“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.”
(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(…)
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(…)
“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 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
“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”
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(…)
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.
A few weeks ago, The Disruptive Group organised a Fintech bootcamp for finance professionals. One of the very experienced speakers advised the audience to start their education in Fintech by reading 10 very important books, but he didn’t mention which ones! So I thought I’d get the views from the readers of Disruptive Finance, and list the(…)
Under popular demand, I’ve started to re-update the London Fintech calendar… As you can see from the list below, there is an incredible number of Fintech events in London, with 14 events listed just for this week. From Africa to Blockchain, from testimonials of Fintech CEOs to Femtech, the London ecosystem is more active than ever… Nicolas Tonnard(…)
80 days to learn Fintech – that’s our challenge! This crazy challenge started 2 months ago ago, when I met Nicolas Tonnard who had replied to my ad about hiring interns for The Disruptive Group. Since then, Nicolas joined TDG, and I’ve been very impressed by his entrepreneurship skills and enthusiasm, but also curiosity. One day, he asked(…)
If you’re looking for some Fintech reading, here are the 7 most popular articles (by page views) of 2016 on Disruptive Finance. I also added an 8th article (Fintech in 2016: why you need a different strategy), which was not even in the top 20, but was one of my favourite pieces. If you want to receive(…)
2016 has clearly been a year of changes in the world – and for me too, the year ended very differently than it started. For readers of Disruptive Finance, you might not have seen much difference, because the blog and my Fintech activities have always been my “night job”. But I also had a “day(…)