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December, 2015

  • 15 December

    TransferGo secures record $2.5 million investment

    TransferGo secures record $2.5 million investment round; largest seed raise in money transfer space. Mark Ransford, former investor at Apax Partners leads the investment seed round of USD2.5 million for TransferGo. Other participants in this round included: Voria Fattahi, former investor at Kinnevik; Clive Kahn, former Travelex CEO; and Richard Tudor, former …

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  • 15 December

    Cyber Crime Risk Management

    Cyber crime is just another type of operational risk. In fact it is included in the operational risk event types de ned by Basel under External Fraud. External fraud and cyber crime risk can be managed through the implementation of a risk management framework that relies on the following components: …

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  • 14 December

    Cyber London Announces Second Cohort

    Cyber London, Europe’s first dedicated cyber security start-up accelerator and incubator, announced the eight start-ups participating in Cyber London’s second programme on Friday. The successful candidates, selected from a shortlist of outstanding international applicants, were announced at a private event in Cyber London’s offices in West London. The teams, who …

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  • 9 December

    “Can I take your card details, please?” A look at call centre vulnerability

     The vulnerability starts when customers give details over the phone. This includes credit cards and debit cards, possibly bank account details for direct debit purposes. So we took a more in-depth look at call centre vulnerability. The customer has at that point lost control of their information. It’s a trust-based …

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  • 8 December

    Cyber Breach and Response

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    People expect large organisations, such as telecoms firms, with huge resources at their disposal and leading-edge technology, to be amongst the best equipped to keep cyber criminals at bay, and avoid the cyber breach of their valuable data. However, the fact that high-profile breaches continually come to light, shows that …

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  • 7 December

    Cyber Security Regulation in the UK

    Cyber security is concerned both with the security of cyber space (which can include physical places as well as purely virtual ones) and the security of entities that use or rely on cyber space. Entities that use cyber space need to be cyber secure; not simply because of the obvious …

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  • 5 December

    Who is Responsible for Information Security Within Your Organisation?

    The obvious and rather short answer is: everyone is responsible for the information security of your organisation. From the CEO to the Board to the call center operatives to the interns to the kids on work experience from school, if that still happens. Some are more accountable than others, some …

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  • 4 December

    The Psychology of Teenage Hackers

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    As with ‘non-cyber’ crime, the perps range from Nation-States to organised crime networks to teenage kids. Perhaps by understanding the mindsets we can begin to understand the problem. A bit. Best to begin with the psychology of teenage hackers. One of the ‘problems’ is that people do online what they …

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  • 3 December

    CYBER HYGIENE Sector Specific Cyber Threats

    Cyber Threat

    Not intended as a complete ‘how to’ guide, but more of a guide to a normative approach to cyber threats. Threat: Malicious attack / Blackmail / Ransom Sectors: Public sector, third sector, corporations, controversial sectors, charities, animal related including farming, meat production, sex / gender related. Sony found themselves on the wrong …

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  • 2 December

    Israel: From Startup Nation to Cyber-Security Nation.

    Startup Nation

    If you’ve been to Tel Aviv recently, you’ve most likely heard local entrepreneurs refer to Israel as “Startup Nation.” This name was coined by two American journalists who, in their 2010 book, explained how Israel turned so hi-tech-heavy (hint: skilled immigrants & mandatory military service). But what you may have …

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  • 2 December

    Cyber Something: What’s Happening?

    The first thing Brian draws to our attention is that technically Cybercrime doesn’t really mean anything. As a word, it’s fresh from the late 1970’s, cybermen, cyberspace, cybersexcitement. By definition it is ‘something to do with computers, information technology, and virtual reality.’ That narrows it down to everything in 2016. …

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  • 1 December

    French Visitants on British Soil: It’s Not About the Money.

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    London is one of the world’s largest centres for financial institutions, being home to approximately 251 banks, 588 financial services companies, and hundreds, possibly thousands, of emerging fintech startups. The financial services sector in the UK accounts for approximately 9.4% of the country’s total GDP making it one of the largest globally, …

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November, 2015

  • 23 November

    The Emergence of Digital Lending

    ”The emergence of smartphones and tablets has led us towards an ‘any time, any place, any device’ culture and financial services providers now need to align to these changing consumer demands.” – Richard Carter, CEO Nostrum Group. Many industries are being disrupted by the ever-increasing role of digital technology in …

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  • 20 November

    Basestone

    What do you do? We reduce costs and screwups that are happening in construction projects by providing a tablet and web-based collaboration tool which links the construction site to the office. It speeds up communication and collaboration between the two, allowing people to flag the problems earlier and resolve them …

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  • 16 November

    The Mobile Media Summit in London

    The Mobile Media Summit took place at the historic Rosewood Hotel in London, early last week. The program consisted of an impressive list of speakers. Including 6 of the top 50 mobile leaders according to the recent Drum report. The current concord is that brands, agencies, publishers, and just about any business should …

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  • 13 November

    The Unreasonable People that are Disrupting Finance

    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”— George Bernard Shaw Mutaz Qubbaj, the founder of squirrel.me, unreasonably believes that problems are there to be fixed instead of ignored, we quizzed …

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  • 6 November

    Taking Ideas to the Minimum Viable Product Stage

    FinTech Factory was founded to help FinTech entrepreneurs take their ideas up to at least the Minimum Viable Product stage. MVP is a critical stage to reach for any startup – often necessary before they can be considered for funding. We spoke to founder John Cleary who gave us a …

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October, 2015

  • 30 October

    LendIt Europe 2015 Recap

    Samir Desai

    LendIt Europe conference in London was an incredible success this year. With 754 people attending over two days at the Hilton London Metropole early last week. It was the largest ever gathering in Europe for our industry. This year, the conference was split between platforms and investors, which was reflected in the …

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  • 29 October

    London Has Vital Fintech Elements

    Clare Flynn-Levy

    We spoke to Clare Flynn Levy, CEO and founder of Essentia Analytics. Who explained to us why London Has vital Fintech elements. Essentia Analytics is a cloud-based software solution that uses behavioural data analytics to help professional investors make more skilled investment decisions. Claire has been a London resident since …

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  • 7 October

    Paving The Way For A Fairer Global Financial System.

    Disrupting the finance sector has taken a pretty long time due to strict regulations and incumbent large banking organisations which are typically difficult to change. It is about time that we pave the way for a fairer global financial system. Since the near collapse of the global economic system in …

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  • 7 October

    Can London lead Fintech?

    The UK fintech revolution was born out of a time of crisis. The environment post-2008 gave everyone the imperative to change, and to build on the UK’s leading position in financial services. The country’s unique history and geography make it the perfect place for fintech to thrive. Having been at the forefront …

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  • 7 October

    The Fair Players In Finance

    The startup ecosystem here in London has already produced some of the world’s most exciting fintech businesses. Just look at TransferWise and Funding Circle. But for every giant there are hundreds of true ‘startups’- keen entrepreneurs and teams, huddled in coworking spaces, trying to pull together a great product on …

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  • 7 October

    Human-Assisted Artificial Intelligence

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    The Turing test explores one aspect of Artificial Intelligence, the machines’ ability to demonstrate human-like intelligence. But whether these software are true AI, or human mimics, is debatable. The question soon becomes, ‘what is intelligence?’. Here we enter into the realm of the esoteric, of philosophy, and of academic exploration; …

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  • 7 October

    Taking The Transatlantic Leap.

    Daniel Glazer Partner, Fried Frank

    UK market conditions are kind to fintech startups. London is a global financial capital, and the regulatory environment is supportive. From an early stage, however, UK fintech companies frequently feel a strong pull to expand to the US, especially New York.  Many companies find that their key clients are in …

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  • 7 October

    You thought fintech in london was hot? Try Looking East.

    When looking East, Asian fintech developments may not seem very noticeable if you look at typically reported investment figures. Accenture estimates that only US$ 700m of a total of $12bn in new investment in fintech went to the APAC region. Rather, the characteristics of the stakeholders and environment in Asia …

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  • 7 October

    FintecHK And Internet Finance.

    Hong Kong as the financial centre of Asia

    Fintech is in the blood of Hong Kong people! Not only did people grow up knowing Hong Kong as the financial centre of Asia but they also use daily the most widely used contactless payment system in the world: The Octopus card. Yet even with these prerequisites Hong Kong needs …

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  • 7 October

    Fintech Is Not Boring.

    Fintech Is Not Boring

    Finance. Technology. The inevitable mating of the two, the offspring consequence being FinTech. So what is it, and where does it end? Fintech sectors include Crowdfunding, Peer2Peer lending, Bitcoin, Crypto currencies, and everything that more traditional banks and financial services companies do. Insurance. Bonds. Loans. Money transfers. And within these …

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  • 7 October

    What’s next after FinTech?

    Every day we read about tech disrupting industries. The UK’s poster boy right now is FinTech, and it’s making a lot of noise because the startups are so close to home. They’re in the office next you, not five thousand miles away. London had the combination of highly skilled financial …

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  • 7 October

    Banks; Excited or Terrified About Fintech Innovations?

    Should the major banks be excited or terrified about Fintech innovations? Luis Carranza, the founder of FinTechWeek.com, answers: Both. There are parts of banking that are outdated and need to change. There hasn’t been much of a need to change until recently. There’s a lot more competition, but also more …

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  • 7 October

    We Want Bankers To Have Better Dreams!

    The financial services industry needs to re-invent itself. Established banks are not only based on 20th century technology; they are also based on 20th century thinking… The financial services industry needs to re-invent itself. Established banks are not only based on 20th century technology; they are also based on 20th …

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  • 6 October

    The Future of FINTECH Belongs to All of Us

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    During the London Tech Week in 2014 I attended fintech events for the first time. I remember the great atmosphere and entrepreneurial passion in the room combined with the excitement for an unknown but very promising future. There was something special. The future of FINTECH  belongs to all of us …

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  • 6 October

    The Finance Kitchen

    Finance Kitchen is London’s fusion of financial expertise and a love of food. We spoke to founder Ian Woodley who gave us a walk-through his Kitchen. What exactly is Finance Kitchen? FK is specialist finance broker to restaurants and other food orientated businesses. We do everything from crowdsourcing, to debt …

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  • 4 October

    Bitcoin Technology Translates To Regulation In Real Time

    Were the US Securities and Exchange Commission to oversee every transaction in real-time, it would need to monitor a massive 20 terabytes of data per second, every second. The technologies, such as Bitcoin technology which underpins crypto-currencies, could hold the key to revolutionising the ways in which we transact. Were …

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  • 2 October

    The Transformation Of The Banking Industry

    A few weeks ago, the Swiss bank UBS launched a Fintech competition “The future of Finance Challenge” in search of innovative ideas and solutions that will support the transformation of the banking industry. A few weeks ago, the Swiss bank UBS launched a fintech competition “The future of Finance Challenge” …

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  • 2 October

    The Internet of Money

    There’s been a lot of hype about IOT (Internet of Things) but the real action is happening somewhere else. IOM. The Internet of MONEY. I’m talking with Gary Turner, the driver behind Xero’s UK growth since 2009, and it’s insightful. It takes a particular mindset to target the small business …

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