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Top 5 Reasons to Read Ron Shevlin’s New(ish) Book

Top 5 Reasons to Read Ron Shevlin’s New(ish) Book

by May 22, 2015 at 11:28 am 0 comments

In a sense, if you’ve been reading Ron Shevlin’s Snarketing 2.0 blog, now part of The Financial Brand, you have already read his book Smarter Bank, published Jan. 30. Much of the material is familiar, but lacking the vibrant comment section that followed those online posts. So why would anyone in FinTechRead More

Dubious and Disturbing ‘Pay to Play’ in FinTech Media

Dubious and Disturbing ‘Pay to Play’ in FinTech Media

by May 22, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

This week, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, my alma mater, graduated its latest class of students. The graduation had me thinking about journalism and media ethics, and that led me to call for a public outcry over the ever-increasing “pay to play” media in fintech. You may not know this (or maybeRead More

Venture Funding for FinTech Climbs 62% YOY, New Data Shows

Venture Funding for FinTech Climbs 62% YOY, New Data Shows

by May 21, 2015 at 11:49 am 0 comments

FinTech venture funding continues to increase. A total of $520 million was invested in financial services startups last quarter, up from $289 million during the last quarter of 2014 and $321 million, in the same quarter last year — a 62% year-over-year increase — according to new data from PricewaterhouseCoopers’s MoneyTreeRead More

In the Bank Account of the Future, Context is King

In the Bank Account of the Future, Context is King

by May 14, 2015 at 11:51 am 0 comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Three companies gave Finovate attendees a look at the bank account of the future yesterday: Moven, CBW Bank/Yantra Financial, and NAMU. The second and concluding day of the conference saw 31 companies show their wares, and a major theme was providing context around transactions. As RonRead More

Mega Social Media Data for Financial Services Has Arrived

Mega Social Media Data for Financial Services Has Arrived

by May 7, 2015 at 11:24 am 2 comments

It wasn’t too long ago that the suggestion that social media data could feed financial services underwriting and products was, well, dubious. Yes, we paid it lip service — isn’t it cool that OnDeck and Lenddo are using social media to make loans? The lip service ends today. Like a slow-moving glacier thatRead More

This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments

This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments

by April 14, 2015 at 11:53 am 15 comments

24me, an elegant “personal organizer” app built in Israel, has quietly figured out how to facilitate payments via Apple Watch. Before Apple Watch is even in consumers’ hands. The 24me Apple Watch app allows users to tap a pay feature when reviewing tasks on the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch appRead More

Average Pay for Fintech Software Engineers Tops $100k

Average Pay for Fintech Software Engineers Tops $100k

by April 9, 2015 at 9:56 am 1 comment

The average salary for a fintech software engineer is now more than $100,000, according to a Bank Innovation analysis. The exact average salary for a software engineer — a bread-and-butter position for a technology startup — is $100,188. With all the talk of an “overheating” fintech venture capital market, keeping an eyeRead More

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Just 9 FinTech Startups Present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

by March 25, 2015 at 11:46 am 2 comments

More than 100 companies demoed at Y Combinator’s Winter Demo Day, which runs for two days and concluded yesterday. Fintech, however, was not particularly well-represented. Just nine fintech startups in all presented. Y Combinator is arguably the leading incubator in Silicon Valley, which is why fintech’s under-representation this week at DemoRead More

10 Coolest Brands in Banking 2015

10 Coolest Brands in Banking 2015

by March 19, 2015 at 11:55 am 8 comments

How do you define “cool”? The Urban Dictionary (which is way cooler than other dictionaries) says “cool” is: An adjective referring to something that is very good, stylish, or otherwise positive. [As in,] Your computer is very cool. Welcome to our fourth annual list of the 10 financial services brandsRead More

Bank Innovation, Open Bank Project Form API Research Partnership

Bank Innovation, Open Bank Project Form API Research Partnership

by March 16, 2015 at 11:16 am 4 comments

Bank Innovation has teamed with the Open Bank Project to conduct a research initiative surrounding the use of APIs in banking. Specifically, Bank Innovation and the Open Bank Project will undertake a research survey to better understand how banks worldwide are prioritizing API initiatives and why. We intend for the query to uncoverRead More

Coolest Brands 2015: US Bank‘A Little Bit Better Than Everyone Else’

Coolest Brands 2015: US Bank

‘A Little Bit Better Than Everyone Else’

by March 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm 1 comment

Ok, ok, we know banks aren’t cool. Trust us on this one. US Bank wears the mask of a respectable super-regional bank. But behind that stolid exterior, it is anything but ordinary. With a mobile banking experience that is a pacesetter for larger rivals and a dynamic innovation team, USRead More