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February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Modernised retro in Shoreditch

    Shoreditch. Presentation of Temples’ new album ‘Volcano’. The musical spirit of the 60s is all around. The final chord of the evening is a delicious private dining at The Holy Birds bar and restaurant located just 2 minutes walk from Liverpool Street station, and serving poultry and cocktails in the …

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  • 23 February

    Payworks’ integrated POS solution taken on by SIX Payment Services

    Payworks, a leading provider of cloud-based Point of Sale technology, and SIX Payment Services (SIX), leading Swiss and Austrian acquirer and provider of the mPOS solution mCashier, continue their partnership with the integration of the white label software development kit (SDK) for mCashier. With the SDK working as an extension …

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  • 16 February

    Cognism receives investment from Swiss, Chinese, UK and SE European investors

    Swiss based Netcetera leads investment in Cognism, UK based start-up with international team from UK, Switzerland, Macedonia and Croatia. Other notable investors include South Central Ventures, Tsingbay Venture Capital, Tom James, James Hodson and others.  London/Macedonian-based startup Cognism has secured $500,000 in seed investment to fund development of its state …

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  • 15 February

    Chris Bates of Bitland Global joins Speaker Lineup for d10e Bucharest

    Every day, brilliant men and women all over the globe are finding new and exciting ways to implement blockchain technology into all sectors of the market. D10e Bucharest is proud to announce the addition of one such individual, Chris Bates, to this year’s speaker lineup. Bates is a telecommunications and …

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  • 15 February

    MPs: Accountants will be in demand during Brexit process

    Members of Parliament believe accountants will be increasingly in demand during the Brexit process, according to a new study commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The study has revealed that almost half of MPs (47%) believe that Brexit will have a …

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  • 14 February

    Sonovate fund £156m of the UK recruitment sector since its 2014 launch

    The UK’s leading recruitment finance provider, Sonovate, has funded £156m of the UK recruitment sector since its launch in 2014. This announcement highlights the company’s rapid growth and continued dominance across the sector. Richard Prime, co-founder and co-CEO of Sonovate, commented, “UK recruitment businesses, of which 85% are classified as …

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  • 14 February

    EquiChain – improving global investor access in emerging and frontier markets

    EquiChain, a London-based Fintech company with an Asia regional office in Hong Kong, announces its working prototype for capital markets.  The company plans to implement a full end-to-end ‘execution to custody’ (E2C) pilot in 2017, positioning EquiChain to deliver the full potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT).  The company also …

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  • 13 February

    Everledger to pitch in Tokyo

    Every year NTT DATA holds an Annual Global Innovation Business Contest to find start-up companies to invest in. This year the competition is travelling to 10 cities around the world, with the first event that took place in London, and where 11 shortlisted start-ups made their pitches on innovative solutions. Among them were the …

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  • 12 February

    Robo-advice as the way for inclusive wealth creation

    Robo promises to become a large market and cover most segments, and far beyond investments. Such the conclusion was announced last week at the Robo-Investing conference in London. As the conference’s speakers mentioned, competition will be intense as barriers to entry are low. All the segments of wealth managements have …

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  • 10 February

    New SFTR Reporting Solution: less customer’s costs and manual processing

    Pirum Systems and IHS Markit today announced they will be working in partnership to build a full service Securities Finance Transaction Regulation (SFTR) reporting solution. SFTR requires EU counterparts participating in securities finance transactions to report their transaction details to a registered Trade Repository. The new SFTR solution will combine …

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  • 9 February

    The FINOVATE Europe showcased the best financial innovations

    What are the most successful and dynamic global fintech-sartups are mostly about and focused on? The FINOVATE Europe, hosted in London on 7-8th of February, showcased (via a fast-paced, demo-only format) that the best financial innovations and solutions do rounds across KYC, security, ID-verification, AI-driven financial assistance, multi-algorithm based investment …

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  • 8 February

    Yandex.Checkout To Provide Websites And Apps With Apple Pay

    Online stores and other merchants, which accept payments via Yandex.Checkout, Russia’s leading payment service provider, can now offer consumers fast and convenient contactless payment via Apple Pay. Yandex.Checkout clients can add a new payment method in apps and on websites. Online shopping has never been easier: paying via Apple Pay …

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  • 8 February

    BigchainDB co-founder Bruce Pon to Speak at d10e Bucharest

    This February in Bucharest, Romania, d10e is bringing the world’s leading disruptive tech experts and entrepreneurs together to discuss the newest innovations in decentralisation and its importance in the global marketplace. Joining the powerful lineup of speakers at this year’s conference is co-founder of BigchainDB, Bruce Pon. BigchainDB is the …

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  • 8 February

    More creativity and applications

    Blockchain technology is not something that changes our approach to doing business in the short term. This will happen only in the long term. Bearing this in mind, the main trend in the blockchain sector this year is the expectation of moving from experimental format to real applications, expanding the …

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  • 7 February

    Two thirds of young people use a mobile wallet

    Two thirds (64%) of 18-25 year olds (Gen Z) now use a mobile wallet Six in ten (62%) 18-25 year olds feel frustrated if they are forced to make purchases with cash 48% of 18-25 year olds believe cash will be obsolete within 20 years London, 3rd of February 2017: …

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  • 3 February

    PROFESSIONALLY ETHICAL

    There are plenty of accelerators around almost in every business sector you can think of. However, discovering the one for charities was quite a surprise for me. But it makes perfect sense – while technological innovation and new disruptive business models are changing the way we make money, they can …

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  • 3 February

    Is an all-in-one SOCIAL MONEY TRANSFERRING APP the future?

    2016 demonstrated the continued maturity and growth of the mobile app market. The mobile money transferring apps maintained strong momentum last year as publishers continued to develop apps that transform how we interact with the world and each other. Moneymailme is surely one of them. “These are the facts: using …

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  • 3 February

    BTcoinX launching retail based cryptocurrency trading platform

    BTcoinX.com, one of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, announced today that they will launch a retail based cryptocurrency trading platform to cater to retail investors to trade in small blocks in January 2017. The firm says the push into retail cryptocurrency trading is part of an effort to make …

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  • 3 February

    How to advertise?

    6 lights go off … The six giant advertising billboards, Piccadilly lights, are going offline for at least 6 months. In the past, the only time the Piccadilly Lights were switched off was during World War II, for Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965 and Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. Owned …

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  • 3 February

    Free App Anyone?

    iOasys and The Bakery are partnering to debut the next big startup competition for mobile, the App Factor. The two stage competition format will showcase the best new mobile projects and ideas coming from across the UK. On 14th March 2017, in the grand final, entrepreneurs will pitch to investors …

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  • 2 February

    Will the Future of Investing Be Automated?

    Automation is not a new concept, it has been around for a few decades now. The manufacturing industry is full of automated machines and processes which are involved in constructing vehicles, for example. What is new is how automation is spreading out across various industries, taking them over and in …

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  • 2 February

    FIN-ESSENCE CITY LIFE

    Uncovering the Essence of Modern City Life SPONSORED BY THE MONTCALM ROYAL LONDON HOUSE Here at The Fintech Times we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new, monthly column Fin-Essence, your essential guide to modern city life, sponsored by the City’s newest luxury hotel The Montcalm Royal London House. …

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  • 2 February

    London to lead growth in RegTech investments as sector set to soar in 2017

    London is set to lead a dramatic growth in the regulatory technology (“RegTech”) industry, according to new research from FinTech Global, a specialist data and intelligence firm. Key findings of the research are as follows: • RegTech investments have more than tripled over the last five years. • London has …

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  • 2 February

    Big Bad Bank Data: The fly in the faster payments soup

    Digital financial transfers move at the speed of email. The bug in the system is the accuracy of the actual bank data. Wrong email address, email delivery failed. Wrong bank address, in country payment codes, beneficiary details, transfer failed. This, hundreds of thousands of times a day. Entire departments dedicated …

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  • 2 February

    A Pause For Thought: When you realise you don’t ‘own the future’?

    For over a decade, individuals at various stages around the world, have been encouraged to stand on stages at Thought Leadership events and make bold pronouncements about their vision for and version of the future. In language that previously might have sounded hyperbolic, Thought Leadership seems to have taken on …

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  • 2 February

    BIOMIMICRY: Can The Natural World Offer Valuable Insights For Fintech?

    The word Biomimicry is from the Greek words bio meaning life and mimesis meaning imitation and is a methodology for innovation. This approach recognises that nature is a brilliant designer, doing just what most businesses are doing, protecting themselves against the future. It is a method that has made significant …

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  • 2 February

    Human Intelligence & Small Data

    The interest in “big data and artificial intelligence” is overwhelming – but will machine learning and data from the past save the financial services industry from disruption? The financial services Industry is surrounding itself with an exponentially growing sea of data measured in zettabytes, that’s terrabytes with additional 9 zeros. …

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  • 1 February

    The new edition is here! #10

    Cover story: Foreign Aid Blockchain + Tech sector opinions   345 Working Days  to GDPR The General Data Protection Regulation replacing the current Data Protection Act impacts every tech and finance company Bank Passporting Is UK is likely to lose it’s passporting rights to the EU single market when (if) it …

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  • 1 February

    Foreign Aid Blockchain. The £14Billion game changer for UK tech

    By joining the dots of UK foreign aid distribution and tech sector expansion a massive opportunity becomes increasingly clear and present. Blockchain technology has reached real world pilot phase in the distribution of overseas aid, and with it comes a New World of opportunity and Global expansion for UK tech …

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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    Pepper come closer

    Throughout 2017 we’re going to be exploring the possibilities potentialities and actualities of the humanesque robot Pepper. I say humanesque rather than humanoid because Pepper isn’t designed to look like a human. Humanoid robots are somewhat creepy / intimidating / unnatural and don’t trigger sympathetic responses in real human beings. …

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  • 31 January

    Politics

    2016 was a historic year in Britain’s history. 40 years of drift in Europe ended. After the referendum, what does Britain do next in Europe and the world? Will she continue as a surly neighbour to Europe or can she lead a continent in danger? With or without Britain’s tilt …

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  • 31 January

    Bank Passporting is a cornerstone of the financial services sector

    The UK payments industry is world-leading, and its Fintech sector is estimated by HM Treasury to be worth £6bn. The UK is likely to leave the EU in 2019 and when it does, it could potentially lose its passporting rights to the European single market. Without such rights, many regulated …

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  • 31 January

    OMG!!! Only 345 Working Days to GDPR… (but what is it and what does it mean?)

    The General Data Protection Regulation is the new legislation replacing the current Data Protection Act, becoming a new citizen’s charter for the protection of personal data. So we’ll be running a regular on this because… It applies to any global entity processing EU citizens’ personally identifiable information, data controllers and …

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  • 31 January

    Finance Disrupted at St Pancras

    The Economist Event held at the end of January in the 5 Stars St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel raised more questions than answers, not least of which being what banking may look like in 2030. To branch or not to branch, that being a question Craig Donaldson of Metro Bank addressed, …

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  • 31 January

    Rainmaker Foundation’s live crowdfunding raised more than £33K

    The live crowdfunding event by the Rainmaker Foundation (the new Accelerator that brings disruptive thinking and technological innovation to small charities with great potential) hosted by the London Stock Exchange Group, raised more than £33K. The event was opened by Xavier Rolet, LSE Group CEO, who welcomed the rainmakers and participants. He …

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