Mobile-first banks


Commercial Bank of Dubai to launch digital-only bank

By Finextra

Commercial Bank of Dubai is to launch a digital-only bank, dubbed CBD NOW, targeting millennials and tech-savvy customers in the UAE. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

November 28, 2016


Payment Cloud Technologies New bank.VISION Enables An Post to Bring Digital Banking to Customers Nationwide


Payment Cloud Technologies (PCT), the London-based FinTech business, has today announced the official launch of its new digital banking platform bank.VISION. The platform enables organizations to deliver banking-grade financial services to their customers. An Post, Ireland’s largest postal service provider, is the first customer to go live with this new service, rolling out bank.VISION across all 1,100 An Post branches nationwide and improving the services available to its 1.7 million weekly customers. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

November 24, 2016


Is there really any alternative to a mobile digital engagement strategy?

By Mitch Armstrong for Finextra

Mobile banking apps are used more than 7,610 times per minute according to research by BBA (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

November 22, 2016


Launch of the Latest Security Report on Bank Apps in APAC at Singapore FinTech Festival


The rapid digitization of consumers and enterprises will increase the cost of data breaches to USD 2.1 trillion globally by 2019 from USD 500 billion in 2015 – affecting mainly large banks, retailers and federal agencies as per Forbes Inc. One of the recent cyberattacks that happened at one of Australia’s largest banks in 2016 was done by a malware attack using an Android mobile application. The virus presented a fake version of the login screen and intercepted the username or account number and password. The sophistication of this malware enabled it to intercept the two-factor authentication code sent by banks. (more…)

Fintech news, Marketing Report, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, Security, Singapore

November 16, 2016


Online remittance startup Toast raises $1.5m to be a bank for migrant workers

By  for TechInAsia

Online remittance startup Toast had a goal: it wanted to help migrant workers in Asia send money back home. This way, they wouldn’t have to deal with exorbitant remittance fees, queues at money transfer operator outlets, and long transfer times. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hong Kong, Mobile-first banks, Remittances, Singapore

November 10, 2016

Banking App Loot Raises $2.5M in Funding

By FinSMEs

lootLoot, a London, UK-based provider of a banking app for millenials, raised $2.5m in funding.

Backers include SpeedInvest and Global Founders Capital.

The company is using the funds to expand in Europe. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

November 9, 2016


London fintech startup Soldo launches multi-user spending account for families

By Steve O’Hear for TechCrunch

London fintech startup Soldo — founded by tech veteran Carlo Gualandri who previously helped create Italy’s first online bank — is launching a multi-user spending account. The cloud-based service, which has been 18 months in the making and is currently available in the U.K. and Italy, is designed to enable and control the flow of money inside organisations with multiple users. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services

November 8, 2016

AinFin Raises £200K in Seed Funding

By FinSMEs

AinFin, a London, UK-based banking service operating in challenging markets, raises £200k in seed funding. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

November 3, 2016


The day I realized Fintech was becoming just the same as everything else

By Brett King, Moven, for Finextra

I’ve been in Fintech since before we called it Fintech. Some would say that Fintech has been around for decades, as soon as Bank of America deployed ERMA (Electronic Recording Method of Accounting) in the 1950s, but even though the term was commonplace by 2009 amongst practitioners, the term Fintech got very little industry use until 2013, and then in 2014 use of the term skyrocketed. In 2009 Finextra itself just featured 30 articles with references to Fintech, but by 2014 that number was close to 250, and 2016 has already seen 1200 articles to-date. 


Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

October 26, 2016


Retail Banking Simmers with Technological Promise

By Jay Patani for Finextra

Since the financial crisis, the major UK retail banks have primarily been keeping their head down, averting or avoiding scandals and dealing with changing government regulations or mandates. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

October 25, 2016


London-Based Mobile Bank Monzo Raises £4.8M in Funding

By FinSMEs

The round, which brought the company’s valuation to £50m and £12.8m in total funding to date, was led by existing investor Passion Capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

October 22, 2016


Kashmi launches mobile bank to counter ‘floundering’ attempts by financial firms to attract millennials and go digital

By  for TheDrum

Kashmi, a social payments app based in Singapore, has expanded its remit by launching a ‘360 degree digital’ banking service, aimed at younger people in south-east Asia. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, Singapore

October 20, 2016


TravelBank launches expense account app that pays you for underspending

By   for TechCrunch

Employees waste tons of money through expense accounts because there’s no incentive to book flights early, stay at a modest hotel, or dine on the cheap. But a new startup called TravelBank can predict what employees should be spending on trips, help them file their expenses, and even give them cash rewards if they come in under budget. (more…)

Mobile-first banks, PFM/PFP services, SME

October 20, 2016


We Live in a Mobile-First World

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

For a quarter of users, it’s a mobile-only world

A recent study by Google called How People Use Their Devices suggests that more than 1 in 4 users only use a smartphone in an average day – almost twice as many as those who only use a computer. Moreover, the study indicated that smartphones take up the most usage time on an average day – those who use a smartphone spend almost three hours per day on it. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks

October 15, 2016


Why I’m convinced that smartphone-only banks like Monzo are the future

By Matthew Hughes for The Next Web

Over the past few years, a seismic shift has taken place in the world of retail banking. Traditional banks are now facing stiff competition from smartphone-only upstarts. (more…)

Mobile-first banks

October 11, 2016


In the Kitchen of FinTech

By Sofia for LTP

One of the core differences between the FinTech world and traditional financial institutions lies in the underlying technology and the level of freedom to build it. Unlike traditional banks, FinTech startups are free from legacy systems and operate mostly in the area of law that allows them to be relatively free. Hence, they can build their services on experimental algorithms and pivot them as they please to find the best solution. (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, p2p/online lending

October 10, 2016


The simple reason you should move your money to an online bank

By Ismat Sarah Mangla for Quartz

Would you pay a 23% fee to access your own money? That’s how much, on average, Americans are forking over when they withdraw $20 from an ATM that doesn’t belong to their bank. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

October 8, 2016


Fidor to provide digital backbone for ADIB

By Finextra

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a top-tier financial services institution, has partnered with Fidor Bank to launch the region’s first ‘community based digital bank’. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, Mobile-first banks

October 4, 2016


Inside Paytm’s mini-bank and its plans to go where banks don’t

By Meghna Rao for TechInAsia

Across the street from Paytm’s office in Noida is a man selling chai. The company’s signature blue and white sticker is pasted on the back wall of his store. I scan the accompanying QR code and transfer INR20 (US$0.30) from my wallet into his for a steaming hot cup. (more…)

India, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

September 30, 2016


JPM Hires Moven Co-Founder Alex Sion as Banking, Fintech Converge

By Penny Crosman for American Banker

JPMorgan Chase has hired Alex Sion, co-founder of the mobile-only neobank Moven, to lead its mobile apps. The move is an example of how banks are looking to fintech entrepreneurs to bring innovation in, and it illustrates the emphasis and importance banks are putting on their mobile channels. It’s also the latest round of musical chairs for big banks’ digital channel executives. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

September 29, 2016


Atom Bank is raising £100 million and getting into mortgages

By Oscar Williams-Grut for Business Insider

App-only challenger bank is raising £100 million ($129.6 million) from its shareholders to break into mortgages, according to Sky News.


Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

September 22, 2016


BAAS 平台和开放 API


应用编程界面 (API) 是数十年来软件 开发的一个关键部分,用来为某指定 平台,如 Microsoft Windows 进行 开发。 更近以来,从 Salesforce 到 Facebook 和 Google 的新型平台提 供商提供的 API 帮助开发者和,实 际上,创造了开发者对这些平台的依 赖。 现在,一种新的第三方 API 正在 提供能力解脱开发者锁定任何特别的 平台和允许他们更有效地把应用 推向 市场。 结果,开发者可以专注于他们 自己的独特功能并围绕之其它专业人 士开发的全功能、分发的流程,他们 通过 API 对其访问。 开发者意识到, 他们需要建入应用里的许多功能对于 许多其它公司辛勤劳作的东西来说是 冗余的。 他们学会不花费宝贵的资源 在别人已经做好的事情上,而是依靠 更大平台的 API。 另一个优势是第三 方的 API 常常明显更好。 它们工作 更好,比内置的 API 提供更多的灵活 性。 最后,第三方 API 开发者有更多 容量和存取创造网络效果的更大的数 据集。

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Analytics, Banks, Mobile-first banks

September 5, 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


Start-up bank Tandem is raising $1.4M by crowdfunding

By Arjun Kharpal for CNBC

British “challenger” bank Tandem is to kick off a £1 million ($1.46 million) crowdfunding drive in a bid to get more people involved in the start-up’s upcoming launch and attract customers. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, news

April 29, 2016


On the move

Speacial by the Economist

Much hangs on mobile money (more…)

Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, Remittances

April 20, 2016


Record number of customers switch their bank account

By Tim Wallace for the Telegraph

Record numbers of bank customers switched their current account to a rival lender last month, hinting that competition between banks may at last be taking off. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

April 20, 2016


Banking industry primed for a pocket-sized revolution


ondo, the latest challenger bank aiming to take a chunk of business from the established high street lenders, is unlike any UK financial institution that has come before it.


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

March 28, 2016


Hong Kong to get new mobile bank


Neat, a mobile banking startup in Hong Kong that blends machine intelligence with biometric security, has opened its waiting list to university students and young professionals with a view to a Q2 2016 launch. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Hong Kong, Mobile-first banks

March 21, 2016


This Bank Wants to Be Your Best Friend

By Leena Rao for the Fortune magazine

If you’re a millennial, that is. SoFi will help with your job, your love life—and your finances. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile-first banks

March 20, 2016


What Do Millennials Want from Banks? Everything. Nothing. Whatever.

By Brian Yurcan for the American Banker journal

So, do millennials hate banks or do they love them?


Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks

March 17, 2016