. It could be as high as $126 billion. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

January 24, 2017

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What Do the Tech CEOs from Trump’s Sitdown Think of Bitcoin?

By Justin OConnell for CryptocoinsNews

Donald Trump met with tech executives last week.  Trump transition team member, billionaire technologist Peter Thiel, whose oversees funds with Bitcoin investments, sat to the president-elect Trump’s left. Incoming Vice President Peter Thiel was on the president-elect’s right. At one point Mr. Thiel, with money in startups like BitPay, and Mr. Trump embraced hands. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

December 22, 2016

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Fidor Bank and Token sign MoU

By Finextra

Germany’s Fidor Bank is to integrate software from Silicon Valley-based Token into its banking-as-a-service middleware layer, providing an API-based ecosystem designed to help banks monetise their investment in the revised EU payment services directive, PSD2. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

December 20, 2016

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Why “Flight To Quality” Is The New IPO: An Interview With David Blumberg

By Murray Newlands for Forbes

Veteran investor David Blumberg, Founder and Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital, has seen over 25 years of exits and acquisitions. Blumberg’s early-stage venture capital firm just had a win in the IPO of Nutanix, a cloud-based data center technology company that combines computing, storage and networking. Nutanix enables companies — Best Buy, eBay, Honda and Toyota among them — to utilize “private clouds,” keeping chosen data in-house and sourcing other pieces to the cloud. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, Interviews

December 11, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal,  delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Peter Thiel taps a principal at Founders Fund for Trump’s transition team

By   for TechCrunch

Peter Thiel is famously loyal to his employees and vice versa. Many of the dozens of people employed by his venture firm, Founders Fund, once worked for Thiel at his hedge fund, Clarium Capital. He even cofounded a late-stage venture firm, Mithril Capital, with one former Clarium managing director, Ajay Royan. (more…)

Government activities, Influences FinTech, news

November 26, 2016

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What Asia Can Learn From Africa To Succeed in Fintech For Unbanked?

, managing partner at Life.SREDA VC, for Fintechnews Singapore

Facebook is currently considering acquiring mobile money giant M-Pesa in Kenya.

One month ago Visa payments network introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya too. The mVisa app will initially facilitate transactions for people with accounts at four banks. Africa had 557 million mobile-phone users at the end of 2015, according to the GSM Association. (more…)

About, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending

November 14, 2016

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How Fintech will revolutionise finance in the next decade: The Disruptive Group’s Huy Nguyen Trieu

By Isabel Audrey Lim for e27

Huy is currently the CEO of The Disruptive Group, a business builder and advisory firm in finance. The firm aims to build and help the next generation of large-scale financial companies by combining a good understanding of financial services and technology disruption. (more…)

About, Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Interviews

November 7, 2016

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The Tech Bubble Didn’t Burst This Year. Just Wait

The industry has splintered into a few sure bets and everything else. That isn’t helping guide us out of the iPhone era into whatever’s next. (more…)

About, Influences FinTech, news

October 27, 2016

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Why Zuckerberg, Gates And Omidyar Are Investing In Fintech For The Poor

By Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SREDA, for Forbes

According to a report published in early September, Facebook is currently considering acquiring mobile money giant M-Pesa that launched in Kenya in 2007. While the news is not yet confirmed, it could be a sound deal for Facebook in terms of their presence in the sphere of online-remittances (what Facebook Messenger and other messengers are trying to develop right now) and projects like Internet.org to provide people from unbanked and emerging markets with access to digital services, which Zuckerberg has promoted a lot in the past. (more…)

About, Global trends, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

October 27, 2016

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Crazy Fintech In China

Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SREDA VC

Chinese fintechs are very strong in terms of execution and distribution (but only inside China, to be honest), and not so advanced in product and technology innovations. Sometimes striving to be “trendier”, they end up being “too innovative”: they peek in bathrooms in order to assess credit risks; they introduce payments by head nodding; they settle payment obligations to investors with bottles of spirits; they accept nude female photos as collateral, as well as publicly flog for poor performance. (more…)

China, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

October 14, 2016

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

By Irvine Wladavsky Berger for WSJ

The World Economic Forum recently published its 2016 list  of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that will likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The list is compiled by the WEF Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of global experts led by Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Chief Innovation Officer. (more…)

About, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

August 20, 2016

Record Investment In Fintech Is Nothing Exciting, It’s Expected

By Slava Solodkiy for Forbes

The past six months of 2016 were a record high for fintech investment. And for the first time ever, Asia has become the #1 market in terms of the amount invested. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 17, 2016

UBS Report on Whether FinTech Is a Threat or an Opportunity

By LTP

According to a survey by UBS, customers who are likely to use FinTech services during the next 12 months are more in number when compared to the customers who have already used it. This upward trend signals the era of good acceptance when it comes to FinTech services. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Global trends, Influences FinTech

August 8, 2016

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A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing

By ,  for Techcrunch.com

Pundits are painting a picture of doom and gloom for startups, saying it will be harder to raise money. What do you think? (more…)

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

August 1, 2016

From Wall Street to Fintech: Disrupting Traditional VC At Anthemis Group

By Murray Newlands for Forbes

Fintech companies are growing up, the disruption of fintech is still in early stages. The opportunities presented are huge, and the handful of investors who have been at the helm of this disruption since its inception are uniquely positioned to take advantage of what is sure to be one of the financial revolutions of our age. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

July 29, 2016

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You can’t have financial inclusion without digital inclusion

by  for Crunchbase.com

One of the most exciting aspects of fintech is the promise of delivering financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population of the world. According to the World Bank, 2 billion people are still unbanked in the world today. (more…)

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

July 15, 2016

Chart: The Epic Collapse of Deutsche Bank

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Visual Capitalist Magazine 

It’s been almost 10 years in the making, but the fate of one of Europe’s most important financial institutions appears to be sealed. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

July 14, 2016

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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

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Elon Musk Supports His Business Empire With Unusual Financial Moves

Since October 2014, SolarCity Corp. has tried to lure individual investors to the solar-power business by pitching $214 million of what it calls “solar bonds” through the company’s website. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech, news

April 28, 2016

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25 Genuises Who are Creating the Future of Business

By Wired.com

SOON, SOFTWARE WILL know how you feel—and will use that data to sell you things. The gig economy will go global (but it’s not Uber-take-all). (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

April 27, 2016

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Why investors shouldn’t ignore the hype about fintech

By Eileen Burbidge, Partner at Passion Capital and a Technology Ambassador for The Mayor of London.

Many investors (business angels, venture capital and private equity funds as well as family offices) are participating in fintech, and recognise value creation truly reflective of a “fourth industrial revolution”. (more…)

Global trends, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

April 11, 2016

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Chris Skinner: 5 major use cases for financial blockchains

by Chris Skinner for BankNXT

Chris Skinner reveals five use cases for emerging financial blockchains that stand out from the crowd for their short-term gains and long-term benefits.

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Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

March 18, 2016

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The top 10 trends in banking innovation by Chris Skinner

By Chris Skinner for his blog,

We had two Financial Services Club meetings on the same night this week: one in London where Chief Executive of the Payments Council Maurice Cleaves talked about the landscape future for UK payments markets; and one in Warsaw where Lukas Dzuroska presented the top ten trends tracked in research by EFMA over the past year.  I was in the Polish meeting, as it was also the first launch meeting for ValueWeb, and was intrigued to hear to the EFMA research. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

February 24, 2016

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Tim Draper On The Evolution Of VC and the future of blockchain

Recently I had the chance to catch up with Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director at DFJ and one of the most prominent figures in the global venture capital community. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

February 22, 2016

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Vladislav Solodkiy about London Finovate 2016

By Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA VC

for Fintechranking 

With fintech being one of the hottest new sectors for both tech and finance, premiere events in the field have become must-visit affairs for a fintech VC like me.

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Columns, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

February 22, 2016

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Vladislav Solodkiy: 4 reasons to believe the fintech hype

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA for VentureBeat.com

Over the past year, the fintech industry has transformed from a hypothetical hotspot to an actual one.

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About, Blockchain, Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

February 21, 2016

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Igor Pesin, the investment director of Life.SREDA VC,  in conversation with Malaysian business radio station (BFM.my) shared some insights on trends that are influencing the financial technology industry in South East Asia. (more…)

Fintech news, Influences FinTech

February 17, 2016

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Singapore’s true way to a cashless society

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

These days many countries are talking about the importance of innovations in the financial sector. Many of those are claiming that they will soon become the first to go completely cashless. They may be saying so, but what if they don’t really know how to do it? (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cashless, Columns, Global trends, Government activities, Influences FinTech

August 17, 2015