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Silicon Valley finally goes global – good for some but not others

Silicon Valley finally goes global – good for some but not others

by November 20, 2015 at 2:26 am 1 comment

    The VC Fund model has a strange paradox. It breeds scalable global giants while remaining defiantly small and local. There are two reasons for this: You need to be local at the early stage. When a company reaches the growth stage it is easier to manage your investmentRead More

Media hypes Banks vs Fintechs, but real battle could be big banks vs small banks

by October 9, 2015 at 2:24 am 0 comments

Tomorrow I get on a flight to Singapore for SIBOS to speak at one session and moderate another. SWIFT (which runs SIBOS) has about 9,000 member Banks. Correspondent banking networks have been integral to global banking and trade since the days we sent messages over telex machines. This got me thinking:Read More

Singapore takes top slot in latest Fintech Capitals rankings

by October 7, 2015 at 12:10 am 0 comments

A week from today, on Wednesday next week, I will be moderating a session at SIBOS in Singapore entitled Why Banks need Fintech Hubs, where representatives of 8 Fintech Hubs will be presenting: New York, USA. Maria Gotsch,President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York Sydney, Australia. Alex Scandurra,CEO, StoneRead More

The Emergence of Micro Multinational Startups

by September 11, 2015 at 3:18 am 0 comments

We first spotted these micro multinational startups during the Fintech Global Tour. It used to be that you only had two types of ventures – small local and big global. The small local ventures adapted a new concept to a local market (derisively called “concept arbitrage”) and then exited toRead More

The Fintech GIFT for India Independence

by August 14, 2015 at 2:10 am 0 comments

Tomorrow is the day India celebrates Independence from Britain in 1947. Times are good in India. Falling oil prices, GDP growth, excellent demographics, a free enterprise Government and the comparison with a crashing market in China all make India look good. To quote the Financial Times: “But with China’s equityRead More

It’s Official – London is the Fintech Capital of the world

by August 11, 2015 at 1:09 am 0 comments

According to my crude scoring system (shown below) London wins the Fintech Capital of the World title. I am using the Minimum Viable Product mantra of “if the first version does not embarrass you, you have left it too late to launch”. I know my scoring system is crude andRead More

Happy Birthday, Switzerland, where Wealth Management 2.0 is being built on transparency

Happy Birthday, Switzerland, where Wealth Management 2.0 is being built on transparency

by July 31, 2015 at 1:18 am 0 comments

Tomorrow is Swiss National Day. I feel very lucky to be living in this wonderful country and to be celebrating the birthday up in those glorious Swiss mountains. I think Switzerland is becoming one of the world’s major Fintech Hubs. I have to be careful not to take sides inRead More

The China crash shows the weakness of capital controls. India should take note

by July 10, 2015 at 12:01 am 0 comments

By Bernard Lunn This story will carbon date me. I recall going to The Bank of England to get a stamp in my passport authorizing me to take £50 out of the country. Then Maggie Thatcher abolished capital controls the day that she took office and (despite the dire warnings of all the cognoscenti) the…Read more The China crash shows the weakness of capital controls. India should take note

Indonesia Bitcoin & the unbundling of the remittances market 

by July 3, 2015 at 1:39 am 0 comments

So far we have looked at relatively small countries in our Alternative Bitcoin Capital tour. Indonesia is not small however you cut it: population; 256 million (close to America in size) GDP #16 in world between Mexico and Netherlands. Indonesia is exciting for business because of those Asian GDP growthRead More

Paytm is finally turning the mobile wallet dream into reality – in India

by May 5, 2015 at 1:54 am 3 comments

If the future is mobile – there seems little debate on that – then countries that leapfrog to mobile may produce the long-awaited mobile wallet winner. In the West, mobile wallets have been a solution looking for a problem. Paytm in India seems to have found the problem. Mobile wallets are technically simple (there are…Read more Paytm is finally turning the mobile wallet dream into reality – in India