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The Finanser Interviews: Matthias Kröner, CEO, Fidor Bank

Matthias Kroener

Following on with our regular weekly interview the Finanser talks this week with Matthias Kröner, CEO and founder of Fidor Bank, Germany. Matthias Kröner has been CEO of Fidor Bank since 2006. He is responsible for investor relations, corporate communications, strategic development and communities. Fidor is an internet bank, its primary account …

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Why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet

Bitcion _ Wences Casares

Nicholas Carson of  Business Insider interviews Silicon Valley entrepreneur Wences Casares. Here's why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet "In Spanish, we have a saying that when a genius points at the moon, a fool looks at the finger. I find that happens a lot with bitcoin." —Wences Casares

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The Finanser Interviews: Mark Mullen, CEO of Atom Bank

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I’ve recently been interviewing a series of innovators and challengers in the banking system, and will publish an interview here on a regular basis with these visionaries.   In the first of The Finanser Interviews we talk to Mark Mullen, CEO and Co-Founder of Atom Bank and former CEO of First …

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Do vision, mission and value statements matter?

There’s one bank I regularly visit, which have their values emblazoned over their reception.  These values are: Respect Integrity Service Excellence Stewardship … or RISES for short. It’s nice, but I always have this cynical little buddy on my shoulder, shouting in my ear: “do you think they mean it?” …

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Privatbank, Ukraine: an innovator like few others


I was going to keep quiet during this holiday week but, in the spirit of selfishness, I’m going to post a few blog entries about the Ukraine. Ukraine is a country I’ve not visited before, but was invited to fly over just before Christmas to run a discussion with Privatbank, …

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Wallet wars solved by the payments processor …

As mentioned earlier this week, whilst in Turkey I visited with BKM, the interbank clearing system for low value payments. Owned by the largest 10 banks in Turkey, BKM opened for business in 1990 and now processes half of the transactions in the country. The other half are run on …

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Why are some countries more innovative than others?

I recently chaired a dinner in Turkey. Turkey is one of the hotbeds for retail bank innovation, alongside Poland, in Europe (assuming you count Turkey as European). It was in Turkey that I first saw a strong and concerted push into contactless payments. Remember this ad for Garanti Bank:

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