Traditional Financial Services

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”

Updated 30 September 2020   Back when this article was written in 2016, Fintech fund raising had its best year in 2015.  Things have evolved since the. According to KPMG’s “Pulse of Fintech Report 2020“, Global venture activity cooled down from the highs of 2019.  $39.3 billion worth of venture funding deals were concluded in …

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Why the Fintech Market is So Lucrative – Proving the Business Case

The Fintech market is really hot right now! Why is this the case?  In this article we explore the business case for why the Fintech market is so lucrative. How Big is  this Market The first thing that caught our eye is the fact that venture capitalists are so aggressively chasing the Fintech sector, indicating that …

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Basel III Rules Fuel Alternative Finance

In the last article, we explored how marketplace lenders could attract Basel III type rules.  Staying on the subject of Basel III, we believe that they are the very rules that are in fact fueling alternative finance such as peer to peer and marketplace lending. In this article, we look at things from the other …

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Marketplace Lending could attract Basel III type Rules?

Marketplace lending is one of the biggest success stories in financial services.  The alternative finance providers facilitate loans, for borrowers, directly from investors who are looking for a higher returns.  Also known as peer to peer lenders, the technology led new age lenders  stepped in where banks left a huge gaping void. The outcome has …

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Fintech Taxonomy Map

Fintech is a broad category describing an entire market.  And it’s quite hard to try and get your head around this rapidly evolving market.  But knowing the landscape can have great advantages: If you are just starting out, it will give you a good idea of what’s working and what is not, and more importantly, …

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Crowdfunding – Regulations are now the Biggest Barrier to Entry

Are you thinking of starting a crowdfunding or peer-to peer (P2P) lending platform?  Then I have some good and some bad news for you! The good news is that barriers to entry are breaking down fast.   Technology was once the biggest barrier but now hardly pose a challenge to new entrants. There are many …

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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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