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Confessions of a finance PR

Whether it's another useless coin (for laughs, check out the soon-to-be-launched FOMO Coin) or bloat
July 9 · Issue #90 · View online
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Whether it’s another useless coin (for laughs, check out the soon-to-be-launched FOMO Coin) or bloated blockchain consortium project, Wall Street is still trying to figure out blockchain. Whatever happens, there’s very little aggressive thinking here – most firms are still just running POCs, not rethinking their businesses.
– Zack Miller, Tearsheet

Next frontier for cashless payments: Pocket money
Beyond a convenience factor, developers say financial education is an important objective of the digitization of parent-to-child payments. Parents are using digital payments to manage their kids’ allowances.
BNP Paribas' blockchain powered securities platform
BNP Paribas and crowdfunding company SmartAngels created a blockchain-powered securities platform that will act as a share registry to let private companies issue securities on primary and secondary markets.
Confessions: Finance companies led by people who aren't tech savvy
In this installment of Confessions, in which we trade anonymity in exchange for honesty, we spoke with a PR professional whose agency works with some of the largest and most recognizable financial services brands. 
The upshot? Not a lot of tech when you’re looking at fin leadership.
Inside robo-advisor Wealthsimple's content strategy
Canadian robo-adviser Wealthsimple uses an online magazine to grow its reach among customers. Experts say Wealthsimple’s focus on engaging content with powerful visuals adds consistency and credibility for the brand.
Experian Ventures's Alex Marquez: We want to be a listening post
Alex Marquez spent a dozen years at Intel Capital honing his skills as a corporate venture investor. Alex joins us on the podcast to describe Experian’s new venture program and how he plans to grow it.
(Sponsored) The power of conversational banking
Conversation is the new user interface connecting people to financial products and services. Meet KAI, a conversational AI platform from Kasisto that makes engaging with customers as natural as chatting. Learn more.
What we're reading
  • 22 banks join Swift’s cross-border blockchain trial (CoinDesk)
  • Transport for London tops one billion contactless journeys (Banking Technology)
  • With ‘sticky’ customers, more payments processors may combine for growth (Reuters)
  • For Infosys, blockchain and artificial intelligence are opening new doors in India’s digital payments business (Quartz)
    • See also: The RBI is worried about three big problems in India’s banking sector (Quartz)
  • U.S. card firm Vantiv goes global with $10 billion Worldpay buy (Reuters)
  • Six months after acquisition, SoFi is shutting down Zenbanx (TechCrunch)
  • MYbank deepens push for business big banks won’t touch (Bloomberg)
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