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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
By Catherine Clifford for the Entrepreneur
Airbnb. Box. BuzzFeed. Facebook. Foursquare. GitHub. Groupon. Lyft. Oculus. Pinterest. Product Hunt. Skype. Slack. Twitter. Zenefits. Zulily. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC
“Innovator’s Dilemma”: are the banks capable of making innovations by themselves? (more…)
FastCompany: If you’re a young, female creative type, Etsy is the place to be: In a new report released Thursday, the online marketplace divulged that 30% of its sellers rely solely on their creative endeavors, both on and off Etsy, as their primary source of income. And women make up an overwhelming majority of Etsy’s vendors – 86%, to be exact. (more…)
TechCrunch: What is the greatest question ever asked?” poses Yuri Milner, layering smoked salmon atop toast. My palms are sweating. As if the meeting at the Ritz Carlton with one of the most powerful men in the world (for which I was slightly late) wasn’t intimidating enough, the wait for him to join me – during which the hotel staff informed me of his preferred booth – had me more rattled than I’ve ever been for a briefing. “Mr. Milner doesn’t mind that you’re in a T-shirt,” the waiter said to me as I waited. “He cares about what’s up there,” pointing to my head. (more…)
WSJ: Since it opened its website in July 1995, Amazon.com Inc. has grown from a seller of books into one of the world’s biggest retailers. Its growth has been fueled by a consumer shift to online shopping and Amazon’s willingness to sacrifice profits to expand. Here’s a look at 20 years of sales for Amazon and 3 close competitors – Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and Barnes & Noble Inc. – and a look how Wall Street has valued those companies. (more…)
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