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From this interview, you will learn: How Peter Grosskopf, solarisBank’s CTO, scaled up a tech team How having no financial background was actually the prerequisite in his leading role in the banking platform What Lego bricks have in common with digital banking What the recent investment by BBVA might mean for the Berlin-based fintech startup. For anyone not yet familiar with the company: solarisBank is a Berlin-based, 150-person tech company with a full banking license, serving 60 corporate customers. It all started with the concept of building solarisBank as the first banking platform native to the digital economy – a platform that would enable any company to offer financial services. A few years ago, fintech startups used to working in the agile way, were struggling with lengthy and inefficient setup processes with traditional banks.
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- I think it was one of the best panels I was on during the last two years. It turned out to be a great opportunity to discuss more or less ‘contradictory beliefs’ of N26 and solarisBank with the help of other smart people - said Jörg Howein, Chief Product Officer of solarisBank.
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Fintech has become an indispensable part of almost any customer-related process in the financial industry. The process of transformation spurred by fintech shows no signs of stopping.
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Insurance, a travel startup, and insurance again. That would be the shortest description of the professional career of Tim Kunde, a 38-year-old German on a mission to disrupt the insurance industry.
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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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