Articles by: TekFin

Is the Insurance Industry about to change radically?

Is the Insurance Industry about to change radically?

by May 6, 2015 at 11:47 am 0 comments

While Insurance is a massive industry, for example net premiums for life and P&C insurance the US are estimated worth around $1,000,000,000,000 (yes that is twelve zeros) I believe it has just been barely affected by the massive software driven changes that other industries are experiencing. At core, the Insurance industry is impacted by the same underlying trends as the … Continue reading Is the Insurance Industry about to change radically?

The Distributed Application Software Stack

by December 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm 0 comments

Eris Industries has launched today the first components of its distributed software stack. Congratulations to the amazing team behind Eris on this first step, its the beginning of an incredible journey. I am not going go over technical details on Eris (read and to start), you can findRead More

Innovation in the insurance market: Quantemplate

Innovation in the insurance market: Quantemplate

by September 15, 2014 at 5:47 am 0 comments

Its now official, Anthemis has lead the latest investment round in Quantemplate and I could not be more thrilled about it. Quantemplate is a marketplace, communications and enterprise workflow technology that offers a secure web-based platform for trading risk, regulatory reporting and creating financial models for use across the (re)insurance market. Through QuanTemplate, underwriters and brokers […]

Innovation in the Asset Management industry

by June 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

While other sectors attract more mainstream press attention (payment, retail banking), the asset management industry is also deeply affected by “software eating the world”. Asset Class Competition Traditional asset management companies are increasingly facing competition on both sides of the performance scale….

Musings on Full Stack Financial Services startups

Musings on Full Stack Financial Services startups

by May 5, 2014 at 6:20 am 0 comments

(This post has been long in the making). One of the posts that sparked my interest in the last months is a post by Chris Dixon, Full Stacked Startups. In it, Chris highlights several startups such as Nest, Uber, Tesla,…

Disrupting Insurance: The Other Financial Services Opportunity

by March 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0 comments

In the last years, most of the focus on innovation in financial services has been, it seems, on banking (investing and lending) and payment. Comparatively, fewer startups have been addressing the insurance space. This is about to change and the…

Smart Commerce will only succeed with Smart Banking

by February 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0 comments

Bill Ready had a great post at PandoDaily on the growing importance of smart mobile driven commerce. In my view this is one side of the equation of the future of commerce, the other side being the creation of smart banking services. Using…

The battle for the POS is the battle for digitization of physical retail

The battle for the POS is the battle for digitization of physical retail

by January 18, 2014 at 11:54 am 0 comments

The POS market has recently seen interesting transactions and announcements: First Data acquired Clover end of2013 and launched its Clover Point of Sales in 2014. First Data Quietly Buys Payments Startup Clover; Launches Point Of Sale Platform For Merchants Amazon acquired…

Understanding a Bitcoin Advocate

by January 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm 0 comments

After an eventful last year, 2014 is starting with more debate and conversations around Bitcoin. It is often said that understanding Bitcoin is too technical for the average user (and at core it is, for a good summary of Bitcoin, this things the following is one of my favorite posts : ), but understanding Bitcoin […]

Welcome to Banks’ new competitors

Welcome to Banks’ new competitors

by December 9, 2013 at 7:27 am 0 comments

Founded in 2006 by a single repeat entrepreneur. IPOed the next year. Raised a total of USD 232 M, including a last round in 2013 of USD 150M that puts it firmly in the dollar billion valuation club (aka the…