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...
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...
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 (...
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...
14 Oct 2013
27 Jun 2012