The launch for fintech hub Stone & Chalk was oversubscribed. By 7pm, 500 people had descended on the party, donning coloured T-shirts to signal where they belonged. Red T-shirts designated institutional sponsors, green was for resident start-ups, charcoal for friends, blue for government and pink for media (funny). The happiest people wore green. The 120 residents from 41 start-ups who had won the chance to work on a floor of the AMP Centre, found themselves regaled by bank chiefs, politicians, venture capitalists, accountancy heads, lobbyists and each other. The biggest boast was: “I used to be a banker.” And it was said by those in green, who hoped to disrupt […]
The emerging world of financial technology, or fintech, is having an impact on everything from the way new products are funded through to the culture and practices of major banks and financial institutions. According to Simon Cant, co-founder and co-managing director of venture capital player Reinventure Group, fintech is basically anything providing some version of a financial service using modern digital technology. “Fintech is affecting, in particular, the way consumers and SMEs are conducting their business,” he said. “Fintech is providing a better user experience, providing financing that is cheaper and is more convenient. “One of the earliest examples of new funding mechanisms is Kickstarter, where a technology platform underpins […]
Australian consumers’ love of contactless payments has helped push the country up global rankings that measure the use of non-cash payments across the world. Australia had the fourth-highest number of non-cash payments per person in the world, the report by consultancy Capgemini and bank RBS said. There were more than 300 non-cash transactions per person a year, the report said, putting Australia behind only Finland, the United States and the Netherlands. This is an increased from a few years ago, when Australia was ranked sixth in the report, and the rise reflects strong growth in digital payments for smaller purchases, where “tap and go” services on credit and debit cards […]
The challenge for companies seeking to disrupt the banking sector’s bulging profits has been laid bare by research showing more than a third of small businesses can’t name a single “fintech” brand. “It is abundantly clear that businesses across the board not only want, but need additional business banking service,” said Martin Smith, head of markets analysis at research group East & Partners, which conducted the survey. “However, challenger brands seeking to take on the banks in lending, payments or treasury support functions are not winning the battle for mind share in order to capitalise on abundant opportunities.” With disruption from new players shaping as one of the biggest longer-term […]
Australia’s hopes of becoming a hub for technology-based finance firms could be “stillborn” if local rules do not encourage the new wave of start-ups to have an international focus, says the global head of financial services at PricewaterhouseCoopers. With the federal government signalling support for technology-based industries, a prime area with growth potential is the fintech sector: entrepreneurs targeting the finance industry’s hefty profits. However, the global nature of digital technology poses new challenges for regulators accustomed to having more domestic priorities.The global leader of financial services at PwC, Nigel Vooght, said financial regulators would face new dilemmas in trying to encourage fintech while also carrying out their mandate. “Your […]
This is a fantastic article on Australian FinTech. And it’s also great information to pass onto those who don’t understand what FinTech is and are unaware of how they can benefit from using Australian FinTech products. Fintech is beginning to disrupt the financial world as we know it. The financial industry is now more focused than ever on technological innovation than at any other time. It’s so important, Malcolm Turnbull referred to it in his first speech as PM. But, for those unfamiliar with the term, here’s a quick explainer. Put simply, Fintech is financial technology; a digital revolution. It’s about major changes to asset management, business and personal loans, […]
Michael Pascoe raises some interesting ideas in this short segment about why the banks are interested in ensuring they don’t do business with those that are involved in legal bitcoin businesses but turn a blind eye towards better known ‘shonks’ using their services. What are your thoughts on the banks using these tactics and do you agree that APRA and the Reserve Bank should start to review this practice?
An ex-NAB managing director has launched a new fintech disruptor to take on the major banks, which he says could do what Aussie Home Loans did to the mortgage market in the 1990s. Officially launching on 28 September, Banjo is an online lender providing secured and unsecured loans to the 51% of SME’s who have no business lending product other than an overdraft or credit card.CEO Andrew Colliver – who was most recently managing director, business performance of corporate, institutional & specialised banking at NAB – along with a team of other ex-bankers and fintech experts, has spent the last two years building the marketplace lending platform that promises to […]