July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our July newsletter and what a month it has been! From the World Cup Final to the ongoing heatwave here in the UK means that summer is in full swing and FINTECH Circle has lots to report.

Thanks to our delegates from Switzerland who came to London for two days during the Swiss Fintech Tours during which time we visited Level 39 and Barclays RISE where speakers from top fintech companies shared their knowledge and insights.

I also joined Paul Henley from Thomson Reuters and Martin Griffiths, Barclays’ Head of Fintech to discuss the future of fintech. Listen to our Podcast here.

Exciting news to report this month includes that FINTECH Circle has partnered with Societe Generale to run the Acceleration Program for their Internal Startups in the UK. I joined the SG team to celebrate the launch of their London Innovation Lab, The Greenhouse.

Good news for our international book fans: The FINTECH Book has been translated into Russian which means it is soon available in 11 languages!

Polish – Russian – Turkish – Vietnamese – Japanese – Chinese/Mandarin – Orthodox Chinese (Taiwan) – Spanish – Portuguese – Farsi (Iran) – English

During the interval of a recent World Cup match, a friend who is a senior banker at one of the leading US investment banks in the City, turned to me and said: “Why is fintech so difficult? Challenged to explain the big picture in a 15-minute interval of a World Cup match, I started: What’s the fintech game?

FINTECH Conferences

  • Silicon Valley, 6 – 10 August Navigating FinTech Disruption One-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the latest trends in FinTech, directly from the Silicon Valley insiders.
  • San Francisco, 7 – 9 August M2Banking & Fintech Latam With the robust growth of smartphone and internet penetration, Latin America has become the second-fastest growing mobile region in the world.
  • Chicago, 22 – 24 August Mobile Payments Conference The conference will highlight the many new mobile commerce platforms, services, solutions, and standards that continue to enter this exploding market.
  • Bangkok, 31 August Block Hedge 3rd Edition Blockchain has emerged to be one of the top disruptive technological development of the decade and that’s not what we are debating.
  • New York, 6 – 7 Sept AI in Finance Summit New York  Discover advances in deep learning tools and techniques from the world’s leading innovators.
  • Brazil, 17 – 19 Sept Brazil Fintech Roadshow  Presented by the U.S. Commercial Service Facilitated by PHM International.
  • London, 20 Sept –  2nd UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit  Attendance at the second edition of The UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit will therefore be invaluable for both incumbents and start-ups by City&Financial
  • London, 20 Sept – Innovation Summit 2018 The Economist breaking through the hype around AI to get to the still considerable reality
  • Copenhagen, 24 – 25 Sept – TechBBQ – Tech Nordic Advocates TechBBQ is a two-day international tech-startup summit by and for the startup community.

What would you like to learn today?

Check our latest Course:

Clarity: Make your message hard to ignore Baldwin Berges It is crowded, distracting, and noisy out there! That is why earning the ongoing attention of your target audience with a clear message has never been more important.

Search through our diverse range of online video courses across InsurTech, RegTech, WealthTech, Blockchain, AI, Enterprise Innovation and Startup Methodologies. All our online courses are bite-size and self-paced – so you decide how you like to learn about the future of finance.

Don’t miss our latest Interviews with Advisory Board Members Dr. Chris Coleridge, Cambridge Judge Business School and Associate Prof. Dr Markos Zachariadis, University of Warwick Business School.

Latest courses

ETF 2.0: AI and the Rise of the Mega-Block? – ‘JB’ Beckett  An easy-to-understand introduction of how blockchain and Artificial Intelligence can address issues impacting investors today and the construction of Exchange Traded Funds.

How Connected Insurance and Insurtech are revolutionizing the insurance industry – Andrea Silvello  The class aims to explain the concept of Connected Insurance by briefly touching subjects like IoT, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

How to jump start your start-up – Bill Gourlay  Launching your new start-up venture is an exciting time, but with so many things to consider, how can you make sure that you start out on the right foot?

InsurTech Landscape:Business Models and Disruptive Potential – Dr. Florian Schreiber  Which aspects constitute a business model innovation? What is the meaning of disruption? How can we distinguish between technology-oriented competitors, enablers that promote the digitization of the insurance industry, and genuine disrupters that may fundamentally change the traditional insurance ecosystem?


Managing Platforms in Financial Services – Prof. Dr. Bjorn Cumps
Learn how to design, grow and manage a platform business. Fintech Partnerships Ecosystems, APIs & OpenBanking

Grandmaster The Fintech Chessboard – Lex Sokolin
Strategic Fintech Course on roboadvisors, AI, Chatbots, blockchain Initial Coin Offerings ICOs.

Digital Transformation and Convergence Ecosystem – Jean-Stephane Gourevitch
Learn about key drivers in digital transformation in Banking & Insurance. Course covers WealthTECH, InsurTECH, AI, Blockchain and IOT.

Fintech in Turkey – Melike Belli
Enroll in our FinTech Course on Banking in #Turkey. Learn about key Players and the Turkish Tech Ecosystem.

FINTECH China 101 – Allen Chen
Learn about the FINTECH Boom in China & understand Baidu Alibaba & Tencent’s strategies. How to partner with China


WealthTech and the Killer AIs – Richard Turrin
Learn how AI works with fantastic examples transforming how asset & wealth managers interact with clients.

AI Robotisation of Mutual Fund Selection 101 – ‘JB’ Beckett
Learn how Machine Learning & AI can revolutionize Mutual Funds selection & Portfolio Management.

Lead Generation for Wealth Managers – Frank Bertele
Build high-performing lead generation & client engagement engine to drive revenues. Includes wealth management private banking.

Beyond Robo-Advice – Vaughan Jenkins
Learn how fintech supports emotional client engagement. Covers Robo-Advice, Machine Learning and WealthTECH.

Robo-advisor is not a bot – Katarina Prozorova
Learn about the Role of AI in Robo Advisors, mind-machine interfaces and Wealthtech future trends.

 Uber Moment for Asset Management – Bolko Hohaus
How fintech & WealthTECH will transform active Asset Management. Covers Robo-Advisors, Blockchain and AI


Guide to Strategy and Branding – Yuri Poletto 
Learn how to apply strategic planning tools to your FinTech Business. Covers Brand Identity, Value Proposition, ROI, Insurtech.

The Insurance Evolution – Henrique Volpi
Learn how Insurtech initiatives are changing #insurance landscape with Data Analytics, AI and Blockchain globally.


FinTech Implementation Risk – Dimitri Anagnostopoulos
FinTech Course on Enterprise Innovation: Lessons on implementing new Tech while managing Risks & Behaviour.

Innovation Methods and Disruptive Tech – Sylvia Michalski
Learn about disruptive Fintech technologies via case studies in banking, insurance & capital markets, Insurtech.

Design Thinking Your Strategy – Claude Diderich
Learn how to apply Design Thinking to prototype & validate Fintech solutions and Business Models.

Disrupt Banking Business Model – Kamales Lardi
Learn how to evaluate impact of fintech disruption & jumpstart innovation. Create transformation Roadmap.

Fintech Customer Focus Secrets – Tibor Bedo
Become a Customer Research Expert: Scan your customer needs & improve products with data.

Mentoring in a FinTech Environment – George Vukotich
It’s not easy to build up your fintech startup. Learn about tools and how to find best mentors to make a difference


The EU General Data Protection Regulation – Peter Lancos
RegTECH Course to learn about GDPR, Data Protection, European Privacy Regulation & Compliance


Blockchain: Moving from POC to Reality – James Burnie
Start your Blockchain Journey today! Learn key concepts behind “Distributed Ledger” DLT in 1 hour

Cryptocurrency Deployment Fundamentals – Steven Dryall
Jumpstart your cryptocurrency project: Build platform community & achieve liquidity. #bitcoin BTC ETH Alts


Pinduoduo made waves this week after aiming for a $1.63 billion IPO in the United States. The Chinese company is only three years old. Following the Pinduoduo news, two-year-old Sina-backed fintech startup Pintec also filed for a United States-based IPO, hoping to raise $70 million” Read more

“UK’s Investment Association announces first cohort of Fintech innovators of Velocity accelerator program. The advisory panel is chaired by Graham Kellen, Chief Digital Officer of Schroders, and comprised of senior industry leaders and digital technology specialists” Read more


“3 Fintech Data Analytics Startups to Watch – Financial institutions harnessing the power of big data must glean meaningful insights from many disparate data sets. Several startups helping banks and financial institutions make sense of data, alternative and otherwise, have emerged” Read more

“Asian fintech innovation hub, Stone & Chalk, announced this week it is uniting fintech across the eastern seaboard with the launch of a new national capability, known as a mega hub, across its new home at the Goods Shed North in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD innovation precinct, and its residency in the Sydney Startup Hub.” Read more

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed our July newsletter!

Best wishes,

Susanne Chishti
CEO, FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute
Co-Editor of The FINTECH BookThe WealthTECH Book and The InsurTECH Book