Post Tagged with: "Fintech City Tour"

Fintech City Tour Toronto: Crypto 2.0 is only one part

by March 6, 2015 at 4:43 am 0 comments

Fintech is a broad church that encompasses veteran Financial Services executives leveraging technology, Millennial developers using growth hacking to move money, idealists working on financial inclusion and folks with a deep belief in math as better than trusting institutions. Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum hails from Toronto and I am on record with my belief that Ethereum…Read more Fintech City Tour Toronto Crypto 2.0 is only one part

Fintech City Tour goes to Singapore to discover the intersection between China and India

by February 27, 2015 at 4:15 am 2 comments

It is no secret that this is the Asian century and that the two biggest players are the elephant (India) and the dragon (China). One of the first stops on the Fintech City Tour was Hong Kong. Given the importance of the China market, it was possible that Hong KongRead More

Fintech City Tour goes to New York to see Bits of Destruction hitting Wall Street

by February 20, 2015 at 1:14 am 1 comment

For many years I was happily an Englishman in New York. Asking me to name a favorite city – London or New York – is like asking me which of my kids I like best. So I am not taking sides in the Fintech Capital of the World debate. FintechRead More

Fintech City Tour goes to Israel to see ID & Security innovation

by February 13, 2015 at 9:01 am 1 comment

ID and Security is key to Payments – that is the story behind Klarna. The reason payments is expensive is mainly that stopping the fraudster is a tough technical problem. The bad guys are smart and relentless because there is a lot of money at stake. So, you head to Israel, the StartUp Nation that is…Read more Fintech City Tour goes to Israel to see ID & Security innovation

Paris, Where Credit Cards Were Pioneered, Sprouts Noteworthy Fintech Startups

Paris, Where Credit Cards Were Pioneered, Sprouts Noteworthy Fintech Startups

by February 6, 2015 at 3:13 am 1 comment

That headline contradicts the usual Anglo Saxon narrative about France – socialism, high taxes, bureaucracy and lack of innovation. For a contrary view, consider this bit of history: 1960: mag stripe credit cards invented in America 1992: chip and pin credit cards invented in France 2015: America scheduled to introduceRead More

Swiss Banks could create a different model for Fintech innovation capital

by January 30, 2015 at 1:29 am 3 comments

On Monday, the Fintech City Tour took a return trip to Zurich, where I moderated a Meetup Panel with three startups: Millipay Squirro Dragon Wealth Thanks to John Hucker for organizing the FinteCH Meetup Zurich, which meets about once a month and has a great group of bankers, technologists and entrepreneursRead More

Why the Wharton FinTech Initiative Matters

Why the Wharton FinTech Initiative Matters

by January 23, 2015 at 2:03 am 1 comment

Philadelphia was not on my radar screen until regular reader Steve Weiner reached out to tell me about Wharton FinTech, the “first student-led initiative dedicated to promoting ideas, innovation and investment in FinTech”. I think this is significant for 3 reasons: If you want one word to explain Silicon Valley success it is – Stanford.…Read more Fintech City Tour goes to Philadelphia to see Millenials creating Fintech close to Wall Street

Wikifolio Is as Exciting as Angel List for Asset Management

by January 20, 2015 at 2:00 am 0 comments

I put Wikiflolio in the Low Cost Active Alpha category. This is different from Robo Advisers, which is Low Cost Passive Beta. Put in more exciting terms, Low Cost Active Alpha is the “democratization of Wall Street”. The more accurate term might be “democratization of Asset Management”. My theory isRead More

Fintech City Tour Goes to China To Find Disrupters Getting Banking Licenses

by January 16, 2015 at 12:15 am 3 comments

The beauty of the digit express is that I can go wherever I want (“beam me up Scotty”). Using airplanes I would have gone from India to China. Instead I went from India to Amsterdam to China. “Bits don’t stop at borders, but money has to show it’s passport”.  Read More

In Paytm, India Has Its First Fintech Unicorn

In Paytm, India Has Its First Fintech Unicorn

by January 14, 2015 at 2:43 am 1 comment

This story took me by surprise. Only a few days ago I had reviewed Fintech in India and missed Paytm. The news: “Paytm parent One97 raising $635M from Alibaba Group, SAIF; valued just over $2B” VC Circle (which tracks startups in India) has the details. On my strict definition, PaytmRead More