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NORWAY – Small but sustainable
by Harlan Cockburn | November 29, 2022 | 32
Read more“It’s a long country, with only 5 million people, and big distances from everywhere to everywhere,” Niklas Sandqvist sets the scene for the place he’s called home since 1999 – Norway. “I’m actually Swedish,” he explains.
Hungarian Fintech – Bankers and the orange crop – part 2
by Harlan Cockburn | June 30, 2022 | 29
Read more‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’ is an old saying that seems to apply particularly well to my enquiries into Hungarian Fintech, where in the home country of Ergomania, doors are significantly easier to open. So much so that it’s necessary to divide this country review into two articles, split between Bankers, and Fintechers themselves.
The Romanian Fintech scene – Trusting your feet
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’.
Sweden – Accelerating innovation and saving trees – part 2
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.
Sweden – Crypto and the International Vibe – part 1
by Harlan Cockburn | May 19, 2022 | 18
Read moreAnders Norlin is the genial and well-connected Fintech advisor and former CEO of the Swedish Fintech member organization Findec, and he reports that a Swedish Fintech scene that’s ‘booming like crazy. ’ That’s in terms of VC capital deployed, as well as in growth and recruitment, with Stockholm being the hot spot for something like 80% of all businesses.
Fintech scene in Switzerland – Is there a Brand Swiss?
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.
The future of online mortgage application
by Dr. Péter Rónay | April 5, 2022 | 15
Read moreFor many, owning a home would remain a dream forever if mortgages didn’t exist. For millions of people, one of the first steps to home ownership is taking out a mortgage loan – but it’s often a bumpy road to getting there.
Assessing the ROI
by Harlan Cockburn | March 22, 2022 | 14
Read more‘Wow! Will you take a look at that!’ This is the sort of response that all Designers would like for their labors, and sometimes even get. We usually recognize ‘classic design’ although rarely agree with each other about what this constitutes: The Volkswagen Beetle, Fender guitar, Converse sneakers? – All classic designs, probably.
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.
The Bulgarian Fintech Scene – Dedication and tough work
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.