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Alibaba Must Acquire Starbucks, WeWork, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla & PayPal

During July 2016, I was part of a delegation of US Fintech executives visiting our counterparts in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China. We toured and visited some of the most exciting Fintech platforms in China such as LuFax, CreditEase, Tencent (the creator of WeChat),… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

The Inescapable Fintech Revolution

Big consultancies, such as PwC, Cap Gemini, KPMG, Deloitte and Accenture, research and analyze fintech developments to support the digital transformation of their banking customers. They promote this work through well-crafted free reports and white papers. The latest of such reports was published by Julian… Read More

FIN Opposes Elements of CHOICE Act: Do Not Repeal Debit Reforms

Last week Financial Innovation Now (FIN), an alliance of companies which includes Fintech behemoths innovator Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal, spoke out against language used in the Financial CHOICE Act that would repeal debit swipe fee reform. In a letter penned by FIN Executive Director Brian… Read More

Japanese IB Nomura Opens Fintech Program in Mumbai, PwC, Google, IBM & Amazon Internet Services Join Effort

Japanese investment bank Nomura has set up a fintech program in India, inviting entrepreneurs in Mumbai to build new tools for capital markets. The Voyager partnership aims to give Indian fintech specialists access to Nomura’s resources at the Mumbai innovation centre, enabling them to test their ideas using… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Submits Recommendations to Senators Crapo & Brown as to How to Boost the Economy

Financial Innovation Now (FIN) has submitted their recommendations to Senators Crapo and Brown, the Chair and Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, as to how best to improve Economic Growth. The proposals follow a public request by the two Senators asking members of the public… Read More

Financial Innovation Now Tells CFPB to Examine, Not Regulate, Consumer Access to Digital Financial Records

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), launched an inquiry into consumers seeking access to their financial records.  At the time of the announcement, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated; “Consumers should be able to use their financial records and account information and securely share access in… Read More

Banks, Startups and Trolls to Duke Over Blockchain?

Reports came out during the holiday season last year of banks quietly stocking up on blockchain patents.  Banks will compete with startups making the same moves.  They will also compete for patents with trolls who suppress innovation. The future of blockchain innovation depends on who… Read More

Financial Innovation Now: Big Tech Educates Policy Makers on Benefits of Fintech

Apple, Google, Amazon, PayPal & Intuit Provide the Firepower Behind Fintech Advocacy Group Financial Innovation Now. Back in the fall of 2015, an announcement was made regarding the creation of a new public policy coalition representing some of the largest names in tech: Apple, Google,… Read More

Apple, Google, Amazon: Current Regulatory Requirements Protect Incumbents from Fintech Competitors

In November of 2015, a group of well-known tech names banded together to create a new lobbying entity to lobby Capitol Hill on Fintech and financial regulations. Financial Innovation Now is a unique alliance of Apple, Google, Amazon, Intuit and Paypal joining in one specific… Read More

Superbook $1.5M+ Update: 9K+ Backers Dig the Android to Laptop Device

Over 3118% funded. Since its launch last month, the San Francisco startup Andromium’s Kickstarter campaign has secured over $1,560,000 for The Superbook, a device that turns Android smartphones into laptops. Over 9,612 backers have subscribed to the idea, described as a smart laptop shell that consists of an 11.6″ HD screen, keyboard, and… Read More

Google to Block PayDay Loan Ads in July. Keeps the Good Ones

David Graff, Director of Google Global Product Policy, posted last week that Google has decided to terminate PayDay loan ads.  More specifically any loan ads when repayment is due within 60 days of the issue date. Google has periodically purged unwanted advertisements from their Adwords… Read More

Kiva Teams Up with Progress, Rangle.io & Google to Create Better Applications

On Wednesday, software global company, Progress, announced that is working with Rangle.io and Google to provide mico-lending platform, Kiva, better applications between its lenders and borrowers. Currently, Kiva’s community is reportedly made up of 1.4 million lenders that have crowdfund more than $2.5 million in loans… Read More

Google’s Primer App & Indiegogo Presents: “How Crowdfunding Success Begins With an Email”

On Friday, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that it has teamed up with Google’s Primer App to present a “short lesson” on why email marketing is important for crowdfunding entrepreneurs. The funding portal declared: “Overall, we find that building momentum early can help set up a… Read More

Dan Cobley on SalaryFinance: We Offer Working People Much Cheaper Loans

Dan Cobley, a former Googler and CEO of Brightbridge Ventures, was chatting up his newest venture last week, SalaryFinance. The company that seeks to provide a credit vehicle that companies can offer to employees to refinance debt such as credit cards.  Because the employer knows… Read More

Apple, Google, Amazon Band Together to Lobby DC on Future Financial Services

The Future of Banking is Online. Tech Titans Want to Lead the Way as Financial Innovation Now Coalition Announced. All financial services are being turned upside down as the relevance of brick and mortar locations and surly customer service representatives is diminishing.  Big tech, including… Read More

The Next Unicorn On The Horizon: SalaryFinance, According To Former UK Head Of Google Founder

Former UK head of Google, Dan Cobley, sees a unicorn–a $1.5 billion-turnover success story–in his co-founded startup SalaryFinance, for which he left Google last year. According to Business Insider, Cobley said that SalaryFinance would “be talked about in some of the same sentences as unicorn businesses over… Read More

LendTech Angels Hosts First Successful LendLab for FinTech Entrepreneurs

Despite a hot and rainy New York City morning, there was a great turn-out at LendTech Angels’ first LendLab event.  Hosted by Kiran Lingam, managing director of LendTech Angels, the event gave aspiring marketplace lending startups an education in the regulatory landscape they are entering…. Read More

Nebia Shower Scores Over $1.3M in Two Days on Kickstarter

Just two days after launching its Kickstarter campaign, Nebia has successfully surpassed over $1.3 million thanks to 3,800 backers. The Nebia Shower is a showerhead that you can install yourself.  The system claims to create a shower like you have “never experienced before.” The company explained its engineering hardware:… Read More

Brief: TradeGecko Acquires Leadership Talent from Redgate, TripAdvisor, and Google Following Series A Round

Fueled by $6.5M USD in Series A financing in April, TradeGecko, a cloud-based inventory and multichannel management platform for apparel and accessories, is leveraging its resources to become one of the fastest growing startups in Singapore. Since this spring, TradeGecko has increased its headcount by 25% and added… Read More