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10 UK blockchain startups to watch 2017: Were we right? | Fintech Recap 2017

13th December 2017

In April we predicted the 10 UK blockchain startups to watch for 2017. At the end of 2017, we're looking back to see what those startups got up to, and what that means for the blockchain community as a whole.  More importantly, were we right to watch them? What we thought then: Despite qualms over Brexit, the UK still remains the...
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Trends: Best of frenemies – why banks and fintechs have to collaborate | Fintech Recap 2017

13th December 2017

When digitally native financial services and next generation fintech first emerged as legitimate contenders to incumbent banks, battle lines were understandably drawn. You couldn’t attend a banking conference for several years without hearing the expression “fintech’s intention is to eat your lunch” seemingly on repeat. ...
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Trends: Is the blockchain era finally here? | Fintech recap 2017

12th December 2017

Whilst blockchain has been knocking on the mainstream’s door for some years, it was only arguably as recently as this Sunday that it was allowed a significant foot in. In from the cold and finally joining AI, Big Data and the Cloud around the fire, the announcement on Sunday that CBOE was now trading bitcoin futures suggests the...
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MiFID II, PSD2, GDPR: 12 months of regulation reviewed | Fintech Recap 2017

11th December 2017

Tech buzzwords such as AI and blockchain have certainly garnered plenty of attention in the past year, and quite rightly so. But no single trend, objective, or concern has piqued the interest of the bobsguide community more in 2017 than regulation compliance, particularly in relation to three of the most significant pieces of legislation to affect...
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bobsguide's interviews of the year: Sophie Guibaud, VP Fidor Bank | Fintech Recap 2017

10th December 2017

In our latest review of the past 12 months, we take another look at bobsguide's exclusive interview with Sophie Guibaud, VP of European Expansion at Fidor Bank. How did you get started in the fintech industry and what’s your role at Fidor Bank? I started my career in investment banking in New York before joining TIME Equity...
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bobsguide's interviews of the year: Eric Bernstein | Fintech Recap 2017

9th December 2017

As part of our review of the past year in fintech bobsguide is revisiting some of the standout interviews we have conducted in the past 12 months. Today's interviewee is Eric Bernstein, President of Investment Management Solutions at Broadridge. bobsguide sat down for an exclusive interview with Eric in the summer, three months after taking...
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BNP Paribas Cash Management University: Key takeaways

8th December 2017

The annual BNP Paribas Cash Management Universitykicked off on Thursday morning with treasury professionals congregating in Paris from across Europe. Andrea Boettger, treasury director at Jabil, and Monica Eriksson, manager of cash management services at Ericsson, were jointly interviewed about their recent experiences when changing...
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Fintech trends: The rise of AI | Fintech 2017 Recap

8th December 2017

This article on 2017’s AI comes very recently after Google’s AutoML project created an AI child that was smarter than AI built by humans. The ‘child AI’ called NASANet was created by two parent AIs and utilises ‘reinforcement learning’ that enables it to report, learn and improve from its parent AIs. Whilst...
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Analysis of the deal: Barclays and Flux on PSD2 opportunities and innovation in banking

7th December 2017

Bobsguide invited Flux CEO, Matty Cusden-Ross and VP of Barclays Open Innovation, Richard Thompson, to sit around the table to discuss their new commercial partnership. Flux, the digital receipt start-up, talks adjusting to legacy life and Barclays discusses its approach to PSD2, GDPR and whether big banks are really doing enough in the name of...
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Influencer Interview: Spiros Margaris reflects on the past 12 months | Fintech Recap 2017

6th December 2017

A year after Spiros Margaris last spoke to bobsguide, we invited him back to see whether his predictions for 2017 had come true. We also talked about whether ageism is an issue in fintech and what exactly is needed to make a successful startup, as well as which ingredients make the best technologies. You’ve been named fintech’s...