It may look like shoplifting, but it’s actually Amazon’s latest real-world shopping experiment.
I attended the Singapore Fintech Festival last week, and despite its name, it is not really about Fintech, but about the future of Singapore as a financial centre. I first heard about the Singapore Fintech Festival when Sopnendu Mohanty, the flamboyant head of Fintech at MAS, and his team, presented at Oxford Said Business School 6 months ago.(…)
I was in Asia 6 months ago – for Finnovasia and Rise in Hong Kong. After spending some more time in Singapore, I came back to Europe very excited about the potential of Fintech in Asia. This wasn’t of course a big surprise since I had been involved with Fintech HK and SuperCharger for a long(…)
I launched The Disruptive Group 6 weeks ago, and it’s time to slowly, but surely, build the business. I am therefore starting by hiring one or two interns. I am looking for young, smart, enthusiastic people who want to revolutionise finance. They’ll be working directly with me, and I’ll be coaching and training them personally(…)
I’ve had a particular interest for the developments of Fintech in Asia, and am always fascinated by the speed of change in the region. The next month will be packed for Fintech in Asia, and perhaps one of the best times to organise a trip there… First, the Supercharger – based in Hong Kong. This project(…)
Bank of Lithuania, the country’s central bank and regulator, has signed a memorandum of understanding with UK-based payments and fintech start-up Revolut.
The last two weeks have been a treat for those in London who wanted to know the views of the UK and French regulators about Fintech. Last week were the presentations of the Bank of England and the FCA at the BBA Fintech Conference, and the previous week saw the French AMF and ACPR present(…)
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to co-chair the BBA Fintech Conference with the immensely knowledgeable Imran Gulanmhuseinwala. It’s the second time in a week that I attend a conference with two regulators (loosely speaking…) presenting their views. This time, it was the Bank of England and the FCA, the previous week, it was the French(…)
Finance is changing at a dramatic pace – from robo-advisors to Artificial Intelligence, from big data to blockchain -, but many universities have barely adapted their finance courses, and include no reference to technology or innovation. As a Managing Director in a US bank, I saw many young graduates who felt very lost because their jobs(…)
For the last few years, there has been a huge competition for the title of “Fintech capital of the world”. My view was that London had an ideal combination of 1) ecosystem, 2) talents, 3) Fintech-friendly regulator and 4) political willingness to support entrepreneurship. Which made it the most active Fintech place in the world, well(…)