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FinTech for Good

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:57:24 +0000

My first blog post on Huffington Post, “Fintech for Good” – slightly edited version below… Back in 2009, a global consortium of researchers published a report with a provocative title, “Half of the World is Unbanked”. Five years later, the numbers had already dropped by 20%. Yet close to 2 billion adults globally still do […]

“Global Greening versus Global Warming” – Excerpts

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:49:57 +0000

Excerpts from “Global Greening versus Global Warming” by Matt Ridley (emphasis added): …I am increasingly disaffected from science as an institution. The way it handles climate change is a big part of the reason. After covering global warming debates as a journalist on and off for almost 30 years, with initial credulity, then growing skepticism, […]

Fintech startups – Can they make any money?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:29:18 +0000

Extracts from, “Here’s the huge question facing fintech startups — can they make any money?” Something strange happened to a few hundred customers of startup, app-only bank Number26 last week — their accounts started closing. With no explanation other than to cite terms and conditions allowing unexplained account closures, Berlin-based Number26 emailed a clutch of […]

Digital-only banks face big challenge to usurp traditional high street giants

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:45:58 +0000

Interesting excerpts from Digital-only banks face big challenge to usurp traditional high street giants (emphasis added): “Only a small minority of consumers strongly agree that (online, digital) providers will offer better service, rates, or security than they receive from their existing banks, and well over half would prefer to avoid banks that lack a track […]

FinSum @ Tokyo, Sept ’16

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:31:06 +0000

Great to have been at FinSum in Tokyo last week…The energy and excitement was palpable! I participated in a panel that Sheel moderated + led a session on FinTech in Development… Here are the slides and an artist’s visualization of my talk (it’s flattering!): Will try and share notes soon…