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Who controls technology, controls the future…

Who controls technology, controls the future…

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” (1984, George Orwell) The article below was published in Info, the monthly magazine of the French Chamber of Great Britain. The November issue was “Disrupt or be Disrupted” and coincided with the Disrupt or be Disrupted Conference held in London.  _________________________________(…)

What’s the main challenge for Fintechs and banks to work together?

What’s the main challenge for Fintechs and banks to work together?

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(…)

Can France be big in Fintech?

Can France be big in Fintech?

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(…)

Why “different” is better than “better” in Fintech

Why “different” is better than “better” in Fintech

I had the pleasure to speak at Imperial College a few weeks ago, as part of their programme called “Suits in the Garage” (It was a very appropriate name indeed since I usually wear a suit, and started as an entrepreneur working on top of a garage – although most young entrepreneurs based at WeWork or Level39(…)

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(…)

Fintech start-ups beware: customers are expensive

Fintech start-ups beware: customers are expensive

This is an article I previously wrote for Financial News. When mentoring start-ups, I sometimes hear a pitch like this: “With our revolutionary fintech service, we are looking to get 10,000 customers in the first year and need $300k of funding”. This immediately tells me I am talking to a first-time entrepreneur – or that(…)

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(…)

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…”

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(…)

Fintech startups: compete or collaborate with traditional finance?

Fintech startups: compete or collaborate with traditional finance?

Consider these two statements : “The party’s over, for the banks at least” (Transferwise) “Today we are announcing an exciting new partnership with Santander UK, …” (Funding Circle) These statements were made by Transferwise and Funding Circle, two very well known Fintech startups. Both were created a few years ago, both are Unicorns (i.e.valued more than(…)