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36 fintech firms to watch in 2017

November 27 · Issue #60 · View online
Tearsheet Weekly Newsletter
I just want to buy some Bitcoin
We talk a lot about cryptocurrencies, the blockchain’s disruptive potential, and all that yada yada. Trying to walk the talk, we attempted to buy Bitcoin this week. It wasn’t pretty. The humorous buyer’s odyssey shows just far we have to go to even think about getting mainstream adoption.
Financial incumbents' biggest challenges
Financial professionals biggest challenges
It’s not easy for large institutions to be innovative. At the Tradestreaming Money Conference on November 14, we confidentially asked attendees to name their biggest challenges. Clearly, the work is great and the day short to get more innovative and aggressive. All the new tech – including big data, AI, and blockchain – doesn’t stand a chance unless management buys in.
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Congratulations Harvest CEO Peter Hans! Named The Ten to Watch in 2017
10 key elements of a better user experience
Combined iOS and Google Play downloads of finance apps grew 45 percent year over year in Q3 2016. Finance apps have figured out the recipe for good mobile experiences. It takes 10 ingredients to delight customers.
36 top fintech firms to watch in 2017
Top fintech firms for 2017
‘Best of’ lists are easy to compile but hard to get right. Instead, check out this list of the fintech firms you should have on your radar for 2017. Included are both more mature and more startup-y type fintechs. The point is that there are some juicy opportunities out there that these firms intend to capitalize on.
Is it safe to go into the fintech water?
Incumbent financial firms face pressure on a growing number of fronts. The most threatening challengers don’t come from the startup space, though. It’s the Facebooks and Googles that are more likely to eat banks’ lunch, according to QED Investors’ Caribou Honig.
Misys new marketing strategy landed 48 of the top 50 banks
By implementing the strategy, Misys turned $50 million of lost business into a pipeline worth $150 million. Here’s how.
“A lot of vendors and banks do not make use of the data they have already in their system to improve customer service.”
Best mortgage ads for the Fall of 2016
One of the benefits of financial companies recruiting more heavily for marketing talent from advertising agencies and tech firms is the improving ad copy. Ads are funnier and more engaging. Especially these mortgage video ads, the best this season has to offer.
When fintech met Thanksgiving
Ecommerce gets most of the hype around Thanksgiving purchasing trends. But there are other types of fintechs getting in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Big banks defect R3 blockchain group
Some big banks are defecting the R3 blockchain consortium. Goldman, Morgan Stanley, and Santander were the first to leave. They weren’t interested in ponying up an investment in the reported $200 million equity round R3 was raising. Those defections hurt – R3 was only able to raise $59 million.
What we're reading
  • Stripe raises money, nearly doubles valuation to $9 billion (Fortune)
  • Fintech’s remedy for Brexit plan? Cozy up to banks (Bloomberg)
  • Seeds of a fintech startup sometimes come from the trenches (NYT)
  • Indian micro-loan firm, Aye, raises $10 million (TechCrunch)
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