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  • Can SoFi’s demographic-oriented approach really work? How?
    Startup SoFi has raised — wait for it — $1.38 billion of venture funding to date. That’s a lot o’ funding. I’ve wondered, what it is about SoFi that merits such an investment? Yes, it is a lending intensive business — the startup launched in 2011 by offering student loanRead More
    September 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm | Get Answers
  • When will we see a real-world implementation of the blockchain in banking?
    When will the blockchain be put into play in the real world of financial services? What might it do? What’s holding it back now?
    August 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Get Answers
  • How might Walmart leverage Walmart Pay with Jet.com?
    In the wake of its $3.3 billion deal for Jet.com yesterday, what are the payment implications? Does Walmart want to spread Walmart Pay far and wide, or will it leave Jet.com’s checkout and payment processing alone? What are the factors to consider here?
    August 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm | Get Answers
  • What does the recent ruling in Florida mean for the future of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies?
    A judge in Miami-Dade ruled this week that bitcoin is not money, and so AML laws do not apply. What wider implications will this ruling have on bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies? Will this be a precedent that liberates or constrains cryptocurrency users going forward?
    July 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm | Get Answers
  • Which fintech Slack channels are worth joining?
    There’s an ever-growing list of Slack channels available to fintech folks. Here’s some directories of Slack channels: here is 5 pages that you can try when looking for open Slack communities. https://medium.com/@angiecois/an-incomplete-list-of-communities-on-slack-1b1b6f157bda#.yk8doee9v http://www.slacklist.info/ http://www.chitchats.co/ https://slofile.com/ Which Slack channels are worth joining? (Links welcome!)
    July 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Get Answers
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Ripple may become real competition for SWIFT in cross border payments

Ripple may become real competition for SWIFT in cross border payments

by September 25, 2016 at 1:00 am 0 comments

ID:38626297 Image source. Next week, 8,000 bankers and their vendors fly into Geneva for 4 days of talking about FinTech. Last year I had to fly to Singapore. This year, I can just hop on a train from Bern (sayonara jet lag). Last year Emergent Fintech started to move ontoRead More

How Will Same-Day ACH Affect Banking?

How Will Same-Day ACH Affect Banking?

by September 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

Slowly but surely, the waits are disappearing in banking. Mobile banking means you don’t have to wait on line at a branch (not that there would be a line these days if you went there). Accounts can be opened within minutes, and loans are approved more quickly. Perhaps most crucially, paymentsRead More

HomeSend Remittance Program Targets Mobile to Battle Cash in Ethiopia

HomeSend Remittance Program Targets Mobile to Battle Cash in Ethiopia

by September 23, 2016 at 11:46 am 0 comments

Earlier this week it was announced that HomeSend—a joint venture of Mastercard, eServ Global, and BICS that works to ease cross-border or cross-network transfers—partnered with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia to launch a new remittance program in the country. Remittance is estimated to be a $3.5 billion—with a B—market inRead More

Breaking Banks: Cardmageddon!! [AUDIO]

Breaking Banks: Cardmageddon!! [AUDIO]

by September 23, 2016 at 11:11 am 0 comments

On this episode of Breaking Banks, host Brett King is joined by fintech blogger Dave Birch to talk about “Cardmageddon,” or the moment when other types of payment will eclipse paying with cards. The two are joined this week by Jordan Lampe, Communications Director of Dwolla (who makes an announcement duringRead More

Is Blockchain Still Blockchain If You Can Edit It?

Is Blockchain Still Blockchain If You Can Edit It?

by September 23, 2016 at 10:24 am 0 comments

This past Tuesday, we got to watch Senator Elizabeth Warren flay Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf alive—which Twitter thoroughly enjoyed—and then Accenture announced a patent filing for a technique that allows for a blockchain to be edited—which Twitter was somewhat less enthused about. Various fintech enthusiasts like Dave Birch, whoseRead More

Australia more “fintech-ready” than some European peers – TransferWise

Australia more “fintech-ready” than some European peers – TransferWise

by September 23, 2016 at 3:06 am 1 comment

Often touted as a niche industry, this author is seeing early signs that mass-acceptance of fintech providers by consumers and businesses is creeping closer to a tipping point, of sorts. The call may be slightly premature, however the following recent announcements by various industry players all point towards a growingRead More

Debitize Reaches $1 Million Mark, Launches Credit Optimizer

Debitize Reaches $1 Million Mark, Launches Credit Optimizer

by September 22, 2016 at 10:53 am 0 comments

Debitize, a startup helping millennials build credit without using credit (we’ll explain), reached a significant milestone last week and released a new product this week. The milestone is $1 million “debitized.” Users of the service essentially treat credit cards as if they were debit cards, and pay off balances through Debitize beforeRead More

AI and the IoT will Change Fintech by 2021, But Blockchain’s Not Ready

AI and the IoT will Change Fintech by 2021, But Blockchain’s Not Ready

by September 22, 2016 at 10:06 am 0 comments

A new report says artificial intelligence and IoT are going to transform fintech before blockchain, which still has some growing up to do. The rise of AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) is happening rapidly—and according to a Forrester Research report released earlier this month, these are the two technologies thatRead More

Secco Bank and the Future World of MyDigitalAssets

Secco Bank and the Future World of MyDigitalAssets

by September 22, 2016 at 2:00 am 0 comments

During a webinar focused on Digital Wealth Management for one of our clients, I thought that I would poke the audience by discussing a Future World in which we all create wealth by investing in our Digital Assets. I started by referring to MyCreditScore, as a Digital asset, only becauseRead More

American Express Adds Its Bot to the Party

American Express Adds Its Bot to the Party

by September 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

Earlier this month, American Express launched a bot on Facebook Messenger as an additional channel to interact with its customers. When Facebook Messenger launched five (!) years ago this month, it was not immediately clear why or what it might do — messages already existed within Facebook, everyone was texting madlyRead More