Ep227 – Tantric Blockchain and Other FinTech Fun
Mar21

Ep227 – Tantric Blockchain and Other FinTech Fun

On this episode of FinTech Insider we cover all sorts of intrigue, from money laundering, to tantric blockchain, to narcotics. Of course, we also analyze the latest FinTech headlines so you don’t have to, and interview some of our favourite folks at solarisBank and Penta. Thank you to our guests for another fun episode. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep226 – FCA Policy Director David Geale on the Thought Behind the Regulatory Sandbox
Mar20

Ep226 – FCA Policy Director David Geale on the Thought Behind the Regulatory Sandbox

The  Financial Conduct Authority’s progressive regulatory policies have been credited with helping to make London one of the world’s finest FinTech centres. In episode 126 of FinTech Insider, we spoke with several participants of the FCA’s regulatory sandbox, created as a ‘safe space’ for startups and companies to test ideas before becoming fully regulated. In this episode, we interview FCA Policy Director David Geale on the thought...

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Ep225 – Rotten to the Core Banking
Mar15

Ep225 – Rotten to the Core Banking

Technology is failing banking. Bankers know what a great customer experience should look like, but they’re often prevented from delivering on that due to ancient legacy systems. And as long as they operate in a cobbled environment with 1,000 subsystems, they will never have a truly digital bank. Meaning they can’t compete with the banks that will win in the future. But don’t despair. Our guests discuss the steps to take to create a...

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Ep224 – Taking the Bull by the Horns
Mar15

Ep224 – Taking the Bull by the Horns

Taking the bull by the horns. We absolutely loved the statue that Wall Street fund manager State Street installed as part of International Women’s Day. A bronze girl faces the bull of Wall Street as part of a campaign to encourage companies to put more women on their boards. FinTech Insider co-host Simon Taylor saw a second message in the symbolism: State Street will protect your money, standing up to the scary market without fear....

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Ep223 – WeChat Africa CEO Brett Loubser on the Power of the Platform
Mar10

Ep223 – WeChat Africa CEO Brett Loubser on the Power of the Platform

As CEO of WeChat Africa, Brett Loubser’s role is to leverage the WeChat platform to the greatest extent possible in Africa. However, the market conditions in this continent are completely different from China. A focus on a chat app didn’t make sense for Africa, given the significant competitor products. Instead, Brett and his team focused on ‘the absolute power of the platform.’ In this episode of FinTech Insider, Brett shares great...

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Ep222 – FinTech Out of Africa
Mar09

Ep222 – FinTech Out of Africa

FinTech isn’t disrupting the financial industry in Africa – it’s building it across the continent. And because it’s being building without much legacy, by default it’s digital as a platform. In this episode of FinTech Insider Insights, we’ll shine a light on some great FinTech stories coming out of Africa, including approaches and ideas that incumbent institutions will find incredibly useful. Please note, we do not produce Fintech...

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Ep221 – Orange is the New Bank
Mar09

Ep221 – Orange is the New Bank

Is PSD2 an opportunity or a headache for banks? FinTech Insider News guest Ben Robinson says we’re still underestimating the magnitude of what the regulators are asking banks to do, “which is basically to put their inventory online. Asking banks to give up their transactional data is like asking Google to give up its metadata.  You can see why banks wouldn’t want to.” Also in the news, Monzo’s crowdfunding (and outage); our new...

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Ep220 – Blythe Masters on Blockchain’s Once in a Generation Opportunity
Mar03

Ep220 – Blythe Masters on Blockchain’s Once in a Generation Opportunity

Blythe Masters spent 27 years at JP Morgan in a variety of roles, including running the global commodities business, working in structured credit and fixed income markets, and serving as CFO of JP Morgan’s global investment bank. After leaving in 2014, she planned on taking a year off, but then blockchain caught her eye and she joined Digital Asset, where she’s CEO. In this interview, Blythe describes their technology...

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Ep219 – CIO Special: How to Change Your Culture
Mar03

Ep219 – CIO Special: How to Change Your Culture

When it comes to innovation, can big, established banks compete with agile startups? Culture is the major barrier to digital transformation for larger organizations, so we talked to execs at the Global CIO Banking Summit to get their insight. Stay tuned for actionable examples on how to change your culture, how to measure this, and where to look for inspiration. (a taste: DBS doesn’t send executives to fancy business schools for...

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Ep218 – Robots Have Feelings, Too
Mar01

Ep218 – Robots Have Feelings, Too

In the news: Should robots pay taxes?; Liverpool launches its own digital currency; Atom Bank hires will.i.am as a banking consultant; and more. Our guest this week: Alessandro Hatami, Managing Partner at The Pacemakers, and Andra Sonea, Fellow at the Anthemis Group. Enjoy the show! Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep217 – EY’s James Lloyd: China’s Not Just Mobile First – Often It’s Mobile Only
Mar01

Ep217 – EY’s James Lloyd: China’s Not Just Mobile First – Often It’s Mobile Only

Did you know that during Chinese New Year – which is only 6 days – 46 billion transactions happened on WeChat alone? That’s 46 billion “red packets” – the money you send as gifts. 46 billion. In this episode of FinTech Insider Interviews, we talk to James Lloyd about the incredible FinTech innovation and uptake happening not only in China, but across Asia. James is the Asia-Pacific FinTech Leader at EY, and our point of reference for...

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Ep216 – The First 5 Steps to Transform Your Bank
Feb24

Ep216 – The First 5 Steps to Transform Your Bank

Our mantra is digital banking is only 1% finished, and people usually react in two ways to this. Either they believe banking has got miles to go when it comes to tech advancements, or they think digital is merely a way to distribute analogue products. At 11:FS, we believe we’ve got 99% to go, and we’re really excited about the future of banking. But how do we get there? At a recent event in Oulu, Finland, 11:FS CEO David Brear...

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Ep215 – Cookies, Funny Money & What if Amazon Buys Capital One?
Feb24

Ep215 – Cookies, Funny Money & What if Amazon Buys Capital One?

Amazon is looking to buy Capital One, or so goes the rumour. It’s been predicted for a long time that Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon would get into financial services, but Amazon is the only one of those companies that specifically needs a payments facility in their core business. James Arscott, CCO of invstr, joins us to discuss this and other headlines, including bitcoin going from funny money to something legit in Japan....

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Ep214 – Monzo: The First Truly Digital Bank
Feb17

Ep214 – Monzo: The First Truly Digital Bank

When most banks are bribing people to join with £100 or a Rihanna CD, Monzo is doing the opposite: building a bank customers love, involving them in its development, and being so amazing the network blows up like Facebook. Monzo, the bank that broke Crowdcube, now has more than 100,000 customers. Next milestone: 1 million. Here’s how they’ll do it. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep213 – Bank Business Models: The Last Bastion of Innovation
Feb16

Ep213 – Bank Business Models: The Last Bastion of Innovation

Innovation isn’t having an app – it’s having a new business model. Yet for banks, business models are one of the hardest things to innovate around. We discuss what’s broken with traditional bank business models, and how to create new ones, with two people who know best: Tom Blomfield, CEO of Monzo, and Dora Ziambra, Head of Business Development at Azimo. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep212 – News: Is FinTech Failing? Dodd-Frank. And Everything Goes Back to Cannabis
Feb16

Ep212 – News: Is FinTech Failing? Dodd-Frank. And Everything Goes Back to Cannabis

Is FinTech failing? We discuss this click-baity headline, which made the rounds recently. We also talk to Lawrence Wintermeyer, CEO of Innovate Finance, to get insight on their latest report that says investment in UK FinTech startups dropped by 33.7% in 2016. Other news: WeChat to (see what we did there?) James Lloyd,  Asia-Pacific FinTech Leader at EY, about the 46 billion digital red packets WeChat users sent over Lunar New Year;...

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Ep211 – Token CEO Steve Kirsch
Feb16

Ep211 – Token CEO Steve Kirsch

Serial tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch has founded seven companies and earned a name for himself as the inventor of the optical mouse. Today he’s CEO of Token,  a global open API banking platform. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep210 – Rainmaking Summit: Show Me How to Innovate
Feb09

Ep210 – Rainmaking Summit: Show Me How to Innovate

Check out the latest Podcast from our friends at 11FS and Fintech Insider: Liz Lumley, Managing Director of Thought Leadership at Rainmaking, says a woman approached her at one of their events recently and said, “I’m here because I get told all the time: You need to work with startups, and then no one tells me how.” The Rainmaking Summit was designed to give people like her the tools they need to make innovation happen. Straight talk....

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Ep209 – Should UK Prepare for FinTech Exodus?
Feb09

Ep209 – Should UK Prepare for FinTech Exodus?

Check out the latest Podcast from our friends at 11FS and Fintech Insider: How do I change my culture? And what the hell happens to all those bank fines?! Our guest Richard Peers, Director of Financial Services at Microsoft (@Peerster), joins us to discuss these hot issues as part of our weekly roundup of FinTech Insider News. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep208 – Sir Mark Walport
Feb09

Ep208 – Sir Mark Walport

Check out the latest Podcast from our friends at 11FS and Fintech Insider: Sir Mark Walport (@uksciencechief), UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, says his job is to advise the government on policy for all aspects of science, engineering, technology, and social science. In a delightful interview with 11:FS Co-Founder Simon Taylor, he discusses artificial intelligence, ethics and...

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Ep207 – PFM: Don’t Call it a Comeback
Feb03

Ep207 – PFM: Don’t Call it a Comeback

Check out the latest Podcast from our friends at 11FS and Fintech Insider: Is PFM dead? Invisible? Or has Personal Financial Management evolved from data-driven piecharts to something more useful?     Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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