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

by March 25, 2015 at 11:46 am 1 comment

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

BankMobile Kicks Off Facebook Contest for New Product Ideas

BankMobile Kicks Off Facebook Contest for New Product Ideas

by March 24, 2015 at 7:11 am 0 comments

BYOB is not about bringing your own bottle any more. For BankMobile, the mobile-first bank launched in January by Phoenixville, Pa.-based Customers Bank, BYOB means “build your own bank.” The company is offering $5,000 for the “best banking idea” in a BYOB contest launched on its Facebook page yesterday. BankMobile’s mobile app offers top-of-the-line mobileRead 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: AppleThe Global Brand Cometh

Coolest Brands 2015: Apple

The Global Brand Cometh

by March 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm 2 comments

Perhaps you’ve heard of this thing called Apple Pay? Perhaps you will also recall that more than a few “experts” proclaimed NFC dead. Years ago. Yet, along comes Apple — bolstered by a little something called the iPhone — and completely turns the payments game upside down to the pointRead 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

Coolest Brands 2015: FidorHang ‘em From the Yardarm!

Coolest Brands 2015: Fidor

Hang ‘em From the Yardarm!

by March 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

You know something is different when a bank, yes, a bank hosts its developer day events at the URL There is but one bank that does so: Fidor Bank of Germany. Fidor has quickly become the poster child for the anti-bank bank, especially now that Simple has been swallowedRead More

Coolest Brands 2015: StripeKing of the Digital Payments

Coolest Brands 2015: Stripe

King of the Digital Payments

by March 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm 1 comment

The payments space is crowded. Stripe isn’t worried. A look at the Spreedly Gateway Index, which tracks the speed and volume of payment processors, shows the bewildering array of options out there for digital merchants looking to accept money online. But increasingly Stripe is standing out from the crowd. ItRead More

Coolest Brands 2015: The Meh List

Coolest Brands 2015: The Meh List

by March 15, 2015 at 10:08 am 0 comments

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Coolest Brands 2015: Ripple LabsGoing for It

Coolest Brands 2015: Ripple Labs

Going for It

by March 15, 2015 at 10:07 am 1 comment

It is easy to pigeonhole Ripple Labs. That’s that bitcoin company, right? The thing is, Ripple Labs is way beyond bitcoin, even beyond “cryptocurrency.” Rather, Ripple Labs is the leading purveyor of what it calls the “distributed ledger.” Put simply, a distributed ledger is a means for massive corporate banksRead More

Coolest Brands 2015: Top 10 Alphabetical List

by March 15, 2015 at 10:05 am 1 comment

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