Global trends


Mobile Payments to Continue Showing Strong Adoption Rate

By Polina Chernykh for Coinspeaker

With millions of users all over the world, the mobile payments technology is expected to significantly change and improve the way we pay for products and services.


Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 14, 2016


This Former Regulator Is Now a Bitcoin Backer

By Reuters

He used to warn about cybersecurity. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 14, 2016


Blockchain will usher in the era of decentralised computing

By Bruce Pon For LSE Business Review

By now, you’ve heard of blockchain, the technology that underlies Bitcoin. Blockchains are a type of decentralisation technology that will fundamentally change the way our financial services, industries and government operate. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 14, 2016


New venture fund looks to bank on blockchain

By Anna Irrera for Financial news

Singapore-based venture capital firm Life.Sreda has joined forces with fintech expert Chris Skinner to launch a venture fund that will invest in blockchain startups. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016


Singapore to Regulate Fintech Firms Only When They Pose Risk

By  and  for Bloomberg

Singapore will start to regulate its financial technology companies only when they grow to a sufficient size to pose risks to the wider financial system, the managing director of the country’s central bank said. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 13, 2016


PayPal Co-Founder’s Affirm Raises $100 Million To Reinvent Credit

By Leena Rao for Fortune

Affirm will use the funding to launch new services and for M&A. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, p2p-payments

April 13, 2016


The Wonderful Big Data Strategy At Royal Bank Of Scotland

By Bernard Mar for Forbes

RBS has developed a Big Data strategy which it calls “personology” in an attempt to reconnect with customers. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2016


Airbnb just acquired a team of bitcoin and blockchain experts

By Ian Kar for

Home-rental company Airbnb has “acqui-hired” the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2016


What can chatbots do for ecommerce?

By Mike O’Brien for

Despite the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil, bots are a hot topic in digital marketing at the moment. How can they enhance ecommerce? (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016


Investing with a new purpose

By Steve Schlafman from RRE Ventures (From his

Deals, Global trends, Hotnews, SME

April 13, 2016


Deals: Luka, with $4.42 million in Series A, releases AI-powered chat bots

By Jordan Crook for Techcrunch

Just in time for the chat bot craze, Startup Battlefield alum Luka is enhancing its AI-powered messaging service with a variety of smart bots to help users get whatever they desire. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Beware of fintech’s pivot east

By Nancy Hulgrave for CNBC

Ever since former Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins declared an “Uber moment” for banks, the powers that be from the Square Mile to Canary Wharf have rushed to defend themselves against a herd of ambitious Unicorns.


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Is Regulation Coming to Online and Marketplace Lending?

By Mark Prosser for Forbes

The rapid growth of alternative and marketplace lenders is often attributed to the fact that they don’t face the same strict regulations as banks. But could that change soon? In the last nine months, regulatory tremors have rippled through the online lending space. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 12, 2016


MUFG Building Blockchain Proof-of-Concept for Promissory Notes

By Stan Higgins for Coindesk

Blockchain startup Chain has inked a new deal with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), a partnership that will initially see the two firms working on a blockchain proof-of-concept focused on the exchange of promissory notes. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Big banks shift fintech strategy

By Jon Marino for CNBC

Wall Street is looking for M&A or partners, and fewer investments, as fintech funding grows. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Tim Draper has raised $190 million for his newest venture fund

By Connie Loizos for

In late 2013, Tim Draper left the decades-old firm he’d co-founded, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, but he suggested he might be back some day. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, news

April 12, 2016


Rakuten Ventures injects extra $100m into global startup fund

By Steven Millward for techinAsia

Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of the Japan-based ecommerce titan, today announced it’s doubling its Global Investment Fund to US$200 million. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


This map shows the countries with the most robots

By Elena Holodny for World Economic Forum

Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently came out with its “Transforming World Atlas” research note, which examines global economic trends through a series of maps.


Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016


Alibaba pours a total of $1B into Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada

By Catherine Shu for

Alibaba just took a big step in its Southeast Asian expansion journey. The company said today that it has pumped a total investment of about $1 billion into Lazada, in a deal that makes it the e-commerce platform’s controlling shareholder. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016



By MBLM, the Brand Intimacy Agency

As has been well reported, the financial services industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. FinTech (or financial technology) is changing the way we spend, save, sell, invest, and lend. From crowdfunding to personal finance, this $707B industry is growing, both in size and in scope. Peer-to-peer mobile payments are still a relatively modest $28B sector within this industry, but we believe they are on the cusp of mainstream adoption. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 11, 2016


Also Fintech

Fintech became so big are for the last three years – several streams like price-comparison, market-place for gift-cards, experiments with NFC-payments in jewelry and watches, cards, which try to replace your cards, started to exit, but still not so disruptive. But the future will show their opportunities.

Read our full research“Money of the Future”. Download PDF (20MB) (more…)

Global trends, Hotnews

April 11, 2016


Wall Street Considers Blockchain For Tracking Trades On $2 Trillion “Repo” Market

By Steven Melendez for Fast Company

The short-term lending market could be the first major market to see transactions recorded by the ledger made famous by bitcoin.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 11, 2016


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


Fintech Lenders Dial Back Marketing in Response to Softer Investor Demand

By PETER RUDEGEAIR and TELIS DEMOS for Wall Street Journal

Online lenders are scaling back efforts to attract new borrowers, as these upstarts contend with pressures from quality control to regulation that could dent their revenue growth.


Global trends, p2p/online lending

April 11, 2016


India’s Audacious Plan to Bring Digital Banking to 1.2 Billion People

By Saritha Rai for Bloomberg Business

A biometrics-backed ID system will make it easier for everyone—from rural villagers to urban dwellers—to ditch cash.


Analytics, Cashless, Global trends, Government activities, India, InspirAsia

April 11, 2016


Venture capital deals hit speed-breaker

By Meera Siva for the Hindu Business Line

Fall in deal valuations and fewer exit opportunities affecting new investments


Banks, Global trends

April 11, 2016


How Blockchain Fits into the Future of Digital Identity

By Brian Yurkan for American Banker

Could blockchain be the backbone of a universal digital identity system? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 10, 2016


The delayed revolution in digital financial services

By  for

Technology has transformed how we work, communicate and travel. In contrast, modern digital technology has not yet transformed financial services. Open data is the key to change in this sector of the economy. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

April 10, 2016


Start-Ups Aim at Overlooked Demographic: The Unbanked

By Nathaniel Popper for CNBC

Last summer Jimmy Chen walked the streets of San Francisco trying to do simple financial transactions without a bank account, a task millions of Americans face. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 10, 2016


Bitcoin Payments Company Circle Scores Partnership With Barclays and E-Money License for UK Expansion

By Giulio Prisco for Bitcoin magazine

“Bitcoin Bank” Circle announced that people in the U.K. can now experience social payments over the open Internet in their native currency, pound sterling (GBP), using Circle’s updated apps for Android, iOS and the Web. The company was granted an e-money license by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 9, 2016