CFTE at Money20/20 Asia 2018 – the prelude


Roll out the red carpet because on March 13th the worlds leading Fintech and payment event series will hold their first event in Asia. Money20/20 Asia 2018 will be held in ASEAN Fintech capital, Singapore, a city fast-becoming synonymous with the booming ASEAN marketplace for Fintech solutions.  CFTE at Money20/20 Yet Again For our part, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that our co-founders Huy Nguyen Trieu and Tram Anh Nguyen have been invited back to speak at the event. Last year, at Money20/20 Europe, they had the honour of becoming became the first couple to speak at a Money20/20 event. This time around, against the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands, Huy and Tram Anh will speak alongside the industries top name including Ghela Boskovich, Ravi Menon, Anthony Tan and Peter van der Does to name a few. Tram Anh’s talk In last year’s event, Tram Anh delivered a highly engaging presentation “Will Your…

The Expert Perspective with Megan Caywood, Chief Platform officer at Starling Bank


This week on 'The Expert Perspective' we were very excited to catch up with Megan Caywood who serves as Chief Platform Officer for Starling Bank, a technology company with a banking license that is disrupting finance at its core. Megan has been pivotal in steering Starling to become one of the most promising of the so-called UK challenger banks and as chief platform officer, she has helped to mastermind the ‘Starling Marketplace’, an app based suite of financial products. Named on the Forbes 30 under 30 she took time out to share some of her hard-won wisdom… How do you see finance in 10 years? In sum: mobile, global and connected. Financial services are increasingly moving to be mobile based (native apps on iOS and Android in particular), and additionally, many Fintech startups are beginning their journey to become globally accessible (which is even easier when companies are mobile-based), and I…

Around Fintech in 80 Days: EP2 – What is Fintech (PART 2)


In the 2nd episode of Around Fintech in 80 Days series, Huy picks up where Nicolas left off and dives deeper to help provide a more complete understanding of Fintech by answering some of Nicolas' burning questions. You can also view this episode on iTunes | YouTube  About Around Fintech in 80 Days Around Fintech in 80 Days is a unique mentoring process brought to life as a series of Vlogs originally published on Facebook where a Fintech Entrepreneur (Huy Nguyen Trieu) mentors an ambitious young startup founder (Nicolas Tonnard) on how Fintech is transforming the finance industry and the opportunities this represents. In their discussions, they cover a range of topics including Blockchain, P2P Lending, Bitcoin, Challenger Banks, Machine Learning, Big Data, Open Banking and much more. The series is split into 12 chapters with each chapter containing a series of videos explaining the theme in more detail as follows:…

Around Fintech in 80 Days: EP1 – What is Fintech? (Part 1)


In the first episode of the series, Nicolas explains the thinking behind launching the series and begins to explain to the audience his definition of Fintech based on his reading on Huy's Fintech and innovation focused blog, Disruptive Finance. You can also view this episode on iTunes | YouTube   About Around Fintech in 80 Days Around Fintech in 80 Days is a unique mentoring process brought to life as a series of Vlogs originally published on Facebook where a Fintech Entrepreneur (Huy Nguyen Trieu) mentors an ambitious young startup founder (Nicolas Tonnard) on how Fintech is transforming the finance industry and the opportunities this represents. In their discussions, they cover a range of topics including Blockchain, P2P Lending, Bitcoin, Challenger Banks, Machine Learning, Big Data, Open Banking and much more. The series is split into 12 chapters with each chapter containing a series of videos explaining the theme in more detail as follows: 1.…

The Expert Perspective with the VP of WorldRemit, Alice Newton-Rex


This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alice Newton-Rex from WorldRemit, which is creating new opportunities for communities across the world by lowering barriers to access financial services - a true Fintech disruptor in every sense. As VP of Product at WorldRemit, a service which helps users send millions of pounds to family and friends around the world each month, Alice sets the product vision for the 90-person product and engineering team at WorldRemit, and leads the product and UX team to invent, design and deliver new products and features that meet the needs of users in over 140 countries. How do you see finance in 10 years? Finance will be seamlessly connected to the rest of our lives, and financial services will be primarily provided by non-traditional players, e.g. the big tech companies. A company you like in Fintech? Lemonade: they’re an AI insurance firm who’ve hugely simplified the…

The Expert Perspective with the Founder of a Disruptive Media Startup


From blockchain to robo-advisory services to AI, disruption in finance is everywhere. For any professional, the next logical step is to understand the impact of this disruption. Enter The Market Mogul. As a disruptive media company itself, it's on a mission to reinvent the newsroom to bring you all sides of the story on the things that matter most to you, not only from a tech perspective but also in politics, global affairs, finance and business. It was, therefore, a privilege to sit down with Rav - whose had stints at Bain, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs - to get his perspective on Fintech disruption. How do you see finance in 10 years? Finance industry will be further pushed towards decentralisation, both through the technological progress, but also through societal shifts. There will definitely be a number of new disruptive behemoths, but the incumbents shouldn’t be discounted from innovating either.  A company you…

Fintech a Chance for Greater Diversity?


As the shift to digital finance gathers pace and the need for relevant Fintech education grows, the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship is pleased to reveal that a study of learners from Around Fintech in 8 Hours, a new online Fintech foundation course, has found a high degree of diversity among our learners from the first two sessions. The study revealed the following findings: 40% of learners are women 60% of learners come from a non-financial background Learners come from 35+ different countries As the Fintech sector becomes more prominent within financial services, the need for Fintech literate talent is increasing. From the outset, CFTE’s central mission has been to empower professionals to enter the Fintech space through the democratisation of Fintech knowledge. Around Fintech in 8 Hours is the first step in this mission. The objective of the course is to reach as broad an audience as possible…

The Expert Perspective with Fintech CEO, Philippe Gelis


To really understand the Fintech revolution, it pays to learn from the people building the future of finance, which is why we were delighted to catch up with Philippe Gelis, the CEO of B2B Fintech startup Kantox, who is using the concept of the marketplace to simplify the foreign exchange process for SME and mid-cap businesses. A self-confessed wine lover, Philippe shares his Fintech perspective…   How do you see finance in 10 years? I expect retail finance to be much more embedded in our lives with much less friction. For example, retail payments being done without you having to use a credit card (think about Amazon Go), or your car insurance being calculated and debited based on your real car usage. I also expect a lot of sophisticated solutions to make finance much more efficient and distribution much leaner.   Advice to a 20-year-old who wants to be in finance? Do not…

CFTE Newsletter: The Expert Perspective 2nd Edition – Jim Marous


For the 2nd edition of the expert perspective, we interviewed a leading light from the world of digital banking, Jim Marous. Jim Marous is ranked by multiple sources as one of the top Fintech influencers in the world. He writes for the Financial Brand, a media outlet for financial marketers and executives and recently published the 2018 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions. His wealth of experience in banking, innovation and consumer trends see's him as regular keynote speaker at a number of global Fintech/finance events. And he was kind enough to take a moment to share his views on digital finance in a quick-fire Q&A. And remember, if you'd like expert insights plus news from CFTE and our network direct to your inbox every week, register for our newsletter here. The expert perspective with Jim Marous   How do you see finance in 10 years? Financial services will have many of the same services delivered much differently…

What is Fintech? And how to build a career in Fintech


Earlier this week, CFTE had the pleasure to be invited to speak at an event organised by the Oxford Fintech & SmartLaw Society (Oxford FSS) called the ‘Introduction to Fintech and Fintech Careers’. In actual fact, Oxford FSS was founded by Alfonso Delgado, an alumnus from Around Fintech in 8 Hours (our first online Fintech foundation course) with the evening being organised by another Alumnus, Lukas Wagner and Peter Lewinski. To both of them, our congratulations for organising an event that attracted over 120 students on a Tuesday night! For those of you who know Oxford, you’ll know there is always a multitude of events happening at any one time - pictures from the event here. It also goes to show to growing interest in Fintech among the student community. Now back to the event. The Agenda The focus was very much on giving attendees a good overview of exactly what is Fintech…