Global trends


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


BNP Sees 3 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Could Benefit from Blockchain

By Pete Rizzo for Coindesk

BNP Paribas is choosing to begin its public experiments with blockchain tech by pursuing one of its less discussed use cases – crowdfunding. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 9, 2016


Fintech dominates Nordic startup investments

By Dennis Mitzner for

Fintech attracted the most investment for the first time in the Nordic region, more than any other vertical.  Between January 1, 2014 and end of March 2016, 51 fintech investments were made in companies in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, totaling $390.17 million. (more…)

Deals, Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia

April 9, 2016


Fintech Is Hot, But The Demise Of Traditional Banking Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Chris Myers for Forbes

It’s no secret that Silicon Valley is always on the lookout for the next big thing. It’s that drive to test, innovate, and explore that keeps the technology sector hurtling forward at breakneck speed. (more…)

Banks, Global trends

April 9, 2016


From Wall Street Banking, a New Wave of Fintech Investors

By Liz Moyer for the New York Times

Finance is where they built their careers. Now some of banking’s former stars are pouring millions of dollars — and in some cases staking their careers — into new technologies that are shaking up everything from lending to payments to investing. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Global trends

April 7, 2016


Vladislav Solodkiy for Money 20/20 – Fintech opportunities in Asia

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner of a Singapore-based Life.SREDA VC, was featured in TOP35 most influential fintech-persons in the world.

Fintech wave took place in the US alone. In Europe, there appeared a number of global and expensive companies, but the sector hadn’t become trendy in any country. Except for London, which is actively competing with New York for the title of the global fintech capital owing to the large PR-support from the government. While the PR-battle is being successful, the volume of investments and business are not comparable. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 7, 2016


Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity

By Ryan Falvey for

Fintech is in the midst of a golden age of investment and innovation. According to KPMG and CB Insights, investments in fintech startups doubled between 2014 and 2015, to $14 billion. However, comparatively little of this money has been focused on the $138 billion market opportunity to disrupt alternative financial services in the United States. This lack of focus is damaging America’s financial health. So why hasn’t fintech done more to meet this vast market need? (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 7, 2016


Money 20/20 Europe: Blockchain rules rule

By Antony Peyton for the Banking technology

The blockchain (and bitcoin) industry welcomes regulations, but has to share the limelight with other digital currencies, as regulators look to deal with its rise and implications. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 7, 2016


Microsoft forms partnership with banks to accelerate blockchain technology use

by Olga KharifMicrosoft has pulled ahead of Google, IBM and Amazon in the race for supremacy in operating other companies’ blockchains.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 6, 2016


Amazon mulls fintech acquisitions as valuations fall

By Arjun Kharpal for Cnbc

Amazon‘s payments business is beginning to look for acquisitions as the value of financial technology – or fintech – start-ups “comes back to earth”, a top executive at the e-commerce giant told CNBC on Tuesday.


Deals, Global trends

April 6, 2016


WhatsApp is now most widely used end-to-end crypto tool on the planet

By Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

WhatsApp now uses Signal protocol, which was largely funded by US taxpayers. (more…)

Global trends

April 6, 2016


How KPCB thinks about the future of investing in wearable technology

By , ,  for

For years now, wearable devices have promised to help us lead healthier lives, experience life in new ways, and become less dependent on our smartphones. (more…)

Global trends

April 5, 2016


What’s trending in the IoT space

By Bernard Moon for

Our team has been active as investors in theInternet of Things and hardware space over the past two years. We have read pitches from hundreds of companies, met with dozens, read hundreds of research reports and spoken with various experts. We have invested in six IoT/hardware companies from our global seed fund and seven from our startup accelerator. (more…)

Global trends

April 5, 2016


Klarna and Modo announce a new strategic partnership at Money20/20 Europe

By Jay Donovan for

Unicorn eCommerce startup Klarna and digital payments startup Modo announced a new strategic partnership this morning at Money20/20 Europe. Under the terms of this new partnership Modo will provide Klarna with its Digital Payments Hub product to speed up implementation of Klarna’s checkout solution for their worldwide e-retail partners. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

April 5, 2016


Bank of Ireland and BNP Paribas announce blockchain breakthroughs


New use cases for the adoption of blockchains in finance are appearing every day, with Bank of Ireland and BNP Paribas the latest to demonstrate the disruptive potential of the technology (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 5, 2016


30% of bank jobs are under threat

By Matt Egan for CCN Money

Digital disruption is turning finance on its head — and destroying tons of traditional banking jobs along the way. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 5, 2016


Real users don’t care about Apple Pay and contactless mobile payments

By Ben Woods for The Next Web

Eight months from the launch of Apple Pay in the UK and a report from The Memohighlights just how little we know about the adoption or success of the service so far. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016


R3 Blockchain Consortium Partners With Microsoft

By  for

The blockchain consortium led by R3CEV, a group of 42 global banks working on blockchain applications that includes JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and more, is now working with tech giant Microsoft. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 4, 2016


The Third Industrial Revolution – Potential Impacts of Technology on Employment

By Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics and International Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University for WEF 

We are at the cusp of a third Industrial Revolution, with new technologies spawning a feverish excitement for a radical transformation in industrial production. Technological improvements in robotics and automation, as well as systematic changes in the economy that coincide with this revolution, will dramatically boost productivity and efficiency.


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

April 4, 2016


These are the biggest names in bitcoin and blockchain tech

By Daniel Roberts for Yahoo news

While critics are still dubious of the future viability of the digital currency bitcoin, at least one group sure isn’t: venture capitalists. VCs pumped more investment into bitcoin and blockchain-related startups last year than in any previous year—nearly $1 billion. They’re keeping this industry hot, even if we haven’t yet seen a so-called “killer app,” a use case for bitcoin that would compel the average person to care. And it isn’t just investors leading the charge—it’s a handful of key executives, thinkers and even policy people. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016


Contactless soaring in popularity

Contactless now makes up one in five of all face to face card payments under £30, figures show after a five fold increase in their use by shoppers.


Cashless, Global trends, Insurance

April 4, 2016


European tech funding was almost flat in Q1 2016

By  for

The first quarter of 2016 has come to a close: European and Israeli startups raised €4.4 billion across 769 deals in Q1, including Spotify’s recent $1 billion debt round.


Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016


Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language

By Jared Newman for Fastcompany

A single standard for smart homes and other connected devices sounds great, but some of the biggest tech firms don’t seem interested.


Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016


The insurance tech equation

By Choon Yan for

Insurance policies can be complex, and some policyholders may not understand all the fees and coverages included in a policy. (more…)

Global trends, Insurance

April 4, 2016


RobinHood’s chief executive on the importance of design in fintech

By Harry Stebbings for

RobinHood, the no-fee stock trading mobile phone app, was able to attract 1 million people to their waiting list before a product was even launched.


Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016


The center of the tech revolution in finance couldn’t be further from Silicon Valley

By Ian Kar for

Silicon Valley is on a mission to disrupt finance. Even Jamie Dimon is worried about it. US venture capital funding for fintech startups reached $7.4 billion in 2015, up from $4.3 billion in 2014. But while the money’s flowing, the real action is in China.


Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

April 2, 2016