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What are Innovation Labs for?

What are Innovation Labs for?

Start-ups are increasingly turning to large banks – the very institutions that fintech is supposed to be disrupting – for mentorship and money.

Great example of Banking 2.0: Fidor

Great example of Banking 2.0: Fidor

Fidor TecS enables disruptive banking Fidor combines a full banking license with its own technology: a strong focus on APIs ensures meeting the demands of the …

When innovation will make you pay more for your insurance

When innovation will make you pay more for your insurance

“With healthcare costs rising across the developed world, many arguethat the rise of wearable technology as a way to determine health insurance premiums is inevitable–and one company in Switzerland is putting the idea to the test.”

Calendar of Fintech Events in London

Calendar of Fintech Events in London

If you’re like me, you would get to know about Fintech events in very random ways – from emails, Twitter, chatting to friends, etc. I’m pretty much sure that there is at least one Fintech event per day – from hackathons to conferences, from demo days to meetups – but it’s just impossible to keep(…)

A Unicorn was sold at a 50% discount…

A Unicorn was sold at a 50% discount…

So much for that IPO, I suppose. Good Technology, a long-time IPO candidate with reams of public financial data, was snapped up by BlackBerry this morning..

VIP Code for Lendit Europe

VIP Code for Lendit Europe

Lendit Europe very kindly offered a VIP Code for readers of Disruptive Finance to attend their conference. It will take place in London on 20/21 October  at the Hilton Metropole. If you had to choose one event about p2p lending, marketplace lending, online lending (I am a bit lost with all these new developments…), then Lendit is definitely the(…)

Five Legal Threats for Fintech Startups

Five Legal Threats for Fintech Startups

“Nearly 20 years ago, the launch of online payments giant PayPal shook the financial services industry. Now, a new generation of financial technology or “fintech” companies is once again breaking down the oversized doors of the conservative banking business…”

Why did Blackrock pay $200m for FutureAdvisor?

Why did Blackrock pay $200m for FutureAdvisor?

Source: www.ftpartners.com It seems like I could start writing a series around this theme, after “Why did Northwestern Mutual pay $250m for Learnvest”. FT Partners – who were the advisors of Blackrock in the transaction – produced an excellent document that not only summarises the transaction, but also lists all the main transactions (M&A and funding)(…)

What lessons can we learn from Bondcube? [CEO Interview]

What lessons can we learn from Bondcube? [CEO Interview]

The growth in Fintech has been phenomenal during the last few years: 10 times more startups in London in 3 years, dozens of Fintech companies valued at more than $1bn, record breaking VC investments year after year. On the one hand, it is totally justifiable. Finance will be drastically different in 10 years, and the(…)