September 2018 Newsletter

We are delighted to announce that FINTECH Circle is kicking off work on our 4th Book: The PAYTECH Book, focused on the future of the global payment industry. Payment experts can apply to become co-authors by submitting a 1 page proposal here.

This begins the crowd-sourcing process for global co-authors to write for The PAYTECH Book, the forth of a bestselling series of FinTech books. Each chapter will be written by experts from leading fintech/paytech companies (from startups, to scaleups to unicorns), financial services and payment professionals and investors across the world. Everybody has a chance to contribute to The PAYTECH Book which will be published by WILEY.


My excellent co-Editors for The PAYTECH Book are:

  • Robert Courtneidge, CEO of Moorwand was voted No. 1 in Payments Power 10 at PayExpo15 and Top 10 Payments Lawyer Paybefore 2015.
  • Tony Craddock, Director General of the Emerging Payments Association and has held several senior positions in the payments industry.
  • Prof Markos Zachariadis, Professor at Warwick Business School, FinTech Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, and expert in payment infrastructures.


FINTECH Circle’s previous editions The INSURTECH Book and The WEALTHTECH Book had over 400 industry experts from all over the world submitting proposals for their chance to share their insights and expertise. Potential co-authors for the PAYTECH Book are asked to submit a one page abstract by 15 November 2018.  The global fintech community can vote for each submission and the final decision is made by the editing team & Wiley. The selected authors will be notified in January 2019 to write their full chapters.

For the latest PAYTECH Book developments please follow us on Twitter @PayTECHBook and Instagram PAYTECHBook

This month featured Insurtech Rising where I was joined on stage by my fellow Co-Editors of The INSURTECH Book from left to right Sabine VanderLinden, Nicole Anderson and Shân Millie to role play the different stakeholders in the insurance ecosystem, which was great fun!



As part of our FINTECH Tours, we were also delighted to welcome the The Swiss Economic Forum to London. Thank you Jane Jee, CEO Kompli-Global, compliance specialist and payments lawyer and Eric Mouilleron, founder CEO of Bankable for giving great insights into your companies and sectors!

I was able to to a pay a return visit to beautiful Abu Dhabi for the Fintech Abu Dhabi Conference, one of the leading FinTech and financial events in the MENA region where I also lectured a FINTECH Masterclass at the Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy.


FINTECH Conferences

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


In another move from banks wanting to collaborate with startups Citigroup Inc. has created a group of lenders from Banco Santander SA to BNP Paribas SA to invest in Fintech companies. Read more

In their latest funding round payments company Stripe Inc. values the financial-technology startup at roughly $20 billion, putting them firmly into the ranks of the world’s most valuable private companies Read more


Africa’s Fintech startups are innovating out of need for financial services and global investors are backing them. This article explores the necessity of the work Fintech startups in Africa are doing. Read more

With so much in the news this recently about Fintech Sandboxes, a great blog by Amy Mathews on The Role Of Regulatory Sandboxes In Fintech Innovation Read more

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

Best wishes,

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