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  • @fintechna 1:54 pm on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Fintech Events — The big list of 2017 

    Here you get an updating list of major from January to December 2017! Have a nice fintech year!

    Fintech Ideas Festival (January 9–10)

    The FinTech Ideas Festival will envision long-term, big ideas in areas such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data, tomorrow’s workforce, financial inclusion, biometrics, cybersecurity and others that will impact the way consumers interact with their finances. The FinTech Ideas Festival is an invite-only conference. USA, San Francisco

    Fintech O2O International Fintech Pitch Evening (January 16)

    Companies and government entities from around the world such as Canada, US, Hong Kong, Russia, Finland, Singapore, and the UAE, will have the chance to showcase their best and most innovative new financial and banking technologies. Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

    Next Money Fintech Finals 2017 (January 18–19)

    1000 people will gather at PMQ in Hong Kong, with the world’s best speakers assembled to cover fintech design, innovation & entrepreneurship, and see the top 24 startups globally pitch for prizes and cash. Hong Kong

    Blockchain Week — Hackathon (January 20–22)

    Making Work for Municipalities & Citizens & Making Internal Remittances Immutable & Trackable. UK, London.

    Blockchain Week — Conference (January 23–24)

    The first day will lean slightly towards Public Blockchain, while the second day will focus more on Blockchain/DLT in hybrid and public ledgers. UK, London.

    Blockchain Week — Workshop (January 25–26)

    Workshops on topics including, Smart Contracts, Ethereum and BigchainDB. UK, London.

    Paris Fintech Forum (January 25–26)

    The Paris Fintech Forum is the international Fintech event in France. 2,000 participants will listen to 200 CEOs and c-levels from , insurance, telco, regulators and fintech. It will take place under the high patronage ofFrench ministry of Finance, Economy, Industry and digital affairs. Paris, France. Official website: http://www.parisfintechforum.com/

    Finovate Europe (February 7–8)

    Cutting-edge banking and financial in a unique, short-form, demo-only format. UK, London

    London Fintech Conference 2017 (February 8)

    This is a european student-led conference in Imperial College London with the brightest ideas and thoughts of industry pioneers on the financial world. UK, London.

    The Blockchain Africa Conference 2017 (March 1–3)

    The Blockchain Africa Conference 2017 will bring together a diverse range of experts who will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Africa using this technology. South Africa, Jonannesburg

    LendIt USA 2017 (March 6–7)

    LendIt host major events for the global lending community. Its mission is to connect every major player, platform, investor and service provider in the space. USA, New York

    Money 20/20 Asia (March 13–15)

    Payments & Financial Services Innovation Event. Singapore

    European Payment Summit (March 8–9)

    It’s a 2 day program featuring key developments ‘for-by professionals’ in the payments/transaction space combined with a full 2 day program with key sessions on international Security & Fraud. Netherlands, The Hague

    FinDEVR (March 21–22)

    Event for Fintech Developers that will showcase the latest tools, platforms and case studies from the technology side of fintech to hundreds of developers, VPs of engineering, and CTOs. UK, London

    FinTech : Code (March 16–17)

    Defining the Dev in the Financial Industry. UK, London

    Innovate Finance Global Summit (April 10–11)

    Conference for the financial technology industry, a platform that convenes the world’s global institutions together with startups, policy makers and investors to share ideas and solutions to the challenges facing financial services. UK, London

    Blockchain & Bitcoin conference (April 19)

    Conference for IT pros. It is also for businesspersons and end users. Russia, Moscow

    Finovate Spring (April 26–27)

    Cutting-edge banking and financial technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format. USA, San Jose

    Harnessing Fintech Innovation in Retail Banking (June 07–08)

    Defining steps for sustained innovation which keep banks relevant to consumers now and in future. UK, London.

    Future of Fintech (June 26-28)

    This event cover the ongoing pace of disruption and funding in finance and what that means for incumbents, consumers, and the future of financial services more broadly across major trends like AI, blockchain, insurance tech, advising. USA, New York

    FinDEVR (June 12–13)

    Event for Fintech Developers that will showcase the latest tools, platforms and case studies from the technology side of fintech to hundreds of developers, VPs of engineering, and CTOs. UK, London

    Money 20/20 Europe (June 26–28)

    Payments & Financial Services Innovation Event. Denmark,Copenhagen

    LendIt China 2016 — Executive Tour (July 12–19)

    Event to uncover new opportunities in the world’s largest market for Internet finance. China

    LendIt China 2016 — Lang Di Fintech Conference (July 17–18)

    Event to uncover new opportunities in the world’s largest market for Internet finance. China

    Finovate Fall (September 8–9)

    Cutting-edge banking and financial technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format. USA, New York

    Money 20/20 (October 22–25)

    Payments & Financial Services Innovation Event with 11,000+ Attendees from 4,500+ Companies and 85 Countries Including 1,700+ CEOs & Presidents and 400+ Speakers. USA, Las Vegas

    Fintech Evolution (November -)

    This conference has been created to bridge the gap between the start up and corporate worlds. By creating a dual-directional dialogue; FinTech Evolution 2017 will assist in the development of FinTech’s rise to preeminence in the Financial World. Germany, Berlin

    Finovate Asia (November 8–9)

    Cutting-edge banking and financial technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format. Hong Kong

    For a more complete list, send your event to events@fintechna.com .
    Last update on 05 January 2017.


  • @fintechna 12:18 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Four Fintechs Eyeing IPO in 2017 

    The world has been going through a sort of an IPO freeze recently. The headwinds created by certain this year (looking at you, LendingClub) didn’t help much either. Venture capital funding continued to fall in the third quarter, according to data from KPMG Enterprise and CB Insights. Global financingRead More
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  • @fintechna 12:18 am on December 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Reasons Small Business Owners Need to Follow Fintech in 2017 [SPONSORED] 

    , the marriage of finance and , has been part of the business world for decades. In recent years, the explosion of innovation has brought even more attention to this sector. As a business owner, you should keep tabs on the fintech industry. Here&;s a few why it&8217;sRead More
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  • @fintechna 3:35 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The Fintech Trends for 2017: SME Banking and More 

    • In demand are services for the, until now, neglected medium-size companies
    • The exchange between established and startups will increase
    • It will become difficult for “lean startups” to assert themselves against the competition

    With the end of the year approaching, the amount of predictions for is steadily increasing. How will the industry develop and what will be the next big thing? Although A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), , RegTech are buzzwords everyone is talking about, one can foresee the next more realistically by looking at the current developments. Exactly they will determine the course for the next year. Three areas are of special interest

    More SME : Many Fintechs focused in 2016 solely on two customer groups: either the biggest banks or the private end customers. Many SMEs, however, had respectable profits. The issue is that digital financial products from payment providers and company credits to goods financing are missing.

    These companies are too big for peer-to-peer lending and a traditional banking credit is costly and lengthy. More and more Fintechs are detecting the needs of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and are beginning to offer them solutions. The startup Valendo f.e., originally intended as digital pawn shop, is now offering an additional service of merchandise financing for online-retailers &; an intelligent step for both the merchants and the company. Another example is the Fintech iwoca from the UK that offers tailormade loans for SME businesses (in the UK 20% of all SME loans are mediated by online-suppliers). In 2017, we will see a significant expansion of these services for SMEs through innovative Fintechs.

    More B2B-solutions:  In 2016, Fintechs grew up. In 2015, it was still difficult for Fintechs to find any open door within a bank. Today, more and more financial institutions are cooperating with Fintech companies that are faster and more efficient than the company-owned IT-departments. There is hardly any bank that has no digital lab to emulate fintechs. The consequence: The Fintech companies are continually improving their business models to meet the higher requirements. One example is the Berlin-based Fintech company FinReach: With its fully-digital account switching kit, it has already more than 100 German bank customers and is now starting its internationalization.

    The big number of partner banks is a clear vote of confidence. This kind of trust is necessary if one wants to be successful in the B2B-industry. Not only that, but the industry requires professional employees. Ex-bankers with longstanding experience in the financial industry, including former board members, are now working for established Fintechs. The cool students may be the ones that invent a new pocketmoney app, but successful Fintechs have grown up. This growth will continue with even more strength in 2017, especially through the demands of complex B2B models.

    More complex business models:  Not only employees have become more professional, but also the setting of Fintechs itself. While the first ones started as hyped business models without a real business case, dependent on user’s goodwill, nowadays no Fintech starts without having applied for the necessary licenses from authorities and conducting extensive tests before launching. Instead of a “lean startup”, it is now from zero to a hundred. solarisBank, a tech platform with a full banking license, got its banking license before launching &8211; in the record time of only 9 months from the German Bafin.

    Elinvar on the other hand has a B2B2C approach and offers private asset managers all the necessary modules to manage their portfolio digitally. With the help of an algorithm that can be fed with individual data, the asset manager is able to take care of a customer’s portfolio faster and in a more efficient way. B2B2C is not easy, because it requires on one hand the supplier&;s trust and on the other hand must be well received by consumers. Moreover, it requires a thorough preparation of the product. 2017 will surprise us with more complex and high-quality Fintech models.

    At least one thing was demonstrated in 2016: Fintech was and is not only a hype, but a development that needs to be taken seriously and drives the digitization and transformation of the entire financial industry. With new customer groups and new business models, 2017 has the chance to make Fintech accessible to even more professional fields. The course is set, now it is all dependent on the right drivers.

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  • @fintechna 12:19 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    11 Ways Fintech and Banking Will Change in 2017 

    It’s almost time to wave goodbye to 2016. This was a big year for , with new regulations, new startups, and new technologies displayed across events like Sibos and Money20/20, making it clear that the progress of fintech can’t really be stopped. But how will it continue? That’s the realRead More
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  • @fintechna 4:54 am on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    2017 Fintech Predictions – the year of macro risks 

    It is this time of again where most of us willingly and willfully make fools out of ourselves trying to predict the future of our industry. The momentous electoral events we have witnessed and those coming up in remind me that, even more so for the next 12 months, will rule and influence the state of financial services and . I will limit myself to comments pertaining to the US and Europe.

    2017 Fintech Predictions - the year of macro risks fintech

    I have already attempted to decipher a Trump presidency in a previous post, see here. Suffice it to say there will be winners and losers in the five sectors of the industry &; lending, capital markets, asset management, payments and insurance. Regtech may be impacted the most if the US experiences a wave of deregulation. Although I still ascribe to a secular and long term trend towards regulatory harmonization, we may see deviations at the margin, especially within sectors that are more domestic than international by the nature of their activity. I would not be surprised if US domestic lending regulation, compliance and enforcement be loosened while European consumer protection remain tight for example. Another area where one may see changes at the margin would be domestic payments. Still, when it comes to such sectors as capital markets, cross border payments, interbanking activities I do not expect much deviation from one jurisdiction to another and certainly no loosening up when it comes to clamping down on illegal activities, fraud. Hence cybersecurity, AML/KYC and reg/compliance thereof should be interested ecosystems with plenty of investment and operational activity. On another regulatory note ,2016 was the year of the FCA with it&;s sandbox. The FCA&8217;s initiative was so popular we ended with more than 8 regulators launching their copycat initiatives. I will make three in the sandbox space for 2017. First, regulatory sandboxes will be renamed &8211; sandbox is just a poor name everybody dislikes. Second, the US and the EU will see their own &;sandbox&; initiatives launched (where in the EU is a mystery) as hybrid collaborative efforts between regulators, technologists and incumbents. Third, there will be more collaboration at the &8220;sandbox&8221; level between regulators. Be that as it may I also expect the FCA to go from strength to strength given its clear leadership and first mover advantage (same for MAS, the Singapore regulator).

    I continue to worry about alt-lending or marketplace lending as rising interest rates will benefit first and while there is some room to increase the cost of lending, in a competitive market with regulatory oversight there is a limit to how high the cost of borrowing can go. On the other hand banks cost of capital will not rise as fast as those of alt-lenders. Therefore the next 12 months will prove delicate for this industry. I expect banks flexing their muscles and acquiring some platforms as well as mergers between alt lenders while the weakest competitors close shop. Whether this pattern will evolve in sync across the US and Europe I do not know. It depends on how US, UK and EU yield curves will behave. I certainly expect this pattern to occur in the US. On the other hand, infrastructure spending, if it is on a massive scale in the US, will have a positive impact on lending and fintech lending actors will benefit. One might even see fintech startups funded on the basis of infrastructure services for example.

    In the retail asset management sector we have witnessed a wave of consolidation in the US, notably with roboadvisors. Most incumbents have placed their bets and the few remaining independent startups have survived, so far. We have yet to see consolidation in Europe. Arguably, there are fewer roboadvisors in Europe than in the US and most are younger so we might not see full consolidation yet. I would not be surprised if a European incumbent or two makes an acquisition though. I remain interested in roboadvisor models, especially those that will make effective use of ETFs, micro investing or micro saving and build a social layer that enables high engagement. I think there is still space for these types of models. Additionally, there is still much to be done to modernize incumbents and to date few fintech startups with a b2b model have emerged in asset management. Some are due to pop up.

    In the payments sector I will go out on a limb and call for the rise of micro payments platforms in 2017, most probably powered by a distributed ledger . Most startups addressing micro payments have failed so far but it is only a matter of time before a startup or an incumbent hits the right note. Given the rise of m2m, p2m transactions with IoT and the continued growth of p2p as well as the explosive growth of other types of activities (esports, different models of media consumption from a la carte to subscription) it is only a matter of time before micro payments make it big. My bet is on both platform plays that provide backbone and infrastructure and front end models. Other than micro payments, I continue to be interested in b2b payments and services to SMEs. We have barely scratched the surface and financial services to SMEs are still antiquated. The prospects of a global trade war will not play well with trade finance and supply chain finance activity though.

    As for the ecosystem, 2016 was a fascinating year. We now have a pretty good picture of the landscape with up to 10 companies being the potential winners. Most of these winning companies have opted to open sourcing their code, collaborating with standards setting bodies, or working as a consortium with many incumbents. Other than a few financing rounds for some of these leaders, I do not expect much investment activity. Indeed I expect many casualties, acquihires or outright failures for the other weaker competitors. 2017 will be a year of consolidation in the DLT space while the winners go about their deployment business quietly. I expect further standardization efforts to bear their fruit &8211; &8220;yesterday and today&8221; in the capital markets arena, &8220;tomorrow&8221; in the insurance space. Finally I expect the start of the patent wars in the space. Most serious contenders have filed patents &8211; incumbents and startups alike &8211; and it is only a matter of time before some try to enforce these patents. Sooner rather than later is my bet.

    In the insurance industry, I expect more of the same, both in terms of level of activity and types of insurtech startups. I also expect emphasis on cyber risk coverage and on climate change given both are top of mind and material risks going forward. Cyber risk coverage is particularly interesting to me, given the rise of IoT and the security risks associated with both hardware and software in the space.

    On a more general level, I expect five themes to pick up steam in 2017. First, all the business models we have seen created and funded in fintech over the past 8 years will be revisited with an AI component &8211; be it machine learning, deep learning or other. This is bound to happen as AI is sweeping the business world. If mobile is eating the world, AI is the chef that is orchestrating the menu. Whether in lending, asset management or any other sector, I expect to see much activity in this domain and this includes new fintech startups getting funding, especially in b2b. An inevitable trend towards the cognitive financial services firm. Second, the convergence of software robotics, AI and automation will be applied at scale in what is called robotics process automation for banks and insurance companies alike. This is a pure b2b play for sure and I expect this sector to be a fertile ground investment wise. Third, platforms and ecosystems will continue to take shape as various banks further build their API strategies, their marketplace strategies, or even their bank as a service strategies. Whereas 2016 was the year industry thought leaders spoke about platforms, 2017 will be the creative phase for these types of business models. Some startups are already picking up funding. Expect more over the coming 12 months. One should note that platform business models require standards and interoperability. As such, I expect the beginning of standardization and open source in the field of bank as a platform or bank as a service, in a similar vein to the movement we have seen in the DLT/blockchain space. Fourth, the messaging platforms wars will be in full swing as Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft vie for dominance and expand their respective ecosystems. I expect more financial services incumbents to jump on the bandwagon and more startups to build their own apps. The lure of reaching millions of users &8211; customers and potential customers &8211; is strong. To me AI powered chatbots fall in this fourth category as few will be successful on their own and most will want to align with at least one messaging platform. In as much as PFM startups were not particularly successful and neither were account aggregation models, the messaging platform wars with their myriads of skills or applets or bots (voice or text or voice+text) present both an opportunity and a threat to the financial services industry. The threat is well known and lies with being further disintermediated and removed from the end customer. The opportunity is less obvious. Indeed, most fintech startups focused on retail use cases have failed to make any significant traction because either the service did not generate excitement and engagement (simple aggregation of data or accounts), or was too obtuse (too complex) or was too superficial (giving you options to consider) whereas what works usually hits on at least one of three dimensions: enhance an experience, accelerate a process, simplify a process. You can bet that the bots within the messaging platforms that will win the day will enhance, accelerate and simplify. It is up to fintech startups and incumbents to emulate best of breed as they will coexist within the same ecosystems. Else, fintech AI chatbots will  fail to impress much like PFM models did before. I should add that the messaging platform wars will be a wedge for GAFA to further encroach in the payments sector. Fifth, 2017 will be the year of digital identities. By that I mean most of the investment activity will be focused on identity business models. Some may consider this field not part of fintech. They will be wrong. there is no identity without trust and vice versa. Further identity and trust impact and influence payment methods and enable or disable currencies. I view digital identities as the corner stone of the future of financial services industry. I expect the investment pace to pick up in the identity space.

    A few random thoughts in closing. Should a Trump presidency usher an era of instability and trade wars, we will undoubtedly encounter currency wars. Should the EU further weaken in 2017, currency turbulences will be exacerbated. Should the renminbi further weaken, capital flows leaving China will accelerate. Thusly, it is not inconceivable that cryptocurrencies will benefit, notably , along with its ecosystem. In this macro case figure, and assuming legal and regulatory house sorted out with the SEC, I expect much activity with Initial Coin Offerings in 2017 (ICO).

    Finally, I expect subdued venture investment activity in Europe and the US in aggregate, especially in the first year of a new US administration which is still an unknown for many.


  • @fintechna 3:35 am on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Workspace im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung – die 8 Top-Trends für 2017 

    Einer der wichtigsten Schauplätze der digitalen Transformation ist die Arbeitsumgebung des Wissensarbeiters – der Trend geht hier zu noch mehr Mobilität, Geräte und Personalisierung. Eine zukunftsweisende -Strategie kann dabei helfen, die Mitarbeiterproduktivität zu erhöhen, Kosten einzusparen und das Unternehmen als Arbeitgeber technologieaffine Young Professionals attraktiver zu machen. Oliver Bendig, CEO von Matrix42, erläutert die acht wichtigsten Entwicklungen, die für Unternehmen relevant werden.

    Workspace im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung – die 8 Top-Trends für 2017 fintech

    Oliver Bendig

    1. UX wie in der Consumer-Welt: Kontextbasierte und personalisierte Workspace-Services

    Als erfahrener digitaler Verbraucher gewöhnt sich auch der Wissensarbeiter an eine personalisierte Nutzungsumgebung – wie zum Beispiel eine automatisch generierte Playlist von Musik-Streamingdiensten. Eine ähnliche Adaption der Workspace-Technologie an die persönlichen Arbeitskontexte wird dem Wissensarbeiter in Zukunft dabei helfen, effizienter, produktiver und motivierter zu arbeiten. Mein Workspace wird in Zukunft wissen, wo ich bin, welches Gerät ich benutze, welche App bei der verfügbaren Bandbreite Sinn macht und welche Daten und Dokumente ich als nächstes benötige. Er wird meine persönlichen Vorlieben kennenlernen und sich darauf einstellen.

    2. Bald unerlässlich: Unified Endpoint Management

    Mitarbeiter verwenden heute mehr als ein Gerät für das Erledigen ihrer Arbeit. Aus diesem Grund gehen neue IT-Management-Technologien immer vom Nutzer aus, und nicht mehr vom einzelnen Gerät. Hierdurch wird die einheitliche Verwaltung von mobilen, traditionellen und hybriden Geräten für IT-Abteilungen immer wichtiger. Ein wesentliches Element hierfür ist das sogenannte Unified Endpoint Management, das die Verwaltung der Arbeitsumgebung für Administratoren unabhängig von den benutzten Geräten macht.

    Das Thema Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) hat bereits 2016 deutlich an Fahrt zugelegt und ist weiter auf Wachstumskurs: MarketsandMarkets prognostiziert dem globalen UEM-Markt bis 2020 eine durchschnittliche jährliche Wachstumsrate von 42,9 Prozent. Ein ganzheitliches Management der wachsenden Vielfalt an Geräten, Apps oder Cloud-Ressourcen ist unerlässlich, um dem Wissensarbeiter in Zukunft die Nutzererfahrung bieten zu können, die er aus dem digitalen Entertainment längst gewohnt ist.

    Workspace im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung – die 8 Top-Trends für 2017 fintech

    Enabling Workspace Through Unified Endpoint Management. Via SlideShare

    3. Cloud-basierter Workspace: Der Browser als neues Betriebssystem

    Ein elementares Element für die ist die Cloud – das gilt auch für den Workspace. Die persönliche Arbeitsumgebung wandert in die Cloud und lässt sich jederzeit und überall via Browser abrufen. Die Arbeitsumgebung verlässt damit ihren angestammten, festen Ort bzw. festes Gerät. Egal, wo ich mich befinde, welches Gerät ich benutze und wann ich arbeite – über einen Cloud Workspace habe ich jederzeit Zugang zu meiner Arbeitsumgebung, bestehend aus Apps, Dokumenten, digitalen Identitäten und Services. Arbeit wird also mehr und mehr zu einem Zustand, welchen der Wissensarbeiter jederzeit aktivieren oder deaktivieren kann – ganz unabhängig vom „Platz“.

    4. Enterprise Service Management – über die IT hinaus

    Was Bereitstellung und Verwaltung von Diensten betrifft, hat das IT-Service-Management in den letzten Jahrzehnten sehr effiziente Prozesse nach ITIL entwickelt und umgesetzt. Diese lassen sich mit einer flexiblen Service Management Lösung nun auch für die Prozesse außerhalb der IT nutzen. Durch die zunehmende Vernetzung von allem mit allem wird es für Unternehmen in Zukunft effizienter sein, die Best Practices und Funktionen des IT-Service-Managements auch für die Bereitstellung und Verwaltung von Diensten in anderen Service-Disziplinen zu nutzen, zum Beispiel im HR- oder Finanz-Bereich. So können in der Personalabteilung das On-Boarding eines neuen Mitarbeiters, Urlaubsanträge oder Krankheitsmeldungen durch eine „Servicifizierung“ automatisiert und optimiert werden.

    Workspace im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung – die 8 Top-Trends für 2017 fintech

    Via Pixabay

    5. Virtuelle Workspace-Assistenten

    Hat man anfangs noch über Siri gelächelt, weiß man heute, dass intelligente Spracherkennung tatsächlich funktioniert – und immer besser wird. Für den Workspace ergibt sich daraus enormes Potential. Schon bald werden wir alle mit intelligenten Super-Assistenten arbeiten, die einen Teil unserer Mails erledigen, Kurzzusammenfassungen von umfangreichen Dokumenten anfertigen oder eigenständig Hotels buchen, wenn wir auf Dienstreise gehen. Treffe ich einen Geschäftspartner erstmalig, wird er mir ein Social Media-Profil von ihm erstellen und mich für das Meeting briefen. Aus einer IT-Management-Perspektive kommen hierdurch neue Aufgabenstellungen auf die IT-Abteilungen zu, um die Sicherheit zu erhöhen und die Privatsphäre der Mitarbeiter zu schützen.

    6. Bildschirme überall – Gefaltet, gerollt oder projiziert

    Workspace im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung – die 8 Top-Trends für 2017 fintech

    Via Pixabay

    Arbeiten via Cloud und Browser-Zugriff macht die Arbeit in Zukunft prinzipiell über jedes Display möglich, das mit dem Internet verbunden ist. Beispielsweise kann auch das smarte TV-Gerät zuhause als Workspace genutzt werden. Außerdem wird sich das Konzept des faltbaren oder einrollbaren Bildschirms mehr und mehr durchsetzen. Darüber hinaus kann jegliche Form von Oberfläche zukünftig für eine Art Bildschirm verwendet werden und somit potentiell zu einer Erweiterung der Arbeitsumgebung werden.

    7. Neue Workspace-Möglichkeiten: Wearables und Co.

    Datenbrillen, Fitness-Armbänder oder andere Wearables werden zunehmend Einzug in die Arbeitswelt halten. Mögliche Einsatzbereiche sind das Gesundheitswesen, die Logistik oder das produzierende Gewerbe. Beispielsweise lassen sich Detailinformationen oder Prozessschritte für Service-Mitarbeiter via Datenbrille augmentieren. Und globale Meetings werden sich mittels Head-Mounted Display völlig real anfühlen.

    8. Smart Office: Internet der Dinge verbindet Workspace mit Gebäude-Infrastruktur

    Die Integration des Workspace-Managements mit der intelligenten Gebäudetechnologie schreitet weiter voran und ermöglicht effizientere Prozesse: Beispielsweise könnte eine Kalendereinladung in Zukunft auch eine ganze Prozesskette zur Organisation des Meetings starten, inklusive Raumbuchung, Vorbereiten von Beamer und Telefonanlage und sogar die Abstimmung der Heiztemperatur auf die Menge der Beteiligten.


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  • @fintechna 3:35 am on November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    New EU Fintech Task Force to Propose Policy Measures in 2017 

    The European Commission has set up a special to develop strategies to address the potential challenges that fintech poses. The working group will engage outside experts and market participants in order to suggestions in the first half of .

    has the potential to drive efficiency gains and disintermediation of financial services can bring consumer benefits and competitive advantages for agile and startups.

    But despite the apparent advantages, fintech also raises questions on the way that finance operations are implemented, supported, secured and regulated. The new Task Force, called the Financial Technology Task Force (FTTF), will focus on determining the right conditions to support innovation while ensuring financial stability and consumer confidence.

    &;We see technological innovation in finance as a development that we need to encourage and enable,&; said Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.

    &8220;It brings huge opportunities for consumers and for industry, both by established players and new fintech firms. Our Task Force will help us make sure that our policy supports the pursuit of these opportunities, while addressing any risks that may emerge. Efficient financial markets need to make the best possible use of the opportunities that technology presents, while also preserving competition and making sure that new operating systems are safe.&8221;


    The European Commission&8217;s Digital Single Market strategy

    On May 6, 2015, the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, which aims to &8220;opens up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe&;s position as a world leader in the digital economy.&8221;

    New EU Fintech Task Force to Propose Policy Measures in 2017 fintech

    Image credit: European Commission&8217;s Digital Single Market via https://ec.europa.eu/

    &8220;The Digital Single Market strategy aims at laying down an appropriate framework and enabling solutions concerning for instance electronic authentication or cybersecurity,&8221; said Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger.

    &8220;Our ambition is to foster financial innovation while preserving financial stability and protecting consumers and investors. (&😉 Digital innovation is transforming the entire economy and in particular the financial services sector. It disrupts business models and value chains, leads to the emergence of new players and services.&8221;

    Identified as the one of the European Commission&8217;s top 10 political priorities, the DSM includes 16 initiatives intended to create new opportunities for startups as well as citizens. The DSM would allow for the free movement of persons, services and capital within the region, enabling individuals and businesses to access and exercise online activities seamlessly.

    The DSM is built on three pillars:

    Access: better access to digital goods and services across Europe;

    Environment: creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish;

    Economy and society: maximizing the growth potential of the digital economy.

    According to the European Commission, the DSM could create up to €415 billion in additional growth, hundreds of thousands of new jobs and a vibrant knowledge-based society.

    FTTF was announced on November 14. The working group is co-chaired by the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) and the Directorate General for Communications Networks Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). It brings together services responsible for financial regulation and for the Digital Single Market, along with experts in competition and consumer protection policy.


    Featured image: Flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels, via Wikimedia.

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  • @fintechna 3:35 pm on November 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    BlockShow Europe 2017: The Major European Blockchain Conference Will Open in April 

    will take place in Alte Kongresshalle, Munich. The is going to become the international event for showcasing established solutions.

    Blockchain is hailed as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the past few decades. In this year, the industry has experienced an intense influx of investment &; the volume of funds invested in Blockchain startups has exceeded $ 1B, and two largest VC deals of this year were also Blockchain-related.

    In addition to that, the has managed to receive public recognition from such global giants as Visa, PayPal and Mastercard. This state of affairs has formed a favorable environment for startups, and a real boom followed as a result: the number of young Blockchain companies has grown fourfold over the past year.

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    Becoming more and more accepted worldwide, “the biggest innovation after the Internet itself” is receiving a growing number of various practical implementations and taking over the markets &8211; both within and outside the financial sector. That is why the main goal of BlockShow Europe 2017 is to become the major international platform for showcasing the most disruptive Blockchain use cases in all their multiplicity.

    However, none of the Blockchain projects exists in a vacuum &8211; there is a wide range of various external factors considerably influencing the whole industry, and this cannot be ignored. That is why BlockShow Europe 2017 will be opened by a talk about the current state of Blockchain, and the further conference programme will include talks and panel discussions on such topics as “Overcoming the challenges of Blockchain implementation”, “Blockchain Ecosystem from & Enterprises perspective”, “Security on Blockchain” and other. As for the direct objective of BlockShow Europe 2017, a large-scale comprehensive presentation of the existing revolutionary Blockchain projects will be set out in two parts.

    In addition, the conference will provide startups with opportunity to compete with each other for the title of The Best Blockchain Startup 2017 in a competition which will be hosted by Blockchain Angels.

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    Among the conference speakers will be prominent experts and practitioners of the global Blockchain industry, such as Ned Scott (CEO & Co-founder at Steemit), Adam Stradling ( & Blockchain pioneer, co-founder of Bitcoin.com), Ismail Malik (CEO Blockchain Lab, founder of SmartLedger), Bernd Lapp (Advisor at Ethereum Foundation), Jamie Burke (Founder of Blockchain Angels), Matej Michalko (Founder & CEO at DECENT), and Bruce Pon (CEO & Co-Founder at BigchainDB). This non-exhaustive list is about to expand &8211; so watch for updates!

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    BlockShow Europe 2017 is organized by the popular Bitcoin & Blockchain media outlet CoinTelegraph in partnership with Zurich-based Blockchain platform Nexussquared and Blockchain payment processor BlockPay. The upcoming event won’t be the first one for CoinTelegraph &8211; in August this year, the company has already held Helsinki Blockchain Conference 2016, the first high-profile Blockchain-dedicated event in Nordic, which attracted massive attention from the regional Blockchain community.

    Starting this week, the registration for BlockShow Europe 2017 is officially . Get to know more at the official BlockShow Europe website! Please note that there is a unique offer available exclusively for News Switzerland community &8211; use a discount code FNSMUNICH to get 30% off all tickets when registering on the BlockShow Europe Eventbrite page.

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  • @fintechna 3:35 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index 

    As millions of people begin to participate in Week celebrations in 165 countries, a new report shows the United States remains the country with the most favorable conditions for entrepreneurs to start and scale new businesses but with a slowly narrowing gap as other countries increase their support.

    The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index fintechThe 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) provides key information for policymakers and government leaders worldwide to strengthen their digital ecosystems and promote high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurship. The authors estimate that improving conditions to help entrepreneurs create new companies could add $ 22 trillion to the global economy.


    “China and India are strengthening their entrepreneurial ecosystems and creating billion dollar startups while Malaysia, Iceland and the Baltic states are emerging as digital entrepreneurship leaders,” said Zoltan Acs, co-author of the report and university professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. “While institutional variables still need to be strengthened in emerging economies—where individuals are running ahead of policymakers—in developed countries individuals need to be shaken up. In other words, not enough people in developed countries—including the United States—are starting productive high-growth businesses.”

    The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index fintechThe top of the rankings were dominated by countries in the innovation-driven stage of development. The United States topped the rankings again this year, with a GEI score of 83.4 – a slight drop from its score of 86.2 the previous year. It was followed by (in order): Switzerland (78.0), Canada (75.6), Sweden (75.5), Denmark (74.1), Iceland (73.5), Australia (72.5), the United Kingdom (71.3), Ireland (71.0) and Netherlands (67.8).

    India (25.8) enjoyed the largest jump in the rankings, moving up 29 spots from last year to land in 69th. Tunisia (40.5) had the second largest jump, from 62nd to 42nd. China (36.3) moved up 12 spots to 48th.

    The GEI measures a country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by combining individual data such as opportunity recognition, startup skills and risk acceptance, with institutional measures, including urbanization, education and economic freedom. These measurements help distinguish self-employment and replicative entrepreneurship from the innovative, productive and rapidly growing entrepreneurial ventures that drive real economic growth.

    This year, it included four new components of the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem: Digital Citizenship, Digital Governance, Digital Marketplace and Digital Business.

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    The report was released by Global Entrepreneurship Network and the GEDI Institute so that findings from the can drive policy discussions at events around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

    “This is just the tip of the iceberg of the digital disruption revolution unfolding,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “The promise of jobs, economic growth and the optimism and hope that entrepreneurs bring to government efforts to create opportunity and prosperity for their citizens, has generated an extraordinary increase in attention from all levels of government in empowering their entrepreneurial ecosystems.”


    Other interesting observations from the report include:

    &; The big surprise is the rise of Switzerland to 2nd place, primarily driven by the aspiration index with very strong scores in high-growth firms, product innovation and process innovation.

    &8211; Three of the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden, are in the top ten.

    &8211; Taiwan, the highest Asian country, is in 16th place, and Singapore is 24th, which virtually ties it with Japan.

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