Articles by: Diana Asatryan

Breaking Banks: Brett at CES

Breaking Banks: Brett at CES

by January 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

In this episode of Breaking Banks, host Brett King reports from the CES 2017 conference. He talks to bestselling author (and former Apple Chief Evangelist) Guy Kawasaki; Robert Scoble; Michael Hafner, head of Mercedes Benz autonomous and assisted driving systems; Melisa Cefkin, principal scientist for Nissan Research Centre; and Itoki Fujita, who developsRead More

BMO Harris Just Launched Three Wallets

BMO Harris Just Launched Three Wallets

by January 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm 0 comments

Just when you thought the digital wallet craze was left behind in 2016, in comes BMO with three new wallets. The bank launched BMO Harris Bank Masterpass – a Mastercard-branded wallet – as well as Android Pay and Samsung Pay yesterday for “select” credit and debit cards. The wallets areRead More

5 Fintechs You (Probably) Should Know By Now

5 Fintechs You (Probably) Should Know By Now

by January 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm 1 comment

Yes, it is almost impossible to keep tabs on all the new entrants of the wonderful world of fintech. But taking it one step (or five) at a time, should be enough to keep you up to date for many of the latest trends in the space. So, if you areRead More

OK, Google, Let’s Shop

OK, Google, Let’s Shop

by January 18, 2017 at 11:10 am 0 comments

One of the first integrations announced through Google Home was the ability to order an Uber by just asking the Assistant. And that was, by far, the only payments-related feature available through the device. But this may soon change. The code behind Google’s latest version of its app, 6.11.13 beta, suggestsRead More

New York Just Told the OCC to Stick It

New York Just Told the OCC to Stick It

by January 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm 1 comment

Turns out, not everyone is happy about the OCC’s decision to grant banking licenses to (suitable) fintechs. The New York State Department of Financial Services submitted a formal comment letter to the OCC today, saying that the latter, frankly, isn’t going to do the job of regulating fintechs — and isn’tRead More

Wells Shows Largest Mobile User Growth Among 3 Largest Banks

Wells Shows Largest Mobile User Growth Among 3 Largest Banks

by January 13, 2017 at 11:28 am 1 comment

Three of the nation’s largest banks released their digital user stats this morning, and yes, the banking world is still racing to mobile. Wells Fargo, in particular, demonstrated strong growth both on yearly and quarterly basis, delivering on the CEO’s promise of “continued focus” on tech and digital, despite theRead More

Fintechs, Looking to Partner with TD? Here’s a Checklist for You

Fintechs, Looking to Partner with TD? Here’s a Checklist for You

by January 12, 2017 at 11:58 am 1 comment

The time when banks feared fintechs has (mostly) been left behind. Today, many banks have formed innovation arms or incubators in order to facilitate the fintech/bank relationship. However, scoring a match is still complex. What can fintech startups do, to boost their chances? TD Bank’s Julie Pukas, head of U.S.Read More

6 Hottest Trends for Banking 2017

6 Hottest Trends for Banking 2017

by January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am 1 comment

Change is imminent in banking, and as we begin the new year the only debate seems to be what is going to be driving that change. Over the course of 2017, what is going to transform banking the most? Well, we have some ideas. 1. IOT Voice Commerce/Voice Payments SmartRead More

Transportation Blows Past Fintech in VC Funding

Transportation Blows Past Fintech in VC Funding

by January 11, 2017 at 10:36 am 0 comments

When it comes to venture funding, the grass is (sometimes) greener in the other sector. The transportation sector enjoyed VC spotlight throughout 2016, while the fintech sector was left in the shadow, according to Global Innovation Investment Report release by Crunchbase. Overall, global VC grew 19% year over year, reachingRead More

Slack Invests in Finance Bot Startup Sway Finance

Slack Invests in Finance Bot Startup Sway Finance

by January 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm 3 comments

When it comes to bots, no one has more variety than Slack. More than 500 bots populate the popular messaging platform. This activity has naturally led to an interest in companies creating bots. Since the launch of its $80 million Slack Fund in Dec. 2015 – backed by the likes ofRead More