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July, 2017

  • 25 July

    Start Up Profiles: The Urban Collective/UrbanCo

    Meet UrbanCo, the app that is here to revolutionise the rental market. UrbanCo allows users to find and share properties based on lifestyle choices rather than just price. Using a group chat feature, you can share that perfect property with your friends. Have no time on your hands, The Urban …

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  • 25 July

    JEA Associates’ CEO Speaks To Fintnews About Future Fintech Disruption

    Interviewed Company: JEA Associates Ltd URL: http://jeaassociates.com Interview Thursday 6th July 2017 Sector: Fintech, Media Interview with John McLeod Subjects: Brexit, London, DLT, Blockchain Overview JEA Associates is a consultancy firm which specialises in giving young tech companies, in particular, the PR assistance they need, by drawing on John’s background in …

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  • 25 July

    ESMA Talks About Blockchain

    Drum roll ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened! We finally saw a long awaited milestone in the European Blockchain regulatory scene and it just might become another kick start factor for the further development in the field. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released a report called Distributed Ledger …

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  • 25 July

    BlockEx hires Head of Capital Markets

    We are pleased to announce that James Godfrey has joined us to take up the role of MD, Capital Markets. James has over thirty years experience in the bond markets, leading and building up trading teams at UBS, Commerzbank, Nomura and Mizuho. After years of development work on the BlockEx …

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  • 25 July

    Digital Fineprint Explain Their Formula For Insurance Industry Disruption!

    Interviewed Company: Digital Fineprint URL: https://www.digitalfineprint.com Sector: insurance, data analytics Interview Wednesday 12th July 2017 Interview with Erik Abrahamsson Subjects: data analytics, performance marketing, social media data, brexit, disruption, Digital Fineprint saw a gap in the insurance market and developped a more targeted approach for insurers to find suitable clients …

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  • 25 July

    The next big thing

    Regtech is to be the next big thing in fintech globally and there are a number of factors supporting this. In addition to technological advancement which brings more regulatory, compliance and governance software to market, the growth of Regtech is in principle driven by increased regulatory scrutiny, rising compliance costs …

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  • 25 July

    Regtech for regulators: re-designing of the regulatory architecture

    Consumer-facing fintech has received most of the attention from the public, but behind the scenes regtech has been generating conversation and excitement. Innovate Finance’s Transatlantic Policy Working Group (TPWG) and Strategic Partner Hogan Lovells, launched a report titled Future of regtech for Regulators, Adopting a Holistic Approach for the Digital …

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  • 24 July

    Is P2P lending really a threat to NBFCs?

    P2P lending is a relatively new kid on the block of alternative lending. Though the industry is still in a nascent stage, the p2p platforms have managed to cause their fair share of disruptions. Are these tech savvy trendsetters really a threat to the traditional lending tycoons such as NBFCs, …

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  • 24 July

    Blockchain in Trade Finance

    Adding intermediaries into an equation or chain rarely translates into efficiency, but leads to costs, complexities and increases the risk of errors and missteps. The vast transactional chains in the financial industry serve the livelihoods of many providers across the entire ecosystem, yet it does not always benefit the end …

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  • 24 July

    New Senior Digital Appointment At Fintech Firm Quint

    Fintech giant Quint Group has appointed a new acquisition manager as it continues its digital-led expansion in the consumer credit market. Digital marketing specialist Sangam Mishra joins Quint from fintech company Valour Group to head up the company’s paid channels and drive growth.   Sangam, 31, from Didsbury, brings 13 years of …

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  • 24 July

    Hudson McKenzie’s Managing Partner Speaks To Fintnews About Brexit Disruption

    Interviewed Company: Hudson McKenzie URL: http://www.hudsonmckenzie.com Sector: Law, Immigration Interview Thursday 13th July 2017 Interview with Rahul Batra Subjects: brexit, future disruption, law Fintnews spoke to Rahul about the Brexit that he has felt as Managing Partner and Head of Hudson McKenzie’s Immigration Group based in London. Fintnews: What impact …

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  • 24 July

    Winston & Strawn LLP and BlockEx have teamed up to provide a cutting edge bond issuance platform

    BlockEx has partnered with Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm, which will create standardised legal documentation templates which will form the basis of the smart contracts establishing bond issuances through the platform. These standardised templates, which will cover approximately 90% of the documentation required [will dramatically reduce the …

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  • 24 July

    The FCA has made an important announcement

    The FCA has announced the successful applicants to its Regulatory Sandbox Cohort 2. BlockEx has been one of those successful companies! This is fantastic news for the company who is developing innovative uses for blockchain technology in capital markets, specifically with regards to the issuance and lifecycle management of traditional …

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  • 24 July

    Billon receives €2m grant from Horizon 2020

    Grant enables scaling up of corporate payments business Supports launch of eCommerce and content monetization solutions in Poland and the UK Provides additional investment in sales, marketing, compliance and operations The EU’s biggest Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020, announced that it granted funding of almost EUR 2M to Billon …

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  • 24 July

    Diversity and the future of startups

    The UK startup scene has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with record-breaking numbers of new businesses founded in 2014(1), 2015(2) and 2016(3). But while the bigger picture focusses on an industry going from strength to strength, a closer look tells a more nuanced story and highlight one …

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  • 24 July

    “AI QUEEN”: Joanne Smith CEO, Recordsure

    Is it difficult for a woman to build a career in Tech? Joanne Smith: Tech is a male dominated industry and this is means that women don’t often see themselves succeeding in a tech career. On one hand, getting women into tech is about making sure they have opportunities to …

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  • 24 July

    Philipp Pieper: “I would not call it ICO, rather a token offering…”

    PHILIPP PIEPER, CO-FOUNDER SWARM FUND, EXPLAINS WHAT IS ICO, AND REASONS OF THE ICO RUSH GLOBALLY, AND THE RISKS IT BRINGS TO INVESTORS Anything similar to an IPO First of all, I would not call it ICO, but rather a token offering. In my view the acronym is misleading to …

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  • 24 July

    Block-com bubble

    Warning: it’s the junk token phase of ICOs An initial coin offering (ICO) is a fundraising process for blockchain-based projects that allows investors to own part of a project through a digital network token. Startups in the blockchain world often find this method of fundraising more attractive than venture capital …

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  • 23 July

    TOP-10 Startups and ideas to change the world

    In partnership with DIA Amsterdam and Disrupts Media, The Fintech Times represents global startups-influencers changing the financial world as we know it.  Alex WEBER, Head of International Markets at N26 Group N26 has redesigned banking for the smartphone, making it simple, fast and contemporary. While it has become easy to …

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  • 23 July

    RegTech deals surge to record levels in the first quarter of 2017

    THE NUMBER OF INVESTMENTS MADE IN REGTECH  COMPANIES MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017, ACCORDING TO RESEARCH FROM FINTECH GLOBAl RegTech companies raised a combined total of $238m across 34 deals, a record number of transactions, in the opening quarter of 2017. Total funds raised by the …

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  • 19 July

    Innovate Finance to host FinTech Growth Forum to enable startups to scale

    Innovate Finance, the not-for-profit membership association for the global FinTech sector, announced it will host the inaugural FinTech Growth Forum to assist FinTech startups on their scaling journeys on Tuesday 19th September in London. Building on the success of its member-orientated scaling series, the growth forum will provide a platform …

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  • 19 July

    Nimble fintechs are going to sweep away the old banks – right? Wrong

    This popular narrative paints an overly simplistic picture of the market dynamic in financial services. Disruption is underway, led by market entrants with new business models and no technical debt. But the “old” market is responding – copying, buying and partnering with fintechs as they adapt to market changes. Yes, …

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  • 18 July

    Will 2017 be the year that Blockchain & DLT are Regulated?

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, July 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ FinTech Network and Distlytics have come together to produce an blockchain infographic There’s a certain inevitability that when regulators take a sufficient interest in something then they’ll attempt to regulate it “just in case”. Could this be the case for blockchain? Given the …

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  • 18 July

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Warsaw – London Bridge launch at The Heart

    Warsaw, 18th July 2017 – Their Royal Highnesses met Poland’s rising tech scene at The Heart Warsaw, recently opened business hub with panoramic view of the capital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the inauguration of the ‘Warsaw–London Bridge’, an initiative aimed at strengthening mutual relations between …

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  • 18 July

    Conferma and Concur Partner to Provide Virtual Card Solution

    Conferma, a leading FinTech company specialising in virtual card technology has today announced a partnership with Concur, the world’s leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services. The Concur Conferma end-to-end integration will automatically deliver card details to hotels securely and electronically. The partnership will bring an integration …

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  • 18 July

    The Intercontinental Startup Battle / Silicon Valley to come back for the next round of competition

    The Intercontinental Startup Battle, Silicon Valley sponsored by Startup.Network, is coming back this Fall for the next round of competition between the most promising and investment-attractive startups from Eastern Europe. A promised at the conclusion of the first Intercontinental Startup Battle, San Francisco on April 27th, we’re coming back this Fall for the …

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  • 18 July

    The Solution To Fintech Recruitment?

    Interviewed Company Somet Recruitment URL: www.sometrecruitment.com Interview with Owen Jobbing and Paul Adkins Monday 3rd July 2017 Subjects: Disruption, Fintech, Recruitment, Retention, HR, Scaling “We are disruptive in style as a business.” So let’s explore what this means in terms of fintech recruitment. FintNews: With both Owen and Paul having …

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  • 18 July

    Isle of Man aims to be ICO hub

    World’s first regulatory compliant ICO, launched in the Isle of Man Isle of Man regulatory environment supported Adel’s successful ICO First ever AML/CTF/KYC Initial Coin Offering, raising over €1m in May 2017 Both Adel Ecosystem and Isle of Man fostering blockchain innovation The Isle of Man (IoM) is a pioneer …

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  • 17 July

    Brickowner Disrupts Property Investment And Fund Management Industry!

    Interviewed Company: Brickowner URL: https://brickowner.com Sector: Property Investment and Fund Management Interview Thursday 13th July 2017 Interview with Fred Bristol Subjects: property investment, fund management, Brexit, disruption, Fred describes Brickowner as a “property crowdfunding platform” in the property investment and fund management industry. Brickowner provides its users with the ability …

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  • 14 July

    Regtech startups to mention

    The Fintech Times provides some examples on how different technologies can be applied to regtech field. The list of startups below is not intended to be exhaustive. • AUVENIR – a Deloitte venture, cloud-based auditing technologies. It seamlessly integrates advanced technology to enhance the financial audit workflow, improving efficiencies and communications …

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  • 14 July

    Regtech: expert thoughts and insights

    The Fintech Times asked the leading experts in regtech about the key challenges and opportunities About regtech domination Hussayn Kassai, CEO and Co-Founder Onfido Regtech has been on the rise for some time, and in 2017 it will really begin to dominate the market. By 2020, there will be 300 …

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  • 14 July

    A LITTLE BROTHER OF FINTECH

    Regtech is often referred to as a ‘little brother of fintech’. Regtech is not just about cost efficiency, regtech is automating manual tasks for compliance, and contributes hugely to overall operational efficiency as well as customer service. It is a fact that the number of regtech startups grows every month, …

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  • 14 July

    What are the biggest issues faced by payment service providers?

    What is a payment service provider? Payment Service Providers (PSPs) are defined as a third party that provides a robust and secure framework that enables online merchants to accept payments such as credit, debit and prepaid cards, bank transfers, vouchers, e-wallets, alternative payment solutions and mobile payments. A PSP typically …

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  • 13 July

    Enhance Your Customer’s In-Store Experience With These Tips

    Businesses who are constantly serving clients in their shop should care about the in-store experience. Your customers are judging you when they walk through your doors. Your goal is to give them positive aspects to talk about when they leave. You don’t want to always be nervous about what they’re …

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  • 13 July

    The Problem With Recruitment…

    Interviewed Company: Somet Recruitment URL: https://www.sometrecruitment.com Interview Monday 3rd July 2017 Interview with Owen Jobling and Paul Adkins Subjects: recruitment, fintech, disruption The problem of recruitment is a real one for tech and fintech, and the problem of retention equally so. Indeed, frequently the hiring success of one company is the …

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