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Nigerian Fintech company Interswitch is the African first public startup unicorn

Africa’s first billion-dollar tech IPO on a major exchange may be imminent. Nigerian digital payments company Interswitch will likely go public on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 2016, sources confirm.

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Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 28, 2016

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Cash Is Dying In The Developing World

WIRED: The financial technology (FinTech) sector is responsible for a record hike in venture capital being poured into London’s startup scene, a report has revealed ahead of our own WIRED Money event this week. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, news

July 8, 2015

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Why Does Kenya Lead The World In Mobile Money?

The Economist: Paying for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money? (more…)

Fintech news, news, Remittances

May 27, 2015

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Mobile-Money Systems: M-PESA And Monese

The Economist: Paying for a taxi ride using your mobile phone is easier in Nairobi than it is in New York, thanks to Kenya’s world-leading mobile-money system, M-PESA. Launched in 2007 by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile-network operator, it is now used by over 17m Kenyans, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the adult population; around 25% of the country’s gross national product flows through it. M-PESA lets people transfer cash using their phones, and is by far the most successful scheme of its type on earth. Why does Kenya lead the world in mobile money? (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news, p2p-payments

May 27, 2015

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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

Mobile money: why isn’t the M-Pesa effect hitting more countries?

THE GUARDIAN: Access to financial services via mobile phones has proven to be a huge boost to development. Why aren’t more countries following Kenya’s success? (more…)

Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

April 16, 2015

Bill Gates: Can Mobile Banking Revolutionize The Lives Of The Poor?

THE VERGE: Guest editor Bill Gates. In the village of Sori along the banks of Kenya’s Lake Victoria, fishing has long been the lynchpin of the local economy. Jobs here are largely divided by gender: men catch the fish, and the women process the meat, take it to market, and handle finances. As detailed in a 2012 study from the SIT Graduate Institute, residents of Sori traditionally kept their money at home. Theft was a constant concern, and many of the women interviewed reported their husbands misappropriating their savings. For many, traditional banks were either too far away, or demanded minimum deposits the villagers could not afford. (more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, news

April 3, 2015

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First Things First, What Is Fintech?

THE GUARDIAN:  Simply put, it’s “the application of technology in financial services to create disruptive business models and inclusive products,” says EY’s Imran Gulamhuseinwala. One example is M-Pesa, a mobile-phone based payments network serving millions of ‘unbanked’ in Kenya.

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Analytics, Global trends

February 3, 2015