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The ‘To-Die-For Customer Experience’ Starts with Tech

By Penny Crosman for Maerican Banker

For Manolo Sanchez, the chief executive of BBVA Compass, the future is about sharing technology and the basics of banking with fintech partners, and getting help from them in turn, without relinquishing customer relationships. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Global trends

May 18, 2016

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BBVA continues its fintech acquisition run, buys Holvi, an online-only business bank

By Ingrid Lunden for techcrunch

Spanish banking giant BBVA has made another M&A play as it looks for a bigger role in the next generation of financial services: today the company has announced the acquisition ofHolvi, an online-only bank for entrepreneurs and SMBs based out of Finland. (“Holvi” means “vault” in Finnish.) (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks

March 13, 2016

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BBVA Shuts In-House Venture Arm, Pours $250M Into New Fintech VC Propel Venture Partners

By Ingrid Lunden for techcrunch.com

BBVA — the Spanish banking giant that acquired Simple in the U.S. and last year made a$67 million investment in still-stealth mobile-only bank Atom in the UK — is changing up how it plans to invest in fintech startups in the future. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, news

February 11, 2016

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Why a former trust company launched a digital-only bank

By Mary Wisniewski for the American Banker Magazine,

Rather than partner with a neobank, a more than 45-year-old Canadian financial services company chose to build a digital-only brand to acquire retail customers and to control the user experience. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

February 4, 2016

BBVA gets agile as scrum teams tear up the bank IT rule book

by Finextra.com

Spanish bank BBVA now has 500 staff members working in small scrum teams to rush through the development of new projects, representing a five-fold increase over the past year. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news

January 21, 2016

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8 Reasons To Buy a FinTech Startup

Fintech startups: who buys them and why? They’re expensive, lossmaking and overvalued. Why people even pay for them?

By Igor Pesin, Partner at Life.SREDA

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Columns, Fintech news, news

November 2, 2015

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12 lessons from BBVA and Goldman Sachs: how banks should regard fintech

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC

“Innovator’s Dilemma”: are the banks capable of making innovations by themselves? (more…)

About, Banks, Columns, Influences FinTech

August 5, 2015

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10 Reasons Why Singapore Is The Next Big City for fintech

TECHINASIA: When we decided to relocate the Life.SREDA fund from Russia, a number of countries – Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Singapore – invited us to move there and do business with them. Here are some reasons, according to my expertise, why Singapore is the best place in the world for financial innovation: (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

June 11, 2015

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Peek Inside 7 of The Banking World’s Coolest Innovation Labs

The Financial Brand: Banks are often ridiculed for their lack of innovation, but some seem to be taking it pretty seriously, at least from the looks of the innovation centers they’ve created. Take a tour around these digital playgrounds, idea labs and test kitchens built by banks looking to keep pace with the wave of digital disruption sweeping the industry.

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Influences FinTech

June 8, 2015

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What Startups Can Learn From LearnVest’s $250 Million Acquisition

TECHCRUNCH: When LearnVest, one of the hottest startups in fintech, announced its acquisition by Northwestern Mutual, the $250 million deal raised some eyebrows. While this partnership may seem unlikely at first, it actually makes a lot of sense for both parties. (more…)

Fintech news, news, PFM/PFP services

May 14, 2015

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Investing Early On for Insights, Not Profits

The New York Times: Life.SREDA’s friend Jay Reinemann, the head of BBVA Ventures, looks to back start-ups that could upend the entire financial services industry. (more…)

Fintech news, news

April 1, 2015

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WIRED Money 2015 Date Announced

WIRED: It has been announced that WIRED Money Together with BBVA will be back on July 8, 2015. Now in its third year, WIRED Money returns in partnership with global financial services group BBVA. This landmark one-day summit, taking place at The British Museum, will bring together the most exciting forward-thinking innovators and captivating thought leaders in money, banking and finance. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 10, 2015

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Half Of The World’s Banks Set To Fall By The Digital Wayside – BBVA

FINEXTRA: Up to half of the world’s banks will disappear through the cracks opened up by digital disruption of the industry, forecasts BBVA chairman and CEO Francisco Gonzalez.

Speaking to the press as the bank reported a 25% uplift in profits to EUR2.62 billion, Gonzalez said that competition from fintech startups and the entry into banking by any one of a number of big tech computer companies would have drastic consequences for banks which had failed to adjust to the digital revolution sweeping the industry.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 4, 2015