If you haven’t heard yet, bots are taking over financial services, and are bringing Facebook with them. A Danish neobank called Lunarway introduced its Facebook banking bot, Lunar Way Bot 1.0, yesterday. The chatbot responds to simple queries, for now, such as checking balance, or looking up how much you spentRead More
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Now, even Skype is a banking channel. The Cooperative Bank of Epirus (CBE), based in Ioannina, Greece, has launched video customer service using Skype in April for its online banking customers. Currently in testing with a select group of customers, the service will roll out to all customers “in the near future,” accordingRead More
Today marks the official start of France’s new fintech regulatory division. Unfortunately, it is not garnering much interest — and that might be because, well, it’s boring. The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), France’s financial regulator, has a job ad on LinkedIn for a “Chargé de mission” for the new fintech division. ItRead More
Last week this space saw much of the largest fintech funding rounds taking place outside the U.S. That trend continues this week, with some San Francisco-grown AI thrown into the mix. This week we witnessed a major push forward in the process of collaboration between financial institutions (FIs) and startups. ThisRead More
As Klarna, the Stockholm-based payments unicorn, is beefing up its credit risk management unit in New York, the company is also stretching out its credit terms. Klarna offers credit for online purchases to all consumers, not just those who choose the credit option, like Bill Me Later, now known as PayPalRead More
BBVA is continuing its march to digitalization. The Spanish bank, among the world’s most aggressive in pursuing a digital strategy, now counts 30% — or 13.5 million — of its active customers as digital consumers, BBVA revealed Friday. Carlos Torres, chief operating officer and president, told investors that BBVA’s “exponentialRead More
What was most interesting at the ranking of Top 10 online banks released yesterday by GOBankingRates.com, a Bankrate.com challenger, were the companies that did not make the list. That list included some of the more well-known e-banks. So which banks were left off? Try Simple, Bluebird, Moven, GoBank, BankMobile, CapitalOne360 and Tangerine. And, fromRead More
Primary innovation is doing something that has never been done before. Most primary innovation is ridiculous and fails without anybody noticing. Very, very rarely, primary innovation changes the world and the company that creates the innovation becomes a Unicorn. Secondary innovation wins by giving a twist to that primary innovation.Read More
How is fintech different between the U.S. and Europe? We asked some experts.
The incessant debate over mobile payment standards, the seemingly endless stream of “let’s throw this against the wall to see if it sticks” product launches, the will it/won’t it debate over Apple payments has obscured a simple truth: several mobile payments companies are already selling their wares — successfully.