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Welcome! finteCH meetup zürich is the place to connect with those in the local FinTech scene and an interest in financial services, technology, and innovation. It is the place to come together on a regular basis to learn, share, and network. We are a community of industry leader entrepreneurs, VCs, academics, and others with a shared interest to foster a more resilient future for the Swiss Financial Center. Ultimately, the objective is to increase visibility of the opportunity for finteCH in Zurich and help support the development of a local ecosystem. Events are held roughly each month, Chatham House Rules generally apply, and feedback is always encouraged. Thanks for getting involved!

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MUSINGS ON FULL STACK FINANCIAL SERVICES STARTUPS

Nice set of thoughts on full stack bank startups from Yann Ranchere.

A full stack financial services startups is, in my view, a balance sheet driven startup. Balance sheet driven startups are a bit of an...…

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Fintech's Bulge-Bracket Banking Boom Points To Bubble

Wild speculation, but of course there is a lot of hype and froth around fintech.

The current valuations for some fintech models that have never been through a cycle or downturn are “insane”, cautioned the first source....…

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The Many Challenges of Fitting a Bank on a Customer's Wrist

Use cases for these watches have been tricky thus far. Curious to see if something killer can surprise us.

Figuring out the context of Watch use is a big piece of designing features for it, Rouse noted. "When are people wearing the watch? Do...…

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Can a robo-advisor help reboot your retirement?

Nice simple guide with some common sense tips, not to mention Bill Harris pitching tips for PersonalCapital

A new crop of digital financial advisory services— so-called robo-advisors—have caught on with 20- and 30-somethings eager for simple,...…

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Kampf um Fintech-Profis in Asien

No surprise the Swiss banks are spending a lot on digital given the importance of these markets and the level of digital engagement there.

Für Fintech-Spezialisten in Asien brechen goldige Zeiten an. Denn im Bereich Wealth Management haben Privatbanken ihre...…

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The Bank as Life Coach: The Quest for 'Everyday Banking'

Nice to see the idea of banks offering digital assistants being discussed here with Bradley Leimer.

It sounds prosaic, but "everyday banking" could be a way for retail banks to stay relevant in the digital future. The idea is that...…

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Valora und GLKB gründen neues Fintech-Unternehmen

Nice to see the small Swiss banks be nimble and innovative. Hope to see some success here.

Die Kioskbetreiberin Valora und die Glarner Kantonalbank (GLKB) habe ihre vergangene Woche bekannt gewordene Zusammenarbeit etwas...…

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Robo-Advisors: Real Change Or Overhyped Trend?

A very neutral outcome in this article from the usually very interesting Russ Alan Prince

Considering this, it would seem that the highly publicized apparent tensions between new digital firms and traditional wealth management...…

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Response to Blog by Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash

This is funny, a blog from Schwag in response to "Adam" Nash, CEO of WealthFront blog post.

Adam wishes he could build a moat around Wealthfront and protect it against competition.  But misrepresenting facts isn’t the way to do...…

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The Next Fintech Sandbox

Yes, Africa is a good place for prototyping financial systems, innovation, etc.

Services such as M-Pesa indicate that the developing world is already embracing digital money much faster than the developed world. With...…

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How Hong Kong can become a world FinTech hub

Great point Janos, we should talk about international fintech hub linkages.

A smaller market can still give an edge, FinTech HK’s Barberis said, and he thinks collaboration is a key. “Hong Kong should look at...…

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Finanzdepartement setzt „Beirat Zukunft Finanzplatz“ ein

This is promising and very relevant to the fintech scene, but it has yet to show any impact. Let's see what they do.

Das Eidgenössische Finanzdepartement (EFD) hat heute im Auftrag des Bundesrates den „Beirat Zukunft Finanzplatz“ eingesetzt. Das Gremium...…

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Fintech: Survey, Book and Trade Mission

Totally biased, but these are three great initiatives :-) We need more like them.

Fintech is the focus of swiss made software in 2016. The organization is looking for topics for a book about Fintech in Switzerland. And...…

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TMX sets up innovation lab

Great to see from my hometown exchange.

Canadian exchange group TMX is launching an innovation lab to explore and incubate emerging inhouse and external technology opportunities...…

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Of the Importance of UX in Fintech

I haven't caught too many of Pascal's posts yet, but he's a bold voice in the fintech inner circle.

Optimizing any digital product/service for UX is like genetically engineering the perfect financial advisor for example, only easier. ...…

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Oh là là: Paris macht jetzt auf Fintech

It's such a complicated process here in Switzerland, but we will get there and watch out ;-)

London und Berlin haben sich bereits als europäische Fintech-Zentren etabliert. Jetzt geht auch noch die französische Hauptstadt in die...…

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Making Hong Kong a #FinTech centre

Great report, a must read for anyone following the development of fintech hubs

It’s exciting times for Hong Kong. DLA Piper, KPMG and Thomson Reuters are pleased to be working with the Hong Kong Internet Finance...…

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La «fintech» ne fera pas disparaître le contact direct avec les clients

Great to see this catching on in the mainstream discussion after at least two years of pushing in Zurich by a core of dedicated people.

Face à l’essor des «fintech», contraction de finance et technologie, aura-t-on encore besoin de filiales bancaires à l’avenir? Michael...…

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Stone & Chalk moves to larger premises

Nice to have this kind of response. I'm sure they are thrilled. Curious to see what comes out.

The larger Bridge Street premises will now accommodate up to 200 entrepreneurs through a combination of dedicated labs, full and...…

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Level39 ambassador backs Australian fintech

If Sydney can carve out a compelling USP, just wait for Switzerland!

Sydney has all the necessary ingredients in place for a thriving fintech ecosystem, according to an ambassador for London's iconic Canary...…

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Startup competition explores fintech's future

FinTech is everywhere... but nothing new to report here

Would-be entrepreneurs and bank executives gathered at a Startup Weekend in Cambridge to explore the future of financial technology, or...…

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Why Has “Social” Failed In Fintech?

Clients are totally disinterested in clicking through to financial services online...

The barriers to “social” in fintech are clearly visible. A recent analysis of Facebook Ads by Salesforce.com shows Finance ads to have...…

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Was an Fintech im Private Banking so teuer ist

Often true, but there are other ways around the problem (e.g. migrating, launching separate entity, etc.)

Im Wealth Management steigen die Budgets für neue Technologien. Kostspielig sind nicht nur die neuen Fintech-Anwendungen. Die höchste...…

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Google, Intel and Other Tech Companies Attack Fin Tech as Corporate Interest in Space Jumps 176%

Some of it is fringe or less core stuff, but amazing to see the convergence and tech companies entering financial services.

Investment dollars into Financial Technology (“Fin Tech”) tripled in 2014. Strategic or corporate investors are one of the key drivers of...…

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Firm Adopts Novel Marketing For Growing FinTech

Meetups are great, if you do them well. I'm biased of course.

For those at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, a 70-lawyer New York boutique that specializes in representing financial services, hedge funds...…

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Pershing: Advisors Not Sold on Teaming with Robos

The sooner advisors get a tool that empowers them to work with clients more effectively, the better.

That said, many advisors see these tools as an opportunity. Sixty-seven percent of advisors, for example, believe algorithms that...…

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The Google Robo-Advisor?

This seems like an article that was pieced together from unrelated tidbits of info, without any real facts to support the point.

Financial technology is booming. CB Insights reported that global investment in fintech companies grew from $4 billion in 2013 to $12...…

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Help Wanted: Black Belts in Data

Yup, this has been coming for a while, but it's here now. Good data scientists are a scarce commodity for the time being.

A new species of techie is in demand these days—not only in Silicon Valley, but also in company headquarters around the world. “Data...…

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WealthArc Raises USD 300'000

Congrats guys! Nice to see this team continuing to do well. They are focused, execute well, and great guys.

The USD 300,000 seed funding from U.S.-based venture capital firm Novit LP will be used to continue research and development on...…

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THE IRONY OF THIS FINTECH MOMENT

True enough, there is lots to be gained from banks collaborating with FinTech early. It's still early enough and loads of room to do...

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The Augmented Age Life in the Smart Lane

Brett picks up on a few interesting themes here and paints a picture of what the future might look like.

The biggest potential issue with the coming Augmented Age is with the shift in patterns of employment, and how we value markets. We’ve...…

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Venture accelerator The Co-Foundry gets into fintech - See more at: https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/

Looks good, will have to check it out if ever in Singapore. Curious to hear reviews and see the output.

“I wanted to get back into the startup space, but this time as an investor and a builder,”   The accelerator model was the obvious...…

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Will Automated Driving Kill The Auto Insurance Industry?

One day it will be too expensive to drive your own car because insurnace companies won't cover anything that's not automated!

The big question, says Blecher, is the extent to which manufacturers will actually want to have full automation. If they're going to be...…

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The Rise of the Robo Advisor

Quick little intro to the concept of robo-advisors

Barron's Jack Hough previews the new issue of the magazine, including a cover story on the so-called "robo advisor."

Beyond the Robo-Advisor

WealthMinder review...

Over the last couple of years, some of the direct-to-consumer robo-advisors have targeted this segment, but their platforms, to date,...…

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2015 Swiss FinTech Survey

I'm biased, but think everyone should help out by taking the survey (10') ;-)

This short survey was prepared to help everyone better understand: who is in the Swiss FinTech community, views about key relevant...…

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The Bank Of Facebook

Let's see how it goes, but could be a huge impact if it happens.

It’s easy to imagine a world where workers in developing countries are paid through Facebook via peer-to-peer payments, store their money...…

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The Mobile Fin Tech Landscape

Good early overview of mobile fintech.

Mobile Fin Tech investment activity has picked up drastically thus far this year, with over $1.1B raised in equity financings globally...…

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Switzerland to Establish the First Bitcoin Bank

This was a nice story which appeared not long after Xapo announced it will relocate to Zurich... both great stories for the CryptoValley.

In recent news, a team of eight members is all set to open up a Bitcoin bank in Switzerland. A Bitcoin bank, where all the usual banking...…

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These are the FinTech startups being backed by Citi

It's funny to see these types of events become more common as banks open up and try engaging with others to find solutions.

“We invited technology developers to reimagine digital banking and they went far beyond,” said Heather Cox, Citi's client experience...…

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The Unbundling Of Finance

Nice to see fintech and the unbundling of financial services getting such frequent coverage on TechCrunch. Not sure how much this...

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Why fintech won't kill banks

What I like about this article is the positive spin in the title, but also that it eventually gets to the point that this is not exactly...

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World Wealth Report 2015

An annual tradition and a must read... I especially like the chart comparing perceptions of automated advice between wealth managers and...

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Fintech: Unter Banken geht die Angst um

Not the most scientific of studies, but it's not entirely surprising... just wait for the results of the Swiss FinTech Survey!

Die Antworten legen nämlich eine tiefe Verunsicherung bei den Banken offen, die doch eigentlich Jahrhundertelang das Banking dominierten....…

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How to Build a Fintech Hub To Compete with London

Spot on Philippe. A few great, simple points about how Switzerland could sustain an attractive niche in global FinTech

Switzerland should do the same regarding Fintech companies focused on wealth management. Trying to compete with London on the whole range...…

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Hedge funds can not hide from the Fintech swirls

Some really interesting things developing around the alternative asset value chain. Nice overview from Daily FinTech

JP Morgan put out an opinion did hedge fund return volatility has been dampened after the crisis and indeed the risk / return profile of...…

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Digital upstarts draw middle class investors with means

This debate is only going to heat up before it gets resolved over the coming years.

Jon Stein, head of Betterment, says the “slower moving, big companies” entering the space are bringing a greater awareness to the public...…

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Robo Moves

Some good points from Pascal Bouvier, who is taking an impressive global approach to Route 66 Ventures.

I expect only a handful Robos to be successful in the long run. There are three main reason why I make such a stark prediction – and i...…

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Is your financial advisor stuck in the Stone Age?

Totally biased, but I tend to agree with a lot of what he says

Do not think for a minute did the finance industry does not understand the potential of technology. To the contrary, Financial Technology...…

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MUSINGS ON FULL STACK FINANCIAL SERVICES STARTUPS

Nice one from Yann, another great thought leader from Anthemis

Note 1: Bitcoin is a strong factor here, not so much from a direct technology perspective, but more from bringing into the public’s mind...…

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Innovation is "new" and "adds value"

Little video clip discussing what innovation means in financial services.

Michael Salmony, executive advisor, head of innovation Equens SE looks at the collaborative nature of innovation in financial services.

Fintech-Inkubator Fusion ernennt Direktor

Congratulations to Sebastien and Fusion!

Mit Sébastien Flury (Bild) wird ein bekannter Mann der Schweizer Startup-Szene der neue Programmdirektor des Fintech-Inkubator Fusion....…

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Experimenting With Virtual Reality, Financial Services Enter The Matrix

VR and AR in particular have some pretty compelling use cases when it comes to visualizations, marketing, and enterprise applications.

Researchers at a large European bank are therefore testing VR technology as a tool for wealth managers to better Their attract young...…

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Digitales Banking: Ein trügerischer Vorsprung

Good overview, just not sure how much new info you get out of this...

Und doch ist es mittlerweile Tatsache, dass auch hierzulande immer mehr Gelder verstärkt digital – oft in Form eines Roboadvisors –...…

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Wo geht’s hier Richtung Fintech?

Nice to see these important stakeholders getting involved.

Die Schweizerische Bankiervereinigung will auf den Fintech-Zug aufspringen. Die Frage ist, ob alle ihre Mitglieder auf demselben Perron...…

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The Computer as a Financial Planner

Three news (or evolving) types of client behaviors when it comes to engaging with automated advice.

Suffice it to say there is little consensus. And that is probably fair: There are pluses and minuses among the three dominant ways to use...…

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In search of InsuranceTech – what have we learnt so far?

Rick Huckstep is a strong addition to the Daily FinTech lineup, covering Insurance and off to a running start here.

One area I have not yet covered is claims and I will be turning my attention in this direction in the near future. I can already see the...…

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Powerwomen in Fintech

Peter is a central figure connecting the global fintech community. Subtlety shaping the direction of many debates. Here's a good story...

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Digital or bank FinTech? You're not a digital database ...

Another Brett King classic. Check out his digital banking scorecard to see if a bank is legit when it comes to being digital.

The Digital Banking Scorecard 1. A Digital CEO 2.  A Realtime Core 3. The Head of Digital is the CEO (and maybe CTO) 4.  Experience...…

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Bank Disruption: That Pesky Fintech 2.0 Issue

I'm a big fan of Haydn's writing, he's also a pleasure in conversation with bankers, but somehow seems to leave them feeling uneasy ;-)

Many organizations create innovation initiatives that are divorced from process innovation. Over the past couple of years in banking that...…

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Australian Banks Friend Fintech Startups

Easy to do, but the impact on perceptions and culture is huge. Nice work Westpac.

When one of Australia’s oldest banks realized it could no longer fight off the growing army of young entrepreneurs poaching customers...…

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How To Quit Banking And Start A Fintech Firm

For anyone out there in a bank, thinking about leaving to work in fintech

I saw lots of inefficiencies in IT systems working in banking, Layers That just did not need to be there - it can be a high-cost / low...…

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Felix Niederer: «In zwei Jahren sollten wir eine Milliarde zusammenhaben»

Nice to see Felix taking a stand on a number of points, from asset growth at TrueWealth down to the future of the financial center.

The bank employees are still our strongest clientele, even though they get a discount with their employer. I guess they come to us...…

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Fintechs chasing the Unadvised assets that are up for grabs

Bang on... they go after the bottom, the neglected, the ones who technology can really serve. It's textbook disruption.

Those salivating are not the traditional wealth managers but the Fintechs that are being funded handsomely from the VCs. Wealthfront,...…

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Citi Accelerator Hub to provide office space for startups

Dublin is doing well with ambitions to create a hub for FinTech, with a little help from Government incentives ;-)

Equipped with WiFi, video conferencing and additional office facilities, Fintech startups will also have access to Citi’s mentoring...…

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WealthArc Raises USD 300'000

Nice work Chris and Sebastien! Congrats :-)

The USD 300,000 seed funding from U.S.-based venture capital firm Novit LP will be used to continue research and development on...…

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THE IRONY OF THIS FINTECH MOMENT

Banks are the problem and the solution. Same point was made by Bernard Lunn months ago in the Swiss context after a lively event at...

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Why I love Swiss Start-ups

Excellent points from Lucian Wagner, about why Switzerland is an excellent place for angel investing, despite first impressions. Very...

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