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Industry Convergence In Financial Services Is Accelerating

TECHCRUNCH: These days everyone wants to create the next Uber for anything, and the word “disruption” is mentioned across boardrooms and management meetings in nearly all industries. But while discussing the true meaning of disruption and which fintech startups are worth keeping an eye on, incumbents are at risk of overlooking players that once were customers and partners that can quickly become new digital competitors. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

April 27, 2015

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FinServ 25: The Most Influential Voices In Banking

THE FINANCIAL BRAND: Determining the most influential people in banking is not just about social media scores. With this in mind, more than 100 global leaders in the financial services industry were asked to identify the top ‘influencers’ who are leading the charge in an industry being disrupted. The influencers selected are considered thought leaders on critical topics such as mobile and online delivery, digital transformation, innovation, payments, customer experience and and multichannel marketing. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 27, 2015

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It’s Too Late, Banking Is Already Being Disrupted

BankNXTBankers may be taking undue solace in Chris Skinner’s 10 April American Banker BankThink post, ‘Like Airlines and Pharma, Banking’s Too Big to Disrupt’. I was party to ‘The Great Digital Banking Debate’ he cites in his article over whether financial technology startups will overthrow the banking industry. Although I agree with many of Mr Skinner’s points, he discusses several ideas that merit further exploration. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends

April 24, 2015

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Infographic: Global Findex 2014 – Financial Inclusion

World Bank: Financial inclusion is critical in reducing poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth. When people can participate in the financial system, they are better able to start and expand businesses, invest in their children’s education, and absorb financial shocks. In 2011 the World Bank launched the Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive set of data on how people save, borrow, make payments, and manage risks. The updated 2014 Global Findex database shows great progress in expanding financial inclusion – and great opportunities to expand it further.

Analytics, Global trends

April 24, 2015

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Fintech Startups Navigate Legal Gray Areas To Build Billion-Dollar Companies

TECHCRUNCH: Innovation, growth, technology, user experience, revenue and gross margin have become synonymous with how you define success for a tech startup. What is missing from this list is local, state, and federal regulation; terms that startups in the financial technology sector understand far too well as either barriers to or catalysts for growth and early success. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities

April 19, 2015

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Scaling Globally From Singapore

TECHINASIA: Building a startup into a billion-dollar company is still a dream for most.  While it is easier than ever to start a business, it’s harder than ever to scale one. In the tech industry, many companies are “born global” by nature, but successfully scaling globally takes a special mix.  Over the past few years there has been a lot of valuable information and focus on starting lean, but little information as to how to cross the chasm and successfully scale into a profitable, global business.  So, what’s the magic recipe? I have assembled a short list based on my experiences of working with successful startups in the US, Europe, and Asia, and also asked local experts for their opinions. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 17, 2015

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Singapore Parliament Takes New Steps To Regulate Taxi Booking Apps

TECHINASIA: Singapore’s Parliament has proposed new laws for the regulation of third-party taxi booking apps such as Uber and GrabTaxias reported by Today Online. The regulations in question echo the basic regulatory frameworkproposed by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority back in November 2014. Requirements such as third parties having to register with the LTA, dispatch only properly licensed cars and drivers, and disclose adequate and timely information on charges and fees, remain. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 14, 2015

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Behind PayPal’s Foreign Assets Violations

TECHCRUNCH: In 2009, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blacklisted an individual named Kursad Zafer Cire. Mr. Cire was believed to have run a network that facilitated the sale of nuclear technologies to countries such as Iran, Libya, and North Korea. He was a known bad actor. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities

April 12, 2015

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Jamie Dimon’s Annual Letter To Shareholders

In his annual letter to shareholders this week, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned investors and those in the banking industry that “Silicon Valley is coming.” (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 9, 2015

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Why Fintech Banks Will Rule The World

Philippe Gelis, CEO at KANTOX: Last week, I had the opportunity to present Kantox and my vision of Fintech in front of around 150 bank executives from Northern Europe. After my pitch, we had a Q&A round, and one more time I had proof that bankers are not expecting at all what will happen in the next 10 years. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

April 8, 2015

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The Promise Of Outsourcing To Vietnam

TECHCRUNCH:  It’s no surprise that Vietnam is being talked about as an alternative, amid rising costs and attrition rates in popular offshoring destinations like China and India. The General Statistics Office of Vietnam reports growth of almost 6 percent in GDP during 2014. Tech giants like Samsung, Microsoft, LG and Intel have invested in large operations in Vietnam, and a growing number of technology startups have secured investment. The entrepreneurial spirit on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is palpable.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Vietnam

April 3, 2015

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Banking On Southeast Asia’s E-Commerce Future

TECHCRUNCH:  China’s e-commerce, m-commerce and payments lead the world. It is the largest e-commerce market (KPMG), and is home to Alibaba, with its US$25 billion IPO, the largest in history. Alipay, China’s answer to PayPal, is the world’s largest online payment service.

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Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 2, 2015

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Fintech Focus: Disruptors’ $4trn fortune

FINANCIAL NEWS: Goldman Sachs has estimated how much of the revenue and profits can traditional financial institutions lose to new tech players. Over $4 trillion in addressable revenues and $470 billion in profit. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

April 2, 2015

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E-Payments Company Tyro Opens Australia’s First FinTech Hub In Sydney

E27.CO:  Australian electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) provider Tyro Payments announced today that it has opened the country’s first first hub for financial technology startups in Sydney. According to Tyro, the Tyro FinTech Hub will offer co-working desks to FinTech startups and high growth companies, as well as spaces to host accelerators, conferences, hackathons, meetups and seminars.

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Fintech news, Global trends, news

March 31, 2015

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The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

TECHCRUNCH: We’re approaching the third anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, an omnibus bill of far-reaching financial reforms that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. Containing seven titles, the legislation’s intent was, and is, to create cost-effective access to capital for companies of all sizes. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, news

March 29, 2015

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Budget Reinforces Hong Kong’s Long-term Economic Development

InvestHK Bimonthly Newsletter: The regular InvestHK’s newsletter covers Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang’s budget speech, as well as the expansion of the government fund Stratmeup HK to India. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

March 25, 2015

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Yuri Milner’s Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine

FORBES: How a Russian investor Yuri Milner established his “gold-mining machine” (firm DST) and why he believes that the future belongs to Asia. China lifted Milner up from ranked 35 to 20 in the Forbes ranking of the best investors. Investments in Alibaba and smartphone vendor Xiaomi opened Yuri Milner’s way to the Forbes’ top 20 investors. In the past year the entrepreneur preferred China to the US.

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Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 25, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore: An Astonishing Record

The Economist: An amazing infographics from the Economist: how Singapore has become the most developed country in the world in the Lee Kuan Yew years

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 22, 2015

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Disrupting Banking: The FinTech Startups That Are Unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America

CB Insights: Traditional banks are under attack from a number of emerging specialist startups. Here are the FinTech startups unbundling banking. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends

March 22, 2015

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Asia among Top Five Most Funded Regions in Fintech: Life.SREDA

DEALSTREETASIA: Asia joined the world’s most funded regions for the fintech industry in 2014, with startups in this space raising total of $797 million, a report said. This growth was triggered mainly by fintech investments in China, and on a global level, fintech startups have raised about $6.8 billion during this period, according to data compiled by Life.SREDA, a venture capital firm headed in Russia.

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Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 19, 2015

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Budget 2015: UK To Regulate Cryptocurrencies

WIRED UK:  The government has announced its intention to apply anti-money laundering regulation to digital currency exchanges in the UK. It is hoped that regulation will not only prevent criminal use of digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, but support innovation. Regulation would be intended to ensure the environment was ready to allow digital currencies to flourish, while at the same time discouraging those who wanted to use digital currencies for illicit reasons.

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Global trends, Government activities, Hotnews

March 18, 2015

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Series C crunch will leave hundreds of Chinese startups without funding in 2015, says local VC

TECHINASIA: The lack of venture capital against the background of increased demand for it may lead to a shortage of money for growth-stage (Series C) startups in China
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Analytics, China, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 13, 2015

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12 International VC Firms That Have Invested in South Asian Startups

TECHINASIA: As smartphone usage booms across Asia and web services become more commonplace, private equity firms and venture capitalists are exploring the lucrative potential of the region. There are a number of global VC firms, especially in Silicon Valley that are keeping an eye on startups on the other side of the planet. Below we’ve identified some big-name VCs who have backed South Asian startups.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 12, 2015

UK Financial Inclusion Report Recommends 22 Things For 2020 (Some For Banks)

THE FINANSER: Yesterday the UK’s Financial Inclusion Commission published their report on Financial Inclusion for the UK. Here’s the summary of the report.

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Analytics, Global trends

March 12, 2015

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Which Asian city has the hottest FinTech startup ecosystem?

E27.CO: Among heavyweight financial hubs Hong Kong and Shanghai, Singapore takes the top spot as the ecosystem most conducive to building FinTech startups, says Markus Gnirck, Co-Founder and COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia

March 10, 2015

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Battle For Mobile Payments: Guide to Digital Wallets

THE FINANCIAL BRAND: According to BI Intelligence, the consumer payments industry will process about $2.7 trillion of card-based payments in the US in 2015. This explains why there is a massive amount of mobile-centric innovation occurring in the payments space and why competition for the consumer’s wallet is so intense.

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

March 10, 2015

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Singapore Issues New Carpool Laws That Let Drivers Get Paid For Rides

TECHINASIA:  Last week, the Singapore government issued new laws that will allow drivers to receive payments for carpools. The statute was completed on Monday, March 2, and reported by the Straits Times on Friday. According to the statute, car owners can accept monetary compensation for driving passengers, provided the driver does not accept hails on the street or in a parking lot. In addition, payment cannot exceed the cost of taking the passenger to his or her destination, which must be agreed upon before the ride begins. Drivers are also prohibited from making more than two rides a day.

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Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

March 9, 2015

Obama has a $100M plan to fill the tech talent shortage

WIRED: Businesses in the US are on a hiring spree, but jobs that require tech skills sit open—500,000 in all.  It’s that gap that the Obama administration hopes to close with its new $100 million TechHire Initiative, announced by the president today. At its core, TechHire aims to convince local governments, businesses, and individuals that a four-year degree is no longer the only way to gain valuable tech skills.

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Global trends, Government activities

March 9, 2015

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How KakaoTalk’s Billionaire Creator Ignited A Global Messaging War

FORBES: How KakaoTalk’s founder ignited a global messaging war. Kim Beom-Su, the son of a factory worker and a hotel maid, has become a billionaire by building a technological empire. Why is it difficult to grow outside of South Korea?

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Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Korea, news

March 2, 2015

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The Global Financial Centres Index

QFC: The Global Financial Centres Index (№17, March’15): New York (1), Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Moscow (75) (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, news

March 1, 2015