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Three of Europe’s most innovative banks are in Germany

There are a number of hotbeds for innovation in finance – London, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley – may all spring to mind to begin with … but what about Berlin and Munich? Yes, Berlin is showing some interesting true colours with three standout start-ups: Fidor, NUMBER26 and solaris.  Two are full banks with banking…

The most innovative banks of 2015

I just attended the Global Banking Innovation Awards at the BAI Retail Delivery Show, an annual event that has gained traction and represents banks from all regions of the world.  Interestingly, Poland, Spain and Turkey regularly appear, which reflects my view that these are the most innovative Euorpean countries for finance, although France got a shout…

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The Finanser Interviews: Gottfried Leibbrandt, Chief Executive Officer, SWIFT

This week the Finanser talks with Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO of SWIFT about cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, Ripple and all things blockchain.   How do you see value exchange on the internet changing the game for banks and for infrastructures like SWIFT? Let’s take a step back so that I can give you my overall perspective. I always like to…

Gottfried Leibbrandt

The Finanser interviews: Guga Stocco, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Banco Original, Brazil

Following our regular weekly interview, the Finanser talks this week with Guga Stocco, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Banco Original, Brazil, and Co-Founder of Koolen&Partners Venture Capital. A pure digital bank in Brazil, Banco Original is launched by the largest meat processing firm in the world, J&F.  Guga Stocco was brought into the business as an…

Guga Stocco

The Finanser Interviews: Kosta Peric, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Following our regular weekly interview, the Finanser talks this week with Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation doing with mobile money and the objective of raising people out of poverty by 2030? Our vision is that every life has…

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The Finanser Interviews: Giles Andrews, Co-Founder and CEO, Zopa

Following our regular weekly interview, the Finanser talks this week with co-founder and CEO of Zopa, Giles Andrews. How did Zopa start? Well firstly, it wasn't my idea.  I joined a team of three people who had an idea, about four slides of PowerPoint.  They weren't quite sure where to take the idea and how…

Giles Andrews

The Finanser Interviews: Brock Pierce, Chairman, The Bitcoin Foundation

Following our regular weekly interview, the Finanser talks this week with recently elected Chairman of The Bitcoin Foundation, Brock Pierce. Photo from Business Rockstars Brock Pierce is an American entrepreneur and former child actor. As a child actor, he was in Disney films The Mighty Ducks (1992), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and First Kid (1996).  Brock has been involved in the establishment…

Brock Pierce

The case for cloud: cut IT costs by 40% or else!

I met a large bank’s CIO the other day who was told to reduce his IT budget for 2016 by 40%.  He was a bit upset, and asked me if I had any ideas? I had a few but it’s a tough ask, especially when most banks IT budgets are exploding.  According to Celent banks…

Klarna chameleon: you know something works when it’s copied

I was recently talking with a few payments folks, and a hot debate began between two folks about banks having the wrong focus.  The banker disagreed, of course, but the debate went something like this: “You make things too difficult and complex”, said the protagonist. “We have to do that, as we are a regulated…

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