Tuesday , March 28 2017

January, 2017

  • 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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December, 2016

  • 16 December

    FIFA 17 is now available in Russia through Yandex.Money

    Yandex.Money became the official sales operator of the popular game publisher EA Games. Russian users can now buy FIFA 17 for PC and Xbox through Yandex.Money. FIFA Points for topping up balance are also available for purchase at Yandex.Money website. Users can buy the game and top up their balance …

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  • 8 December

    Forget democracy. LET’S JUST HAVE A HACKATHON.

    Has technology rendered US democracy obsolete? Touch the screen to vote Yes. Even putting aside the social engineering on Twitter and Facebook and the Internet in general, the actual process of voting is, in itself, insecure. The hanging fat chad fiasco of the Bush / Gore 2000 election lead to …

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  • 7 December

    Cyber Security Breaches: Lessons to be learnt?

    High profile cyber security breaches seem to have become a regular occurrence – the latest one at Tesco Bank is a spectacular example: according to some press reports it involved the theft of £2.5m from 9,000 customers’ accounts, which had to be reimbursed by the bank – not to mention …

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  • 2 December

    US Election “rigged” by Twitter bots?

    Even a shallow dip into the subject reveals the extraordinary scale of political manipulation that Twitter permits across its platform. It’s done at such scale, with such efficiency, it’s reasonable to say it doesn’t just challenge democracy, it actively disrupts it. Democracy itself has been hacked; the process gamed, and …

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November, 2016

  • 25 November

    National provider to develop blockchain architecture for the Prostir Ukrainian payments system

    The implementation of the Prostir National Payment System (NPS), whose market share should reach 30% by 2020, can be integrated with blockchain technology. A national provider is to be the contractor for the project. Experts previously suggested that the regulator will issue electronic money through blockchain for alternative card payments, …

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  • 24 November

    UK’s 1st Certified FINTECH Course ?

    UK’s 1st Certified FINTECH Course takes place on the 7-8 Dec 2016 at the ESCP Europe Business School in London. Last chance to join the 2 day “Certified FinTech Course“. The UK is already a global leader in financial technology and education, now for the first time decision makers across financial …

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  • 21 November

    Russian-British Business Forum «Partnerships for growth. New strategies»

    Eastern Seasons present an annual Russian-British Business Forum organised by The Russian Trade Delegation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. It provides a unique platform for Europe’s most pow-erful business and finance officials to discuss the challenges now facing the international community. The Business …

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October, 2016

  • 19 October

    3 ways in which regulation can boost profitability and valuation of fintech firms

    CEOs of the world’s largest financial services firms will concur that regulatory change and compliance is one of their top 10 business challenges. Annually AON surveys more than 1,400 executives from the world’s largest corporations across 60 countries to understand the risks faced by them. Regulatory change usually ranks within …

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  • 17 October

    BLOODY NOSES AND TECH INNOVATION – Q&A WITH ANDREW VORSTER

    Tech Innovator, Storyteller, and Mentor Andrew Vorster shares his insight and advice for tech startups considering accelerators and incubators.  This article is taken from a Q&A on tech innovation with Andrew Vorster, you can read the full article here – Gluon Consulting – “Bloody Noses and Tech Innovation – Q&A …

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  • 17 October

    Bankaool, the first 100% online Mexican bank

    With the clear goal to drive financial inclusion and service more sectors, Bankaool received in 2013 the approval of the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores of Mexico (CNBV) to become a Multiservice bank; in 2014, Bankaool launched an innovative digital platform to begin marketing the first 100% digital bank …

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  • 17 October

    Brexit isn’t only causing homegrown business leaders and entrepreneurs to ask questions

    The surprising referendum decision to pull Britain out of the EU has vast implications for swathes of international fintech entrepreneurs who have set their sights on British shores, dazzled as they are by the financial titans that call London home. One such entrepreneur is Brazilian Felipe Almeida, Co- Founder and …

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  • 14 October

    Poverty amidst prosperity: How can design and tech improve financial inclusion?

    What’s the problem? Over half of the U.S. population is struggling financially. And in the UK, roughly 20% of the population doesn’t have enough savings to survive one month if their wages were to drop by just 25%. This is the reality in two of the world’s healthiest economies. The …

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  • 13 October

    Fintechs and cyber security

    Exactly three years ago I left my Senior Security Advisor role at Microsoft to establish a security engineering and penetration testing consultancy, working primarily with fintechs at Level 39 and elsewhere. Three years is a long time in this business, and it seems a good time to reflect on what has …

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  • 12 October

    “SILICON VALLEY IS COMING”: THE LOOMING THREAT OF FINTECH

    The meteoric rise of fintech has left many traditional financial institutions lagging behind in terms of technology – and many banks have chosen to see this as a threat. In a 2015 survey by PwC, 83 percent of financial services professionals indicated that they were concerned about losing business to …

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  • 11 October

    eFintech Show 2017

    March 22-23, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain   What is eFintech Show? It is a cycle of conferences and exhibition focused exclusively on present the best and the most innovative technological solutions for banking and finance. Finally together the 30 most disruptive Fintech Startups selected by an expert group in a single …

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  • 11 October

    FinTech Expo & Conference

      FinTech Expo & Conference is a platform designed to explore the hot new tech and innovations disrupting the world of finance whilst educating on how to successfully implement FinTech within a Business or Enterprise with a focus around the Contextual use of FinTech Innovations. FinTech is disrupting sectors such …

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  • 11 October

    The Tech Expo – Explore & Engage with Emerging Tech in Context

    The Tech Expo – Explore & Engage with Emerging Tech in Context Now in its 2nd year, The Tech Expo Conference & Exhibition is designed to Explore, Educate and Engage our audience in the Contextual use of Emerging Technologies.  Topics covered include Contextual Tech, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality (Mixed Reality), IoT, …

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  • 11 October

    FinTech Days Stuttgart

    Get finnovative is the motto of the FinTech-Days Stuttgart. The event is designed for FinTechs, programmers and investors: At the Bankathon teams develop a finnovative product within 40 hours whereas start-ups present their business model to a jury at the FinTech-Pitch.  10.000 Euro trophy money to be won. Register now.

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  • 11 October

    Marketplace Lending + Investing

    September 27 – 28, 2016, New York City Thousands of fintech platforms having entered the market, global big banks are partnering up, and long-term players exploring new vertical: cleary digital lending is here to stay. But given macro economic conditions, regulatory imperatives, competition and consumer behavior, much remains to be seen …

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  • 11 October

    Blockchain Technology: The Future for Financial Services Infrastructure Summit

    London, 22nd November This event will address blockchain technology from the user-led point of view and analyse its potential for the financial services industry – particularly its infrastructure. It will explore how the new technology will change the face of business for financial services institutions and the opportunities for development and …

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  • 11 October

    DCD Euope – Zettastructure — 1-2 November, London

    DatacenterDynamics  Europe – Zettastructure is  restricted to 2,000 invited guests who represent the top decision makers from companies that run data center-scale infrastructure – a scale that even if completely outsourced to the cloud still requires highly evolved IT operations – the conference sets out to explore the ‘borderlands’ between …

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  • 10 October

    Fintech top priority for MENA banks

    Fintech has taken both the finance industry and the tech sphere by storm. Global investment into fintech has risen a massive 67 percent since last year, reaching 5.3 billion USD in the first quarter of 2016 alone. The fintech revolution has finally reached the Middle East, and the regional finance industry …

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  • 3 October

    SME Banking Summit 2017 — 13-14 February 2017

    The effective management of lending to SMEs can contribute significantly to the overall growth and profitability of banks. There has been considerable research and analysis into the methods by which banks assess and monitor business loans, manage business financing risks, and price their products – and how these methods might …

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September, 2016

  • 20 September

    Psst…Did you hear about your right to reduced tax bills?

    Ever wondered what you are entitled to as a company, in terms of funding? You now have the opportunity to be rewarded for your innovation with a reduced tax bill or the chance to claim payable cash credit as a proportion of your R&D expenditure. We are reaching out to you, …

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  • 20 September

    Luup selects Contego’s identity verification and fraud reduction platform to carry out complex AML and KYC checks

    Contego, the multi-source fraud reduction platform, today announced that Luup, a leading provider of merchant services for internet and e-commerce businesses, specialising in cross-border payments, has selected Contego’s platform to carry out checks on companies and individuals based in the UK, Europe and North America. This will help ensure compliance …

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  • 16 September

    The Fintech Landscape

    FinTech is so prevalent in the modern financial services and technology sectors. So, what are some of the best performing FinTech sectors and what could the future hold for the space? Lending In the past, personal or business loans would be issued by traditional financial institution. This caused large financial …

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  • 16 September

    Next Money London – At A Glance

    On a steaming hot day, 200 people piled into the Truman Brewery’s Boiler House. Warm winds of change are coming to the UK’s financial services, among the sources of this is surely the Leveche from Madrid. BBVA’s dominance of the progressive end of Europe’s Tier 1 banking world has not …

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August, 2016

  • 24 August

    Blockchains & Procurement

    Blockchain tech is the term poised to define our generation. As opposed to Brexit or Trump — which is definitely not a bad thing! But what are blockchains? How do they work, in plain English and zero jargon? A Blockchain is essentially a data record. It is a shared, secure record of …

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  • 23 August

    3 ways fintech will solve the GDP growth problem and why central banks should double down on fintech

    Since the 2008 crisis Central Banks from developed economies have pumped in over $7 trillion into the global economy. They have left interest rates at ridiculously low levels around 0% (and below 0%. This has further pumped in over $10 trillion into the economy. In fact you are now getting …

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  • 18 August

    Startup of the Month: Future Start Technology

    What does Future Start Technology do? Future Start Technology is revolutionising and democratising investment management. The company’s mission is to give access to investment management and financial advice to anyone, regardless of their amount of money or knowledge of finance. In order for them to achieve this goal, they are …

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  • 17 August

    Israel: The rise of the fintech hybrid

    Special Counsel, Adv. Roy Keidar of Yigal Arnon & Co. Law Firm examines the rise of the Israeli fintech sector.  Israel is globally known as the ‘startup nation’, a small country that has developed a rich ecosystem in which thousands of startup companies are creating new and innovative technologies. What …

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  • 16 August

    Time to make fintech small

    After Iceland had beaten England in the European Football Championship I was reminded of a Barclays TV-commercial from 2000 where Anthony Hopkins explains why ‘a big world needs a big bank’. It’s a great commercial, and even though it’s 16 years old and we have had two serious global crises …

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  • 12 August

    Startup of the Month: AimBrain

    AimBrain, a next-generation biometrics engineering company, helps financial institutions easily, securely, and accurately authenticate their mobile banking users. AimBrain delivers advanced biometric technology to banks so they can stay ahead of mobile fraud through a secure and frictionless authentication experience. AimBrain is helping some of the world’s largest financial institutions …

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  • 10 August

    Startup of the Month: MONEY MOVER

    Money Mover brings cutting edge technology to cross-border payments. Its online foreign exchange and global payments platform provides a secure and low cost way for businesses to make international payments. In other words, Money Mover is targeting the $500bn that 5 million SMEs make in international payments every year. Money …

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  • 9 August

    Startup of the Month: KANTOX

    Kantox is a multinational fintech company offering FX management solutions, and was founded in order to simplify the process of currency exchange with a transparent and easy-to-use tool. The expertise and products offered by Kantox allow its customers to manage their currency exposure, build hedging strategies, automate FX transactions and …

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  • 8 August

    Startup of the Month: DARWINEX

    Darwinex is the revolutionary marketplace which bridges the gap between traders and investors. Using this online platform, traders get listed as a new asset class that investors, by backing the traders, can buy and sell. For traders to succeed, they need a chance to show their skills. But the closed …

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  • 5 August

    Attacks against financial services firms rocket in 2016.

    Why is it happening, and what can be done about it? In 2016, financial services organisations have been under attack like never before, with a series of high profile data breaches that have rocked the global financial system. The February theft of $81m from the Bangladesh central bank was significant …

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  • 4 August

    How to get investors chasing you, the owner of a Fintech Business

    According to a recent Accenture study, investment in fintech across the globe, continues to rise.  In the first quarter of 2016, investments in fintech reached $5.3 billion, a 67% increase over the same period the year before. However, the landscape of investment in fintech is changing.  Fintech startups are no …

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  • 3 August

    Will London remain the capital of fintech?

    London is currently hailed as the global centre of fintech. This should come as no surprise, as it is by tradition a financial centre, with most of the leading banks operating in the European and African markets headquartered in the capital. Similarly, leading disrupting actors such as Funding Circle, Transferwise, …

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  • 1 August

    Translating Cyber-Threats into Business Risks

    Aside from the relentless barrage of cyber-attacks, one of the key challenges for IT security professionals is getting the rest of the business on board with efforts to keep these threats at bay. There is great potential for things to get lost in translation when cyber-threats and remedies for protecting …

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July, 2016

  • 29 July

    The Future of Fintech – with a bit of Brexit thrown in!

    I’m still in shock over the referendum result, but more about that later. According to the technologists we are all going to pay with thumbs, robots will make sure our pensions don’t shrink, realtime payments will be global and and it will be impossible to launder money… As a fully …

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  • 28 July

    The Future of Fintech: William Mougayar

    The future of FinTech will include a continuous assault on the large incumbent players whose market shares are eroding. Large financial institutions are challenged, because they cannot innovate from within their current business models. They are happy improving themselves gradually, but are not able to make radical changes to their …

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  • 26 July

    The Future of Fintech: iBe TSE

    I disagree that Apple, Google and other big corporations extending their tentacles into the fintech market should be viewed as a bad thing. They have a real affinity with startups and, within the years, they aligned culturally and crucially their view on fintechs as a necessary part of their business …

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  • 25 July

    The Future of Fintech: REVOLUT

    Brexit was an outcome I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the UK fintech community was neither desiring or expecting, but whenever there is change and uncertainty, there is opportunity. Now that the dust is settling, it is time to take a dispassionate view and focus on …

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  • 23 July

    A customer-centric revolution, insurance industry congregates to discuss change

    The insurance industry including carriers, brokers, agents and marketing experts will meet on September 19 & 20 2016 in Chicago at the Insurance2Customer USA Summit hosted by Insurance Nexus, a division of FC Business Intelligence. The insurance industry is transforming from product-centric to customer-centric, driven by increasing customer expectations, innovative …

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  • 22 July

    Panaseer: switching the lights on so Boards can take control of cyber risk

    When it comes to the question “What’s our business risk from cyber?” Board members in finance are in the dark. They know their firms are being targeted by threat actors, that they’re spending a lot on security teams and technologies, and that regulatory reporting pressures are mounting. But they do …

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  • 22 July

    APIs are good medicine

    RBS has been formulating its API strategy over the past few months. APIs will enable us to extend our banking platform and capabilities to third party application providers as well business customers, both large and small. This is why the strategy discussion should not be limited to a discussion about …

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  • 21 July

    Does Retail Banking need to make an Amazonian effort to keep pace with consumer demand?

    Consumer expectations are growing. Recent research suggests that given the chance, over half of financial consumers would opt to bank with Amazon. Why? Because a company famous for delivery innovation, outstanding customer service and thinking outside the box has fundamentally disrupted the service industry, reinventing what it means to provide …

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  • 20 July

    The User Experience in Lending – Where should it be?

    Speed and trust are vital for unsecured lenders; these being attributes that our research highlighted as the greatest influences when a consumer selects a lender. But what about the customer journey over the full life-cycle of their loan? User experience hasn’t always been at the forefront of lenders’ minds, but given the rapid technological …

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  • 20 July

    SMEs and Start-ups: What lies ahead in the future of Fintech?

    Investment by Apple, Google and now Intel into the fintech market strikes fear into many small and startup companies that are currently in or contemplating their entry into this market. But should they worry? We have seen it already in other industries: with the massive resources available to them, the …

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  • 19 July

    Fintech is alive and well in Scotland, with Edinburgh leading the charge

      The tech sector in Edinburgh now accounts for 1 in 8 businesses, and according to the 2016 Tech Nation Report, Edinburgh is the largest technology cluster outside London in terms of productivity.  It’s not just the burgeoning startup scene and growing infrastructure that makes Edinburgh an attractive proposition for …

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  • 19 July

    Creative TECH’ v Complacent FIN’.

    Today, the fintech industry is in the early stages of cooperation and collaboration. To accelerate the true fintech arena, real commitment to partnership is a must. But you can’t assume all tech companies want to partner. Many do, but others have absolutely no interest and want to disrupt the ‘complacent …

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  • 18 July

    The Networks Economy

    In the past few months everyone has been talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by World Economic Forum Founder Klaus Schwab as the transformation of humankind led by technological innovations in the physical, digital, and biological spheres. This revolution will indeed change the world, will substitute humans with robots …

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  • 18 July

    Grace Systems crowned MoneyConf’s best startup

    Fintech leaders from across the globe came together to discuss the future of banking and technology at MoneyConf in Madrid. Dutch data science and data mining provider Grace Systems won the title of most promising company in the fintech industry. After three rounds of pitching to audiences, Dutch firm Grace …

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  • 15 July

    Brexit and THE FUTURE OF FINTECH

    What was your Brexit strategy? Didn’t have one? Not to worry, no one else did either. But it’s not what happens, it’s what you do about it that determines the outcome. And we entrepreneurs aren’t worth the paper stock we hold unless we can pivot this to our individual and …

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  • 13 July

    Money is the new Mail?

    Money is a means of communication, when you boil it down. It’s a communication of value, which opens up a conversation, as it were. Money is a communication tool.  We were at MoneyConf in Madrid in June, and as ever at these events there were some rising stars visible amongst …

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June, 2016

  • 14 June

    Fintech is dead, long live Fintech!

    The first Fintech wave has passed its peak. OK, I know I’m not inventing sliced bread here, but if you are one of those people fervently expecting the buzz to translate into the full rebirth of traditional banking anytime soon, well, you’d better hold your horses. Don’t get me wrong, …

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  • 13 June

    Fintech is playing the long game

    Our team has been actively investing in fintech for the past two years. In addition to reading pitches from hundreds of companies and meeting with dozens, half of our team has worked in the finance sector in previous careers. SparkLabs Global has invested in 13 fintech companies from the U.S., U.K. and …

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