How to be a good data custodian
Aug14

How to be a good data custodian

As mathematician Clive Humby famously put it, “Data is the new oil”. Across all areas of UK business, developments in technology are creating opportunities for cybercriminals, and the financial services sector offers a particularly lucrative target. All firms have an ethical responsibility to protect customers’ data. Regardless of their current position, taking steps to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security and using...

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Richard Dratva, on Fintech
Aug14

Richard Dratva, on Fintech

We speak with Richard Dratva, CREALOGIX Group about regarding themselves as Fintech.

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Birte Quitt, on GEORGE
Aug14

Birte Quitt, on GEORGE

We speak with Birte Quitt from Erste Group on GEORGE.

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A machine learning balancing act: Payments, customer experience, fraud detection
Aug14

A machine learning balancing act: Payments, customer experience, fraud detection

By Manuel Rodriguez, Fraud Solutions Manager at SAS The range of potential payment services has expanded rapidly over the last few years. Increasingly, we all want the flexibility of being able to pay with new payment methods, from contactless through to Apple Pay, mobile wallets and beyond. Digital natives, such as millennials, don’t just want this – they expect it. For banks, however, this demand for flexibility is a headache. Banks...

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Grasshopper Bank Appoints Jeremy Shure as Global Head of Early-Stage Practice
Aug14

Grasshopper Bank Appoints Jeremy Shure as Global Head of Early-Stage Practice

Grasshopper Bank, the new commercial venture bank built for innovation economy companies and the venture capital firms that fund them, has appointed Jeremy Shure as its Global Head of Early Stage Practice. In this role, Jeremy will lead the bank’s work with early-stage founders and their companies, as well as its engagement with constituents across the innovation economy. In addition, he will help to define and execute on the...

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Melissa Debuts Mobile KYC App and Business Portal  to Simplify Identity Verification
Aug14

Melissa Debuts Mobile KYC App and Business Portal to Simplify Identity Verification

Melissa a leading provider of global name, address, email, phone, and identity verification solutions to improve user experience and KYC (Know Your Customer) compliance, today announced the launch of Melissa KYC, a unified compliance toolset enabling businesses to verify the identity of their customers easily, securely, and conveniently. This end-to-end identity verification solution includes ID card and document authentication,...

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Brett King, Moven on Open Banking
Aug14

Brett King, Moven on Open Banking

We speak with Brett King, Moven about the background of the company, Open Banking and telecoms!

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NEXT Biometrics Signs Agreement with Leading Access Control Solution Provider
Aug14

NEXT Biometrics Signs Agreement with Leading Access Control Solution Provider

NEXT Biometrics (Oslo Bors: NEXT), a global leader in fingerprint sensor technology, announces that it has signed an agreement with one of the leading access control solution providers worldwide. As part of the agreement, the Partner will incorporate NEXT Biometrics` new One Touch ID 2010 ultra-slim FAP20 fingerprint sensor module into a range of its access control readers, such as time and attendance and physical access control...

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Logistics partner on board: the Marco Polo Network and Logwin have executed a real-time pilot transaction for the first time
Aug14

Logistics partner on board: the Marco Polo Network and Logwin have executed a real-time pilot transaction for the first time

LBBW and Commerzbank have once again executed a trade transaction between Voith and KSB SE, via the Marco Polo trade finance network, built on R3’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform, Corda. This time, besides the two companies involved, logistics provider Logwin AG was incorporated into the digital process chain – directly, and in real time. This represents a milestone in the expansion of the digital trade finance...

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HMRC’s action on Bitcoin shows cryptocurrencies are the future of money
Aug14

HMRC’s action on Bitcoin shows cryptocurrencies are the future of money

HMRC’s bid to claw back taxes on cryptocurrencies demonstrates the digital assets are the future of money, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations. Nigel Green, chief executive of deVere Group, which launched the cryptocurrency app deVere Crypto in early 2018, is speaking out after it is revealed that HM Revenue & Customs is asking cryptocurrency exchanges to reveal customers’...

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Jo Howes, CREALOGIX Group on the background of the company
Aug14

Jo Howes, CREALOGIX Group on the background of the company

We speak with Jo Howes, CREALOGIX Group about the background of the company.  

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Former Coinbase CTO, Balaji Srinivasan, and Head of Stanford Cryptography, Prof. Dan Boneh, Join Findora as Strategic Advisors
Aug14

Former Coinbase CTO, Balaji Srinivasan, and Head of Stanford Cryptography, Prof. Dan Boneh, Join Findora as Strategic Advisors

Findora, the cryptographically transparent public blockchain for building decentralized financial applications, has announced two new strategic advisors; Balaji Srinivasan, former CTO of Coinbase, and Professor Dan Boneh, Head of Stanford Cryptography. Prior to joining Coinbase, Srinivasan was General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder of Earn.com, Counsyl, Teleport and Coin Center. As co-founder and CTO of Counsyl,...

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Delay to ‘strong customer authentication’ regulation “should really serve as a wakeup call”
Aug14

Delay to ‘strong customer authentication’ regulation “should really serve as a wakeup call”

Michal Kissos Hertzog, CEO, from digital bank Pepper said: “With the delay of the ‘strong customer authentication’ regulation, many in the online payments and ecommerce sectors in the UK may be breathing a huge sigh of relief today.” “Yet there must be a realisation that online payments are changing all the time, and due to this, the value proposition and user experience must evolve constantly too, especially around ensuring it is...

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Sterling Trading Tech Launches New Market Data Entitlement System
Aug14

Sterling Trading Tech Launches New Market Data Entitlement System

Sterling Trading Tech (STT) an innovative leader of professional trading technology solutions announced their new market data entitlement system, The Sterling Entitlement Manager (SEM). This custom-built system enables Sterling and its clients to follow all compliance regulations when onboarding both professional and nonprofessional subscribers through a fully automated verification process. The subscribers market data is then...

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Barclays research reveals more than half of UK SMEs wake up in the night with new business ideas
Aug14

Barclays research reveals more than half of UK SMEs wake up in the night with new business ideas

Barclays research reveals more than half of UK SMEs say they wake up in the night with new business ideas More than two fifths (41 per cent) see themselves as more productive outside of the traditional 9-5 Over a quarter of those who have woken up in the night say between 2-3am is the best time for inspiration  New research released by Barclays has revealed that over half of the UK’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have woken up...

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Mambu Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Accelerating Customers’ Time-to-market with its Cloud-based Core Banking Platform
Aug14

Mambu Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Accelerating Customers’ Time-to-market with its Cloud-based Core Banking Platform

Based on its recent analysis of the global banking platform market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Mambu with the 2019 Global Customer Value Leadership Award for enhancing client capabilities through its banking platform. The platform supports banks through their changing requirements with a mix of relevant products and services that are aligned to market demand. The platform has now evolved to include new use cases and customers...

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Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) announces the awards of Capability and Innovation Fund Pool C
Aug14

Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) announces the awards of Capability and Innovation Fund Pool C

The Board of Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) today announces the results of the Capability and Innovation Fund Pool C grant process. The Capability and Innovation Fund Pool C is designed to facilitate the expansion of business offerings to include lending or payments services to SMEs in the United Kingdom or international payments services to SMEs in the United Kingdom. Four £10m grants are awarded to the following...

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The Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group Welcomes Largest Investment Bank in Latin America to its Organising Committee
Aug14

The Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group Welcomes Largest Investment Bank in Latin America to its Organising Committee

The Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group, which brings together major post-trade industry participants and regulators to drive the transformation of distributed ledger technologies within the post-trade landscape, welcomes BTG Pactual the Brazil based investment bank to its organising committee. Under the aegis of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the PTDL Group serves as the rallying point for 40+ prominent...

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New funding to support ownership and growth
Aug14

New funding to support ownership and growth

Alternative SME credit specialist Caple has helped Ornate Gardens, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-end garden pods, get a £1.75m unsecured loan. Ornate Gardens will use the loan to support its next phase of growth. The finance will enable sales director Richard Hill and operations director Mike Hales to invest in the business and join managing director Wayne Farmer as shareholders. SMEs such as Ornate Gardens often have...

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The price of progress: Small and independent online retailers look to overcome barriers to realise innovation ambitions
Aug14

The price of progress: Small and independent online retailers look to overcome barriers to realise innovation ambitions

New research launched today by global payments provider Klarna reveals that online SME retailers in the UK might be small in size, but are increasingly open to new technologies and innovation to help drive growth over the next year. The research — conducted across 100 UK SME decision makers at online retailers in 2019 — shows the UK’s SMEs understand the need to embrace flexibility and innovation. Over the next 12 months they plan to...

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Open Banking Expo returns to shape the future of Open Banking
Aug14

Open Banking Expo returns to shape the future of Open Banking

Open Banking Expo will bring together the innovators, disruptors and visionaries who will shape the future of Open Banking. Leaders and experts from financial services, fintech and regulation will reveal  lessons learned from year one and what Open Banking 2.0 looks like. This year’s event is again headlined by the developer of the first-to-market Open Banking API, OpenWrks, and will be held on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at etc....

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Paul Marsden is Business Development Director at Teachers Building Society
Aug14

Paul Marsden is Business Development Director at Teachers Building Society

Paul Marsden has been appointed as Business Development Director at Teachers Building Society. Following two years as Interim Finance Director at Teachers Building Society and the permanent appointment of Rajesh Patel as Finance Director, Paul will be taking responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation’s business development within the intermediary space. Paul’s experience includes nine years as Chief Executive at...

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Cypherium Collaborates with Google Cloud Platform to Provide Enterprise Grade Blockchain Solutions
Aug14

Cypherium Collaborates with Google Cloud Platform to Provide Enterprise Grade Blockchain Solutions

Cypherium, the enterprise-focused blockchain platform that prioritizes scalability and decentralization, has announced a new collaboration with Google Cloud to offer robust blockchain solutions to Google Cloud customers. Joining an elite group of companies worldwide as an official Google Cloud technology partner, Cypherium will provide corporate clients who require an enterprise blockchain solution with frontier speed, high...

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Drawbridge Partners Introduces DrawbridgeConnect Platform
Aug14

Drawbridge Partners Introduces DrawbridgeConnect Platform

Drawbridge Partners, a premier cybersecurity services firm specializing in the needs of hedge fund and private equity managers, today announced the launch ofDrawbridgeConnect™, an automated management platform which allows firms the ability to manage all aspects of their cybersecurity program. Complementing Drawbridge Partners’ current services offering, the platform allows firms to ensure regulatory compliance and satisfy investor...

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Heycar – New Online Marketplace For Used Cars – Launches In UK Backed By Volkswagen And Daimler
Aug14

Heycar – New Online Marketplace For Used Cars – Launches In UK Backed By Volkswagen And Daimler

A new online marketplace for used cars launches in the UK today. heycar.co.uk is on a mission to bring greater trust and transparency to one of the UK economy’s largest retail sectors. The brand will do this by creating a superior user experience for consumers and dealers, launching with an inventory of over 100,000 listed vehicles from nearly 50 brands across 1,400 dealerships. heycar has a strong focus on offering quality used cars...

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AI and FinTech emerge as key focus areas for Blockchain start-ups, with data ownership not far behind
Aug14

AI and FinTech emerge as key focus areas for Blockchain start-ups, with data ownership not far behind

A new study of blockchain investments by Outlier Ventures in early-stage rounds reveals that $23.7 billion has been raised since 2013 with the focus moving from pure cryptocurrency to new applications. Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures today published it’s latest Investments in Blockchain report¹, which provides an overview into blockchain investment and market trends worldwide since 2013. The report...

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Finicity to Power Digital Solutions for Employer Student Loan Contributions
Aug14

Finicity to Power Digital Solutions for Employer Student Loan Contributions

Finicity, a leading provider of real-time financial data access and insights, announced today the rollout of its Student Loan Account Verification product, which will simplify employer benefit repayment programs, where employers are looking to contribute to or help repay employee’s student loans. More companies are expanding their benefits programs to include student loan repayment plans. Through the new solution, repayment platforms...

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Blox Survey Indicates Few Crypto Investors Accurately Disclose Assets to Tax Authorities
Aug14

Blox Survey Indicates Few Crypto Investors Accurately Disclose Assets to Tax Authorities

Blox.io, an industry-leading platform for crypto accounting, management and tracking, has released new research on the challenges faced by crypto holders and CPAs when accurately reporting to regulators. The report, titled “The Crypto CPA Insights Report,” is one of the first in-depth looks at the nascent crypto accounting industry, compiling insights from CPAs on the current hurdles that both individuals and businesses face when...

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Craig Ramsey, on Indian market
Aug13

Craig Ramsey, on Indian market

We speak with Craig Ramsey from ACI Worldwide about the Indian market.

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Richard Dratva, CREALOGIX Group on the background of the company
Aug13

Richard Dratva, CREALOGIX Group on the background of the company

We speak with Richard Dratva, CREALOGIX Group about the background of the company.

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Fintech Finance Presents: The Fintech Show 2.08 – Open for Business!
Aug13

Fintech Finance Presents: The Fintech Show 2.08 – Open for Business!

In this episode of The Fintech Show we take a look at how PSD2 is fueling a change in behavior from the banks. Fiona McFarlane catches ups with Franziska Zangl and Oliver Dlugosch from NDIGIT about how to handle some of these complexities and how to define a strategy for this. Oliver Guillaumond from ING talks to us about how; regulation aside; you need to look at more of a country by country approach of how best to deal with this...

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Sam Welch Joins TransUnion’s UK Executive Team as Director of Strategy and Planning
Aug13

Sam Welch Joins TransUnion’s UK Executive Team as Director of Strategy and Planning

TransUnion has appointed Sam Welch to its UK executive team, as he joins the business as part of its global strategy and planning function. Taking up his role as strategy and planning director for TransUnion in the UK, Sam will be responsible for driving its growth agenda, aligned to client needs and market trends. Sam joins from Experian, where he spent nearly four years in a similar position across both the UK and EMEA, and played...

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EstateGuru conquers Europe
Aug13

EstateGuru conquers Europe

EstateGuru’s ambition is to claim €3-5 billion out of Europe’s total alternative real estate financing market during the next five years. Approximately 70% of SMEs lack access to credit and have identified this lack of access to finance as a major constraint to their growth (The World Bank, 2019). According to several projections, 12% of all loans are set to be financed by alternative providers, including crowdfunding...

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MYHSM Partners with Prime Factors to Deliver World’s First Thales Payshield 10K in the Cloud
Aug13

MYHSM Partners with Prime Factors to Deliver World’s First Thales Payshield 10K in the Cloud

The global provider of Payment Hardware Security Modules (PHSM) as-a-Service, MYHSM Ltd, has partnered with US data security specialists, Prime Factors, to deliver the world’s first secure cloud-based payment solution using Thales payShield 10k. Under the agreement, Prime Factors’ Bank Card Security System (BCSS) will expedite customers’ payment application, development, and integration with MYHSM’s PHSMaaS and hosted HSM services....

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5th New Age Banking Summit 2019
Aug13

5th New Age Banking Summit 2019

Banks have reached a tipping point where they need to shift from an inside-out perspective, to an outside-in approach, where there is an emphasis on serving customer needs in a holistic manner.  There is a need to reimaging banking business models and engender a new way of doing banking across transactions, payments, savings, borrowings and investments by leveraging technology to improve productivity as well as customer orientation...

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Benchmarking credit risks key to understanding and addressing variability, highlights Global Credit Data’s IFRS 9 Report
Aug13

Benchmarking credit risks key to understanding and addressing variability, highlights Global Credit Data’s IFRS 9 Report

Global Credit Data’s second IFRS 9 benchmarking report confirms banks’ expected credit loss estimates vary by at least factor 4  Global Credit Data, a not-for-profit data-collection initiative jointly owned by more than 50 leading global banks, has today released its second IFRS 9 benchmarking report, with the results highlighting a need for a greater number of banks to participate in the benchmarking process.  IFRS 9 requires banks...

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imbrex Marks One Year Anniversary With More Than 35,000 Nationwide Real Estate Listings and 5,000 Active Users
Aug13

imbrex Marks One Year Anniversary With More Than 35,000 Nationwide Real Estate Listings and 5,000 Active Users

In its first calendar year, imbrex (https://imbrex.io) has broken into and positively disrupted the real estate marketplace, while redefining core concepts for brokerages, residential and commercial agents, and consumers alike. Founded by real estate veteran and tech entrepreneur Stephen King, imbrex introduced first-of-its-kind solutions to simplify listing, buying, and selling real estate. imbrex leverages the Ethereum blockchain,...

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Female entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab London as applications for 2020 open
Aug13

Female entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab London as applications for 2020 open

Today Accenture opens up applications for its eighth Fintech Innovation Lab London. In addition to the Lab’s overall goal of helping fintechs from all areas and backgrounds to excel, this year Accenture is also aiming to improve the number of female founders taking part in an effort to narrow the gender gap in fintech. Accenture research analysis showed that female-founded companies received less than 3.5% of all UK venture capital...

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Sunita Mehta and Sam Permutt, Esq., Stern Bank
Aug13

Sunita Mehta and Sam Permutt, Esq., Stern Bank

Digitizing Onions – Trade Finance Steps (Tepidly) into 21st Century  Woe be the Bangladeshi onion trader, who epitomizes the cascading financing difficulties that have befallen frontier market SMEs exporters and importers. International banks, hit by increasing compliance requirements (and costs), have pulled back trade financing options for traders in emerging markets, opting to shed relationships (like RMAs) and focus efforts...

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Online Banking Executive Google starts at N26
Aug13

Online Banking Executive Google starts at N26

Today’s mobile banking makes N26 announces that Thomas Grosse by October 2019 to get started as Chief Banking Officer. This new feature N26 makes another step towards realizing their ambition to be the first global, all-digital and retail. As Chief Banking Officer Thomas is responsible for supervising the establishment of regulated N26 banks and bank partnerships in the N26 group. This bank will in all markets guarantees the...

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Maven invests £2 million in high-growth FinTech provider Delio
Aug13

Maven invests £2 million in high-growth FinTech provider Delio

Funding will support the business scale its international sales team across key global financial locations in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has invested £2 million in high-growth FinTech provider Delio Limited (“Delio”). The funding will support the business scale its international sales team across key global financial locations in...

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Smarterly launches second round of crowdfunding following initial success
Aug13

Smarterly launches second round of crowdfunding following initial success

Smarterly is raising funds through crowdfunding to support its continued growth It’s the online savings and investment platform’s second round of funding through Seedrs following a successful crowdfunding campaign in October 2018 Funding will be raised on a valuation of £16.7M Smarterly, the robo-investing platform for the workplace, is crowdfunding for the second time in less than a year following the success of their first campaign...

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Metro Bank Comes to Solihull and Merry Hill
Aug13

Metro Bank Comes to Solihull and Merry Hill

New seven-day-a-week stores to open in both Solihull and Merry Hill shopping centre on Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 2019 Creates 50 new jobs in the West Midlands and Black Country regions More than 5,000 safe deposit boxes available Metro Bank, the revolution in British banking, is set to open its 69th and 70th stores on Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September in Solihull and Merry Hill – hot on the heels of the launch of its...

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Olga Feldmeier, on the future of the blockchain
Aug13

Olga Feldmeier, on the future of the blockchain

We speak with Olga Feldmeier, CEO at SMART VALOR about where do they see the future of the blockchain.

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Olga Feldmeier, on partnering
Aug13

Olga Feldmeier, on partnering

We speak with Olga Feldmeier, CEO at SMART VALOR about partnering.

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Akon to speak at Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit
Aug13

Akon to speak at Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit

Malta A.I. & Blockchain summit are proud to announce that Akon, hip-hop superstar and one of  Africa’s most renowned philanthropists, has accepted a speaker slot at the crypto and blockchain focussed show in November.   He will be speaking about his Akoin token and how he hopes the blockchain-based cryptocurrency can empower young entrepreneurs in Africa to strengthen the continent’s rising economies and support the development of...

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Hartford InsurTech Hub Startup Completes Seed Funding Round
Aug13

Hartford InsurTech Hub Startup Completes Seed Funding Round

handdii – a tech platform connecting insurance companies direct to contractors to repair property claims has secured $1.5 million in seed funding.  The round was led by Scale Investors, an Australian Angel network focused on high growth women-led tech companies. Scale were joined by Greenlight Re Innovations, part of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLRE) – a specialist property and casualty reinsurance company headquartered in...

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Relex Development Commits to Agreement with Belarus Currency and Stock Exchange
Aug13

Relex Development Commits to Agreement with Belarus Currency and Stock Exchange

Relex Development (Relex Real Estate JSC), a regional center for digital transformation, announced today that it will sign an agreement with the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange. The agreement will expand the exchange by creating a digital and conventional exchange using FinTech and InvestTech Relex initiatives. This historical systemic digital transformation event is designed to link modern digital techniques, initiatives, and...

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BlueSnap enhances customers’ frictionless chargeback management through partnership with Chargebacks911
Aug12

BlueSnap enhances customers’ frictionless chargeback management through partnership with Chargebacks911

BlueSnap, an online payments technology company, today announced a partnership with Chargebacks911, a technology platform provider for loss prevention and dispute management, to offer comprehensive dispute management tools to users of BlueSnap’s payment processing solutions. With built-in capabilities powered by Chargebacks911, BlueSnap customers now have the ability to access advanced mitigation services – as well as industry-leading...

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Create insurance products your customers love: Mass Mutual, QBE, Clearcover and Neos share strategies and insights for engagement success
Aug12

Create insurance products your customers love: Mass Mutual, QBE, Clearcover and Neos share strategies and insights for engagement success

The recent move from product-centric policy to customer-centric service is a real shift for the insurance industry with more and more carriers looking to become a partner for their customer rather than just a claims centre. With such a change in mindset there is now a sharpened focus on innovative technologies, improved services and meeting customer expectations for insurance products. Now, insurance carriers are moving beyond...

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