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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…  

Why the Minimum Wage may not be such a good idea after all…

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:56:27 +0000

Watch Milton Friedman explain why such a move might actually hurt the ones it intends to help… and read why “Raising the Minimum Wage is Still a Bad Idea” and why good intentions end up as bad policy… Cartoon by Henry Payne, courtesy  ..and while on this, here is a thought-provoking, nuanced take on […]

The Math of VC Returns…

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:26:03 +0000

…or how important winners are to venture returns and how difficult it is to find them. Excerpts from a recent Seth Levine post (emphasis added): Based on their data, a full 65% of financings fail to return 1x capital.  And perhaps more interestingly, only 4% produce a return of 10x or more and only 10% produce a […]