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Tests of character

HOW would you feel if you were invited to the moon? If you found a gold coin, would you save it, give it to charity or splurge on a holiday? …

Don’t limit the revolution

THE limited-liability company is one of man’s greatest inventions. The company encourages co-operation by allowing people to join together under the …

It starts with a single app

AMONG Helsinki’s contributions to innovation in transport is a tram kitted out as a fully functioning pub, which trundles through its centre in the …

Where the smart is

THE fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the “internet of things”, which adds sensors and internet capability to …

From the 1% to $1

TO THE extent that Goldman Sachs has anything to do with the little guy, it is usually accused of trampling over him in pursuit of profit. As an …

More Likes, More Cash? Kabbage Provides Working Capital for Online Merchants

In 2008, Chris Byrne had just found his rhythm selling vintage guitars on eBay when the credit crisis hit and the bank yanked his line of credit. The …

Kabbage Plans Growth As Alternative Lending Competitors Plan IPOs

As online alternative lending startups Lending Club Corp. and OnDeck Capital Inc. prepare for initial public offerings, newer startup Kabbage Inc. is preparing to expand.<p>Kabbage Chief Executive Rob Frohwein told Venture Capital Dispatch the company he co-founded is at a $50 million revenue run …

Digital Account Origination

Digital account origination (DAO) refers generally to being able to opening account without a customer being physically present at a branch. This is …

Why Amazon and Google are bound to enter finance

The most interesting challenger bank you’ve never heard of

Most people who have an interest in Fintech have heard of Atom, Starling, Fidor, Mondo or Number 26. Some might have heard of Loot, or Holvi. But …

Banking

Why disruptive lenders could spell danger for SMEs

The emergence of “disrupters” to established business models over recent years has had a significant impact on our society and economy.<p>Uber and …

High tech meets low finance

TECHNOLOGY ought to have revolutionised finance more than any other industry. After all, modern money is mostly an entry on a computer—capable of …

India online

EVERY second three more Indians experience the internet for the first time. By 2030 more than 1 billion of them will be online. In June last year one …

Mobiles could be the secret to ‘smart’ cities

The phrase “connected cities” conjures images of sensor-laden highways, live maps of underground systems and a mission control centre filled with …

Kreditech: A credit check by social media

The analysis begins with the first keyboard strokes of a borrower seeking a loan on Kreditech’s site, gathering clues about personality and identity …

Against the odds

Going where few startups have gone before<p>INVESTORS have poured billions of dollars into “fintech” startups, creating hundreds of new firms determined …

Chop chop

BOSSES at big banks would once have cringed at releasing the kind of results they have been serving up to investors in recent days. This week, for …

Castles in the air

THE skyscrapers of the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) rise out of Riyadh’s urban sprawl like an emerald city. Pointed glass spears compete …

Syria oil map: the journey of a barrel of Isis oil

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WHEN the Honduran police came to evict her in 2009 Mariana Catalina Izaguirre had lived in her lowly house for three decades. Unlike many of her …

Technology: Banks seek the key to blockchain

It doesn’t feel like a revolutionary moment. A member of a small team from the Swiss bank UBS, holed up on the 42nd floor of London’s Canary Wharf, …