Wanted: US-based bank for crypto-friendly fun

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It wasn’t spotted on Craigslist but here’s an unusual request. If you are the owner of a small or medium-sized bank in the US and are ready to sell it completely (or partially) – you have a buyer! Vladislav (aka Slava) Solodkiy, managing partner at venture capital (VC) firm Life.Sreda, is being refreshingly direct and […]

PoC-ketful of fintech pinnacles for Kickstart Accelerator

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Fintech is running like clockwork in Switzerland as over 30 proof of concepts (PoCs) and partnerships have been secured at Zurich-based Kickstart Accelerator’s tech programme. The accelerator – an initiative of digitalswitzerland and operated by Impact Hub Zurich – saw 29 start-ups as well as an intrapreneur team from AXA Winterthur and Swisscom working in […]

Top fintech stories this week – 17 November 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place!

All aboard the Amex blockchain payments express

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American Express has launched blockchain-enabled, business-to-business cross-border payments with Santander using Ripple’s network. The Amex FX International Payments (FXIP) business is working with Ripple to make blockchain payments commercially available, “reducing the time and cost of settlement”. Santander UK is the selected partner to initiate this new transaction channel. Marc Gordon, EVP and CIO at […]

Airtel Payments Bank live with new core banking system


Airtel Payments Bank, a start-up subsidiary of Indian telco Airtel, has gone live with its core banking system. This is understood to be Infosys’ Finacle.

Microsoft doubles down on open source and analytics for developers


Microsoft’s embrace of open source software is about to get a lot bigger as the company is rolling out several new tools and services designed to help developers create applications designed for the cloud, as well as highly specialised apps for artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT), reports Enterprise Cloud News (Banking […]

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 16 November 2017

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Coming straight after yesterday’s (15 November) action, here’s our latest blockchain and Bitcoin round-up. Features Mastercard in a patent place, ING Bank opening up, and another warning from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. Let’s start with yet another patent. Mastercard has jumped on the blockchain payments bandwagon by filing “Method and System for Instantaneous Payment […]

Rainmaking Colab kicks up a storm for fintech innovation


Rainmaking Colab is looking to make its new model of innovation reign via a theme-based fintech programme that taps into mature markets. Created by the founders of Rainmaking and Startupbootcamp FinTech, they say “mature fintech markets like New York and London are starting to experience ‘accelerator fatigue’ and require a new way of thinking to […]

Brief: Digitizing the Bank

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Read this brief to get best practices and expert advice from SEFCU, one of the 50 largest credit unions in the U.S, on how they went from their first electronic signature to fully digital workflows using DocuSign.

Core banking: true digital banking requires innovation on all layers

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By adopting a layered model that moves the focus from presentation to orchestration, banks can deliver an omni-access digital service that truly works for customers, says Peter-Jan Van de Venn, CCO of Dutch digital core banking platform provider Five Degrees.