Showing blogs for: Fintech
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Réka Almay | February 8, 2022 | 9
Read moreIn Austria, which considered to be a rather conservative country, it is perhaps not surprising that people still largely prefer cash and traditional banking services to digital solutions. Nevertheless, the digital sector is growing steadily with the emergence of mobile banking and apps.
by Harlan Cockburn | January 26, 2022 | 27
Read moreIf Piotr Jan Pietrzak ever decides to move on from his work as Director of Product at web browser Opera, I’m pretty sure there’d be a perfect new slot for him: Polish Ambassador, roving the world to sing the praises of his native land. Once upon a time he was champion of Polish electronic music, rockin’ the beats as a DJ.