Interview with Benjamin Yee, CEO and Founder of EMERGE App

A serial entrepreneur and keen solo traveller, Benjamin Yee, talks to us about the challenges and advantages of steering a software startup based in Singapore. He shares what it’s like to run a business with a broad global footprint. Finally, he tells us why electronic payments are the next logical step of his business. (more…)


September 10, 2018


ICO toxic culture: How Tony Hsieh can help ICO-investors with DueDil

Vladislav Solodkiy, managing partner at Life.SREDA, Singapore-based fintech VC, and author of The First Fintech Bank’s Arrival book.

To my great embarrassment, I read “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh (CEO and ex-owner of Zappos, which was sold for $1,2B to Amazon) only at the beginning of 2013, although it was published in 2010. Filled with its very special “chemistry” and energy, the book describes a journey of this entrepreneur from its very beginning. Basically, the book is about corporate culture and values that unite employees. It illustrates that meeting not only functional needs, but also intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic needs of customers is more important than the chase for money. Money comes as the result of this approach. In June of 2013 my team and I visited Tony Hsieh at Zappos’ headquarters. Later some of our portfolio companies also visited Zappos. (more…)

Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

December 19, 2017


GoCardless CEO: ‘I still feel like I’m the same person’

By Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch

“Every so often I get like the odd sort of flashback where it jolts me a little bit, but it’s only ever a snippet, that fraction of a second before I actually hit the car. I don’t really remember much about the actual accident”. (more…)

Interviews, Payment processors/providers/gateways

September 18, 2017


Intuit founder Scott Cook built a US$35B company. This is what he knows about when to listen to criticism

With US$2B+ in assets and investment portfolio that includes eBay, Amazon, and Snapchat, Intuit founder Scott Cook explains their secret (more…)

Columns, Hotnews, Influences FinTech, Interviews

May 29, 2017


How AI is used to infer human emotion

By Nicole Tache for O’Reilly blog

Rana el Kaliouby is the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an emotion measurement technology company that grew out of MIT’s Media Lab. Rana is giving a talk, The science and applications of the emerging field of artificial emotional intelligence, at the Artificial Intelligence Conference in New York City on June 28, 2017. We recently caught up with Rana to discuss the techniques, possibilities, and challenges around emotion AI today. Our conversation has been edited for clarity. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Global trends, Interviews

May 22, 2017


The role venture capitalists can play in pairing banks and fintech

By Brian Patrick EhaAmerican Banker

Nigel Morris thinks a lot about language.

A common language — a lingua franca, as Morris calls it — is what allows the former co-founder of Capital One to collaborate effectively with his partners and employees at QED Investors, the Alexandria, Va.-based venture capital firm he founded in 2007. (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, Interviews

February 28, 2017


Blockchain Tracker: Blockchain Technology’s Impact On Global Transactions

From PayPal to Venmo, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments and more, there are a myriad of ways money is processed during transactions around the world. One of the most trusted and reliable ways may be through bank account transfers. As such, there’s a need to simplify all of these complex finance routes, and blockchain technology seems to be the anchor for this. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Interviews

February 18, 2017


Got a burning financial question? This Singapore-based portal aims to address them

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

fundMyLife gives users the freedom to ask financial questions without the need to entertain sales pitches. (more…)

Fintech news, Insurance, Interviews, Singapore

January 26, 2017


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


Interview with Head of Digital Financial Services Solutions at Fujitsu and CEO/Founder of Trunomi


Interview with Gary Fegan, Head of Digital Financial Services Solutions at Fujitsu

LTP: Tell us about Fujitsu in financial services? (more…)

About, Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews, Security

December 9, 2016


Paytm founder prepares for his next pivot, which could be the biggest yet

By  for TechInAsia

“The last five years were an opportunity for those who were capturing Indian consumers, because people got internet connections with smartphones,” Paytm’s founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma tells me, his easy chuckles complementing the sunny poolside of a Delhi hotel. “The next five years are an opportunity for companies capturing Indian small and medium businesses (SMEs) as they begin to understand how important smartphones are to their businesses.” (more…)

About, eWallets, Fintech news, India, Interviews, Mobile payments/banking

December 6, 2016


Open Banking with John Egan


This October’s Hacking Finance breakfast concerned Open Banking: what it is and how startups and incumbents alike can maximize its opportunities. More than 70 carefully curated financial services professionals attended to share their views and exchange experiences in the space. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

November 21, 2016


Hyperledger, smart contracts and private blockchains are a key focus: IBM

By Shiwen Yap for DealStreetAsia

The rise of blockchain has coincided with the growth of the a growing number of financial service majors entering this space, with technology corporations like IBM leveraging on this to growth their expertise and collaborate with them to explore the full potential of the blockchain. (more…)

About, Blockchain, InspirAsia, Interviews, Singapore

November 15, 2016


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


Metals wants to solve payments for the unbanked with the bitcoin blockchain

By Justin Oconnell for Hacked

Hacked discussed with Marshall Hayner the evolution of his startup, called Trees. Once focused on  delivering marijuana by drone – a la Snoop Dogg’s big music via drone push – the service has since been put on hold as Hayner develops Metal, a consumer-friendly approach to melding the world of high-risk payments, rewards and blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Interviews, p2p-payments, Remittances

October 30, 2016


One Year After Graduating From the QC Fintech Accelerator: What Is Traderion Doing?


Throughout the three years of dedicated ongoing research in the FinTech space, the LTP team has explored, defined and shaped the global FinTech startup ecosystem unlike anyone else. Eventually, LTP has decided to unveil how the 50+ worldwide FinTech accelerators are boosting the growth of the startups in their programs. For this scope, LTP will be interviewing the startups that have been part of the top notch FinTech accelerators and will share the results with its global audience. (more…)

About, Financial Markets / Trading, Interviews

October 28, 2016


Milestones and achievements: Indonesia’s crowdfunding platform KitaBisa shares its story

By  Anisa Menur A. Maulani for e27

KitaBisa CEO Alfatih Timur talks about the company’s milestones, and how it managed to balance business and social impact (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Indonesia, Interviews

October 7, 2016


Exclusive Interview With Deepak Jain, CEO and Founder of Swych, a Mobile Platform Defining the Next Generation of Gifting


September 2016 has undoubtedly been rich on news and initiatives in the financial services industry with FinovateFall 2016 in New York being a crown jewel of this month. The event has revealed a specter of innovations in development and gave an opportunity for bright entrepreneurs to present their solutions to experienced professionals and critics. (more…)

Interviews, Mobile payments/banking

September 26, 2016

60 SECONDS WITH: Vernon Hill, 71, Founder Metro Bank

Vernon Hill, 71, launched Metro Bank in the UK after becoming a billionaire by launching Commerce Bank in the US.

Metro has 41 branches and holds £5.9bn of customers’ savings. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Interviews, Mobile-first banks

September 1, 2016

An interview with Jaiveer Singh, VP of Technology at DBS Bank(Singapore)

By Manu Jeevan for BDMS

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got into the banking industry. (more…)

Fintech news, Interviews

August 23, 2016

Talking About A Fintech Revolution

By Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.  for Huffington Post

Technological innovations have played an important role in disrupting sometimes complacent industries and markets. Transportation innovators like Uber and Lyft have used new technologies to revolutionize the way individuals travel from location to location, while others like Plated and Blue Apron have begun to change individuals’ food consumption habits.


Analytics, Columns, Global trends, Interviews

July 13, 2016


Listen to Mangrove’s Mark Tluszcz talk fake unicorns, fintech hype and investing in weird ideas

By Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch

Earlier this week I jumped on a call with Mark Tluszcz, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s older VC funds and perhaps most notably the first institutional investor in Skype.


Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

April 26, 2016


Tim Draper: The Importance of Investing in Women Entrepreneurs


I am a huge believer in investing in diverse groups to create impact. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

April 23, 2016


Blockchain is essential to the fintech revolution

By Brett King for BankNXT,

Brett King explores the growth of bitcoin and blockchain, along with Michael J Casey, Chris Skinner, Brock Pierce, Bart Stephens, Jeremy Allaire and Jim Marous.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

March 28, 2016

A Bitcoin Believer’s Crisis of Faith


Two years ago, Mr. Hearn quit a cushy programming job at Google’s Swiss headquarters to devote himself full time to what was his great passion: the virtual currency Bitcoin. He was one of a handful of developers around the world dedicated to maintaining the basic software that governs both the creation of new Bitcoins and the network on which the financial transactions take place. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Interviews

January 14, 2016