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FinTech, Financial Innovation, Industry Disruption.


Weekly Briefing No. 46 | Is ‘New Data’ the Best Hope for Hedge Funds?

16 Aug 2020 6 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Is ‘New Data’ the answer to hedge funds’ woes? We explore that question as well as Gen Z’s impact on financial institutions and why the SEC should regulate pharmacy benefit managers. Payments news from Facebook and Apple, the rise of usage-based insu...

Weekly Briefing No. 45 | US Fintech is a Burning Man Festival

16 Aug 2020 5 minute read 1 comment FinRev

While other nations create fintech sandboxes, the US has created more of a Burning Man. We kick off the Fall by sharing that perspective as well as looking at Insurance’s youth problem, Wells Fargo’s malfeasance, the future of RegTech, insights from...

Weekly Briefing No. 44 | A Fintech Opportunity in the EpiPen Fiasco?

15 Aug 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

As the summer winds fade, we look back at Mylan Labs’ EpiPen fiasco and ponder a possible fintech opportunity. We also take note of Apple’s nasty battle with Aussie banks, the resilience of some fallen unicorns, an ETF issuer’s reinvention as a finte...

Weekly Briefing No. 43 | The Fed Knows it Needs Disrupting.

14 Aug 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

This week, we ponder the need for disruption at the Fed and the rise of robot tellers in the land down under. The Israeli start-up scene, Berlin’s fintech rise, Ripple’s dis of banks’ digital coin plans and a look at LendUp are also on our radar. IN...

Weekly Briefing No. 41 | Worried About Bank-Fintech Friction? Watch Snoop Dogg.

13 Aug 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

This week we look at bank-fintech partnerships, a critique of Google Analytics and what’s on the mind of Bloomberg’s head of venture investing. Also on tap: MiFID II, circuit breaker silliness, a big law firm accepting Bitcoin, money-market rule chan...

Weekly Briefing No. 40 | What’s In Your Safety Net?

12 Aug 2020 6 minute read 0 comments FinRev

A parachute-less fall from 25,000 feet, Bitcoin’s price volatility and the potential of a national charter for marketplace lending hit our radar this week. We also look into what some hedgies are doing fresh off a Jersey-style slap in the face, UBS’s...

Weekly Briefing No. 39 | Want a Fintech Career Reinvention? Go Surfing.

10 Aug 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Surfing is a great metaphor for financial services career reinvention. We discuss why and also look at AirBnb’s lesson for fintech, Steve Cohen’s investment in Quantopian, Fidelity’s new roboadvisor offering, the latest payments news and Silicon Vall...

Weekly Briefing No. 38 | Blockchain 2016: Doers, Dust Kickers and Crazy-Haired Guys

9 Aug 2020 6 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Summer is in full force, but the financial innovation keeps on keepin’ on. Separating the blockchain achievers from the posers, a new fintech index and lessons from Dollar Shave Club grabbed our gaze this week. Also making the docket: Student loan’s...

Weekly Briefing No. 37 | A Silicon Valley Leader Reveals Dim View of Financial Incumbents

6 Aug 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

A recent podcast from Andreessen Horowitz says a lot about how Silicon Valley views financial services. We discuss what they said, as well as the possible financial services implications of the Pokémon craze and Lending Club’s ongoing woes. Also this...

Weekly Briefing No. 36 | The Yield Curve is Set to Light a Fire in Digital Banking

5 Aug 2020 6 minute read 0 comments FinRev

The direction of the yield curve is set to light a fuse for digital banking. This week, we look into why, as well as blockchain lobbying in Washington, the annual Allen & Co. conference, Fred Wilson’s take on corporate VCs, the next phase for Quantop...