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ICO Regulation and Risk Landscape | Vedanvi

ICO or Initial Coin Offering has taken the world by storm. In 2017, this nascent market went mainstream.  Over $3.5 billion was raised through ICOs last year.  Top 5 ICO funding projects include: Filecoin raised $257 million in September 2017.  They provide blockchain based data storage Tezos raised $232 million in July.  They created a …

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What to Consider before starting a Fintech Venture

A Fintech venture is exciting, regardless of whether you are a startup or an incumbent looking to diversify into this new disruptive space.  That said, launching a Fintech venture is a challenging task that needs to be approached with careful strategy and planning. It’ll come as no surprise when I say that the current financial …

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Fintech Startup is a Misconception

Fintech startup is what often comes to mind when thinking about this sector. This industry is, relatively speaking, the new kid on the block when compared to a financial services system that has existed in the same form for hundreds of years. But don’t let its newness fool you into thinking its revolutionary potential is …

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Fears and Frustrations of Starting a Fintech Business

Fears and frustrations of starting a Fintech Business plague most entrepreneurs or entrepreneurially minded individuals who may be in a high powered job right now looking to make a meaning SHIFT in their life. Developments in the disruptive Fintech field are boundless and captivating, yet complex regulation and stiff competition can put off the hardiest …

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Fintech Firms: Don’t underestimate regulation

Its easy for high growth Fintech firms to get so caught up in what is fueling their growth, that its easy to overlook detail.  Regulation is one of these details that can be missed, if these firms don’t have a solid foundation and systems to ensure that they always stay on top of a complex …

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Exploring the barriers to entry in Fintech

Regardless of how lucrative a market is, high barriers to entry in Fintech often makes it less viable or significantly increase the cost of entry.  In my opinion, there are only three fundamental barriers to entry in Fintech: Capital or the seed money to launching the business. Unlike traditional financial serves businesses, such as a bank …

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What is the driving force behind the massive growth in Fintech?

To fully understand the question “What is Fintech”, it’s advisable to take a closer look at the driving forces brining about such disruptive change in financial services? Major Fintech Driving Forces The Millennial or Generation Y, shaped by technology and the openness of social media, are now at a stage in their life where they …

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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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