Banking Technology September 2017

Banking Technology September 2017

Welcome to fintech central! Good service operating on all lines.

The latest edition of our flagship magazine – Banking Technology – is out now, packed with news, analysis and insights, case studies, research and expert commentary.

A note from our editor, Tanya Andreasyan:

Are the celebrities jumping on the fintech bandwagon? There seems to be a growing trend of celebrity endorsement in the fintech world.

Tennis star Andy Murray has recently become one of 40,000 customers who committed to invest over £17 million ($22.3 million) in UK-based fintech/paytech company Revolut.

Murray is already a Seedrs stalwart investor – and the story made a splash in the press and on social media, undoubtedly giving a boost to Revolut’s profile. It is understood that Murray’s involvement in the company is limited to his participation in the crowdfunding campaign.

Hollywood movie star Gwyneth Paltrow has joined Abra, a Bitcoin-based digital wallet app, as an advisor. In an episode of American reality show “Planet of the Apps”, Abra CEO Bill Barhydt found himself in a happy place as all four entrepreneur advisors wanted to help his app. (The other three were Gary Vaynerchuk, Jessica Alba and

“She has been a huge value add,” Barhydt says about Paltrow. “She’s opened up her network to us, given us valuable business advice, her insights on running a consumer business with hundreds of thousands of paying customers.”

Perhaps she’d like to write an article about blockchain for Banking Technology? We’ll ask her agent.

And then there is, of course, musician and producer, who is an investor in a UK-based challenger bank, Atom. is now its “strategic advisor” and board member. Atom says he will provide it “with an external perspective on culture, philanthropy and technology”. Oh, and a £4 million investment.

The list goes on – Jay Z, Ashton Kutcher, Kobe Bryant, Lupe Fiasco, Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Bieber are among the celebs investing in the technology world.

Is it a fad? The latest must-have for celebs, like a designer handbag, an exotic pet, a crazy diet or a child with an off-the-wall name? Something to brag about at a cocktail party? Either way, the recipients don’t seem to be complaining – money and a famous name/face always help!

The September 2017 edition of Banking Technology features:

Payments commentary
Trials and tribulations of correspondent banking.

PSD2 meets ISO 20022.

Point of view: artificial intelligence
A ten-question test to make clear what AI is really about.

Spotlight: commercial banking
Time to recognise the fintech opportunities!

Interview: Aleksey Chubar, VTB
Leading a fintech revolution in Russia.

Open letter
Offering actual solutions to end screen scraping debate.

Food for thought
Physical containers – reused in novel ways. Does that include nextgen branch offices?

Spotlight: corporate banking
Work smarter, not harder. On user self-onboarding.

Beer brings fintech cheer.

And not to forget the Regulars of course:

Appointments – the movers and the shakers.
Industry events – mark your calendars!
Out of office – curiosities, frustrations and mishaps of the fintech world.

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