Bankers need but one mantra today: “my bank is a technology company, my bank is a technology company.” And exhale. The truth is this concept appears to be incredibly difficult for the vast majority of American banks to fully grasp even today — unlike European banks, for example. Why exactlyRead More
Israel is a small country bursting with startups in search of wider markets. That’s why Israeli entrepreneurs appreciate opportunities like Citi Mobile Challenge, which came to Jerusalem — among a number of other cities, including London, Nairobi, Warsaw, and New York — to offer mobile innovators a chance to present to an audience of investors and technology enthusiasts.
Coin, the card aggregation device, introduced its version 2.0 device with NFC capabilities a couple of days ago, and it is, well, lacking. Below is a demo of the device. Coin 2.0 reportedly started shipping on August 26 “to all backers.” The company originally said it would start 2.0 shipments last April. The upgradeRead More
What George, Jane and family can teach bankers about innovation and the velocity of change Like many kids growing up in the 1960s, I looked forward to Saturday morning cartoons. Armed with my bowl of Rice Krispies—the only time I was allowed to eat in the living room–and sporting myRead More
BankMobile can truly say it is more than just a bank — it’s a technology company, too. It’s a common refrain across many industries to say your company is a technology company first and a bank/phone company/ice cream store/whatever second. But a few banks are taking this a step further and using theirRead More
Andres Wolberg-Stok, global head of emerging platforms and services for consumer banking at Citigroup, will present on mobile device security at Bank Innovation Israel in Tel Aviv this November. Andres joined Citi in 2000 and leads the team responsible for innovation in digital platforms and advanced customer features.
We may be headed for the biggest fall season in venture funding history. Then again, given the excitement on the stock market this morning, maybe not. A tweetstorm from Mattermark CEO Danielle Morrill offering advice for startups pitching in the fall funding season took over Twitter yesterday, and continued into Monday, with variousRead More
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will join Berlin-based Open Bank Project to hold a new hackathon in the fall. Called Hack/Make the Bank, the event will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, the weekend of Oct. 9. The Open Bank Project (OBP) is best known for building an open-source API forRead More
Bank Innovation today formed a wide-ranging partnership with LeumiTech, the high-tech services unit of Israel-based Bank Leumi, for its upcoming Bank Innovation Israel. Bank Leumi is Israel’s second-largest bank by assets.
Robinhood, a startup promising free stock trades, made a strong showing in rankings for Google Play store finance apps, coming in at No. 7, putting it ahead of Google Wallet, Venmo, Citibank, and US Bank. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Robinhood has $66 million in funding and is commonly citedRead More
When will the first fintech unicorn rear its head in Israel?
Peer-to-peer payments have arrived on wearable devices with the arrival today of Square Cash for the Apple Watch. The service, with offers a simple numerical keyboard on smartphones, employs a dollar-bill layout on the watch, as seen here. Users tap bills until the correct amount is reached, similar to CIBC’sRead More