2017

FinTech and the world of investment banking

Chris Skinner

Some people talk about FinTech disruption and how payments and banking is being attacked and unbundled by start-ups, but we often look at banking too simplistically.

Blockchain VC Fund Gets First Investors For New Ethereum-based ICO

Bank Innovation

The world’s first venture capital fund raised with digital coin offering has gained its first round of investors, including executives from Bloq and Civic.

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The crazy world of crypto currencies and ICOs

Chris Skinner

I’m boarding a flight yesterday and murfing (mobile surfing). Flicking between Facebook apps, twitter, bank account, BBC news and more. Suddenly I spot a new ICO – Initial Coin Offering – for a new bank.

Setting goals for exiting your business: Why it’s important

Abrigo

By John Brown, Founder of Business Enterprise Institute, Inc. Setting goals is critically important when you approach the inevitable exit from your business. Without goals, even the strongest systems fail, as they have no purpose to work toward.

Intelligent Process Automation: Boosting Bots with AI and Machine Learning

Across all sectors, companies are learning that they can transform their businesses by embracing Intelligent Process Automation, or IPA. With the pairing of AI and RPA, IPA adds a new layer of intelligent decision-making processes to automated RPA tasks. By automating repetitive work, and adding the ability to automate intelligent decision making, intelligent automation frees up your most valuable resources – your employees – to spend more time on higher value and more strategic work. But in order to reap the rewards of Intelligent Process Automation, organizations must first educate themselves and prepare for the adoption of IPA. In our ebook, Intelligent Process Automation: Boosting Bots with AI and Machine Learning.

12 reasons why banks don’t innovate

Chris Skinner

I just got back from the ICEEfest in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a fantastic expo organised by Dragos Stanca and his team, and was very enjoyable even with the master of ceremonies, Jeff Leach, taking the mickey out of me.

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Corporate Culture and Lack of Understanding Hinder API Adoption at Banks

Bank Innovation

For the third consecutive year, Bank Innovation has teamed up with Open Bank Project and (this year) the University of Warwick, to conduct a research survey on how financial institutions worldwide are prioritizing API initiatives in 2017.

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2017 Innovators to Watch: 44 Executives Shaping the Future of Banking

Bank Innovation

2017 was a tumultuous year, but despite some stops and starts, innovation in finance is only gaining more momentum.

Sofi, Quovo Show Off New Wealth Management API

Bank Innovation

A quick, seamless API for wealth management customer authentication and data aggregation may not fix all of SoFi’s problems, but it certainly helps.

Are Open APIs the Gateway to New Cores?

Bank Innovation

Open APIs have been advancing steadily across the banking landscape for a number of years, though just how “open” may be a point of conjecture.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Top 5 AI-Powered Activites Leading Digital Transformation

Bank Innovation

A majority of enterprises in financial services are undergoing a full-cycle digital transformation, with AI-led projects in the spotlight. That’s according to a study by Infosys released this week.

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Banks Need to Increase Focus on APIs if They Want to Match Fintechs, Verizon Says

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE— It’s no secret that banks don’t move all that fast when it comes to new innovations, but most are starting to match fintechs at the customer experience level, according to Verizon, which provides software and internet connectivity to much of the industry.

Banks Will Only Slow Fintech Innovation if They Acquire Rather Than Partner, Hyperwallet Says

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE—Should banks acquire or partner with smaller, more agile fintechs? Well, that depends if the end goal of the bank is to further financial innovation, Derrick Walton, EVP of global financial networks for Hyperwallet, told Bank Innovation.

Waves Platform Launches Venture Capital Fund Focusing on Crypto-Assets

Bank Innovation

EXCLUSIVE – Public blockchain platform Waves is launching a new blockchain venture product called Basics Fund to focus on investing in crypto-assets and pre-sale ICO tokens.

How Banks Are Winning with AI and Automated Machine Learning

Banks have always relied on predictions to make their decisions. Estimating the risks or rewards of making a particular loan, for example, has traditionally fallen under the purview of bankers with deep knowledge of the industry and extensive expertise. But times are changing. Today, banks realize that data science can significantly speed up these decisions with accurate and targeted predictive analytics. By leveraging the power of automated machine learning, banks have the potential to make data-driven decisions for products, services, and operations. Read the white paper, How Banks Are Winning with AI and Automated Machine Learning, to find out more about how banks are tackling their biggest data science challenges.

Would You Like to Set Google As Your Default Financial Institution?

Bank Innovation

Consumers can now use their Google credentials to make online and mobile payments via a stored credit card. The tech giant unveiled the tool yesterday, during its annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, Calif.

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Why bankers only see horses and technologists are creating cars

Chris Skinner

I was at a large bank’s wealth management conference recently, where the CEO was being quizzed about various areas including a lot about technology and FinTech.

Consumers Expect Innovation to Come From Banks, Not Fintechs, Not Even Facebook

Bank Innovation

Despite all the shiny fintechs out there, consumers still expect innovation in financial services to come directly from banks.

Next Wave of Fintech: Partnerships with Corporations, Not Just Banks

Bank Innovation

Acquisition costs are (arguably) the main challenge fintech companies face when trying to scale their business. Selling products directly to consumers is costly and antiquated, especially for early-stage startups.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

6 Hottest Trends for Banking 2017

Bank Innovation

Change is imminent in banking, and as we begin the new year the only debate seems to be what is going to be driving that change. Over the course of 2017, what is going to transform banking the most? Well, we have some ideas. IOT Voice Commerce/Voice Payments Smart Read More.

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Millennials Are Ready for the Bank of Amazon

Bank Innovation

Amazon wins, once again, at a game it didn’t even know it was playing. According to a Jan. 11 survey from Accenture, millennial participants would consider parking their money with nontraditional institutions, and they picked winners.

Who owns the customers’ data?

Chris Skinner

Following on from the discussions about identity on Monday, it gets interesting to think about the customers’ data and who owns it, especially in light of the Payment Services Directive 2, PSD2 for short, which comes into force at the start of next year.

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6 Hottest Startups From Empire Fintech

Bank Innovation

What’s hot in fintech? Regtech, insurtech, real estate, robos — all of those (and more) have enjoyed the fintech spotlight recently, with impressive startups on the leaderboard.

How Banks Are Winning with AI and Automated Machine Learning

Banks have always relied on predictions to make their decisions. Estimating the risks or rewards of making a particular loan, for example, has traditionally fallen under the purview of bankers with deep knowledge of the industry and extensive expertise. But times are changing. Today, banks realize that data science can significantly speed up these decisions with accurate and targeted predictive analytics. By leveraging the power of automated machine learning, banks have the potential to make data-driven decisions for products, services, and operations. Read the white paper, How Banks Are Winning with AI and Automated Machine Learning, to find out more about how banks are tackling their biggest data science challenges.

InsurTech’s big ticket items: machine learning on the blockchain

Chris Skinner

I don’t usually tell people that I’m a qualified expert in insurance as it’s not relevant, but I’m mentioning it today as I just presented at a private insurance event. There are lots of interesting nuances in insurance.

7 Startups to Watch: Payments, Savings, Blockchain, and More

Bank Innovation

Knowing which startups to keep an eye on in fintech can be a full time job (for some, it is actually a full-time job), especially as more and more of them launch, get funding, and partner up with banks.

Amazon Uses Its Machine Learning Tools for Lending

Bank Innovation

When talking about machine learning algorithms, Amazon definitely comes to mind. The e-commerce giant has (arguably) the most sophisticated ML toolset around that is uses for drone deliveries, online tailors, or its AWS offering.

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Why 2017 Will Be the Year of Artificial Intelligence in Banking

Bank Innovation

Artificial intelligence is coming to banking — scratch that, it’s already here, but customers may not have noticed. AI is already playing a role in consumers’ lives, whether they know it or not.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.