Daily Review: Technology Companies Are Invading the Financial World

Elena Mesropyan, LTP

 “Amazon knows something about me that a bank never will. It knows everything about my revenue, and they know my audience – that’s something that I might not even know. It lets Amazon take this risk that a bank cannot,” said Lex Sokolin, Global Director of FinTech Strategy at Autonomous Next. “Information makes risk-taking cheaper because you know who’s going to default and who’s not. It shows you how much more insidious it is to compete with a platform that truly knows you and your data.” Continue reading “Daily Review: Technology Companies Are Invading the Financial World”

FinTech Is the Ultimate Tool for Financial Inclusion and Upward Mobility

LTP team

The LTP Team had the pleasure of speaking with Juan E. Tavares, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer at LendingPoint. Juan works to distill stories from data, leverage investor relations, and nurture new opportunities in the lending market. Seizing the opportunity to bring LendingPoint to the American market, Juan points to the economy’s reshaping of the financial services industry, resulting in new regulatory environments for lenders and new challenges for consumers. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Juan as much as we did. Continue reading “FinTech Is the Ultimate Tool for Financial Inclusion and Upward Mobility”

Frankfurt – An Emerging FinTech Gem in Changing Europe

Elena Mesropyan, LTP

According to MEDICI data, Germany’s FinTech landscape counts ~475 companies. While FinTech companies in Germany collected €400 million for the whole of 2016, the inflow of capital had already reached €307 million in H1 2017. The number of deals also went up, as did the average size of the deals, rising from €7 million to €7.3 million,Frankfurt Main Finance, the financial center initiative for Frankfurt am Main, reports. Continue reading “Frankfurt – An Emerging FinTech Gem in Changing Europe”

Tech Empowers, Tech Polarizes

Mark Muro, Metropolitan Policy Program

Tech is a hugely empowering force in the workplace, but it also polarizes. At a moment of disquiet about the nation’s West Coast tech giants, that’s the ambiguous synopsis of the big new report we at Brookings Metro just released on the progress of “digitalization” — the diffusion of digital technology into nearly every business and workplace.

Our report is, in this sense, a true good news / bad news story. Continue reading “Tech Empowers, Tech Polarizes”

Protocol Tokens — Good for Investors, Bad for Business

Mason, TokenSoft

If you’ve been making the rounds pitching your upcoming ICO, chances are you’ve been rejected and labeled as not a protocol token. The protocol token thesis, outlined in USV’s blog title Fat Protocols, states that 90% of the value of the network is captured in the protocol layer which is accessible by a token native to that network. Investors love protocol tokens as they can buy in early and experience gains similar to what was seen with Bitcoin and Ethereum. Continue reading “Protocol Tokens — Good for Investors, Bad for Business”