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.”

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(…)

World Economic Forum: Fintech will revolutionise SME financing

World Economic Forum: Fintech will revolutionise SME financing

Source: www3.weforum.org This is an excellent report from the World Economic Forum, and it is very telling that they chose SME financing as one of the key topics in the future of finance. The WEF is interested in topics that are important for society but also tries to identify the levers that have the most(…)

SXSW Competition looking for Fintech Startups

SXSW Competition looking for Fintech Startups

“Of the 305 companies who participated in SXSW Accelerator between 2009 and 2015, over 63% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $2.613 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 305 companies, 13% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon.”

Blackrock continues to innovate, creates JV with Google

Blackrock continues to innovate, creates JV with Google

BlackRock is in discussions with Google, the technology group, to create a joint venture that the world’s largest fund house hopes will enable it to improve returns. The tie-up, which would be a first for the fund market, will seek to explore how

First P2P Lender to Fold in Europe: What Next?

First P2P Lender to Fold in Europe: What Next?

“In an unsettling about face TrustBuddy, a peer to peer lending platform based in Stockholm, has shut down. The home page has transitioned from lending platform into a public statement (republished below) in both Swedish and English explaining a series of alleged misconduct”

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I know it’s crazy, I’ve had the blog for years, and never gave the option for readers to receive the new posts by email (shows that Disruptive Finance is clearly an amateur blog!). This has been solved now! You can now subscribe to the blog by entering your email address on the right column. Good(…)

Credit scoring can even predict your love life!

Credit scoring can even predict your love life!

When people are looking for a significant other, they often try to find someone whose values, education, earnings, hobbies and even height match their own. But new research suggests there’s one promising measure for finding a committed partner that most daters overlook — credit scores.