Mutual distributed ledger: at the speed of need


Professor Michael Mainelli, executive chairman of Z/Yen Group, and Vinay Gupta, founder of venture capital firm, discuss mutual distributed ledger economics.

How emerging banks are changing the banking experience


Consumers and businesses alike will often consider a company’s reputation before entering an agreement with them. After all, why would anyone choose an organisation which has history of letting its customers down, over another with a spotless track record? It’s unsurprising then that once the reputation of traditional banks in the UK was tarnished by […]

Defining fintech as an opportunity, not as a threat

threats and opportunities

“Silicon Valley is coming,” warned Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s boss, in a recent letter to shareholders. It’s a sentiment echoed across much of the banking world at the moment. The idea that fintech is a threat to the financial services sector is bubbling – a 2015 PwC survey found 83% of financial services professionals were […]

Axis Bank first in India to launch innovation lab, Thought Factory


India’s third largest private sector bank, Axis Bank, has launched a new innovation lab, becoming the first domestic bank to do so in India. Dubbed “Thought Factory”, the lab is aimed at accelerating the development of innovative technology solutions for the banking sector and is expected to work closely with the start-up community. Thought Factory […]

Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard looking for fintech start-ups for Commerce.Innovated accelerator

Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard looking for fintech start-ups for Commerce.Innovated accelerator

US-based Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and MasterCard are calling on US start-ups to apply for their Commerce.Innovated accelerator programme. The application process closes on 10th July, and the programme will run September to December. Commerce.Innovated is a four-month, bi-annual virtual accelerator, and this will be the fifth time it is held. Its organisers say it […]

uTrade unveils blockchain tech solution, GMEX the first taker


India-based uTrade Solutions has launched uClear, a blockchain tech solution for real-time clearing and settlement for financial markets. The first taker is Global Markets Exchange (GMEX) Group. It will integrate uClear next month through its GMEX Technologies subsidiary and with the support of its development partner, Forum Trading Solutions. Hirander Misra, CEO of GMEX Group […]

Standard Chartered explores blockchain viability

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered has compiled a report questioning whether blockchain could disrupt the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Target2Securities (T2S) project. T2S aims to standardise European cross-border trade settlement by integrating securities and cash accounts onto a single IT platform. Not only blockchain could play a material role in this project, some analysts suggest, but it could […]

Mambu launches fintech start-up programme


Banking software vendor Mambu has joined forces with a number of accelerators and incubators to launch a new fintech start-up programme. Partners comprise Startupbootcamp FinTech, 500 Startups, Ynext Incubator by Envestnet/Yodlee, Techstars and Citi Accelerator – and those start-ups that are part of these accelerators and incubators are invited to participate in Mambu’s new venture and […]

The regulatory fintech sandboxes: are they really useful?


This truly has been the time of regulators announcing fintech sandboxes – what better thing to write about on my first fintech column here, than the ways regulators and fintechs can work together! There were three announcements in the past couple of weeks around regulatory sandboxes – the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) announced […]

UniCredit and Open Bank Project launch fintech start-up competition

It's competition time! UniCredit and Open Bank Project are looking for innovative fintech start-ups

UniCredit and Open Bank Project, an open source API and app store for banks, invite fintech developers and start-ups to take part in its Appathon competition. The 2016 Appathon is driven by the Open Bank Project API, developed by the Berlin-based Tesobe Ltd/Open Bank Project. Ten companies will be selected to demo their products in […]