Ep. 153. Insights: The future of banking and disruption
Nov17

Ep. 153. Insights: The future of banking and disruption

Welcome to this week’s Insider show, where Simon hosts a panel on the future of banking, featuring Marko Wenthin, co-founder of solarisBank; Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO at Everledger; and Elena Alfaro, Global Head of Data at BBVA. Before getting stuck in to the detail, our expert panel discuss the current situation in banking. What are the biggest challenges and why hasn’t banking kept up with the pace of technological...

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Ep. 152. News: High Rate of Return
Nov17

Ep. 152. News: High Rate of Return

In this episode Caroline, Pete and the guys break down a trilogy of P2P payment stories featuring Facebook, Apple and… Walmart? Meanwhile Square’s Jack Dorsey is frustrated by the time it takes to get a banking license and Deutsche Bank signals the end of fiat money as we know it. The second half of the show is almost entirely devoted to challenger banks as there were so many in the news this week! First up, Revolut apply...

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Ep. 151. Interview: Amber Baldet
Nov17

Ep. 151. Interview: Amber Baldet

We have a fascinating interview for you this week as Sam talks to Amber Baldet, who leads the J.P Morgan team developing Quorum, the open source code based on Ethereum that’s designed to address the challenges of blockchain adoption in financial services. We hear how Amber and the team have approached developing an open source code base from a highly regulated institution and how they’ve approached the blockchain...

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AfricaCom 2017 – Driving Digital Democracy in Africa
Nov17

AfricaCom 2017 – Driving Digital Democracy in Africa

The 20th anniversary of Africa’s largest tech-focused event may have come and gone, but beyond the record-breaking number of visitors, exhibitors and speakers and new launches and cutting-edge products this year, the outcomes make for a lasting impression. AfricaCom was once focused solely on the telecommunications market, but now that conversation has successfully shifted to embrace all things technology driven – the backbone of our...

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Lysis Operations announces Partnership with an End-to-end CLM & KYC Service
Nov17

Lysis Operations announces Partnership with an End-to-end CLM & KYC Service

Lysis, a leader in business change management services and a provider of innovative KYC services through Lysis Operations, and iMeta, a provider of Client Lifecycle Management software, joined forces to create a comprehensive Client Lifecycle Managed Service designed specifically for the financial services sector. The joint offering streamlines the on-boarding, CLM and KYC processes, and will benefit firms who are looking to...

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Startups Secure more than 30 POCs and Partnerships at Kickstart Accelerator 2017
Nov17

Startups Secure more than 30 POCs and Partnerships at Kickstart Accelerator 2017

Kickstart Accelerator, Zurich-based technology accelerator programme ends tonight with the announcement of numerous Proof of Concepts and other partnerships Over 30 Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and partnerships have been secured at Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest no equity, multi-corporate accelerator programmes that culminates today – most of them with leading corporations. Coop, Credit Suisse, Empa, EY, Helsana, Migros,...

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Christopher Jehan, Midshore Consulting: Rebuilding
Nov17

Christopher Jehan, Midshore Consulting: Rebuilding

Christopher Jehan from Midshore Consulting speaks to us about how they’d rebuild.

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Virraj Jatania, Pockit: Experience
Nov17

Virraj Jatania, Pockit: Experience

Virraj Jatania from Pockit speaks to us about what experience they’ve gained over the years.

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deVere CEO Demands ‘Firm Action’ from Sec. Mnuchin on Fatally-flawed FATCA
Nov17

deVere CEO Demands ‘Firm Action’ from Sec. Mnuchin on Fatally-flawed FATCA

The CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial services organisations has co-written an assertive open letter to the U.S. Treasury Secretary to demand the Trump administration scrap the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Nigel Green, together with Jim Jatras, his co-leader of the Campaign to Repeal FATCA, have sent the five-page letter to the Honorable Steve Mnuchin as, after a year in office, nothing has been done to...

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Arsenal welcomes WorldRemit as first-ever Official Online Money Transfer Partner
Nov17

Arsenal welcomes WorldRemit as first-ever Official Online Money Transfer Partner

Leading digital money transfer company WorldRemit and Arsenal partner to use the power of football to find a better way to connect communities WorldRemit becomes the first Official Online Money Transfer Partner of the Premier League club, Arsenal. The leading digital money transfer business, formed by a UK-based entrepreneur from Somaliland, has joined forces with Arsenal to accelerate the company’s growth and help more people save...

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Next Generation Comparison App will be first to receive UK Regulation
Nov17

Next Generation Comparison App will be first to receive UK Regulation

A new app that helps users save hundreds of pounds every year by managing their bills and subscriptions is to become the first of its kind to be regulated in the UK. Bean connects to individual bank and credit card accounts and tracks all regular payments, including subscriptions and household bills, alerting users to opportunities to switch or cancel. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has informed the company it is “minded to...

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National Housing Provider teams up with Fairbanking Foundation to Encourage Financial Wellbeing
Nov17

National Housing Provider teams up with Fairbanking Foundation to Encourage Financial Wellbeing

With mounting fears over Universal Credit challenging the financial wellbeing of many Brits, Orbit, a 40,000-home housing association, is working with The Fairbanking Foundation to support customers on managing their money. The project is the first major initiative by the Fairbanking Foundation under its new Chief Executive, Aidene Walsh, who took over from founder Antony Elliott, OBE, earlier this year. Orbit’s front line advisors...

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American express introduces Blockchain-enabled Cross-border Business-to-business Payments
Nov17

American express introduces Blockchain-enabled Cross-border Business-to-business Payments

American Express® FX International Payments partners with Santander to provide real-time payment processing, instantly connecting U.S. customers to the UK, via the Ripple network American Express today announced the introduction of blockchain-enabled, business-to-business cross-border payments. The American Express® FX International Payments (FXIP) business is working with Ripple, provider of enterprise global blockchain solutions, to...

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Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Recognizes Legal Innovators At Annual User Conference
Nov17

Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Recognizes Legal Innovators At Annual User Conference

Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions today announced that Scott Fuller of Applied Materials and Tariq Abdullah of Walmart are the honorees of its first ever Legal Innovator Awards. The awards recognize forward-thinking individuals within corporate legal and claims departments who have transformed and enhanced their organizations’ legal operations and were presented at ELM Solutions’ User Conference which is being held this week in Orlando....

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Half of Businesses Admit to Paying Suppliers Late
Nov17

Half of Businesses Admit to Paying Suppliers Late

Research reveals internal processes and a lack of automation are top causes of late payments to suppliers, above cash flow constraints Slow internal processes and a lack of automation are among the biggest challenges for businesses when it comes to paying their suppliers on time, according to new research by Tungsten Network and the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM). The Friction Index research found that almost half (47 per...

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TPAY is Rumoured to be up for Sale by its VC Backers
Nov17

TPAY is Rumoured to be up for Sale by its VC Backers

TPAY, a MENA-based online payments business with its own proprietary platform, is rumoured to have been put on the market by its venture capital owners who are seeking to capitalise on the significant growth achieved since it was founded in 2013, a source close to the deal revealed. Launched three years ago in a largely unbanked region, TPAY currently has five million subscribers and recently launched with Google Play. The company is...

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Swarm Fund Announces Results of Public Token Sale And Appoints Philipp Pieper CEO
Nov17

Swarm Fund Announces Results of Public Token Sale And Appoints Philipp Pieper CEO

Over US$ 5.5 Million raised First Liquid Democracy Vote Held Successfully Swarm Fund, a decentralized capital marketplace that provides cryptocurrency investors access to high-return, institutional-style investment funds backed by real-world assets, today announced it raised a total of $5.5 million through its public token sale, appointed co-founder Philipp Pieper as its Chief Executive Officer, and successfully held the first liquid...

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BNP Paribas Asset Management enters into Strategic Alliance with Caple
Nov17

BNP Paribas Asset Management enters into Strategic Alliance with Caple

Through a strategic alliance and the acquisition of a 10% stake in Caple, BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) is providing an innovative platform to offer alternative credit to European small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’). Caple facilitates access to alternative credit for SMEs, working with international institutional investors to address gaps in the funding landscape by offering finance that complements traditional bank...

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AirPlus and Conferma Extend Collaboration on Virtual Payments to the US Market
Nov17

AirPlus and Conferma Extend Collaboration on Virtual Payments to the US Market

Conferma, a leading FinTech company specialising in virtual card technology, and AirPlus International, a leading global provider of payment and billing solutions for business travel, today announced the expansion of their collaboration to encompass the United States. In a recent study revealing the true cost of expense management for USA businesses, Conferma has revealed that 90% of Chief Financial Officers admit that it is difficult...

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FinTech Start-Up, ForwardLane’s New AI APIs for Personalized Insights
Nov17

FinTech Start-Up, ForwardLane’s New AI APIs for Personalized Insights

ForwardLane is a next generation artificial intelligence (AI) company using machine learning to aggregate and scale firm-specific content, market data news, investment research, product materials, and strategic analytics for financial professionals to deliver personalized stories for their clients. ForwardLane’s two new configurable APIs leverage natural language processing and deep learning AI for advisory, sales and...

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Shifting sands: Highlights from Mobey Day 2017
Nov17

Shifting sands: Highlights from Mobey Day 2017

Maikki Frisk, Executive Director at Mobey Forum, discusses the key trends from the seventh annual Mobey Day Barcelona, hosted by imaginBank. We are approaching the most critical juncture in the history of modern banking. The impact of regulation, in concert with the increasing deployment of transformative technologies, is permanently altering the way banks operate and do business. Banks as ‘connectors’ imaginBank’s David Arranz used...

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Blockchain Market to Skyrocket at 43% CAGR until 2022: TechSci Research
Nov16

Blockchain Market to Skyrocket at 43% CAGR until 2022: TechSci Research

Rapidly increasing FinTech spending and growing blockchain adoption owing to increasing awareness to aid global blockchain market through 2022 According to recently released TechSci Research report, “Global Blockchain Market By Type, By Application, By Enterprise, By End User, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2012 – 2022”, the global blockchain market is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 43% during 2017 – 2022 on...

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Turning the Tables on Traditional Asset Management through Crypto
Nov16

Turning the Tables on Traditional Asset Management through Crypto

Digital asset management of blockchains is a growing industry that is raising millions of dollars. As far as investments go, it’s the next big thing. This bridge between cryptocurrency and the investment industry is most popular among millennials, who are most concerned about investment efficacy and accountability. A Quick Review of the Basics Traditional asset management through cryptocurrency utilizes a different approach to profit...

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EU Regulation, Skills and Governance now Challenge UK’s Leadership of ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’
Nov16

EU Regulation, Skills and Governance now Challenge UK’s Leadership of ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

UK Data leaders praise UK Government for raising awareness on data issues and predict post-Brexit productivity boost by promoting upskilled staff Big Data London today revealed the first findings from the inaugural UK Fourth Industrial Revolution Report. The independent research, sponsored by Big Data LDN and Hortonworks, surveyed how 250 of the UK’s largest data-driven organisations are coping with pre-Brexit pressure to compete...

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Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Winners Revealed
Nov16

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Winners Revealed

Over 1200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane last night, as the winners of the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were revealed at the 16th annual gala dinner ceremony. Presented by the BBC’s Naga Munchetty, the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, which is organised by UBM EMEA, welcomed Britain’s greatest ever distance runner, Sir Mo Farah...

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David Brear, 11FS: Future Plans
Nov16

David Brear, 11FS: Future Plans

David Brear from 11FS speaks to us about what’s next for them.

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Innovate Finance Publishes Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist
Nov16

Innovate Finance Publishes Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist

Innovate Finance today published its 2017 Women FinTech Powerlist. The initiative is a celebration of the achievements and talent of women across the FinTech ecosystem as they continue to play a crucial role in the innovation and evolution of financial services. Launched in 2015, the Powerlist highlights the contributions that women make in shaping the future of FinTech as well as the talent within Innovate Finance’s membership....

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Parity Technologies knew of Flaw Resulting in Loss of $300 Million in Cryptocurrency Ethereum
Nov16

Parity Technologies knew of Flaw Resulting in Loss of $300 Million in Cryptocurrency Ethereum

“The loss of $300 million in cryptocurrency shows the urgent need for businesses and cryptocurrency firms to know what libraries and binaries they’re using.   “With open source binaries forming the basis of 80 – 90% of applications, they play a vital role in driving innovation and powering the world as we know it. However, Parity ’s issues are a stark reminder that all binaries are not created equal. “To address this, it is imperative...

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China Everbright Group cooperates with German Robo-Advisor Ginmon
Nov16

China Everbright Group cooperates with German Robo-Advisor Ginmon

The German financial service company Ginmon opened an office in Shanghai and signed a partnership contract with China Everbright Group, which is based in Beijing. The cooperation is the first of its kind in the world. Jerome Eger, Managing Director Ginmon China arranged the cooperation: “According to Casey Quirk the Chinese assets under management will grow from US$ 3.2 trillion to US$ 17 trillion in 2030 and thus will become the...

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Sibos 2017: Pamela Cytron, Pendo Systems
Nov16

Sibos 2017: Pamela Cytron, Pendo Systems

Pamela Cytron from Pendo Systems speaks to us at Sibos.

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Sibos 2017: Ruth Wandhöfer, Citi Group
Nov16

Sibos 2017: Ruth Wandhöfer, Citi Group

Ruth Wandhöfer from Citi Group speaks to us at Sibos.

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Sibos 2017: Sergey Nazarov, SmartContract
Nov16

Sibos 2017: Sergey Nazarov, SmartContract

Sergey Nazarov from SmartContract speaks to us at Sibos.

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Sibos 2017: Stephen Holmes, Virtusa
Nov16

Sibos 2017: Stephen Holmes, Virtusa

Stephen Holmes from Virtusa speaks to us at Sibos.

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E-commerce Fraud Sizable, says LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud Study
Nov16

E-commerce Fraud Sizable, says LexisNexis Risk Solutions True Cost of Fraud Study

As mobile payments continue to grow in acceptance, fraud will likely increase, as well LexisNexis® Risk Solutions released its 2017 True Cost of Fraud℠ study on the e-commerce sector. The study notably finds that mid/large sized e-commerce retailers face higher costs of fraud than smaller outlets who see less than $10 million in e-commerce sales. According to the LexisNexis Risk Solutions Fraud Multiplier™, for every dollar of fraud,...

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Blockchain and Payments Take Center Stage at Inside Fintech Conference & Expo 2017
Nov16

Blockchain and Payments Take Center Stage at Inside Fintech Conference & Expo 2017

Inside Fintech Conference & Expo, Asia’spremier professional conference for blockchain and Fintech innovation organised by Rising Media, has announced that the event will host up to 2,000+ industry leaders from Google, Visa, Microsoft, HSBC, IBM, and other top-tier firms to discuss and explore applications of Blockchain technology as well as various Fintech innovations around the globe. Exploring Blockchain’s Potential...

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Anne Boden, Starling Bank: Transitioning from Third Party Technology
Nov16

Anne Boden, Starling Bank: Transitioning from Third Party Technology

Anne Boden from Starling Bank speaks to us about developing their own technologies.

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Please Welcome the Update in the Program of the BConference Abu Dhabi
Nov16

Please Welcome the Update in the Program of the BConference Abu Dhabi

The global blockchain community will again unite at the BConference in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017. This year, the conference will have an incredibly interesting program with top speakers from fintech companies, banking, regulatory and investment sectors. We are happy to present you our new speakers: 1. Ilyas Vali, Co-founder of rLoop, and Steve Papermaster, CEO of Nano Global Corporation. Ilyas Vali is a co-founder of rLoop; a...

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Financial Services Firms unable to Innovate as Technologists Lack Boardroom Influence
Nov16

Financial Services Firms unable to Innovate as Technologists Lack Boardroom Influence

Technology departments in financial services firms are unable to innovate with technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain because they have lost influence in boardrooms, according to leading Information Technology (IT) executives working in the financial sector. A survey of over 200 European IT decision makers commissioned by Excelian, Luxoft Financial Services reveals that 86% of respondents have recently championed a...

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The Four Promising Countries in the Market of the Alternative Finance
Nov16

The Four Promising Countries in the Market of the Alternative Finance

According to the study of the growing market of the alternative finance, conducted by the European P2P platform Robo.cash, Switzerland, Latvia, Russia and Argentina are expected to join the global alternative lending market in the coming 2-3 years. According to the results of the Swiss market of the alternative finance, Switzerland is among those countries which are expected to show remarkable growth. In 2014 the University of...

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Future Trends Report: Customer Insight & Analytics
Nov16

Future Trends Report: Customer Insight & Analytics

The 2018 edition of the Future Trends Report: Customer Insight & Analytics has just been released featuring exclusive interviews and articles from an elite group of cross-industry insight and analytics leaders from within Europe, including: • Head of Data and Analytics – British Gas • Head of Analytics & Data Mining – Gala Colar Group • Head of Analytics & Data Mining – QVC • Insight Director – Just Eat • Customer Insight...

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MIT Representative to Participate in Panel Discussion at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta
Nov16

MIT Representative to Participate in Panel Discussion at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta

Steve Tendon – MIT representative – to speak at panel discussion of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta Exchange of views: reputed lawyers and MIT representative to hold discussion at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta Representatives of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Malta’s largest bar associations will discuss the legislative and legal aspect of ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts. This...

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Paysafe Bulgaria Donates Computers to Local Schools
Nov16

Paysafe Bulgaria Donates Computers to Local Schools

Ongoing Commitment to Digital Inclusion & Talent Development in Bulgaria Paysafe Bulgaria will donate over 200 laptops to 11 schools by the end of 2017 providing students from the districts of Vratsa, Kardzhali, Haskovo, Stara Zagora and Montana with the opportunity to learn and work on education-orientated Acer laptops. The schools were selected based on the need of better equipped technical bases. Paysafe Bulgaria, recently...

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7in 10 Listed Technology Companies expected to Fail the Wysiwyg Test for Financial Disclosure ASC 606 Deadline Date
Nov16

7in 10 Listed Technology Companies expected to Fail the Wysiwyg Test for Financial Disclosure ASC 606 Deadline Date

Analysis by Aptitude Software, the leading financial software specialist, suggests that listed US technology firms with a combined estimated market value of more than $5 trillion may be non-compliant with ASC 606 by the implementation deadline of January 2018 as the average time to resolve compliance issues is 6 months. Of the 431 NASDAQ-listed technology businesses, seven in ten are expected to miss the initial compliance deadline,...

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces Card Assistant
Nov16

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces Card Assistant

A Digital Tool to Deliver Information and Education to Commercial Card Clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch today launched Card Assistant, a digital tool that transforms the way information and education are delivered to its global commercial card clients. Card Assistant enables time-pressed program administrators to access industry and product updates, informative webcasts, fraud prevention tips, case studies and reference...

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Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Connects Insurance Claims Professionals to LegalVIEW
Nov16

Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Connects Insurance Claims Professionals to LegalVIEW

Unveils Newly Integrated Passport Claims Defense Solution at ELM17 Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions announced the release of Law Firm Smart Select functionality for its Passport® Claims Defense solution at ELM17, the business’ third annual user conference in Orlando, Fla. Passport Claims Defense, an e-billing and matter management software solution for Property & Casual insurers, their claims professionals, and staff counsel, now...

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Marc Braet, INTIX: Solutions and Strategies
Nov15

Marc Braet, INTIX: Solutions and Strategies

Marc Braet from INTIX speaks to us about solutions and strategies.

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Azimo sees Boom in Remittances to Nigeria
Nov15

Azimo sees Boom in Remittances to Nigeria

Azimo sees 207% YOY increase in number of transfers, underlining rapid growth in family support from overseas Azimo announced today that the number of money transfers sent to Nigeria has grown faster than any other African country, with transactions up 207% YOY. Three million Nigerians receive money from overseas every year, with total payments for 2017 predicted to reach $22 billion according to the World Bank. 97% of Nigerians who...

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TraderStars.io launches pre-ICO, ahead of its public fundraising on 21st November
Nov15

TraderStars.io launches pre-ICO, ahead of its public fundraising on 21st November

TraderStars.io has launched its pre-ICO aimed at investors looking to gain exposure to the rapidly growing gaming sector. The initial fundraising will take place between 15th November to 1400 (UTC) 17th November with a cap set at 3,000 ETH. The fundraising aims to build the world’s first ever blockchain gaming platform that ensures participants anywhere in the world can compete in tournaments using real market data without risking...

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Sibos 2017: Hazem Mulhim, EastNets
Nov15

Sibos 2017: Hazem Mulhim, EastNets

Hazem Mulhim from EastNets speaks to us at Sibos.

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Cryptocash comes of Age: New Crypto Card & Exchange to launch for London Market
Nov15

Cryptocash comes of Age: New Crypto Card & Exchange to launch for London Market

UK consumers will soon be able to spend cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin in their local supermarket with a unique new cryptocurrency card. The card is powered by a new cryptocurrency exchange – The London Block Exchange (LBX) – based in London and dedicated to the UK market. It is the first to offer Sterling to Crypto exchange across a broad range of digital currencies. The platform will enable private and institutional investors to...

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