Fintech Scaleup

Why Financial Services can’t Ignore Cyber Security Risk

Cybersecurity is the Biggest Concern & Threat Cyber Security risk has made it to the Number #1 biggest operational risk for organisations (large and small) across different sectors of the financial services industry, according to an annual study that Risk.net carries out by surveying operational practioners across the globe. Their study found that data loss …

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Are “Uniroaches” the future of Fintech?

As the disruptive world of Fintech teeters on the cusp of greatness, two very clear business models are emerging. The golden, growth-fuelled unicorn and the die-hard cockroach. I believe that neither are the future of Fintech. I believe that a new breed of Fintech firm is in the making. Growing into the future of Fintech …

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Three Things that Fintech Firms get Wrong

They underestimate the vital importance of regulation   Generally speaking, no one likes regulation.  However, for the alternative finance sector, these regulations may have actually contributed to it’s rapid growth.  Benefits of regulation are: Competitive advantage, as weaker players are weeded out, or lose market share because of non-compliance; Improved systems and controls required by regulations, …

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The power of intellectual property: how to boost your intangible business assets

Whether seeking funding or looking to secure a high valuation for exit, a business’s position will always be strengthened if it can point to its IP assets.  For Fintech companies in particular, technology innovation and the associated IP rights may drive their competitive advantage.  In this article, IP lawyer Suzy Schmitz gives us a step-by-step …

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10 ways to Enhance Fintech Valuation Multiples

Fintech valuation Part 2.  This is a continuation from our last article How to Sustain Fintech Growth by avoiding “Gravity Drag” . In that article, we explored the Fintech growth trajectory using some real world examples.  Using a simple model we concluded that this market started off with a “hype”, with off the scale  valuations.  After reaching …

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How to sustain Fintech Growth by avoiding “Gravity Drag”

Fintech Growth – How to avoid gravity drag Fintech growth rate has been impeccable thus far. Arguably, 2015 has been the best year  for Fintech ( defined in its broadest sense – see the Fintech Taxonomy Map) . Whether its London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney,  Amsterdam, Johannesburg or anywhere else in  the world, …

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Risk Taking Behaviour in Pursuit of High Growth

How does our inherent risk taking behaviour influence how we take risk in business to pursue high growth Risk taking behaviour in pursuit of high growth is a topic well explored by entrepreneurs in all industries. Research has shown that 55% of business start-ups fail within 5 years and a staggering 71% fail after 10 …

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