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Why Amazon and Google are bound to enter finance

Why Amazon and Google are bound to enter finance

“Do you think that Google and Facebook will enter financial services ?” This is a question that is in many people’s minds, whether they work in Fintech or in traditional finance.  And indeed, the arrival of the GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple) in finance has been predicted and expected for years – with great excitement by some,(…)

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(…)

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(…)

My experience of upgrading to Mac OS X El Capitan

My experience of upgrading to Mac OS X El Capitan

“Oh dear, I thought Macs never crashed!” was the reaction of an amazing coach who shall remain nameless… As you know, I’m not a tech blogger, and this has nothing to do with Fintech… But then many Disruptive Finance readers are Mac users. And since I spent much more time trying to upgrade to El Capitan(…)

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(…)

Inspiring story: how entrepreneurs can help society.

Inspiring story: how entrepreneurs can help society.

Let me tell you a story that is very close to my heart – because it represents what I believe is important in entrepreneurship, about the role of entrepreneurs in society, and also because I witnessed it first hand. More than 15 years ago, when I was starting Ukibi, I had one of these chance(…)

Blackstone: Shadow Banking enters Online Lending

Blackstone: Shadow Banking enters Online Lending

“The start-ups that have come to dominate the online-lending industry will now have to compete with the world’s largest private-equity firm.
B2R Holdings, a portfolio company of a Blackstone Group fund, said on Thursday that it was getting into the business of providing loans for consumer purchases of big-ticket items as well as small-businesses loans.”