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April, 2016

  • 14 April

    Be aware of the mutant banking killers

    Readers from generation X, those above 35 may remember Shawn Fanning. He was the inventor of Napster, the legendary peer-2-peer file-sharing programme that enabled millions of people across the planet to share their music for free. Corporate lawyers successfully stopped Napster in 2001, and rightly so because the music-sharing programme …

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  • 13 April

    A future vision of logistics – the battle for the last mile

    The more we buy online, the more gets delivered, and we want it delivered faster. Amazon have set the bar and we can pretty much anticipate the normalisation of 1 hour delivery for goods bought online. And it will incrementally come to be. But for the 1-hour delivery to become …

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  • 12 April

    6 Ways to Enhance your Fintech valuation

    This is a continuation from our last article on Fintech valuation in the previous edition. In this article, I explore the drivers of valuation and strategies you can use to significantly enhance the valuation of your Fintech venture, regardless of whether this is a start-up, a venture that is already …

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  • 11 April

    Fintech in Edinburgh: Money Dashboard

    Edinburgh has serious presence in UK’s financial sector. And of course fintech is big here. We spoke with Steve Tigar, the CEO of Edinburgh-based startup Money Dashboard, a free personal financial management service. Why fintech in Edinburgh? Tigar explains: “We have the second largest financial centre in the UK, an area …

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  • 10 April

    Regions Bank to Offer Online Consumer Loan Experience Powered by Leading FinTech Firm Avant

    Regions Bank and online lending platform Avant announced on 8 April an agreement to offer a streamlined online consumer loan application and underwriting experience for Regions Bank customers. The unique agreement will combine Regions’ established banking and online presence with Avant’s technology platform to provide a fast, convenient digital experience …

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  • 9 April

    SWIFT kicks off pilot for global payments innovation initiative

    On 5 April, SWIFT announced that 21 banks have started the pilot for its global payments innovation initiative, intended to improve the customer experience in correspondent banking by increasing the speed, transparency and predictability of cross-border payments. The pilot is planned to run through to December, the first results of which will …

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  • 8 April

    Emergence of the secondary market

    Asset Match is the only company in the UK currently offering this service. Themselves a startup, founded in 2012 and even having completed their own fundraise on a crowd platform. In a nutshell, AssetMatch provides an auction-based marketplace where buyers and sellers can place their share offer, and when the …

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  • 7 April

    Hold my Assets

    When does ‘investing’…“Put (money) into financial schemes, shares, property, or a commercial venture with the expectation of achieving a profit.” ..Become gambling? It feels like one can’t get away from Crowdfunding. On the tube, adverts promise that Seedrs “Take care of the boring legal stuff so you can invest in …

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  • 6 April

    Finovate Spring 2016 – San Jose

    On May 10 & 11, 2016, Finovate returns to San Jose with FinovateSpring, a two-day showcase of the latest and greatest financial and banking technology innovations from leading established companies and hot young startups. FinovateSpring 2016 will feature Finovate’s signature demo-only format with 70+ companies receiving just 7 minutes on …

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  • 6 April

    Making time for Hunting

    You need to be a special kind of person to be a security analyst. Of course, you need expertise across a range of technologies, as well as understanding best practice around protecting data against a range of threats. But you also need to be able to spot the causal needle …

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  • 5 April

    Edinburgh. Who knew?

    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. One of the drivers of this success is the advantage of a self-generating talent pool. Every year the …

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  • 4 April

    Diebold Redefines Mobile-Enabled Banking for European Market

    Diebold’s mobile-driven ATM concept and Cryptera’s CryptoTouchTM solution will be featured at Money20/20 Europe on 4-7 April, in Copenhagen, Denmark. To deliver on consumers’ expectations for mobile-enabled services, Diebold’s mobile-driven ATM concept dispenses and recycles cash with no screen, card reader or PIN-pad required – using the consumers’ mobile device as the …

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  • 3 April

    FinovateSpring Sneak Peek: Empyr

    Empyr uses card-linked technology to bridge online-to-offline (O2O) commerce, driving online audiences to offline merchants and generating new revenue for websites and apps. Its main features made it one of the most promising O2O platform currently on the market, and they include a real time tracking of offline transactions, the …

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  • 1 April

    Twice as Smart

    I suspect there’s a cycle in fintech. Disruption, collaboration, conformity, then back to disruption again. Recently there feels to be a trend towards collaboration with the incumbent institutions. It’s almost as if some fintech companies have no higher ambition than to become a widget for a bank. However, the disruptive …

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March, 2016

  • 30 March

    Valuto’s Open API Offers Multi-Currency Accounts

    Valuto, the European multi-currency account for B2B and B2C payments, was born to help small businesses send and receive payments in eleven different European currencies – as a matter of fact, they have recently added BGN and CHF to their wallet. In order to do so, Valuto integrates into systems …

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  • 27 March

    UKBAA Launches first Accreditation for Angel Investing

    The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) launched a new official qualification aimed at promoting effective investments in Britain’s small businesses, the UK Angel Investing Accreditation.    Angel Investment fulfils a vital role in the economy in supporting entrepreneurs and remains the most significant source of equity for early stage businesses. …

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  • 25 March

    GreenDot is set to improve Uber’s drivers lives

    Uber and GreenDot partnered up to create a new business checking account, Uber Checking by GoBank. This new venture, part of Uber’s Instant Pay Program, consists in a debit card that will give the possibility to Uber’s drivers to cash out their earnings instantly at any time, without having to pay transaction fees …

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  • 24 March

    Edinburgh’s Flat White Economy

    Thinking that London is the only city in the United Kingdom where Fintech companies can thrive is a mistake. Edinburgh, thanks to its high quality of life and its relatively small size, is the perfect city where entrepreneurs can launch their businesses and see them growing. Within the last years, …

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  • 24 March

    InvestGlass builds a Robo-Advisor for Advisors

    InvestGlass, an automation platform for professional investors, launched Leads at FinovateEurope 2016. Leads is an artificial intelligence engine that aims at saving the time of financial professionals and lowering the risk of committing mistakes by identifying which client to contact first, why they should call, and exactly what advice to provide based on trending financial …

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  • 23 March

    Qumram raises $2.5 million to bring the company to the US and U.K.

    Qumram, the digital recording and archiving software provider that is having a huge success in central Europe, has raised $2.5 million in funding this week. Ariel Lüdi (former CEO of hybris software), Peter Stalder (former CTO of finnova AG), the investment group Zirkonia and a group of investors from investiere.ch have been the major investors during …

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  • 21 March

    The Finance Innovation Lab announces the name of its 17 new Fellows

    The Finance Innovation Lab bets on tech for good.   On Thursday 17 March, The Finance Innovation Lab announced the 17 innovators who have won a place on its 2016 Fellowship programme. The primary aim of the programme was to find talented minds that are building financial businesses which put …

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  • 18 March

    Afluenta receives $8 million from IFC and Elevar Equity to expand in South America

    International Finance Corporation and Venture Impact Investor Elevar Equity Co-Lead Round to Fuel Growth and Expansion in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.   Afluenta, the leading Latin America peer-to-peer lending network that brings together investors and creditworthy borrowers, announces today the completion of its Series B funding round from …

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  • 15 March

    LendInvest raises £17 million equity investment from Atomico

    Atomico invests in LendInvest and brings the mortgage firm’s institutional funding to over £200 million.   The disruptive peer-to-peer mortgage company LendInvest has completed a £17 million Series B equity investment from Atomico, the technology venture capital firm founded by the co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennström. LendInvest secured this equity …

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  • 13 March

    Early Metrics is ready to rate UK startups

    Early Metrics have opened their doors for UK startups and investors. Ready to meet the new kids on the block?    Early Metrics is one of the most innovative companies on the market. Launched in France in May 2014, it is the first rating agency for startups and innovative SMEs …

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  • 11 March

    ENTIQ launches Fin4Fem to support female tech founders

    The UK tech ecosystem is more diverse than other parts of the world but female founders are still significantly less backed by venture capitalists than their male counterpart. ENTIQ came up with a solution, launched on Tuesday 8th March, that will provide female tech founders with practical help: Fin4Fem.  Evidence on the benefits …

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February, 2016

  • 12 February

    Contis Group starts the New Year by announcing full PCI-DSS certification across all operations in UK, USA and India

    After a significant period of investment and development of security assets, Contis prioritised in-depth training for its colleagues across three continents.   All business functions and levels are fully skilled and experienced above and beyond the desired disciplines and practices required to hit the challenging requirements to gain full PCI …

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  • 12 February

    A Time to Co-Operate, and, A Time to Compete

    Time for… This is a strategic question that frequently arises in business. Any potential competitor is also a potential strategic partner. Competition should be a clear choice, a decision, rather than an assumed position from the offset. Whilst some money transfer challengers are rightfully seeing themselves as competition to the …

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  • 12 February

    Are we going Full Circle?

    The phone rings. It’s 5pm our time, 9am in SF. I pull my mind back from trying to unravel blockchain, and instead try to pick the brains of Albert Periu, Head of Global Capital Markets, Funding Circle. The global leader in online B2B lending. A Stallion Unicorn with one of …

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  • 12 February

    Payment predictions for 2016

    Interchange fees will shake up the European card market One of the most immediate changes is the European Union regulation on interchange fees. Interchange is paid by merchants to card issuers for the acceptance of card-based transactions, and under new regulation, this fee will drop from near 2% to 0.3% …

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  • 12 February

    Royal Engagement (with startups)

    Royal Engagement (with startups): The speech of HRH Duke of York at [email protected] [email protected] is designed to raise the profile of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom. We travel around the UK to try and pick and see where the new innovations, new ideas and new Entrepreneurs are coming …

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  • 12 February

    Level39: 217 really interesting stories to tell #2

    One of the joys of Level39 is the calm. It’s a dojo of fintech. Another delight is the extraordinary spectrum of companies here. It’s almost as if they’ve been curated on the basis of some elegant juxtaposition. Let us harmonise. In one afternoon, I meet three, the first, The Thalesians, …

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  • 12 February

    Lifting The Weight Of Regulation

    Regulation. It is akin to the gym memberships we all have – big direct debits going out each month but seldom used let alone appreciated. Until the day you decide to use a personal trainer. You then get a better sense of how it all works and the value it …

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  • 12 February

    FCA Innovation Boss Issues Complacency Warning

    The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said that payments innovators must not be complacent about meeting regulatory requirements despite increasing fintech investment and growth. Initiatives such as the FCA’s “regulatory sandbox” for testing new technologies, coupled with repeated pledges from UK Chancellor George Osborne to make the country a …

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  • 12 February

    ChainHQ: A Tool to Track Disruption

    Launch of ChainHQ, the world’s first searchable database of blockchain investments and market developments, documents $1billion of industry funding. ChainHQ is a powerful research tool for companies wishing to track the fast moving and highly disruptive ledger technology space. London, January 12, 2016 – BlockchainBriefing, the world’s leading distributed ledger …

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  • 12 February

    Undiscovered Asset that Can Super-Charge Fintech Firm Valuations

    The year 2015 has been a fantastic year for Fintech, especially in London.  According to London & Partners, an initiative by the Mayor of London to promote investment in London, Fintech firms raised £357 million venture funding.  Together with Business Insider UK, London & Partners profiled a few of the …

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