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Big month for Fintech in Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam

Big month for Fintech in Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam

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(…)

Alibaba now 3rd largest money market fund in the world

Alibaba now 3rd largest money market fund in the world

Almost 2 years ago, I wrote about the incredible rise of Yue Bao, Alibaba’s money market fund (Can a disruptor grow 10x faster than an incumbent?).  At that time, the numbers were as follows: Whereas it had taken 10/15 years for Vanguard, Fidelity and JP Morgan to reach $100bn under management, it only took 9(…)

Fintech in 2016: why you need a different strategy

Fintech in 2016: why you need a different strategy

With the current volatility in the markets, some people are starting to question the viability of investments in Fintech – or technology in general. Although it’s not the majority, I suspect that we will hear more skepticism about the Fintech investment thesis over the next few months. However, I think it would be a mistake(…)

My journey from entrepreneur to banker. My views on Fintech.

My journey from entrepreneur to banker. My views on Fintech.

I had the pleasure to be be interviewed on the Meet A Mogul series of The Market Mogul, a financial site. The Meet a Mogul series has been designed as a platform for people to learn from the experience of others, and in my case they were interested in my experience as an entrepreneur, how and(…)

The most interesting challenger bank you’ve never heard of

The most interesting challenger bank you’ve never heard of

Most people who have an interest in Fintech have heard of Atom, Starling, Fidor, Mondo or Number 26. Some might have heard of Loot, or Holvi. But there is a fascinating bank that most people have never heard of, and that’s certainly because this French challenger bank doesn’t seem to seek any international visibility. Let’s take a step back(…)

3 business models for Fintech banks

3 business models for Fintech banks

I wrote this article for The Market Mogul, a new platform for finance professionals. For consumers and businesses, banking hasn’t changed much for the last few decades. From current accounts to saving accounts, credit cards and mortgages, we “consume” banking in pretty much the same way our parents did. Other industries on the other hand have seen(…)

And the most valuable Fintech company in 2020 is …

And the most valuable Fintech company in 2020 is …

(This is part 2 of this topic. Part 1 can be found here) So, have we found the contenders for “Most Valuable Fintech Company in 2020” ? That was the challenging task for our discussion group at Websummit a few weeks ago, and we spent an hour to try to come up with an answer. Our(…)

What will be the most valuable Fintech companies in 2020?

What will be the most valuable Fintech companies in 2020?

(This is part 1 of this topic. Part 2 with the discussion results can be found here) That will be the fascinating theme of the roundtable that I will be discussing with my fellow attendees at Money X (part of Web Summit) this week. To prepare for the conference, I’ve put together a few data points to start the(…)

Why Fintech is different in Asia: example of the SuperCharger

Why Fintech is different in Asia: example of the SuperCharger

Different from? Different from Europe and the US mainly, where we see most of the initiatives, buzz and unicorns in Fintech… However, we shouldn’t underestimate the potential of Asia in Fintech, where many innovations in finance will actually be invented there – and not just imported from Europe/the US.  Last year, I had a chance encounter with Janos Barberis, and(…)

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(…)