Member since

Samarth's blog archive

2014 (1) 2013 (2) 2012 (11)
Samarth Shekhar

Samarth Shekhar

Regional Manager EMEA at SixThirty Ventures
Message Message me Posts: 14 Comments: 7
Bio Samarth heads SixThirty Ventures' EMEA presence, investing in early stage Enterprise FinTech & InsurTech startups and helping them scale via a go-to-market program. He is the co-founder of FinTech Forum, and was recognised by the WSJ / FN FinTech40 - Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance in 2014. Career History



Is a FinTech revolution brewing in Continental Europe?

03 Apr 2014

With the continent's share of FinTech funding and deals under 6% of the global volumes (and less than 2% in the German-speaking countries), this is not a post about a burgeoning fintech scene in the region. However, talking to or meeting over a hundred startups, investors and banks for the first study of fintech startups in Germany, Austria and Swi...


1 Bn worth of new FinTech-focused funds just in 2013

12 Oct 2013

It has never been a better time to start (or own!) a FinTech Startup- or so it seems. VC funds, bank and tech provider venture funds pumped in over a billion dollars in FinTech-focused funds in 2013 alone. The announcements and the size of the funds underscore the attention FinTech is getting from investors and the confidence of expected returns. T...



Germany's FinTech rising stars- and their investors

04 Sep 2013

Investors put in over €35 mn (disclosed amounts only) into these FinTech startups in the last three years. However, this is really just a starting point: as per an Oct. 2012 study by London New Finance, of the total investments and M&A spend into nearly 350 FinTech transactions globally, Germany's share was less than 0.6%, compared to the UK (...


European banks' race to shared services, open source

14 Sep 2012

Further to my previous post calling for more SWIFT-style sharing of IT and back office among European Banks we now have (1) Deutsche Bank calling upon rivals to share investment banking technology; (2) ING promoting an API developer portal for building open source Retail Banking software; and (3) the ECB moving closer to a European banking union...