Ikano Bank is taking gamification to a new level. The bank, launched by Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, is trying to encourage savings with a game called Flappy Saver, a Flappy Bird knockoff.
What does a young person do today when he wants to choose a bank? He might check out what interest rates are offered on savings accounts or loans, or he might just want to know who has the coolest mobile app. We know one thing he won’t do — walk into the nearest branch to ask if the bank might be right for him.
Who needs fintech when you can have … (As seen on the wall of the recent Startupbootcamp hackathon in Utrecht, Netherlands, earlier this month.)
Sometimes innovation comes down to just getting it done, to paraphrase Sam Maule (#15 on this list.) The key to innovation lies not in technology or in processes, but in people moving the industry. In this, Bank Innovation‘s second annual “Innovators to Watch” list, we took a look at someRead More
The payments startup Paygel has won the first Dutch FinTech hackathon, it was announced yesterday. The hackathon, hosted by the Dutch bank Rabobank as well as the startup accelerator UtrechtInc, invited 15 teams to “develop a technical solution for next generation financing” in just 48 hours. After what we presumeRead More
New standalone applications for Google’s Android Wear — – the company’s smartwatch operating system — are starting to hit Google Play store.
But not from Google Wallet.
Here is our list of innovators for 2014. Jeremy Allaire Niti Badarinath Robert Bell Brent Blum Eve Callahan Michael Dooijes Anthony Gallippi Will Graylin Matt Harris Miranda Hill Shamir Karkal Chris Larsen Bradley Leimer Dan Makoski David Marcus Sam Maule Dave McClure Scott McCormack Jim McKelvey Dorian Nakamoto Tom NoyesRead More
23. Tom Noyes, advisor/investor/entrepreneurLooking for a clear view cutting through the fog of rumors about Apple and payments? Try Tom Noyes. He has a strong track record of making the right call on NFC, HCE, and authentication. Noyes is a self-professed “payments geek” and his Finventures blog is the first stop ofRead More
16. Shamir Karkal, cofounder and CFO of Simple Simple is — or was — one of fintech’s prized startups. A branchless bank, Simple has managed to attract users and get them spending, reporting 13 debit transactions per minute back in 2013. Simple’s rise in popularity has been largely through wordRead More
9. Scott McCormack, President, Social Money Social Money is a fintech startup with a number of products, including SmartyPig — an innovative take on that peskiest of financial products, the savings account. With a social take on savings and goals — sharing them with friends — Social Money is aRead More
April showers apparently did not bring May fintech startups. Last month, 64 fintech startups were launched or sought new rounds of financing, according to a Bank Innovation analysis, up 6.7% from April. In April, the number of launches climbed more than 13% compared to the previous month. There were aRead More