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  • The Banking Business Model, In Detail – Part I: Cross-Border Payments Everything has already been invented. How many times have you heard this said? It’s true that since the start of the internet revolution, creating new business ideas seems to be less of a daunting prospect and a increasingly attainable option for all. As a result, it now seems especially difficult to create new added-value s...

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  • Top 10 unmissable banking & financial innovation conferences in 2018 If you work in banking or the FinTech industry, you are undoubtedly overwhelmed by the number of financial services conference invitations you receive each day in your inbox, on LinkedIn, and indeed over the phone. I know how it feels, especially at the beginning of the year when I sit down with my team to decide which events...

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  • Change, in all its forms, brings with it concern and unrest, but also huge opportunity. Particularly when change is imposed, it is often hard to see beyond the regulations and embrace the possibilities.  Banking, having experienced relatively little change in recent times, is now on the cusp of considerable transformation in the shape of PSD2, or the Revised Payment Service Directive.

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  • During 2017, we have seen numerous advances in technology and the introduction of new regulatory policies that are reshaping SME Banking. Despite still being an underserved segment of sorts, digitalisation, machine learning and open APIs have opened up previously unimaginable opportunities for banks to get closer to the SME customer. While no one can see the future, we asked SME Banking expert...

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  • Erik Brieva, CEO of STRANDS and entrepreneur, reveals the top business books that helped shape his business savvy.  As CEO of STRANDS, FinTech partner for banks, founder of Polymita, and co-founder of multiple companies within enterprise software, mobile and Internet spaces, it’s safe to say Erik Brieva knows more than a thing or two about business and entrepreneurship.  

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  • Brazilian Guga Stocco is an advisor and board member of companies like B3, the biggest stock market in the world. He co-founded Domo Invest, a fund that raised R$ 100 million for investments in Internet and Fintech. Guga was also responsible for the creation of the first fully digital bank in Brazil with more than 300,000 clients and projects such as online bank account opening and open banking...

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  • 2018 will bring exciting change in the banking sector. This will be a year in which new regulations and new ideologies will cement their presence in finance, and the customer will continue to rule the roost.  A year of optimizing experiences, revamping our digital offering and taking banking to the underserved segments of the world. Not for the faint of heart, but banks would be wise to add a ...

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  • Lav Odorovic is the co-founder and CEO of Penta. Odorovic is a serial entrepreneur, having set up and exited his first startup by the tender age of 21. After working several corporate jobs, he, together with several entrepreneurial friends, launched Penta, a Berlin-based neobank, offering banking services to early-stage technology companies. As the last part of our SME Finance Forum interview ser...

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  • With the official Open Banking kick-off date programmed for this weekend, it’s the topic of the moment.  What will change?  Is it safe to share customer data? How much information do banks need to give their customers? Many banks have already missed the deadline, asking for extensions at the last minute, and what was originally set to be a full-steam-ahead approach to Open Banking looks now to...

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  • Back by popular demand, we are kicking off 2018 with a recap of the past year with our Fintech Pulse Magazine. 7 of our favorite articles, written by Stranders, about trends in Fintech from 2017, focusing particularly on underserved segments of society and legislation set to turn the banking sector on its head in the coming year.  Here are the posts that made the cut this year:  

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  • As the Fintech partner for banks our commitment to enhance digital customer experience has been taken to new heights during 2017. More than assisting with the implementation of innovative tools, we offer insight into new, unexplored opportunities, such as that of the SME customer, or banking for the needs of women. We’ve grown both in the number of banks we work with, but also in international ...

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  • It’s safe to say banking is not the same industry it was a few years ago. If you are working in a bank or any other financial institution, you will be well aware how crucial it is to stay ahead of industry trends and technology advancements. With 2018 knocking at our door, it’s time to recap on our learnings and plan ahead for the things we want to achieve during the coming year. To get your r...

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  • Maya Margie Younes is the Head of Marketing at BLC Bank with 20 years’ experience in the banking sector. Before moving her focus to BLC, she had spent several years at American Express Bank, involved in various roles such as business development, strategy and risk management. She played a pivotal role in the strategy and implementation of the Women’s Empowerment program encompassed by the We In...

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  • The key to serving the SME is to understand their plight.  Despite accounting for 99% of all businesses in many countries around the world - in the UK alone, there are 5.4 million SMEs - they have been all but left out of the equation by banks.  In this post, the aim is to break down the particular needs of this segment and suggest fitting solutions.

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  • Balazs Topor is SME Product & Segment leader at Raiffeisen Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience in SME banking and in-depth expertise in customer value creation, segment differentiation and product design. Continuing with the SME Finance Forum Interview series, we want to address another underserved segment - SMEs - and learn about digital transformation in banks targeting this...

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  • Erik Brieva, de origen cubano, no es para nada una persona ajena al éxito. Experto en matemáticas y en ciencias de la computación, ha dedicado su vida profesional hasta el momento a proyectos empresariales, software para empresas, y negocios basados en Internet, cofinanciando y administrando varias compañías en España, el Reino Unido y Estados Unidos antes de impulsar STRANDS al escena...

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  • Matias Núñez Castro is Executive Director for SMEs at Santander Mexico, having previously worked as regional director for SME Business. In 2016, Euromoney named Santander best bank in the world for small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the magazine, its strategy goes beyond lending, to address critical obstacles for SME growth. We recently met with Matias Núñez at the SME F...

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  • Cuban-born Erik Brieva is no stranger to success. A mathematics graduate and computer sciences expert, his professional life thus far has been dedicated to entrepreneurial ventures, enterprise software and internet-based business, having co-founded and managed several companies in Spain, the United Kingdom and United States before propelling STRANDS to a world FinTech stage.

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  •   Proper management of personal information has been a topic of discussion since the 1970s, leading to comprehensive information safety laws in over 80 countries and to the creation of public institutions dedicated to safeguarding privacy rights. In recent years, however, the rise of alternative finance or “FinTech” companies has disrupted this tightly guarded space, raising an entire...

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  • Several of the STRANDS team recently traveled to Las Vegas to attend Money20/20 – the world’s largest payment and financial services event. We had a great time connecting with market leaders, smart people, and other innovative companies like ourselves, making an impact on the FinTech ecosystem. Although it was physically impossible to attend all sessions, we managed to pick out five...

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  • On September 12th the new iPhone X was unveiled by Apple as ¨the future of banking¨. The most expensive Apple phone to date, with improved visuals and performance, it has kick-started the next generation of digital banking, and here at Strands we have discovered what we believe to be the 3 main ways it will shape our banking future.

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  • You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. In digital banking, onboarding is the most direct way to illustrate to users the type of customer experience that can be expected at your bank. The reality is that soon the days of driving to the bank, waiting in a long line, speaking with assistants and signing long paper contracts will be a thing of a past. This is th...

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