It was a big year for FinTech in 2017 – and 2018 is shaping up to be every bit as exciting. Here are some FinTech predictions for 2018.
At the LHoFT, we help founders with innovative ideas turn those ideas into startups with a transformative effect in the finance industry. We also help established startups expand into Europe and beyond, expanding their reach and market penetration.
In talking with founders who fall into the latter group, established and expanding, we have identified the three most significant concerns when attempting to scale after finding initial traction.
In from the cold and finally joining AI, Big Data and the Cloud around the fire, the announcement on Sunday that CBOE was now trading bitcoin futures suggests the technology behind it is now being taken seriously. Whatever your opinion in the various debates that surround the cryptocurrency - whether it is an asset or a currency, whether its shady past deserves legitimacy - few can deny the sustainability of the technology underlying bitcoin.
Have we finally cut the inaugural blockchain ribbon to the future?
On the surface, the story of cryptocurrencies has been a story about new financial opportunities — whether it’s people betting on bitcoin, or banking on the blockchain. But the building blocks of this story go back to the history of currency, the evolution of the internet and distributed networks, and towards the advent of Ethereum. As these threads come together, how are they being woven together into new opportunities right now?
Andreessen Horowitz general partner Alex Rampell reflects on all this and more, in this talk delivered at our most recent annual a16z Summit in November 2017.
For the financial technology industry, 2017 will be defined as the year that the threat of tech giants grew stronger, artificial intelligence cemented its importance and some startups applied to become banks.
What to look for in 2018? Maybe more mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and deeper forays by Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. Here’s a wrap from industry experts:
Regtech recently became a trendy term commonly associated with the financial sector. Summits, events, discussions and reports around this new field are popping up everywhere, including in Luxembourg. But what is regulatory technology (regtech) all about? Does it only impact banks and funds? Let’s try to get a better understanding of regtech and how it creates positive opportunities for Luxembourg.