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December, 2016

  • 15 December

    TOP-5 blockchain-trends for 2017

    Moving on from the hype level to a stage of real business-projects. This will enable greater technology integration in classic business along with systems of state management. One of 2017’s trends will be setting up blockchain architecture for governments, along with the integration of the public sector with decentralised ecosystems. …

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  • 9 December

    How the IOT / Connected City is going to change the face of outdoor messaging

    The ability to purchase time on digital outdoor messaging platforms by the hour, or even the minute, in specified locations, gives opportunity for the rise of Positive Social Messaging, as well as more conventional hyperlocal advertising. If we are going to create smart cities let’s use them to make smarter …

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  • 9 December

    Social Media: EXPOSED

    Media shapes society, has political impact, and in democracies Media determines who rules the country, and thereby the ‘Free World’. In other words, it’s important. Commercially social media has had a fundamental impact on mainstream media. But the disruption goes much deeper than that. It goes right to the very …

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  • 8 December

    What’s Behind The Bots?

    The adoption of Bots in fintech is happening. Examples include Bank of America’s Erica, Lunarway Bot 1.0 in Denmark & Lloyds Banking Group’s experiment with Amazon Echo among others. This article explains why I think this trend will become a future standard. When you want advice you typically do three …

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  • 8 December

    Does the fintech sector want a central robo advisor?

    If the top fintech companies were to collaborate in the creation of a fintech robo advisor or Ai platform the functioning result would be an ‘intelligence infrastructure’ at the centre of the fintech ecosystem. We could call her Fintelligentsia and obey her every command. Or FintMind if you prefer. What …

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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

    The inevitable rise of the ROBO CEO

    Imagine if you had a piece of software that read every email you sent, every article you read and every report you produced, that knew everyone in your company, and everything they did from their computer at work. Imagine this software knew every client you have, every product and service …

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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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  • 6 December

    And the weather forecast is…

    They say a week is a long time in politics but I daresay we thought that 2016 would be such an arduous, and uncertain year where the course of history has changed significantly and populism and anti-establishment politics has its day. There is no doubt the forefront of the political …

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  • 6 December

    Why Scotland’s financial sector is flourishing

    Scotland has been ranked as the second largest financial centre in the UK, with an 8 per cent share of the UK’s bank lending to SMEs, totaling £7.7billion, according to major reports, strengthening the Scottish economy and therefore making it more attractive to investors.   It is safe to say, …

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  • 5 December

    Buckworths launches Manchester office

    Manchester is a leading destination for high growth technology businesses including in particular the financial technology (FinTech) industry, according to boutique law firm Buckworths which has today launched in the city. Buckworths launched in London in 2011 and has quickly carved a niche advising primarily digital start-up companies on a …

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  • 2 December

    Mass Media is Junk Food…And civilisation is suffering from intellectual scurvy.

    It’s all marketing. Of ideologies, of companies, of celebrities. Media has been diluted to disinformation, misinformation, and uninformation. Social Media is the trend setter. Reductive thinking, deception, noise generation, mass numbers, shrills, more deception, anonymity, disregard for facts, denial of truth, appeal to base instincts, manipulation of emotions, Nation State …

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  • 2 December

    Could SME failure rate be fractioned by Fractal?

    One area where AI / bots are well established (relatively speaking) is financial management. Traders and fund managers have been using algorithms for what, decades? We now see automated wealth management filtering down to personal banking, Wealthify, Nutmeg, and so on. But where’s the SME equivalent? An automated financial assistant …

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  • 2 December

    Brexit referendum “rigged” by Twitter bots?

    In the case of the Brexit referendum, the two single most active accounts from each side of the debate were bots. “These accounts, @ivoteLeave and @ivotestay, follow a similar algorithm. Neither generates new content, they mechanically retweet messages from their side of the debate. Another surprise bot is @Col_Connaughton, a …

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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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  • 2 December

    101 uses for an AI platform

    We asked our contributor pool. Here’s a selection of responses. Stephen Findlay, CEO, BondMason From the perspective of the investor, there is likely to be little distinction between AI products and classical fund managers when it comes to making investment decisions and deploying capital. The two key questions will remain …

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  • 2 December

    Small Business Saturday UK: Automatic enrolment problems? The PLSA has a Pension Solution

    Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday in December each year. It is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place tomorrow, on Saturday 3rd December. The Pensions and …

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  • 1 December

    The new edition is here! #9

    Read all about AI, bots, machine learning, and much more. You can order a copy here. Grab a coffee, and enjoy the read!

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  • 1 December

    Meet Paresh Davdra, CEO & Co-Founder of Xendpay & RationalFX – The entrepreneur tells us about his business success

    Sending money internationally no longer needs to be a problem, after the industry has been revolutionised with Xendpay and RationalFX. We caught up with Paresh Davdra, CEO and Co-Founder of Xendpay and RationalFX, two platforms which recently have been brought to light, as he tells us about his secret to …

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  • 1 December

    Tech can break down barriers to financial exclusion

    Financial exclusion is the most pervasive social problem you’ve never heard of. And tech can lead the way in consigning it to history, says Virraj Jatania, founder of Pockit. Around 2m people in Britain today are living life without a bank account, while 4m more use their accounts infrequently, according …

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November, 2016

  • 30 November

    The impact of Brexit on Fintech in the UK

    London has earned its title “Global Fintech City”, boasting a strong financial centre for successful tech-startups in the UK and a key regulator of the global fintech community. Brexit is hot news in the UK history and is sparking many debates over the future of many industries with financial institutes …

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  • 29 November

    Why should you love fintech evolution like we do?

    THE RATE OF FINTECH EVOLUTION HAS DRIVEN CHANGE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY UNLIKE WHAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE. WHY SHOULD YOU LOVE THIS EVOLUTION LIKE WE DO? At Gluon we are relishing our ongoing work with fintechs and financial SME’s to help support and drive fintech innovation. We’ve seen the …

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  • 29 November

    Third-generation payment terminal YelloPad unveiled

    YelloPad, a revolutionary third-generation payment terminal, has just been unveiled at Trustech. Co-created by payment experts, Mike Ausems and Daniel Maurice-Vallerey, and backed by former deputy CEO of Visa Europe, Philippe Menier, YelloPad is a fully integrated payments and marketing platform, highly flexible for both fixed and mobile usage, indoor …

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  • 29 November

    TransferGo expansion to the East

    Continuing their mission to make it easier, cheaper and faster to transfer money everywhere, TransferGo have expanded their network of more than 45 countries to include three new locations: India, the Philippines and Ukraine. “For TransferGo it’s very important to deliver on our promise to make fast and cheap international …

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  • 28 November

    Leetchi launches in the UK

    Online money pot Leetchi.com, has launched its service in the UK. Leetchi.com is an easy, fast and secure money collection platform that allows anyone to create a ‘money pot’ in less than a minute and invite others to help finance projects such as group gifts for birthdays, baby showers and …

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  • 25 November

    Fintech Investor Forum

    Thursday 24th November, fintechs gathered together to attend Fintech Investor Forum. The event, sponsored by AltAssets and Fintech Global, highlighted the UK’s strength as a global Fintech hub and emphasised the exciting investment opportunities available to investors. The event brought together over 100 of Europe’s most active fintech investors and deal-makers along with the leaders …

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  • 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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  • 25 November

    HM Treasury confirms FinTech measures

    Following yesterday’s Autumn Statement, Tech City UK is delighted to announce that it will deliver two of HM Treasury’s newest FinTech measures to ensure that the UK remains the world’s leading hub for Financial Technology. These two measures include a FinTech Delivery Panel for industry initiatives and a FinTech Professional …

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  • 25 November

    First network for AI professionals is launching today

    Neurons.AI Launches – The Network for AI Professionals A new social network for artificial intelligence professionals called Neurons.AI is launching today, that will both operate online and host real world meet-ups. Neurons will be the Facebook for AI experts and also provide members with the chance to socialise at regular …

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  • 24 November

    Xendpay launches ‘pay-what-you-want’ money transfer fees

    Xendpay, the world’s cheapest online money transfer service, has today announced the launch of Xendpay Business which for the first time will enable SMEs to make international money transfers for a fee of their choice. Introducing the company’s successful “Pay What You Want*” model to the international business payments market, …

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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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  • 24 November

    Early Metrics, the rating agency for startups, presents TeskaLabs

    TeskaLabs has developed a scalable enterprise security solution for mobile and IoT applications that protects businesses from getting hacked through their own mobile applications and IoT devices. TeskaLabs has a lead over its rivals with its scalability, cloud service compatibility, easy integration and its ability to handle large scale apps …

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  • 23 November

    FinTech Investor Forum

    The FinTech Investor brings together over 100 of Europe’s most active FinTech investors and deal-makers along with the leaders of 100 of the most exciting start-ups and scale-ups. The Forum provides a unique opportunity to connect with people who can make a difference to your business.  If you’re an investor …

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  • 23 November

    Cashless Economy strategic roadmap launched in Ukraine

    The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) presented its roadmap for the Cashless Economy large-scale government project in November. The NBU plans to increase the volume of non-cash payments in 2020 to 55% As stated by Valeria Gontareva, Head of the NBU, during the Cashless Economy Conference, “we believe that the …

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  • 23 November

    Sales in Russia surge as Chinese stores celebrate Singles Day Shopping Festival

    On November, 11 Russia held the third annual large-scale sale dedicated to the Chinese holiday of Singles Day. The day is also referred to as Double Eleven because of its date. It started as an informal holiday celebrating those not in relationships, before tech giant Alibaba turned it into a …

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