FINkit Teen Tech Accelerator
Apr27

FINkit Teen Tech Accelerator

Today is National Take Your Child to Work Day and at FINkit, we joined in early – running our own Teen Tech Accelerator a couple of weeks ago in the Easter Holidays so as not to detract from our children’s school work, especially as it has still to really take on in the UK as much as the US and they’d otherwise be missing a normal school day. Our objective was to really bring to life ‘a day at FINkit’ so rather than spending a day...

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The Brave New World Embraces Failures as Learnings
Jan05

The Brave New World Embraces Failures as Learnings

We have great affinity with Chris Skinner and his blogs regularly hit home. In this – a list of predictions for 2017 – he discusses, amongst other things, that the investment in innovation is changing.  From our own experience, we would concur that Innovation is indeed slowly moving out of the labs and into real-time time testing and that the way to collaborate with FinTechs has to be in the cloud (APIs) but outside of the core...

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2017 in UK Retail Banking: What’s Hot and What’s Not
Dec19

2017 in UK Retail Banking: What’s Hot and What’s Not

2016 has been a very busy year and my team and I have been out there meeting with and talking to banks big and small and FinTechs in their hundreds. It’s been enlightening; I’ve learned so much from so many and after consolidating sentiment, data and experience, I’ve chosen five things that I think are hot and five things that – for whatever reason – are not for UK Retail Banking in 2017.   What’s Hot The Sandbox: Whether it’s...

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Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Five
Dec05

Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Five

Our event last Monday wrapped up with a panel discussion on predictions for 2017. What is going to happen over the next 12 months that has us all talking this time next year? The panel’s views broadly fell into four categories: 1)    Blockchain – will it? Won’t it? Are we approaching the hype peak? Is the latest announcement about Santander and Goldman Sachs leaving R3 telling? 2)    China – capital flooding into FinTech beat the US...

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Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Four
Dec02

Dropping the curtain on ‘Innovation Theatre’: Part Four

“40% of bank C-suites have zero technology experience.” Over the last 13 years, the team at Monitise has had the fortune of working with some real visionaries – both within our own team and at our clients and partners. People that know the future is coming, know the role that technology can play, get the commercials, see the hurdles and have the strategies to overcome them. In technology, ‘disruptors’ and risk takers are...

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