“Women bring an aspect of diversity to a team. Many studies have shown that a diverse workplace might ultimately create better results. This is crucial for startups.
We believe there are no purely female and male attributes. The best thing one can do, no matter the gender, is to be your own champion. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, and to respectfully evangelise about your own talents and aspirations to the right people. If you don’t, who is going to do it for you?“
According to BI Intelligence, the consumer payments industry will process about $2.7 trillion of card-based payments in the US in 2015. This explains why there is a massive amount of mobile-centric innovation occurring in the payments space and why competition for the consumer's wallet is so intense.
Over the last 15 years I have worked at a number of leading organisations creating, developing, deploying and managing global trading platforms. I thought that as this is my first blog post in my capacity as a mentor for SBC Fintech, it would be useful to share some insights in a series of two posts (just to keep things digestible).
The best performing technology fund since the peak of the dot com boom did it all without owning Apple Inc (AAPL.O), whose soaring stock price has pushed the Nasdaq near a new record high.
The $941 million Fidelity Select IT Services fund (FBSOX.O) has returned an average of 10.9 percent a year since March 10, 2000, when the Nasdaq Composite hit its record high, according to Lipper data. That's more than double any other technology fund tracked by Lipper, and trounces the 0.1 percent a year generated over the same period by the PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ.O), the most popular exchange traded fund tracking the Nasdaq.
Did you know that there are 78 Fintech startups in Italy? Thanks to Riccardo Luna, editor at StartupItalia! and CheBanca! you can see all 78 in the Fintech Atlas of 2015 (as long as you can read Italian).
So, I sought a tour guide who was happy to speak to me in English. Luckily I found Fabrizio Villani of FintechItalia. Fabrizio is an Italian Fintech entrepreneur currently living in Barcelona and familiar with the London and Amsterdam Fintech scenes (so he can contrast what he sees in Italy with the Fintech scene in other cities).