By now, traditional investors are familiar with the threat coming from roboadvisors. The fees and barriers to entry are lower, and millennials can do it all from their smartphones. But roboadvisors face considerable challenges of their own. Among other issues, all wealth management players face steep customer acquisition costs, whichRead More
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Payments company Dwolla recently surprised much of the fintech world by announcing it was stepping back from the consumer business to focus on its B2B, API-based model. Or maybe it wasn’t so surprising. It’s no secret it’s hard to scale fintech companies — unless consumers are rich, money isn’t fun, and peopleRead More
Alternative lenders are looking for, well, alternatives to survive tough times. Matt Harris of Bain Capital Ventures commented to Bank Innovation last Friday that alternative lenders might need to give up equity or make other concessions in order to secure funding. He was proven correct just days later when ProsperRead More
Tremors are running through the alternative lending space. Prosper raised rates, cut staff, and saw a chilly reception from investors for its latest securitization. OnDeck saw shares slide to 30% of their IPO value. Avant called off several new product launches and also cut staff. Perhaps most ominously, Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche suddenly stepped down whenRead More
Fintech funding is booming. The first quarter of 2016 may have seen no IPOs, but it saw more funding than ever — $5.3 billion, 67% more than the same period last year, according to Accenture. But there are signs a chill may be in the air. At the Empire StartupsRead More
Marketplace lenders are getting together — well, three of them, anyway. Marketplace lenders Funding Circle, Lending Club and Prosper announced Wednesday the formation of the Marketplace Lending Association, a nonprofit organization that will “promote responsible business practices and sound public policy to benefit borrowers and investors.” It’s a move likely influenced by theRead More
What does 2016 hold in store for fintech, payments, and banking innovation? Matt Harris, managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, and Brian Roemmele, CEO of Pay Finders and a noted payments analyst, joined Bank Innovation yesterday to discuss just that. Harris and Roemmele were needled to give their views on mobile payments,Read More
With so much hoopla over mobile in payments, it’s easy to forget that the money is still in cards.
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While it may not seem like it, banks talk to venture capitalists focused on financial technology on a regular basis. What about? Startups, of course.