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The FINTECH Book: The Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

ISBN: 978-1-119-21887-6
312 pages
May 2016
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A front-line industry insider's look at the financial technology explosion

The FINTECH Book is your primary guide to the financial technology revolution, and the disruption, innovation and opportunity therein. Written by prominent thought leaders in the global fintech investment space, this book aggregates diverse industry expertise into a single informative volume to provide entrepreneurs, bankers and investors with the answers they need to capitalize on this lucrative market. Key industry developments are explained in detail, and critical insights from cutting-edge practitioners offer first-hand information and lessons learned.

The financial technology sector is booming, and entrepreneurs, bankers, consultants, investors and asset managers are scrambling for more information: Who are the key players? What's driving the explosive growth? What are the risks? This book collates insights, knowledge and guidance from industry experts to provide the answers to these questions and more.

  • Get up to speed on the latest industry developments
  • Grasp the market dynamics of the 'fintech revolution'
  • Realize the sector's potential and impact on related industries
  • Gain expert insight on investment and entrepreneurial opportunities

The fintech market captured over US$14 billion in 2014, a three-fold increase from the previous year. New startups are popping up at an increasing pace, and large banks and insurance companies are being pushed toward increasing digital operations in order to survive. The financial technology sector is booming and The FINTECH Book is the first crowd-sourced book on the subject globally, making it an invaluable source of information for anybody working in or interested in this space.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

About the Editors x

Acknowledgements xii

1. Introduction

Banking and the E-Book Moment 6

Why We’re so Excited About FinTech 10

Current Trends in Financial Technology 13

2. FinTech Themes

Banks Need to Think Collaboration Rather Than Competition 20

Global Compliance is Key 22

Lending (Capital) in the 21st Century 25

The Next Big Innovation in FinTech – Identity 28

Tech Giants Becoming Non-Bank Banks 31

Design is No Longer an Option – User Experience (UX) in FinTech 34

3. FinTech Hubs

Nurturing New FinTech Communities 42

La (French) FinTech Connection 45

The Journey Towards an Integrated FinTech Ecosystem – The Netherlands 48

Luxembourg, a Future FinTech Hub? 51

Vienna as the No. 1 FinTech Hub in Mobile Payments? 53

India’s FinTech Ecosystem 56

Singapore, the FinTech Hub for Southeast Asia 58

4. Emerging Markets and Social Impact

FinTech – The Not So Little Engine That Can 66

Why Am I Not Gonna Be Able to Enter a Bank? 69

The Rise of the Rest in FinTech 72

Smartphones, FinTech, and Education – Helping the Unbanked Reach Financial Inclusion 75

The Social Impact of FinTech in Nigeria 78

India and the Pyramid of Opportunity 81

5. FinTech Solutions

Rewiring the Deal – The Path Forward for B2B Supply Chains 88

Payments and Point of Sales (POS) Innovation 92

Predictive Algorithms – Building Innovative Online Banking Solutions 95

Big Data is the Cornerstone of Regulatory Compliance Systems 100

FinTech Solutions in Complex Contracts Optimization 106

Behavioural Biometrics – A New Era of Security 109

Ultra-Fast Text Analytics in Trading Strategies 112

Regulated Crowdfunding Ecosystems 117

Remittances – International FX Payments at Low Cost 120

FinTech Solutions for Small Businesses 123

Payment Solutions Including Apple Pay 125

FinTech Solutions Benefiting other Sectors 128

FinTech Innovation for Wearables 131

6. Capital and Investment

Investment and Capital – Back to Basics 138

Angel Investing – Access to “Smart Money” to Fund the Best FinTech Companies 141

Crowdfunding and Marketplace (P2P) Lending – Online Capital Marketplaces as New Asset Classes to Access Funding 144

The Digital Investment Space – Spanning from Social Trading to Digital Private Banking – A FinTech Sector Made for Disruption? 147

Leading the Way with an Investor-led Approach to Crowdfunding 149

My Robo Advisor was an iPod – Applying the Lessons from Other Sectors to FinTech Disruption 152

Crowdsourced Alpha 155

To Crowdsource a Hedge Fund 160

Providing Capital and Beyond 162

7. Enterprise Innovation

Can Banks Innovate? 170

So, You Think the Innovation Lab is the Answer? 173

FinTechs and Banks – Collaboration is Key 179

Partnerships Are the Key to Addressing Financial and Digital Exclusion 183

Corporate Venture Capital – The New Power Broker in the FinTech Innovation Ecosystem 186

The Insurance Opportunity 190

8. More Success Stories

eToro – Building the World’s Largest Social Investment Network 196

Avoka – An Overnight Success, 13 Years in the Making 198

Bankable – Banking as a Service 201

The Next Chapter in Citi’s Story of Innovation 203

FinTech Trends from the Frontline – Building Collaborative Opportunities for Start-ups, Market Infrastructures, and Wholesale Banks 206

9. Crypto-currencies and Blockchains

FinTech + Digital Currency – Convergence or Collision? 212

Blockchain and Crypto-currencies 217

10. The Future of FinTech

How Emerging Technologies Will Change Financial Services 226

The Future of Financial Services 229

Banking on Innovation Through Data 232

Why FinTech Banks Will Rule the World 235

The FinTech Supermarket – The Bank is Dead, Long Live the Bank! 238

Banks Partnering with FinTech Start-ups to Create an Integrated Customer Experience 241

The Rise of BankTech – The Beauty of a Hybrid Model for Banks 245

FinTech Impact on Retail Banking – From a Universal Banking Model to Banking Verticalization 248

Embracing the Connected API Economy 253

Banking Like Water 258

Eliminating Friction in Customers’ Financial Lives 261

FinTech is the Future Itself 264

A Future Without Money 267

Ethics in FinTech? 270

List of Contributors 273

Index 291

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Author Information

SUSANNE CHISHTI is CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's first Angel Network focused on FinTech opportunities and London's FINTECH Tours. She is also the Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate and recognized in the European Digital Financial Services 'Power 50' 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. Selected among top 15 FinTech UK twitter influencers.

JANOS BARBERIS is a Millennial in FinTech, recognised as a top-35 global FinTech leader. He founded FinTech HK, a thought leadership platform, and the SuperCharger - a FinTech Accelerator that strategically leverages on Hong Kong as a gateway to Asia. In parallel, he sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum's FinTech Committee and is a PhD Candidate at Hong Kong University Law School.

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Press Release

March 11, 2016
New Book Offers Front-line Industry Insider's Look at FinTech Explosion

A new wave of companies changing the way people pay, send money, borrow, lend, and invest are on the rise. A new book titled, The FINTECH Book, by Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis explores the overall market dynamics of this new financial innovation and uncover key developments in the industry through insights of front-line practitioners.

The FINTECH Bookoffers an accessible, interesting and vibrant read which will be of interest to those new to FinTech, as well as pioneers and established experts. It covers a wide range of topics, including themes, ecosystems, solutions, emerging markets and social impact, success stories, investment and capital, enterprise innovation, digital currencies and the future of FinTech. Key industry developments are explained in detail, and critical insights from cutting-edge practitioners offer first-hand information and lessons learned.

Content Highlights:

  • Explores established FinTech centres like London, discuss France’s FinTech-favourable conditions, and examine the Netherlands as an integrated FinTech ecosystem. In addition, the book reviews buzzing FinTech scenes, ranging from Luxembourg, to Austria, India, and Singapore, each having its own unique characteristics that set it apart as a potential frontrunner in FinTech.
  • Summarizes the latest FinTech solutions for both established corporate players and consumers.
  • Explores the latest technologies which facilitate higher investment performance.
  • Provides a vision to several categories of blockchain technologies that will impact the financial industry: digital currencies, asset registries, application stacks, and asset-centric technologies.
  • Charts the future course of FinTech over the next decade.

The FINTECH Book is the first single, consolidated and authoritative resource on the disruption, innovation and opportunity in the financial technology sector, and is the first globally crowdsourced treatment of the topic. Initiated by FinTech thought leaders and entrepreneurs, Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis, with their mutual passion for FinTech, they believed that no one author, organization or region in the world was able to exhaustively cover all the facets and nuances of FinTech. They reached out to the global FinTech community and selected contributions from a range of individuals and organizations, from entrepreneurs working for FinTech start-ups, to service providers, SMEs and employees of large organizations.

The FINTECH Book is written by 85 expert authors in the global fintech investment space from across 20 countries around the globe.

The book will release in April 2016. For more information, visit the publisher’s website at: http://as.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111921887X.html.

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