Banking

  • How new tech can improve the loan process Crunch Network

    How new tech can improve the loan process

    Anyone who keeps up with the stock market is likely aware that Lending Club is in hot water. Anyone with professional lending experience is likely unphased by this. Even so, peer-to-peer services remain popular. Because of that, traditional lenders are finally feeling pressure to use technology to improve their own processes, and we’re already seeing substantial progress throughout… Read More

  • India’s fintech revolution is primed to put banks out of business Crunch Network

    India’s fintech revolution is primed to put banks out of business

    While global stock markets reset and U.S. tech unicorns readjust to new expectations and valuations, India’s tech renaissance is just beginning to flourish. Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani calls it India’s “WhatsApp Moment,” echoing how a simple software solution from Silicon Valley turned the Asian telecommunications industry upside down. Read More

  • Fintech is playing the long game Crunch Network

    Fintech is playing the long game

    Our team has been actively investing in fintech for the past two years. In addition to reading pitches from hundreds of companies and meeting with dozens, half of our team has worked in the finance sector in previous careers. SparkLabs Global decided to create an easy to read overview for others to get up to speed on how innovation and technology will disrupt the financial sector. Read More

  • Southeast Asia financial comparison startup Jirnexu lands $3M to expand to digital banking services

    Southeast Asia financial comparison startup Jirnexu lands $3M to expand to digital banking services

    Malaysia-based fintech startup Saving Plus has closed a $3 million Series A round and renamed itself as Jirnexu. Read More

  • Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    What does the future of the financial services industry look like? The founders of two startups with two very different answers to that question took the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference this morning to discuss how they’re planning to disrupt traditional brokerages. Read More

  • E-susu aims to close the gap between community loan groups and traditional banking services

    E-susu aims to close the gap between community loan groups and traditional banking services

    An interesting hack presented on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016 is a platform for non-traditional banking services. Called e-susu, the app is designed for people who are involved with informal loan groups to help them better manage the process of lending money within a family or community group, as well as encouraging the saving process via increased transparency. Read More

  • Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms 

    Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms 

    It’s easy to move your money between banks. What’s annoying is moving your apps. There’s been a recent explosion of fintech products in spaces like stock trading, wealth management, payments, loans, remittance and insurance. It’s been fueled by a massive uptick in venture investment in private fintech companies, which hit $13.8 billion in 2015 according to CB… Read More

  • Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance Crunch Network

    Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance

    Banking as we know it is in the midst of its first fundamental remaking in centuries. What’s driving this transformation? Two major shifts: our transition to interacting with money digitally instead of physically, which opened finances to tech disruption, and a tech wave that has changed the way consumers define ease and convenience. Read More

  • Momo, a mobile payment firm in Vietnam, lands $28M led by Standard Chartered Bank

    Momo, a mobile payment firm in Vietnam, lands $28M led by Standard Chartered Bank

    Vietnam is emerging as a technology market of note in Asia. Weeks after U.S. VC firm 500 Startups announced a fund for the country, Vietnam-based fintech startup Momo has landed a $28 million investment round from banking giants Standard Chartered (SCB) and Goldman Sachs. Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, embedded in devices like the Echo speaker and Fire TV, is today taking on a new role: she’s now a banking assistant, too. Capital One announced this morning the rollout of a new “skill” (like an app for Alexa-powered devices), which will allow consumers to do their banking by voice, including checking balances, reviewing… Read More

  • Transforming how retail banking works Crunch Network

    Transforming how retail banking works

    Mobile is changing how people work, travel, read, communicate, shop and many other lifestyle behaviors. In the Internet Trends 2015 report by KPCB, mobile engagement is better than ever, with three hours of time spent per day on mobile devices in 2015 compared to an hour per day five years ago (a 300 percent increase). Adding to this, there was 69 percent and 23 percent annual worldwide growth… Read More

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