Showing blogs for: Fintech innovation
by Harlan Cockburn | July 4, 2023 | 26
Read moreAs if to leave no doubt, the chairman of the Ukrainian Fintech Association is wearing a black hoodie with large white text across the front: I’M UKRAINIAN. Rostyslav Dyuk displays pride in his country, and the fact that his NGO is doing well, despite the enormous struggles in over a year of war.
by Harlan Cockburn | June 14, 2022 | 27
Read moreWhat is a bank for? Why are there bankers? Where is this coming from? I am plunged straight into philosophy by the Co-Founder and CEO of Finqware, one of Romanian Fintech’s brightest offerings. Perhaps it’s not entirely surprising, since Cosmin Cosma started out studying Heidegger Phenomenology at university, and says that through this he began to understand ‘the real meaning of things’.
by Harlan Cockburn | May 31, 2022 | 22
Read moreAs the Swedish Fintech scene is apparently ‘booming like crazy’, to re-quote Anders Norlin of Coach & Capital, let’s hang out a little longer in Stockholm, and check in with two more practitioners of the fine art of Fintech. One working within the framework of an august Swedish bank, the other in a pioneering green enterprise founded to reduce paper usage, and provide secure digital storage for citizen’s official documents.
by Harlan Cockburn | May 5, 2022 | 28
Read moreIn the 1949 classic movie, The Third Man, the central character famously says, “In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
Fintech conquers Belgium – switching bank accounts service providers automatically and interoperability – part 2
by Csilla Herendy | March 8, 2022 | 22
Read more‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ as the old saying goes, which continues to be valid even in the age of Fintech. ING Belgium is attempting to exploit opportunities for rapid financial growth with the help of its own incubator programme, while BNP Paribas Fortis is playing emphasis on openness.
by Harlan Cockburn | February 22, 2022 | 26
Read moreFor me, one of the joys of interviewing Fintech players around Europe is the random and sometimes fascinating stories which surface. One such story comes to light in talking with Georgi Penev, Director of the Bulgarian Fintech Association since 2020.
by Harlan Cockburn | December 9, 2021 | 33
Read moreLook, I know it’s not a good thing to resort to easy stereotypes when speaking of different nationalities. Generally I would steer very well clear of, ‘All Swedes are…’ or, ‘Greeks are usually distinguished by…’ However, in the case of the three interviewees who are my guides to Fintech in Spain, I’m tempted to characterize them with the same quality: they all speak, and apparently operate, with passion.
by Csilla Herendy | November 23, 2021 | 11
Read moreSince 2010, the Belgian Fintech segment has been developing steadily, with the first players focusing on alternative financial solutions such as crowdfunding. However, the last few years have brought changes, the end of the decade saw the rise of payment solutions on the Fintech scene.
by Harlan Cockburn | October 5, 2021 | 17
Read moreFrom my earliest days of living in Hungary I was conscious that Austria played a big part in the history of my adoptive homeland. Austria was partner in a once-great empire, and a byword for high culture across the whole region.