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Przemek Bozek

VCs response to the Coronavirus threat

This article focuses on VCs and their action patterns during economic slowdowns / recessions including actions taken to shield their investments, especially the most promising start-ups in their portf...

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Trends in Financial Services
Domenico Scaffidi

ISO 20022 Migration: Why Banks Need To Move Fast

SWIFT’s decision to delay migration of cross-border payments to ISO 20022 by 12 months has important strategic implications for the industry. With multiple market infrastructures moving to ISO 20022 o...

11 h
Standards Forum
Felix Kronabetter

Lucky 13 as MPE tackles change on multiple fronts

The 13th edition of Merchant Payment Ecosystem (MPE) had a lucky break, being one of the last large‑scale conferences to take place before the COVID‑19 virus spread in earnest. The show took place fro...

11 h
5G Payments Schemes and Strategies 2020 - 2035
Alex Axelrod

COVID-19 Outbreak and Crypto Market

The futuristic utopia that technological progress promises is coming ever closer at an astonishing pace, yet unseen challenges, have surfaced during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The pandemic has manag...

08 Apr 2020
Cryptocurrency Insights
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain and European payments: banks in the defensive mode

The European Banking Federation (EBF), the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB) and the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) point out that the crisis has brought to the fore ...

08 Apr 2020
Blockchain Observations
Payson Johnton

Banks are Moving Away from Supplier Finance and SMEs are Scrambling; Is Blockchain the Solution?

The world is becoming increasingly globalized, and despite the benefits of a better connected global economy and supply chain for businesses both small and large, banks seem to be pulling away from wh...

07 Apr 2020
Blockchain in Banking and Financial Services
Rishi Chauhan

Fintech Customer Acquisition - Market Segmentation

This blog has been produced with support from Ipsos Mori, a sincere thanks to Paul Stamper ( for his help and input. This blog attempts to answer two key questions: Why do finte...

07 Apr 2020
Eli Taranto

Covid-19 and the rush to Digital banks

Umberto Eco once wrote “Everything is repeated, in a circle. History is a master because it teaches us that it doesn't exist. It's the permutations that matter.” In addition to the effects on the sup...

07 Apr 2020
Banking Strategy, Digital and Transformation
Joris Lochy

A frictionless check-out experience, what does that actually mean?

In today’s design of (software) solutions, providing a frictionless user experience is (and should be) a top priority within every organization. While payments have already gone through a major evolut...

06 Apr 2020
Payments strategies 2015-2020-2030
Przemek Bozek

Who benefits from 5G?

According to a Google search: “5G will support billions of connections” and “5G will have a tremendous effect on economy” and “5G solves problems we haven’t yet encountered”. In isolation, it almost s...

06 Apr 2020
5G Payments Schemes and Strategies 2020 - 2035
Erik Pickett

VitaMins: Socioeconomic effects of COVID-19

The number of Google searches for the word unprecedented has recently spiked to unprecedented levels[1]. And for good reason; the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything in living memory - and it is not ...

06 Apr 2020
Innovation in Financial Services
Andrew Beatty

Opening the Vault

We live in an era of platforms. Many sectors, including financial services, are embracing platforms as a new and better way of doing business. Banking as a Platform (BaaP) is nascent but the benefits ...

06 Apr 2020