Sarah Gill

Sarah Gill was the Senior Reporter for bobsguide, responsible for sourcing and writing news features and articles across the financial technology industry. Before joining bobsguide, Sarah was senior journalist at Pivotl IQ where she analysed tech companies, VC investment and disruptive technology trends for five years. Prior to that she was based in Buenos Aires working as a reporter for the Argentina Independent. Sarah’s also written for The Hackney Citizen, among other publications. She has a BA in English from the University of Nottingham and an NCTJ in newspaper journalism.

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Top Retail Banking Systems read of 2016: Why Santander Innoventures Boss Isn’t Looking For Fintech Unicorns
Banking

Top Retail Banking Systems read of 2016: Why Santander Innoventures Boss Isn’t Looking For Fintech Unicorns

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Top Retail Banking Systems read of 2016: Why Santa...

In this artice we take a look at the biggest opportunities for Santander, insight into blockchain and the way banks are approaching the fintech sector...

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Top Risk Management Systems read of the year: The emergence of reg tech
Banking

Top Risk Management Systems read of the year: The emergence of reg tech

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Top Risk Management Systems read of the year: The ...

In this article, we focus on the importance of reg tech, and the significance that Brexit could have to regulation in the UK. We also determine how re...

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Innovation in finance? It's all about the community - Head of SWIFT Innotribe
Payments

Innovation in finance? It's all about the community - Head of SWIFT Innotribe

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Innovation in finance? It's all about the communit...

This week is SIBOS: probably the most significant gathering taking place in the global financial community each year. Run by financial messaging servi...

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Why banks are betting on AI
Banking

Why banks are betting on AI

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Why banks are betting on AI

Anti-money laundering, fraud prevention and sanctions processing are three of the key areas people working in in the payments industry see potential f...

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51% of B2B payments still made by cheque
Payments

51% of B2B payments still made by cheque

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

51% of B2B payments still made by cheque

The digitalisation of finance has never been more advanced, yet the number of B2B payments made by paper cheque actually increased in the US last year...

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What it's like when your fintech startup is acquired by a bank
Payments

What it's like when your fintech startup is acquired by a bank

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

What it's like when your fintech startup is acquir...

Today the rhetoric between banks and fintechs has mostly shifted away from combat, suspicion and derision towards collaboration, partnership and acqui...

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We're on the cusp of another massive technology shift - Xero UK boss
Treasury

We're on the cusp of another massive technology shift - Xero UK boss

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

We're on the cusp of another massive technology sh...

Small businesses may make the world go round, but struggles with book balancing and accounts can be distracting and end up throttling growth especiall...

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Better together? German fintech challenger exits to French bank
Banking

Better together? German fintech challenger exits to French bank

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Better together? German fintech challenger exits t...

There’s another exit in the challenger banking and fintech space with news that Munich-based Fidor Bank has been snapped up by French banking gr...

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Passion, perseverance & patience: Inside the disruption of money transfer
Banking

Passion, perseverance & patience: Inside the disruption of money transfer

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Passion, perseverance & patience: Inside the disru...

WorldRemit is one of the UK’s most high-profile fintech companies. It’s part of a new generation of international money transfer services ...

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Faster Payments explained, with Tom Hay - Head of Payments at Icon Solutions
Banking

Faster Payments explained, with Tom Hay - Head of Payments at Icon Solutions

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Faster Payments explained, with Tom Hay - Head of ...

Today’s episode of the FinTalk podcast takes a deeper look at Faster Payments, which many of us now use every day. We invited Tom Hay, Head of P...

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The emergence of reg tech: what you need to know
Asset management

The emergence of reg tech: what you need to know

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

The emergence of reg tech: what you need to know

In an industry prone to hype and hyperbole, ‘reg-tech’ is one of the hottest new buzzwords on the block. Referring to technology that is d...

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State Street talks making good ideas reality in a bank
Payments

State Street talks making good ideas reality in a bank

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

State Street talks making good ideas reality in a ...

In the wake of the UK's Brexit vote which sent markets into a spin earlier this month, foreign exchange is still top of conversation as the impact...

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"The reality is that banks continue to provide the corner stones to our economies"
Banking

"The reality is that banks continue to provide the corner stones to our economies"

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

"The reality is that banks continue to provide the...

The data revolution will transform banking in ways that have not even been dreamed up yet. From fraud detection and risk maanagement to personalisatio...

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FinTalk: "Having control over your money is freedom and fintech enables that"
Banking

FinTalk: "Having control over your money is freedom and fintech enables that"

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

FinTalk: "Having control over your money is freedo...

In the latest episode of the FinTalk podcast we sit down with Liz Lumley, currently director of global ecosystem development at Startupbootcamp Fintec...

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Risky business: the problems with regulating challenger banks
Banking

Risky business: the problems with regulating challenger banks

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Risky business: the problems with regulating chall...

"Challenger": used to describe the new generation of banks that are, for the first time, taking on the dominance of high street players like...

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Pre-IPO markets: who wants a slice of the cake?
Asset management

Pre-IPO markets: who wants a slice of the cake?

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Pre-IPO markets: who wants a slice of the cake?

If payments was the first segment of financial services to get revolutionised by technology and lending was the second then many believe the disruptio...

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FinTalk: The realities of disrupting financial services

FinTalk: The realities of disrupting financial services

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

FinTalk: The realities of disrupting financial ser...

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending business Zopa is one of the poster kids of the thriving UK fintech industry. Launched in 2005 touting a new model for consu...

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Innovation in Treasury Management
Banking

Innovation in Treasury Management

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Innovation in Treasury Management

The Fintech Innovation Awards recognise the best achievements and most innovative teams and individuals in their fields in the last 12 months. This ye...

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What fintech startups can expect from London’s new mayor
Banking

What fintech startups can expect from London’s new mayor

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

What fintech startups can expect from London’s new...

There’s no doubt that the swelling success of London’s fintech ecosystem has helped put the capital’s tech scene on the global map. ...

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The rise of reg tech
Banking

The rise of reg tech

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

The rise of reg tech

As the threat of cyber attacks soars, the ability to verify who customers say they are has never been more vital. Winner in the category of ‘Inn...

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Mexican lending & robo-advisors: What’s hot in fintech
Asset management

Mexican lending & robo-advisors: What’s hot in fintech

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Mexican lending & robo-advisors: What’s hot in fin...

The sheer volume of news, product launches, investments and reports makes it difficult to keep perspective over the fast-moving financial tech market....

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“It’s not about enabling mobile payments on the moon” – Idea Bank on innovation
Banking

“It’s not about enabling mobile payments on the moon” – Idea Bank on innovation

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

“It’s not about enabling mobile payments on the mo...

Just because something is possible, doesn’t mean it’s necessary and when it comes to innovation in finance, the days when new products wer...

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FinTalk Podcast: Building new models in banking
Banking

FinTalk Podcast: Building new models in banking

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

FinTalk Podcast: Building new models in banking

Just over a decade since Michael Kent and Ricky Knox met at business school, the long-time business partners and co-founders stand behind remittance f...

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“There is a new world order coming about in banking” – Vincent Kilcoyne, Fintech Innovation Lead, SAS UK & Ireland
Banking

“There is a new world order coming about in banking” – Vincent Kilcoyne, Fintech Innovation Lead, SAS UK & Ireland

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

“There is a new world order coming about in bankin...

In financial services, access to big data and analytics is creating a huge opportunity to improve everything from efficiency, accuracy and speed to fr...

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The state of the banking industry in 2016, according to Strands
Banking

The state of the banking industry in 2016, according to Strands

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

The state of the banking industry in 2016, accordi...

There has never been a time of greater change in the banking industry. Customer demands are changing rapidly and banks are under huge pressure to adap...

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Welcome to the FinTalk podcast series!
Banking

Welcome to the FinTalk podcast series!

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Welcome to the FinTalk podcast series!

FinTalk is a fresh new podcast series where we drill down into what drives the brightest minds in finance and tech today. Brought to you by bobsguide,...

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Zooz scores USD24m, points to demand in B2B payments
Payments

Zooz scores USD24m, points to demand in B2B payments

5y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Zooz scores USD24m, points to demand in B2B paymen...

B2B payments may have lagged behind the consumer side of the industry in terms of investment and new startups or solutions emerging, but there’s...

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What VocaLink sale means for payments industry
Banking

What VocaLink sale means for payments industry

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

What VocaLink sale means for payments industry

Momentum is building around reports that Mastercard is in deeper talks to buy VocaLink, the UK-based system that powers a lot of the country’s c...

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Payments quick dive: three things to watch in payments right now
Banking

Payments quick dive: three things to watch in payments right now

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Payments quick dive: three things to watch in paym...

The breadth and depth of the payments industry means it continues to be one of the hottest sectors for innovation in the financial tech space right no...

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Strategic versus financial investment: 6 pieces of advice for fintech startups
Banking

Strategic versus financial investment: 6 pieces of advice for fintech startups

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Strategic versus financial investment: 6 pieces of...

While institutional VCs continue to dominate funding in startups, the last few years are notable for the uptick in participation from the corporate ve...

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‘Future of Fintech’ expert on next-generation finance
Asset management

‘Future of Fintech’ expert on next-generation finance

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

‘Future of Fintech’ expert on next-generation fina...

Innovation around financial technology is opening up financial services to unserved demographics and segments of the market, as well as changing the w...

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3 Reasons the Nordics are a powerful test bed for fintech innovation
Banking

3 Reasons the Nordics are a powerful test bed for fintech innovation

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

3 Reasons the Nordics are a powerful test bed for ...

With the first Money2020 Europe kicking off in Copenhagen it is unsurprising that speakers at the fintech conference are talking up the credentials of...

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Cheques, lags & fraud control: the enduring challenges in B2B payments
Banking

Cheques, lags & fraud control: the enduring challenges in B2B payments

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Cheques, lags & fraud control: the enduring challe...

Expected to be worth 1 trillion by 2020 in the US alone, B2B commerce is by any measure a lucrative market, but businesses risk being hamstrung by an ...

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Why there’s “no easy cut and paste” for banks and fintech
Asset management

Why there’s “no easy cut and paste” for banks and fintech

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Why there’s “no easy cut and paste” for banks and ...

Today, no conversation about banks and fintech companies gets very far without the word ‘collaboration’ getting mentioned. But even if mor...

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Infographic: Fintech hubs to watch in UK, US & EMEA
Payments

Infographic: Fintech hubs to watch in UK, US & EMEA

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Infographic: Fintech hubs to watch in UK, US & EME...

As the hype around fintech grows, cities are competing to crow the loudest about their fintech credentials. Here’s a snapshot of the hot hubs to...

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No, the fintech ‘bubble’ isn’t bursting
Insurance

No, the fintech ‘bubble’ isn’t bursting

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

No, the fintech ‘bubble’ isn’t bursting

Is the fintech bubble bursting? No. Not according to investors speaking across numerous panels and in interviews at the #execfintech conference in Fra...

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Can innovation in security keep up with threat?
Banking

Can innovation in security keep up with threat?

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Can innovation in security keep up with threat?

Security is one of the hottest topics for any digital businesses right now and nowhere is that more acute than in the financial sector.  A high p...

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MX Founder on the shift from digital banking
Payments

MX Founder on the shift from digital banking

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

MX Founder on the shift from digital banking

Innovation in technology is creating the opportunity for traditional finance players to streamline their business operations, compete more closely wit...

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How fintech can help solve the UK's financial inclusion problem
Banking

How fintech can help solve the UK's financial inclusion problem

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

How fintech can help solve the UK's financial incl...

The UK might be hailed as the global home of finance, but with an estimated 2m adults living in the country without a bank account and half of them sa...

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Blackhawk Networks President on the future of prepaid
Payments

Blackhawk Networks President on the future of prepaid

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Blackhawk Networks President on the future of prep...

Starting out as a subsidiary of US supermarket giant Safeway, today Blackhawk Network offers prepaid cards across more than 600 brands and in 24 count...

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iZettle CEO talks data, looking beyond payments and Stockholm fintech
Banking

iZettle CEO talks data, looking beyond payments and Stockholm fintech

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

iZettle CEO talks data, looking beyond payments an...

iZettle made a name for itself as a mobile payments company that lets micro businesses like cafes, bakeries and salons accept card from cust...

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Why the next Mayor matters for London’s fintech startups
Banking

Why the next Mayor matters for London’s fintech startups

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Why the next Mayor matters for London’s fintech st...

The momentum of London’s FinTech ecosystem over the past few years has played a huge role in putting the capital’s tech scene on the ...

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Why Santander Innoventures Boss Isn’t Looking For Fintech Unicorns
Asset management

Why Santander Innoventures Boss Isn’t Looking For Fintech Unicorns

6y | By Sarah Gill, Senior Reporter (2015-2016)

Why Santander Innoventures Boss Isn’t Looking For ...

Don’t bother asking Santander Innoventures boss Mariano Belinky what the next fintech unicorn will be – he isn’t interested. Heading...

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