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Ikano Bank Makes Saving a Game

Ikano Bank Makes Saving a Game

by July 28, 2014 at 11:51 am 1 comment

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.

Where’s the Metric for Rating Banks?

Where’s the Metric for Rating Banks?

by July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am 1 comment

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.

It’s Not Just FinTech

It’s Not Just FinTech

by July 17, 2014 at 10:35 am 0 comments

Who needs fintech when you can have … (As seen on the wall of the recent Startupbootcamp hackathon in Utrecht, Netherlands, earlier this month.)

30 Innovators to Watch: Key Executives Shaping the Industry in 2014

30 Innovators to Watch: Key Executives Shaping the Industry in 2014

by July 9, 2014 at 11:20 am 2 comments

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

VIDEO: Payment Processor Paygel Wins First Dutch Hackathon

VIDEO: Payment Processor Paygel Wins First Dutch Hackathon

by July 8, 2014 at 11:25 am 1 comment

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

First With an Android Wear Payments App? (Hint: Not Google Wallet)

First With an Android Wear Payments App? (Hint: Not Google Wallet)

by July 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm 1 comment

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.

2014 Innovators to Watch: The Alphabetical List

by July 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

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

2014 Innovators to Watch: 23 to 30

2014 Innovators to Watch: 23 to 30

by July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am 0 comments

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

2014 Innovators to Watch: 16 to 22

2014 Innovators to Watch: 16 to 22

by July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am 1 comment

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

2014 Innovators to Watch: 9 to 15

2014 Innovators to Watch: 9 to 15

by July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am 1 comment

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

Fintech Startup Volume Eases in May

Fintech Startup Volume Eases in May

by June 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

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