CFTE and LATTICE80 Partner to Make FinTech more Accessible to Finance Professionals


  CFTE and LATTICE80 Fintech Partnership to accelerate the development of the global FinTech ecosystem With the launch of our first FinTech course in Q4 2017 just around the corner, we are delighted to announce our partnership with LATTICE80. LATTICE80 is a rapidly expanding global Fintech hub with operations in major Fintech centers such as Singapore, London, and India. The international hubs it is building in collaboration with national governments and the FinTech community attract companies building some of the most innovative products and services for the finance industry. A partnership designed to help our students The partnership with LATTICE80 will help to accelerate the learning curve for our students by connecting them to the companies within LATTICE80's rapidly expanding network. This is important because to understand Finance 2.0 and the dramatic transformation occurring in the financial industry, students must understand the real world applications of FinTech. Thus, the LATTICE80 partnership will enable us to provide…

From Blockchain to Machine Learning, the Best Courses to Learn Fintech Revealed


Fintech more than just a buzzword A few years ago the word Fintech wasn’t even on most peoples mind within finance let alone outside the industry. But just like social media, IoT, and virtual reality became more than just buzzwords, people are waking up to the fact Fintech has the potential to transform finance as we know it. From the fringes, Fintech is fast pushing into the spotlight. Perhaps you’ve seen Funding Circle latest TV ad? The online platform, which lends money to SME's, is making a multi-million pound bid to establish itself as a household name and have its brand top of mind for any SME thinking about borrowing money. This is just one example of how Fintech is transforming a core financial activity like loans. No doubt you’ve heard of the other technological innovations like blockchain, AI, and cryptocurrencies which are having a similar effect in verticals like…

How to innovate in finance? Start with the Oxford Fintech programme.


  Huy completes elite lineup for the Oxford Fintech Programme Oxford Said Business School is launching their first online Fintech courses, and we're very proud that our own Co-founder, Huy Nguyen Trieu, will lead the module on innovation in finance. He'll be in very impressive company, the other instructors are: Peter Tufano - the Dean of Oxford Said. David Shrier - MIT's futurist who also led the very successful MIT Fintech courses. Nir Vulkan - associate Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and a leading authority on e-commerce and market design. Alex Pentland - a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advisor to the Tencent Research Foundation and the Government of Estonia. Huy's Innovation Module Huy will teach about one of his favourite topics: innovation in finance, and how Fintech startups, banks and tech giants are rapidly transforming the finance industry, the challenges and opportunities from this…

CFTE Newsletter 19th August – 26th August


This week's must read Fintech news... Out of the box thinking for digital transformation “You must transform your business to adapt to digital” “Your IT systems are out dated” “Your processes can cope with today's fluid environment”   No, these are not statements my dad says to me in utter disappointment but more akin to what the top brass at banks all over the world must hear on a day-to-day basis. Well, Rabobank, the Dutch multinational bank that services the food industry, has taken a rather novel approach to address digital transformation – they’ve built a real life model representation of the bank!...See for yourself here.   England v Germany We all know who won the 1966 World Cup but how do the two countries stack up when it comes to Fintech? CBI has some Insights to share with us…Right here.   Is Facebook about to monetise WhatsApp?! Facebook’s flagship messaging platform, WhatsApp, has 1.2bn users…

CFTE Newsletter 5th August – 12th August


Fintech Readings Crowdsourcing AI Algorithms. Beautiful. There’s a new kind of hedge fund on the market and its powered by AI. Numerai, based out of San Francisco, is on a mission to liberalise trading on Wall Street. It launched last year and aims to crowd source market movements. The process: data scientists are given an encrypted financial data, they then analyse this data and produce models that best predict stock market movements. The data scientists that produce the winning models are rewarded with Bitcoin or cash. Numerai’s business model is definitive of the disruption that the finance industry is undergoing. Utilising a new technology in an innovative way, in this case, using a platform model to crowd source the actual technology that executes the trade. The caveat, the data scientists don’t even know its financial data! Genius... Click here to read full story The Bank of PayPal  Earlier this year, PayPal’s reported it’s lending…

How banks can innovate in an age of Fintech disruption


The sheer speed of technological innovation has upended the way companies operate from across multiple industries. The eruption of digital technologies and its supporting infrastructure has enabled the spectacular growth of technology giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google et al. Specifically, they have leveraged the power of the platform business model to cast a web so wide that it has fragmented traditional linear value chains and created new value from open ecosystems. Companies founded on the concept of the platform have a fundamentally different business model from traditional service providers. For example, Airbnb is the largest hospitality provider in the world yet has no physical assets. This platform model not only allows new entrants to scale faster but also allows them to innovate faster by being more agile and responsive to market needs. Finance disrupted Enabler technologies like cloud computing, Big Data and APIs are providing entrepreneurs with…

CFTE working with MAS to help ASEAN finance professionals acquire the skills of Finance 2.0


CFTE working to partner with Singapore's financial regulatory body, MAS, with the intention to establish its first international education hub in Singapore.   The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) has signalled its intention today to set up its first international hub in Singapore. CFTE has been working closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to formalise plans to expand CFTE’s education initiative to ASEAN. The objective is to train finance professionals in technology-related skills to help them transition to a world of digital finance, both in Singapore and in the ASEAN region.   Tram Anh Nguyen, CFTE’s Co-founder, said:  "I strongly believe that in a world dominated by technology, people must remain at the centre of society and organisations, and that education and training are key to help individuals adapt to a fast changing world. Singapore and MAS have a very comprehensive strategy about human capital and we are…

CFTE Newsletter – 29th July to 5th August


Expert Analysis   Author: Huy Nguyen Trieu (aka Fintech Sensei) The Headline Kabbage raises $250m from Softbank Breaking it down Kabbage is one of the pioneers of automated lending to SMEs. Instead of relying on manual processes, Kabbage uses real-time data about SMEs (e.g. their Amazon sales figures, their Paypal payment data, their UPS shipping data, even their Facebook client rating) to build automated credit scores. Kabbage continues to grow strongly, and after having received funding from Santander, ING and others last year, just received an additional $250m from Softbank – showing that there is still a lot of investor interest in Fintech. Wrapping it up Companies like Kabbage are not necessarily well-known by the general public, but started the very important trend of automated lending, which is now becoming widespread. Although Kabbage is not profitable yet, it continues to grow, attracts clients, and raises large amounts of funding. There are many companies…

CFTE Newsletter – 22nd July to 29th July


Fintech detectives, CBI Insights, on the mark again  CBI Insights, the tech market intelligence supremo’s released their Global Fintech Report for Q2, which made for very interesting reading. $5.2bn raised in Q2, taking the years total to over $8bn and on track to beat 2016’s high of $13.5bn+ 5 new Fintechs join the unicorn (aka startups with $1bn+ valuations) club in Q2 meaning there are now 26 globally. 500 startups (who we share our offices with) is still the biggest investor in global Fintech companies Proxy war between Asia's tech giants is bubbling nicely Didi Chuxing, the company that ousted Uber from the Chinese ride-sharing market, and Japan’s Softbank have invested $2.5bn in Singapore’s Grab, another ride-sharing startup. Grab dominates the market in SE Asia along with Go-Jek, its Indonesian based competitor – who received funding from another Chinese tech giant, Tencent. Both offer payment services to their network of users. It's this kind of…

CFTE Newsletter – 17th July to 22nd July


Curated stories from our weekly newsletter Arm yourself with some Fintech knowledge... 1. Technology represents significant opportunities for finance professionals if they are proactive about upskilling – this is a message we’ve been preaching for some time – but we’re not alone! – By Quartz…..click here to read more   2. Here at CFTE, we like to talk about the opportunity for FinTech to provide basic financial services to the unbanked. There’s money in it too you know. About $380bn. This lovely infographic explains all – By Visual Capitalist…..click here to read more  3. Wealth management startup, Betterment’s latest funding round value’s the company at $800m, sending out a strong signal to traditional players that it’s a business model that’s here to stay. Although they do have some competition on their hands – By Bloomberg Markets…..click here to read more 4.  Singapore is positioning itself to be a global hub for Fintech, its regulatory…