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This week, the Motive Partners team spent time with our partners at AIFC FinTech in Nursultan, Kazakh
July 7 · Issue #151 · View online
This week, the Motive Partners team spent time with our partners at AIFC FinTech in Nursultan, Kazakhstan, for the second annual Astana Finance Days (AFD) Conference.
Speaking about the Conference, Sam Tidswell-Norrish, of Motive Partners said:
“What the people and Government of Kazakhstan are building in Nursultan - a next generation Financial Centre, from regulation & policy to physical & technology infrastructure - is truly incredible. International businesses, small and large, should see AIFC as their Central Asian launchpad.“
Swarths of finance and technology experts attended from around the world and covered topics including infrastructure development, policy, R&D, FinTech and Islamic Finance. The AFD Conference reaffirmed Nursultan’s progress, commitment and success in becoming one of the world’s foremost Financial Centres.
If you’d like to hear more about the mission and our work with AIFC FinTech please do get in touch.

Motive Podcasts
This week, we chatted to the Founder of Glenhawk, Guy Harrington, a non-bank lender which provides short-term residential and commercial property finance. A fun yet truly insightful conversation with an entrepreneur we greatly admire!
Our favourite moment?
20:06 - Guy talks about the lessons he has gained as a leader and entrepreneur: “You don’t win or lose in life, you win or learn.”
All episodes are on Apple PodcastsSpotify or Google Podcasts.
FinTech of the Week
Our FinTech of the Week is Work For Good, an online giving platform that enables businesses to donate to charities easily through their work.
What’s the big deal?
If 1 in 20 small businesses in the UK gave 1% of their income, £1 billion in new charitable funding would be created every year.
There are 5.7 million small and medium-sized businesses in the UK - that’s a lot of power and potential to make a difference! Could you become part of this story?
Work For Good just launched their summer campaign and will be offering free accounts to sign up until 31 July. If you are part of a small to medium-sized business and you’re ready to make an impact beyond your day-to-day working life, sign-up today using the discount code SUMMER19 and begin to give easily and meaningfully to the charities you care about!
Watch this space as we have a podcast in store for you with the Co-Founder of Work For Good!
Upcoming Industry Events
Select M&A Activity
PayU Acquires Red Dot To Move Into SE Asia
Funding Activity
Silicon Valley Bank lends $300m to innovative Irish companies
Currencycloud raises around £32m
Aspiring challenger Kyash raises $14m
What We're Reading
Astana Finance Days convention showcases Kazakhstan’s financial potential
Digital banks seek to turn popularity into profits
AIFC and Fidor Solutions to Boost Fintechs in Kazakhstan
Monese begins integration with PayPal
How FinTechs Team With Banks For RTP Solutions
The 4 Key Clues To Understanding The Future Of Facebook’s Libra
Inside Revolut's bid to be the Amazon of banking, and the lessons it's learned from breakneck growth
FCA suggests ban on crypto derivatives
Funding Circle halves revenue growth guidance as demand falls
Iwoca launches real-time business loan decisions
FinTech Funding Circle shows valuations are a binary choice
Standard Chartered rolls out digital-only bank to three new markets
UK Banks Turn To Trust As FinTech Competitive Foil
Emirates NBD implements digitised payments for Dubai Department of Finance
Hundreds of German fintech start-ups gone bust since 2017
NatWest rolls out digital working capital product
FCA proposes ban on crypto-based derivatives
Japan Joins Chorus Of Regulators Worried About Libra
Key Hires & Talent
Sponsored by JBM Consulting. Listen to JBM Consulting’s podcast, The 40 Minute Mentor. This week, they chatted to the Head of People at Onfido, Ruth Penfold and it was a truly fantastic conversation with an inspiring woman. Give The 40 Minute Mentor podcast series a listen, you certainly won’t regret it!
Ex-Goldman chief Sherwood joins UK fintech ‎unicorn Revolut Michael Sherwood is returning to the banking industry as a board member of the British fintech unicorn.
Revolut taps banking veteren Richard Davies as operating chief
PayFacto appoints former McKinsey man as COO
Binance Crypto Exchange Hires Ex-Ripple Exec As CEO; Prime Factor Approved As UK’s First Crypto Hedge Fund
DBS names Alfian Sharifuddin as head of Technology & Operations for Hong Kong and China
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