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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…)

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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

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12 rules of investing like Yuri Milner

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

Many thanks to Oleg Tinkov for introducing me to Yuri Milner, and Leonid Soloviev for connecting me with John Lindfors and Tom Stafford. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 11, 2015

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22 Business Books That Blew My Mind And Changed Me

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:

I am often asked for tips on good books to read. Recently I have posted an article in Russian listing my favourite business books, which got over 70 thousand views. I hope that the English-speaking folks will also find it useful. (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech

August 10, 2015

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12 lessons from BBVA and Goldman Sachs: how banks should regard fintech

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC

“Innovator’s Dilemma”: are the banks capable of making innovations by themselves? (more…)

About, Banks, Columns, Influences FinTech

August 5, 2015

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How Zappos Decides How Much To Pay Employees Under Its New ‘Self-Management’ System

BusinessInsider: In 2013, Zappos began transitioning to “Holacracy,” an alternative management system that replaces a pyramidal hierarchy with a network of circles dedicated to specific functions like marketing or HR, and ditches traditional management. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

July 25, 2015

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30% Of Etsy Sellers Earn Money Solely From Creative Work

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…)

Influences FinTech

July 24, 2015

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Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Drive Future

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…)

Influences FinTech

July 20, 2015

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Apple, Samsung In Talks With Telecom Groups To Launch E-Sim Card

FinancialTimes: Apple and Samsung are in advanced talks to join the rest of the telecoms industry to launch electronic Sim cards, in a move could fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators. (more…)

Influences FinTech

July 16, 2015

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How 20 Years of Amazon Changed Retail

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…)

Influences FinTech

July 15, 2015

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How Slack improved our company culture

E27.CO: It’s difficult to find that happy medium between work and personal as well as group and one-on-one, which is why our mini-family relies on Slack. My company, a commercial real estate brokerage with 15 people, uses Slack and we have found it to be an integral part of not only our community culture but also our day-to-day functioning and productivity.

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Influences FinTech

July 15, 2015