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Fintech is in full bloom. Investment rounds have never been stronger (take a look at BBVA’s bold moves, and why they matter). There’s also the PSD2 directive - the one that forces banks in the European Union to open their data to any third party provider - which has been finally published.
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For a casual observer, the fintech scene looks like a uniform rock: it is all about digital banking alternatives (such as N26, Revolut, Tandem, Yoyo Wallet or Monzo). As in any industry, the same logic applies here - companies with a B2C business model attract customers the fastest, raise the largest investment rounds and, in the end, grab the most headlines.
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“Step up your game, be bold, act fast” was one of the key messages delivered by Georg Ludviksson, CEO of fintech startup Meniga at the Impact fintech’17 event. Even if that word of advice for incumbent banks wasn’t heard loud enough, no one could ignore the latest news about BBVA’s investments in Atom and solarisBank (by the way, we are happy to have solarisBank as a partner here at Netguru).
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Fintech sector is at a turning point. It hasn’t become the mainstream yet, but it is already gaining momentum among startups and large enterprises. The legislation around the market is evolving, alternatives to traditional banking are popping up, and Blockchain is redefining security concerns. That said, the UX aspect of new fintech platforms is one of the biggest shifts the new technologies offer. Those who fail to understand the connection between design and fintech will lag behind. Best use-cases, lessons learnt, industry leaders. Join the fintech community at Disruption Forum Berlin Fintech!
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The Policygenius story goes as follows: back in the day, two McKinsey consultants were advising insurers on growth and marketing strategies. They found a repetitive pattern: the insurers didn’t have a clue how to engage with customers online. So they decided to start their own company to tackle that challenge.
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China earned its reputation for copying, but it would be naive to let this “can’t innovate” myth persist. “You can no longer lose sight of what is happening in the East”, warns one of the largest consulting companies. And this is especially true for the financial and insurance industry. China, with almost 800 million Internet users, propitious regulators, and behemoths such as Alibaba or Tencent, is quickly becoming the world's largest innovation incubator. To crack the Chinese secret code, I spoke to Mikołaj Bołtuć and Marcin Nedwidek of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
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Several years of UX experience - in core-banking in a global bank and the fintech industry in both London and Poland - led me to create this list. The entries below are absolute must-haves when it comes to fintech products.
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Millennials and the frenzy around social media are alone enough to force banks to rethink strategies. Invite the PSD2 directive to the party and you’ll get the message: 2018 will bring serious change to the financial sector.
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PolicyGenius is a Brooklyn-based startup that allows its users to compare the prices of a wide range of insurance products. The platform – built in Ruby on Rails – collects the data from insurance vendors and provides an intuitive tool for simplifying the buying decision process. PolicyGenius chose Netguru for software development, and since then, the two companies have done several projects together.
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Great news on Friday morning! The CashCape-Netguru team received two awards during the fifth Bankathon Berlin this week! We’re extremely proud to have such an amazing talent on board.
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