Mobile development has been a must for many years now. Especially in FinTech, which is based almost entirely on mobility and easy access. What does native vs cross-platform mean? What is the nature of a native vs hybrid mobile app development? Finally, what is the best framework for app development in 2022 and beyond?
The era of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is over. The market is going with minimum loveable product, which is an iteration and a whole new approach at the same time. MVP stands for an application that holds minimum value for users and assumes a certain level of tolerated limitations and bugs. MLP, on the other hand, is created with initial offering that users can love from the start. It’s a dramatic shift in software development and product management.
Since its inception in 2018 open banking has made a significant impact on the financial landscape in the UK. For over four years now, FinTech firms have been benefitting from open APIs that enable them to customise their open banking apps and services based on the consumer demand. This wouldn’t be possible without open banking platforms that have mastered open banking solutions, acting as a technological intermediary between banks and third parties for the greater good of the industry and optimal customer experience.
The old ways of creating software don’t match the reality we live in. Users want even more convenience in use and even more value for their money. To meet these expectations, companies use API-first design pattern. It enhances the application’s features and provides companies with a modular and reusable design that’s perfect for creating entire ecosystems. The approach also reduces development costs, optimizes delivery and operations.
Accidents and attacks happen – there is sometimes no way to avoid them and even maintaining the highest security standards cannot make a company 100% secure. In other words, one should always protect the systems, but you can never be sure. However, even in the worst case scenario, there is the last defence line – a disaster recovery plan. What is it, how to execute it and what does it have to do with good software infrastructure? Let’s find out!
Trending crypto events show us how the market is changing. From software itself, through the implementation of innovative payment options, to the job market. Many segments of professional and social activities are changing, because regulators and customers continue to look through the lenses of potential benefits and earnings. If crypto trends for 2022 show us one dominant thing, it’s definitely this – the market is growing exponentially and the hype train is real.
The latest trends in UX/UI design highlight what we all have been observing through the years – mobile-first, wearables, and simplicity that’s paramount to sophistication. Building digital products has never been enough but this time around designers are looking to architect user experience, not around the product but rather around the users themselves. Personalization is the name of the game and UX/UI trends for 2023 are a proof of that.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest in stocks, currencies or even precious metals. Trading has been a widely available option for decades, but thanks to web based platforms it’s now easier than ever. Such platforms are also great examples of FinTech in practice: how they are made, how they work and what are their best features depends both on the market needs and what their creators can actually offer. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular online trading platforms to find out why they have succeeded.
With the crowded market, growing uncertainty and rising, simultaneous user adoption, investment and development decisions are hard. On one hand, we have recession and glooming crisis on the horizon. On the other hand, people are turning to FinTech for addressing their pain points, comfort, ease-of-use. Let’s see what statistics say about the industry. What trends are emerging and how can you use them for your benefit?
We will break down the article into few sections to help you navigate the landscape. We will talk about the industry size, FinTech adoption rates, expert opinions, and investments. Please keep in mind that this is not a full-fledged industry report but rather a summary. Nonetheless, it will prove valuable in the months to come.
In business, good enough is often not enough. Many people are turning away from incumbent financial institutions because traditional banking can’t provide the level of services they are actively seeking. Meanwhile, FinTech startups introduce innovative service offerings almost every month. Investors keep their eyes open, they don’t want to miss a potential unicorn. Here’s a list of important FinTech investment trends to watch—maybe they’ll bring another industry star.
Many sports fans have a saying, often expressed on a wall of their neighborhood building: “you will never walk alone”. It shows the mass support of the entire ecosystem designed to help the team. The same goes for InsurTech—the future of the industry lies in platforms and ecosystems. Everything in favour of interconnected services, giving the user the ultimate experience.
If you wonder how to choose a tech stack among most popular tech stacks of 2022, then this article is for you. They key to creation of a performing application is to find a set of technologies that will provide the best return on investment in line with functional requirements. The perfect stack in 2022 doesn’t exist. It’s about your vision, and needs.
What are the main challenges of leading a dispersed team? For this FinTech Me This Podcast episode, we chat with Jezen Thomas, co-founder and CTO at Supercede, whose engineering team works from all over the world. Jezen outlines how different communication styles and forms can work in a remote team and how to create a company culture that truly suits engineers’ needs. Give our conversation a listen to find out more!
As there are so many technologies to choose from when it comes to creating new FinTech apps, different developers are entitled to have different preferences. However, some companies are completely OK with working with whatever their clients tell them with no second thoughts and some specialise in particular frameworks and programming languages. We tend to belong to the latter ones and we have some strong reasons for it, so we decided to explain why we chose React Native as our go-to cross-platform framework and why our clients benefit from this decision.
Blockchain in banking. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? A self-contradicting pair of words. On one hand, a disruptive trend and technology. On the other hand, an industry with legacy software and processes that limit the capacity to compete with agile newcomers. The market disagrees and shows us it can be done. Blockchain in the banking sector is a fact. What does it look like?
Would you let AI invest in cryptocurrencies for you? For this Ask Me AnyFin session, we meet again with Akshaya Bhargava, the founder of Bridgeweave, to talk about his new AI-powered product that makes it easier for investors to enter the crypto space. Read the interview to find out more about regulations in crypto, the importance of retail investment, and the challenges for new crypto investment products.
We are living in a global society where “point oh” defines and describes the evolution of things. Industry, internet, social phenomenons. We got Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0. Both complement and complete each other. To some extent, both are a natural consequence of one another. What is Web 3.0 and what is its impact on DeFi and the future of finance?
“Open banking standards” is a term used for technologies and regulations used to provide third-party service providers consumer’s banking data. This data can be used in many ways. To provide and keep operational things like web and mobile apps, financial services, and more. To make it all possible, governments issued open banking standards and open banking directives. Since compliance, along with security, is the most vital part of FinTech business, we provide you with a brief list of open banking regulations and application programming interfaces (APIs) standards to watch out for in the upcoming months and years.
In this FinTech Me This episode Daniel Parming, Head of Engineering at Kantox, tells us how he approaches developing engineering skills in his team. We talk about setting goals for individual developers, spotting soft skills, and why you have to provide engineers with complex challenges. Check out the full episode!
October 28th, 2021 marks the date of a big shift. On that day, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will change the name to Meta, but it’s not the name that got the most attention. The nature of the service will change too. Zuckerberg wants to change a social media platform into a metaverse product. What is a metaverse and how to invest in a metaverse? Especially when Meta will not be the only player on the block?
Code refactoring is basically the process of restructuring an application’s code without changing it. It also doesn’t add up to its behavior and functionality. Its purpose is to make the code more efficient and easily maintainable. How can you refactor the code, what are the detailed benefits, and how can you go about it? Here’s the list of everything you need to know, including best practices.
What if consumers started sharing instead of buying? In the new episode of Ask Me AnyFin, we’re taking a closer look at the state of the social sharing economy with Tom West, the founder and CEO of the rental platform RentMy. We also discuss building a community around the idea of renting your items and what makes some sharing economy models a success with users.
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) are among the strong trends emerging today in the FinTech world. The latest digital currency trends show that turning to the elimination of cash, implementing blockchain, and developing digital wallets are pillars of what might come in the future. A cashless society with billions of financial operations per minute. There are, however, counter actions from major markets. China blocked the usage of crypto, Russia is thinking about it. Where is it all going and what consequences to FinTech will it spawn?
Current blockchain industry trends show dynamic changes in adoption and market adaptation. The situation with COVID-19 continues to accelerate business processes; blockchain as well. Companies that already use this solution, expand upon it, finding new implementations and entirely new revenue streams. Firms not convinced, cautiously experiment. No matter what’s what, blockchain trends for 2022 clearly show one thing – the age of distributed databases will continue to go strong, with many opportunities along the way.
The shortest answer? Many companies want to secure their products, digital applications, ways to do business and methods of verifying cash flows. The longer version? The question of “who needs blockchain” should be replaced with “who already is using it and do you need it as well”. You can find arguments for blockchain in a series of our previous articles. This piece is about market confirmation and practical blockchain uses.
Why use blockchain? The answer, contrary to appearances, is no – you don’t necessarily need it. Not every business is better for it. There are clear benefits coming from implementation but applying this technology doesn’t make your company more relevant. It just generates unnecessary costs. However, some products do benefit and here are 7 reasons why blockchain is important in today’s FinTech market.
Creators that don’t implement a dark mode UX in their applications, leave them in the dark. One of the most interesting trends in recent web design is making sure that the product works for everyone. For those who prefer bright displays and those who want to reduce eye strain, especially in the dark. Benefits start there but the list of advantages is longer. What are they and how can you use them to serve the audience?
In the first episode of the FinTech Me This: Engineering Management Podcast, we talk with Adrian Mizzi, the co-founder and CTO of Weavr, about the importance of recruiting the right talent to your engineering team. We also cover a practical rundown of the recruitment process and the challenges of building a payments business. Check out the podcast below and read the interview to find out more!
With multiple developments in the industry, it’s hard to know which trends to follow. What investments to make to assure your company is future-proof? What technologies are making the headlines? What should you be paying attention to, to stay ahead of the competition? With this map of app development trends, you will know what’s around the corner.
Progress can be defined as a way to avoid yesterday’s mistakes. Don’t look up the phrase, I just came up with it. In the world of software development, it holds surprisingly well. Companies perfected the way to create and deliver digital products, now it’s time to use them for a common good. Like green FinTech, which puts additional value on daily commercial activity. Here’s our list of software development trends for 2022. Some of them will be surprising!
FinTech is always bursting with ideas. New trends come and go, applications rise and fall. What’s constant is the consumer’s need to find a tool assisting with everyday life challenges and occasions. FinTech trends in 2022 are special because they sum up an era of product development while pointing towards what’s to come. The market landscape will look like nothing before. Are you ready for it?
What elements do we factor into the innovation process? How do we use it to our advantage? What are the most disruptive fields of FinTech right now and how did these changes come about? Dorota Zimnoch really understands the mechanisms of innovation as much as she’s aware of the convergence of industries, shared economy and metaverse reality. She joined Code & Pepper for the Ask Me AnyFin session to share her invaluable insights.
Knowing your audience is key to everything you do. It’s impossible to sell a product or service without targeting it to a particular group. But how to determine who would be interested in spending their money on what you have to offer? One may just guess, but thorough research is always a better option. Let’s find out how to do it effectively and what KYC service providers to use in order to market successfully.
Payment processing trends are changing as fast as the entire FinTech does. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated what has been already in the works. It also created new trends that are clearly visible. If your company is not on board, it will be harder to compete in the upcoming years. What are current payment processing industry trends and how can you react to them?
FinTech innovations are hard to come by. The competition is fierce and there are thousands of companies that do the same thing you want to do. To succeed, you have to find your own voice and recipe. With this list, you can find out what currently sells and adjust the strategy and the product accordingly.
FinTech is for people, not for robots that crawl for data. Apps should be simple, functional and display all information in a way that can be understood by everyone. Tech-savvy Generation Z and seniors. The art of presenting data to a user should involve fun and user involvement, you want people to actively use the product.
One of the driving forces of innovation is industry convergence which is all about establishing relations that have not been possible before. This is enabled by the ever-developing new technologies such as cloud engineering, microservices architecture and others. In our latest Ask Me AnyFin conversation we are joined by Paul Thomas Walsh, COO at Elinvar, a WealthTech Platform as a Service, which uses technology to connect various FinTech providers on one platform, making it possible to create new exciting partnerships and business models.
Ecommerce is now nothing like it was ten years ago, independent online shops now have so many ways to reach new customers. Besides marketplaces, one of the most impactful of them are now price comparison sites. These aggregators grew to major players in ecommerce and how they work is fascinating. Find out all about them from this article.
Security in digital products, not only in FinTech but in applications in general, is a top priority. Software development clients want to make sure that user data and business logic are safe from attacks. Users want to securely invest in applications through loyalty. Security in Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an interesting topic to view the security issue from three perspectives – the user’s, customer’s and developer’s. Let’s talk about AWS security issues and how to think about them.
Traditionally, we put trust in banks to look after our financial data. In the past, they were the only ones with access to this sensitive information which they could use to their advantage. This has changed with the PSD2, a directive issued by the EU in 2015 according to which incumbent banks were obliged to recognise customers as the rightful owners of their financial data and to provide them with the opportunity to decide who they want to share this information with. Open banking became a reality.
November is a happy month for many FinTech companies, but some strange things need to happen now and then. Boots will not offer cashbacks in crypto yet (what a surprise), that’s all for bad news, however. Let’s celebrate with Abeg, a Nigerian startup, which got so popular so quickly, that it’s story could be a material for a Hollywood movie.
Microservices fundamentally changed the way applications are built, managed, and supported after launch. Even more – they had changed the way engineers and managers think about digital products in the first place. With big scalability and potential for quick growth, many managers ask how to build microservices. Here is the world of microservices, best practices, and everything in between.
This week in FinTech brought successful funding rounds for the crypto investment platform Ziglu and Buy Now Pay Later unicorn Zilch. Meanwhile, the investment app Freetrade announced its seventh crowdfunding campaign that launches next week. Apart from that, we look into an exciting partnership in the lending world and a brand new app set out to propel climate investment.
Contrary to a popular belief, microservices are not a panacea. If something is good for everything, it’s good for nothing. Many managers compare microservices vs monolithic architecture and want to know which is best for the current company’s project. Microservices are a fantastic way to make the digital product agile, and scalable. Monolith is good when you just want something to be done.
This week we have news from Nimbla and Collective Benefits about large investments coming their way to drive their growth. Make sure you don’t miss new exciting partnerships: Verto and ClearBank join forces in the cross-border payments sphere, while Atom Bank and Landbay make a deal in the mortgage lending market. To top it all off, we take a look at Klarna’s one-stop shopping app. Read on!
What are microservices? They are loosely bound, light services and protocols that can build your application. Highly specialized in nature, they tackle specific topics and handle challenges in a very agile way. Through this specialization, your application can perform better. What exactly is microservices architecture and what are the advantages of microservices?
Buy now pay later solutions have been in the spotlight of the FinTech news feeds this week. Klarna has made a significant move towards further growth by partnering with another industry leader Stripe, while the German startup Billie has raised funding to bring BNPL to British businesses. However, BNPL is not all roses: a recent survey by Laybuy reveals that the majority of customers agree that credit checks should be required to access these products.
In this week’s FinTech Wire we will hear from startups Proportunity and XanPool that raised new fundings and revealed their plans for growth. We will also discuss the outcomes of the successful collaboration between Clausematch and Barclays that dates back to 2014 and learn about a brand new, minority-focused initiative by Wealth8 and WealthKernel.
Both approaches have their benefits but none of them fits all. The more probable occurrence of a serious disruption for your business, the shorter recovery time you should have in place. The point for serverless is to boost your infrastructure architecture. There are other benefits, especially for small and medium-sized companies. Let’s go through them all.
This week the savings platform Chip breaks records with its crowdfunding round held on Crowdcube. Meanwhile, Plaid, the open banking company, has released a report revealing that more people use financial technology than video streaming services or social media. Read on for more insights from this research as well as a breakdown of new product launches from Credit Kudos, ilumoni, and GoHenry.
Whether somebody likes it or not, cloud services providers and what they offer has changed the landscape of FinTech completely in recent years. At Code & Pepper we know it and we work with some of their products daily to make products for our clients. But which companies are the most popular and why? Let’s find out today!
A technology stack is a full set of technologies that companies use to build a digital product or run a project. In it, you have everything ranging from programming languages, frameworks, databases, frontend and backend tools to services accessed via an API. Code & Pepper also has its technology stack. With it, you can quickly build your minimum viable product (MVP) or a full-blown application. How exactly and what comes with our tech stack?
Arrival of a new technology always stirs up a lot of emotions. It is either met with wild enthusiasm or fierce criticism. This is because of its disruptive potential which both creates new opportunities as well as threatens the status quo. This love and hate dynamic also applies to blockchain. Initially associated with Bitcoin it was criticised for high-energy consumption. Blockchain technology, however, also has its merits such as: transparency, independence and security. That’s why it started to be used in a variety of sectors and for a range of purposes such as secure sharing of medical data or supply chain and logistics monitoring. Our new Ask Me AnyFin guest, Toni Caradonna makes use of blockchain to support nature conservation communities. How does he do it? Find out in the Ask Me AnyFin interview.
This week’s FinTech Wire news selection reflects the strong position of the UK as a FinTech-friendly ecosystem that is inclusive, technologically-advanced and based on solid regulatory foundations. When it comes to the FinTech actors, the spotlight is now on the providers of payment solutions who are pitching their scalable and cost-effective products.
Data is bread and butter in modern companies. Relying on your intuition is important but some tools give you an in-depth look. Combining these two methods produces tangible results. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be technically savvy to use data management tools. You just need to prioritize business goals and figure out how they can help you. Here’s a list of the most interesting business intelligence tools you may find useful.
Having stable finances is a principle for all businesses, but what can you do, when your clients are late with their payments too often? Instead of fighting with them and being stressed all the time, you can solve the problem once and for all. Thanks to invoice factoring services, you can ensure that your invoices are always paid on time. Now, thanks to some smart FinTech solutions, you don’t even have to do much to make it happen. Let’s find out how online factoring works and which vendors are the best for your business.
How do you overcome barriers? FinTechs featured in this week’s Code & Pepper news selection seem to know the answer providing their audiences with experiences that work across borders, help to save time and most importantly, empower their users to be in charge of their financial wellbeing. Find out more about a major Open Banking event, a fund encouraging NFT projects and successes of companies that optimise processes around payments, money transfers, education loans and donations!
This week the news is all about open banking. From a new Unicorn company through illuminating findings on the EU bankers’ attitudes to the UK’s largest seed round of any open banking startup. Apart from that, we’re taking a look at an SME challenger bank, a partnership built around cryptocurrency, and a study on embedded finance. Read on to get the full story.
There are many sources of inspiration in business. One of them is technology which both feeds on new ideas and breeds them. This is, particularly, true for financial technology which relies heavily on communication technology. These two: money and the Internet create the most powerful media duo in the world. No wonder there are so many volunteers eager to come up with a new product that will thrive on this combination. Martins Sulte has succeeded in doing this. His company, Mintos, is a virtual marketplace which offers a new investment asset. We invited him to our Ask Me AnyFin conversation to learn more about his offering and the details of his entrepreneurial journey.
European FinTechs are growing stronger. Every week we hear about yet another successful funding round and record valuation. This time, the spotlight is on InsurTech Marshmallow and BNPL startup Scalapay. There are also some interesting partnerships between multinational financial institutions and innovative FinTechs, so read on to learn more!
We might be far into the second half of 2021 but there is no sign of slowing down for the financial industry. It’s as if with the end of the summer in the northern hemisphere, everyone is ready to go back to school to study and see their friends. There is a noticeable proliferation of webinars, shows and conferences such as Money 20/20 Europe or Sibos by SWIFT. There are also more and more new names joining the ranks of successful FinTechs with Sugi, Point and BankiFi taking the lead this week. Find out the details in the latest issue of FinTech Wire!
What is embedded finance? In a nutshell, it’s when a FinTech company puts its solutions in a third party’s app. For example, when you order a pizza and pay one way, out of multiple available options. Or when you are looking for a loan and your favorite financial app is recommending one of the top FinTech lending operators. The goal of embedded finance solutions is to provide a seamless and practical experience for users and broaden their choices while staying convenient.
What’s the future of wealth management? And what good can come out from 41 years of experience in financial services? Read or watch the next episode of our inspiring series of interviews, Ask Me AnyFin, where we talk to extraordinary insiders of the FinTech industry. This time we met with Akshaya Bhargava, the founder of Bridgeweave — a company on a mission to make investing more accessible.
New week, new startups covered in FinTech Wire. Today, you can read about Shares.io, a social investment platform, and W1tty, a challenger bank soon to be launched in the UK. We will also hear from their more experienced counterparts that have some exciting news to share: PayPal, Nubank, and TrueLayer.
Over the years, the FinTech industry has proven itself to be one of the most dynamic sectors of the global economy. Once again, it surprises with a pivot that can change customers’ habits and drive new streams of revenue. It’s called “banking as a service” (BaaS) and it stormtroops through the market. What is it? Can you participate in the trend?
Significantly. Research and development (R&D) drive the economy through innovation. That attracts talents that push new products and services even further, expanding the internal market and creating value for export. Finally, research and development positively affect business across the board – from internal processes, through new hires, ending with a long-term strategy for growth. How do research and development affect productivity and what should you do to make it happen?
FinTech newsreels are booming with information about new products and investments. It is reassuring to see that a large chunk of these initiatives are in the spirit of sustainable growth. Find out about new apps from Minted and Hapi, the development of Moss and Aspiration and a project by The Scottish National Investment Bank.
Another week and another dose of juicy news waiting for you in our FinTech Wire series. Apart from exciting exciting updates from UK businesses such as Kroo, Zilch, Keebo, Appital, and LendInvest, you’ll also learn about Canada’s RBC Ventures interesting launch dedicated to… kids! Keep reading to find out about the inspiring achievements of the FinTech world figures.
Banking needs more and more raw power, as well as fast access to data from literally anywhere. Cloud computing is the perfect solution, as it allows for transferring information throughout the Internet in the most efficient way. But why exactly does it meet the banking needs so well and how do customers benefit from it? Answers to these and more questions are waiting for you in our new post!
What is the real meaning of sustainability? How to differentiate between a genuinely sustainable practice and greenwashing? And how does sustainability relate to economic growth? Check out the next episode of Ask Me AnyFin, where we talk to Richard Peers, the founder of ResponsibleRisk — an innovative consultancy that drives improvements in sustainable finance. Sit, relax and watch the video or read the transcript below to discover inspiring insights from the green FinTech world.
FinTech is all about finding new ways to do business and make money. Whether it is a smart way to reach investors or a simple, retail buy-now-pay-later solution, everything is oriented towards creating something nobody has ever thought about before. Even money lending has been revolutionised lately. Crowdlending is becoming a global phenomenon as we speak, so don’t be late — find out all about it right now!
How is the UK startup landscape 18 months after the beginning of the pandemic? Despite the challenges, a recent survey shows that businesses turn pretty optimistic about the next 12 months. New funding rounds and positive financial data seem to back this optimistic outlook. Keep reading for more good news!
This week in FinTech news we have exciting new launches in the realms of cashless credit, cross-border payments, and cashback initiatives. Besides that, a recent study has listed 10 top investment apps in the UK, some of which have scored over 80% increase in new users since March 2020. Get more details below!
FinTech is a very difficult market to be in. New solutions pop up frequently. Competition is fierce, compliance demands strict, and investors expect nothing but spectacular success. How to navigate these waters? We have prepared a brief list of top FinTech influencers and experts. Shapers, thought leaders, and FinTech startup CEOs will help you follow trends and innovate.
How can cryptocurrency change the world? Is blockchain really a problem looking for a solution? In this episode of Ask Me AnyFin, we talk to Zion Schum, the cryptocurrency enthusiast and the CEO and co-founder of Leutheria.com. Check out the video or read the transcript below to find inspiring insights about cryptocurrency and blockchain specifics, its merits and challenges, and the vision of the future of the crypto world.
This week’s FinTech Wire is full of impressive funding rounds, international acquisitions, exciting expansion plans, and an AI-powered investment app being the cherry on top. Sounds exciting? It totally does! So go ahead and learn about the latest achievements of Yapily, Soldo, Clim8, Bridgeweave, Zilch, and Solarisbank!
You can put a price on successful application, implementation, or even company-wide change. You can’t evaluate stagnation. The digital transformation strategy keeps the company afloat, lets it compete in a demanding market, and gives it a competitive edge. What is digital transformation and how can you run it in your firm?
According to the 2021 Global FinTech Rankings New York City is the third most thriving FinTech hub in the world. Innovative ideas find plenty of talent and business opportunities here to transform into successful products. Proximity to venture capital and tech-focused communities surely doesn’t hurt, either. Still, you might wonder: which startup accelerators in NYC are best to help you jumpstart your FinTech business? Read on to find out!
We live in interesting “financial times” with FinTech transforming every sphere of how money is made and managed. Recent selection of FinTech Wire News only adds to this excitement, showing that modern technology contributes to the financial inclusion of different groups from all around the world, ranging from Nigerian businessmen, American working families to Lithuanian representatives of generation Z. Discover which FinTechs have rocked the boat this week!
FinTech has always been founded on the notion that traditional ways of doing business don’t work. There has to be an innovation that drives the sector. There has to be a value proposition that spikes customer’s interest. From now on, the money has to be secure, easy to manage, and available from anywhere and at any time. The FinTech blockchain market makes it possible.
One of the main missions of software developers’ work is to deeply understand the product they are working on and the real problem that the product is supposed to solve. In the new episode of Ask Me AnyFin, we talk to Koray Koska, who tells us the story of how he turned from a software developer to a startup co-founder and how the idea of VitraCash – a smart debit card – was born. What is the truth behind the “magic” smart tools like VitraCash? And what are the biggest challenges of entering the FinTech market? Check out our interview for all the answers!
Despite challenges associated with each solution and business model, all FinTech companies face the same basic problem – trust. People confide with these organizations to multiply, keep safe or simply loan money. Their money. That’s why an image is so valuable. There’s a way to build trust and ensure a high level of technical proficiency; all at the same time. It’s called blockchain.
After finding the general landscape of FinTech in the Middle East so fascinating that I even had to present it to you in a blog post, I just had to select some of the most interesting examples of how technology changes lives in this region. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that very thorough curation in the accelerators there results in apps that are genuinely helpful and solve real-life problems! Read more to find out how.
What’s new in the UK’s FinTech world? They say bad news travels fast, but we make sure the good news reaches you even faster. This week we have our eye on exciting launches and successful funding rounds among local businesses. Read more to find out about the great achievements of tomato pay, coinpass.com, Codat, StepEx, and Dozens!
At some point anyone who ventures into financial services has to try and navigate the tricky maze of compliance and other regulations. In this episode of Ask Me AnyFin we chat with Alan Blanchard to find out how RegTech can help businesses easily comply with constantly changing regulations. How to keep up with these changes? What interesting solutions are available in the market? You’ll find the answers in our interview!
Finding a suitable employee can be a pain in the neck, especially in IT, where skilled developers rarely seek for new job opportunities on their own and screening less experienced ones is a must. But can it all be simplified? Apparently, yes. There are dozens of useful recruitment tools that can help you, as an HR department representative. Let’s find what they are and how they can make your work more effective!
FinTechs going green is a popular subject among investors, startups, software development specialists, and users alike. Sustainable FinTech companies are not a buzzphrase anymore. It’s a strong trend that grows and fuels another revolution in the finance world. A green one; literally and figuratively speaking.
In the new episode of Ask Me AnyFin we met with Simon Farmilo to discuss the customer-centric approach in finance, COVID’s impact on SMEs in the UK, and the growing popularity of green FinTechs. How does the trend for sustainability shape emerging startups? Will it affect attitudes towards cryptocurrencies? Check out the interview for a fresh serving of FinTech insights!
FinTech or financial technology is one of the most vibrant sectors of a modern economy. The number of innovations implemented in the field exceeds the expectations of many analysts and users alike. FinTech is so successful because it combines healthy business interests on the side of applications’ owners and the daily needs of customers. A spectacular proof is the rise of insurance technology but the whole FinTech is full of novelties. Let’s discover them all.
The importance of transparency in the software development process extends beyond creating a product. It’s the quality of business relationships that really matters. The market-ready product, being the final stage of a business relation, is only a result. The reason behind its successful delivery by the vendor and the acceptance by the client is an honest partnership. How to make sure that transparency in software development really works?
This week’s FinTech news are dominated by one topic: buy now, pay later FinTechs. The world is crazy about them, they keep raising millions, merging, expanding and doing all sorts of growth related stuff. Find out what exactly is happening in this sector right now!
A construction site on an alien planet is like a hive – everyone knows what to do, everyone has a specific role to play. There are risks and unknowns. Erection of a building under these circumstances requires careful planning, selection of materials, coordination, and teamwork. Similar rules apply in software development – engineers, product owners, designers, and quality assurance specialists are focused on their specific tasks. But the most important role is played not by developers; it’s reserved for the client. Here’s how the client’s responsibilities in product development translate into working application.
Crowdfunding is as old as the human kind itself, isn’t it? We may safely assume that even the very first tribes made use of the crowdfunding concept to survive, while gathering resources and sharing them. But we live in the XXI century, so the first thing that comes to our minds when we think about the crowdfunding market is the Internet and platforms such as Indiegogo. But there is so much more, so let’s dive in this sector of FinTech and take a deeper look at it now.
You surely have points to check before signing a contract with a development company. You want to make sure that the partner you are going to choose, is reliable and software quality is spot-on. This is part two of hour lenghty and very detailed article, so if you have questions to ask a software development company, visit the first material: Questions to ask before hiring software development company.
Software development contracts can be built in multiple ways but one thing that should matter the most is software quality. Meetings and calls before the start of product development will help you make a good decision and choose the right software vendor. What to pay attention to? What to avoid? How to learn more about your partner? We made a list of 20 questions to ask when signing a contract with a software development company.
The Middle East is a huge and diverse region spanning over three continents and populated by more than half a billion people. This diversity is also visible in the FinTech market there, with some regions more technologically advanced and some just at the beginning of their road to the future of financial services. Let’s find out more about the FinTech in the Middle East landscape.
Consumers of digital services expect quality service, security, and convenience. Machine learning (ML) in finance is the best example of how these needs can be fulfilled. Without compromising business models, and the need to generate revenue. With customer-centricity in mind. The best way to serve people what they need is to know them a little better. How is this goal achieved and what’s the state of machine learning adoption in the industry?
Artificial intelligence (AI) in FinTech is often associated with Big Data and analysis of customers’ behavior. In reality, it can be used in a wider range. Anti-money laundering (AML) AI is used to fight financial crime and secure apps’ reputation. After all, financial technology is all about trust. How is it done and what conclusions can you draw for yourself?
User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) are ruling the world. Even if you don’t pay attention to them, users of your app definitely do. If neglected, this sphere can even break the application, causing major client churn. They will leave. Companies are investing time and money to make sure their product will launch smoothly and keep users engaged. There are, however, popular myths about the design. What are they and what complications do they bring?
Digital disruption invented and implemented by FinTech companies is a double-edged sword. Companies that went after main-street banks and traditional insurance firms, now face another era. They have to innovate to stay alive. How leading insurance companies make use of artificial intelligence (AI) will make or break their businesses. Customers face new risks and want to make sure the InsurTech sector can calm their fears. This is how you can help them.
In the dynamically growing world of FinTech, trust and security are everything. Even one mistake in these fields can lead a promising startup to instantly fail and there are no second chances. How to minimize the business risks if it is impossible to be 100% certain of the available cybersecurity measures? Read more to find out how cybersecurity insurance providers can let you sleep tight.
FinTech apps heavily rely on connecting with customers. They thrive by offering custom services to users bored and tired by classic banking. The more you know about your customers, the more you can give to them. The same works for prices – price optimization through machine learning is the ultimate tool for growing revenues. How is it done and what can you learn from existing examples?
Financial technology, or FinTech for short, is a hit. It’s a global revolution that transformed the lives of many people. It enabled them to hold onto a job, manage their finances, discover better options for their home budgets. The Kalifa FinTech review for 2021 shows how much this business has evolved in the UK – one of the most vibrant markets in the world. We work with the best – two of our clients contributed to the report.