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NexChange’s Fintech O-2-O Event Series Joins InvestHK’s Fintech Week

NexChange’s Fintech O-2-O Event Series Joins InvestHK’s Fintech Week

Hong Kong’s fintech community explores the state of the ecosystem


Hong Kong:
NexChange, the professional social network for the financial services industry, has expanded its successful Fintech O-2-O event series after its first multi-day conference in Hong Kong in September to join InvestHK’s Fintech Week.

The first Fintech Week will take place at PMQ in Hong Kong the week of November 7, with NexChange hosting an all-day event on Thursday, November 10. More than 25 speakers and 400 attendees from around the region will meet to discuss the state of the fintech ecosystem, with a special focus on the development of fintech careers. Speakers and panelists include:

  • Feridun Hamdullahpur – President and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo
  • Edward Tse – Founder & CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company
  • Stephane Dubois – CEO and Founder of Xignite

Tickets for the Fintech O-2-O Fintech Week are on sale now at Eventbrite.
Miss FQ readers have 20% discount, please use this Discount Code to register: MissFQ

The Fintech O-2-O initiative began in 2015 as a monthly meetup in Hong Kong. The initiative aims to bring together like-minded professionals who recognize the impact of technology on traditional finance. Past events have covered topics such as digital payments, insurance, and venture capital.

About:
NexChange is the professional social network designed exclusively for the financial services industry. Founded in 2014 by investment professional Juwan Lee, NexChange’s mission is to unite the global financial community, enabling professionals to reach their full potential. Through NexChange, financial professionals can connect with their peers, discover events, engage with industry content, and access financial charts and quotes – all in one place.

 

The Dawn of InsurTech in Asia

The Dawn of InsurTech in Asia

By Kyle Wong, Ph.D., FRM and CFA

When most people think of insurance, we think of a salesperson giving the sales presentation in a coffee shop.  If the sale is closed, the customer is asked to do an old fashioned medical check-up.    Then the customer is asked to complete a very long application form.  The way insurance is sold has been pretty much the same for many centuries.  Insurance is not associated with technology.  However, according to Mr. John Brisco, the Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Manulife Asia, things are going to change.  The change will start in Asia.

In a talk titled “InsurTech: We didn’t start the fire”, John explains that less than 6% of Asian population has life insurance.  To serve the remaining 94%, relying on agents will not be enough.  Technology is able to bring insurance to many places that do not have enough agents.  Technology can help customers to better understand insurance products.

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Data analytics can help insurance understand their customers better.  It will lead a better pricing.   In Hong Kong, Manulife has launched Manulife Move, which provides their customer with either a Fitbit or Misfit.  The wearable monitors the amount of exercise done by the customer.  More exercise will be rewarded with a lower premium.  This is an excellent application of the Internet of Things.

John commented that insurance companies tend to rank very low in costumer loyalty.  Many costumers either don’t understand the products or have experienced bad service.  InsurTech hopefully can provide better customer service and lead to higher customer satisfaction.  InsurTech can significantly reduce the amount of paper work.

John also gave some advice to InsurTech start-ups.  Don’t count the incumbents out.  The major insurance companies are building innovation labs all over the world.  So the incumbents are becoming start-ups too.  Also many start-ups don’t understand the needs of the incumbents.   While Manulife targets the high end Asian market, the start-ups are often providing mass market solution.

In InsurTech, a major advantage of Asian countries is that the regulations tend to less strict than those in the West.  Some Asian countries, in particular China, is much more progressive in InsurTech.  In China, customers can buy insurance on Wechat and Weixin.  Also technology allows fully customized products such as insurance of any term.  John is also very bullish on InsurTech development in Tel Aviv, where they are plenty of startups doing InsurTech, AI and Data Analytics.  John thinks Hong Kong regulators should allows Hong Kong to catch up with the Asian rivals.

 

FinovateAsia 2016: Presenter Roster Revealed & Early-Bird Ticket Deadline

FinovateAsia 2016: Presenter Roster Revealed & Early-Bird Ticket Deadline

FinovateAsia 2016 (Hong Kong, November 8), a showcase of the best innovations in financial and banking technology, is just over a month away, and we’re excited to announce that the presenter lineup was just released!

These impressive presenters came from a highly competitive application process and represent an incredible range of cutting-edge fintech made from and for the Asian market. Each presenter will showcase their newest, most exciting fintech via live demos to an audience of financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers, and fintech entrepreneurs. Without further ado, here are the companies who will be on stage at FinovateAsia 2016:

  • Alpha Payments Cloud
  • Bambu
  • DriveWealth
  • entitlemate
  • eSTORM
  • Euronovate
  • eWise
  • EyeVerify
  • FUCO&SOLUTION
  • GIEOM
  • Gradatim
  • i-exceed technology solutions
  • IDmission
  • net
  • MarketsMojo
  • Moneytree
  • Moxtra
  • NetGuardians Asia
  • Nexmo, a Vonage Company
  • Peakford Electronics
  • Top Image Systems
  • Turnkey Lender
  • VENTENY
  • VIX Verify
  • Xignite

Several additional stealth companies will also be announced closer to the show.

With 36 companies on stage and four hours of networking, no other event packs as much unique value into just one day. Early-Bird tickets are on sale for just $995 through Friday, October 7 – that’s a discount of $100 off the regular ticket price. Register now at asia2016.finovate.com/#register to lock in your spot today! And, don’t forget, because of Miss FQ’s partnership with FinovateAsia, you get an additional 20% discount on your ticket when you use the promotional code MissFQ20. Hope to see you there!

Limitations of Blockchain

Limitations of Blockchain

On September 14, I have the privilege to attend Capital Markets Blockchains 2016, organised by Euromoney.  The conference explores the application of Blockchains in the capital markets.  One of the programs is a panel discussion titled “Hong Kong’s regulatory environment for FinTech and Blockchain”.  I find the discussion absolutely engaging. While many are very excited about how blockchains are going to revolutionise payment system, KYC process and settlement, the panelist reminds us that for blockchain to become truly useful, it still have a few hurdles to climb.  In the midst of all the excitement and promises related to blockchains, the views of the panelists are refreshing.

The first issue on everyone’s mind is privacy.  After all, blockchain is a distributed ledger, which means all information on the chain will be stored at all the nodes of the users. While theoretically blockchain is very very hard to hack.  However, Joesph Wang, the Chief Science Officer of Bitquant Research Laboratories, points out that there has been a lack of privacy protocol to address the issue.  Without a protocol, it is very hard for blockchain to be adopted on a large scale.  Not only that, there is the weakest link issue.  The access to the information on the blockchain depends on a personal key.  It has been many cases reported that the personal keys have been stolen or hacked.  At this moment the information or the digital asset is only as secure as your personal key.

The second issue is regarding the enforcement of the smart contracts.  One of the key promises of the blockchain is the smart contract, a digital contract that executes itself without a mediator.  However, as Adam Vaziri of Diacle, a blockchain lawyer, points out, you need a human judge to intervene if a dispute arises between the two counterparties.  One counterparty is very likely to convince the judge that he has a lack of computer expertise in entering the contract.  The judge himself may have difficulty understanding a digital contract.  So this is truly an uncharted territory.

Lukas Petrikas of the HKEx points out that while blockchain can speed up the settlement process to real time settlement, it will also drain away the liquidity of the market as all securities have to be paid off immediately.  In fact, current technology already allows shorter settlement period.  However, HKEx is concerned that faster settlement may be detrimental to the liquidity of the market.

Lastly, Joesph rightly points out that blockchain currently is not user friendly.  So a better user interface would be helpful to developers and users.  Also many of the applications associated with blockchain like smart contracts and database can be written with other technologies like SQL and Javascripts which are much more developed.  So Joesph’s advice is that avoid blockchain if you can.  There is probably another way to do it simpler.  

KYC on Blockchain – Decentralization of Identity

KYC on Blockchain – Decentralization of Identity

Mr. Edmund J. Lowell, Founder and CEO of KYC Chain posited some of the solutions to problems around KYC using distributed technology at the inaugurate Euromoney Capital Markets Blockchain Conference held in Hong Kong on 13th September 2016. The cost of banks in Asia onboarding a client is currently estimated at USD 15,000 to USD 50,000*, and the time to process one set of KYC document is on average of 26 days (the Know Your Client regulation is a Customer Due Diligence process). Lowell found these statistics as he was involved in the Accenture’s Fintech Accelerator.

Current Process: Paper-Based Manual KYC Process
If you want to open several bank accounts, currently you would have to go through the KYC process multiple times, with each bank keeping its own KYC document. This duplicative effort is time-consuming, as banks currently do not have agreements with each other to share a common platform to store KYC records.

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The same applies to Hedge Fund Companies that want to open or maintain Company Accounts. For example, each year they may need to refresh their Certificate of Incumbency (COI) to the banks, and if they have 5 different bank accounts, they currently have to one by one share that document individually. With the KYC on Blockchain mechanism, the Hedge Fund Company can easily share the certificate across its financial accounts. Lowell states that there should be no issue with Data Privacy Laws, as the banking consumer is the one enabling that sharing of the data.

The Problem is a Lack of Digital Identity
KYC Fintech startups are striving to resolve this problem using the Blockchain Private Permission Ledger Technology. The solution is similar to what the Estonia Government is doing. The Estonia Government issues Digital ID Cards to its citizens. Thus an individual can put it on USB drive and can instantly setup a Company and a Bank Account. Instead of putting Biometric Data in its citizens’ passports, the Estonia Government is giving its citizens access to private keys which can access to government services.

KYC Shared Utility Solution:
With KYC on Blockchain, if you have a Digital Identity on Blockchain, you can open an account instantly and remotely – with a click of your smartphone button. Blockchain enables banking customers to maintain and update their own Digital Identity instead of being chased by the bank for documents and certificates. When you open an account, you give explicit permission to the bank to access your Digital Identity. Regulators can also benefit as they would have KYC auditability – on an anonymous system-wide level. Blockchain can save banking consumers a lot of time, while banks is estimated to have USD 2.5 Billion* of cost savings.

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Going beyond this, instead of Private Keys, they can further layer 8-Factor Verifications: Biometric Iris Scan, Emotional Login (if user exhibits signs of fear, then he cannot log in), Fingerprint, Speech, Pass Phrase, or take 5 Selfies photos with different angles etc. Lowell is implementing KYC Chain to have 5 main functions: (i) remote account opening, (ii) instantly verifiable bank reference signature from cryptographic keys, (iii) Private Distributed ledgers to enable transparency and auditability, (iv) SSO account enabled immediately, (v) biometric data and enhanced security pushed to client side. The problems Lowell is trying to have KYC Chain to solve are (a) reduction in time from 26 days to under 5 minutes, (b) reduction in costs, from USD 50,000 to USD 50, (c) increased controls, enable auditability via blockchain, (d) client-centric, compliant with data protection laws, (e) biometric authentication, eliminate passwords, (f) one-click account opening by enabling regulatory change.

Although we are not expecting to see this to be executed on Blockchain within the next few months, we can visualize the old way of banking – banks sending us usernames, passwords and security tokens will soon become obsolete. Undoubtedly, the Private Distributed Key Infrastructure – a set of private keys with which all is connected, that all be shared by similar bounded relationship, and because of this bounded relationship, makes this technology a very good case for Digital Identity and KYC. Although the concept of self-sovereignty is novel, generating your own private keys is sure to come soon in the near future.

 

*Source: Goldman Sachs Equity Research Report “Blockchain Putting Theory into Practice”. Page 72 and 75
http://www.the-blockchain.com/docs/Goldman-Sachs-report-Blockchain-Putting-Theory-into-Practice.pdf

 

Blockchain – What Problems Are You Trying to Solve?

Blockchain – What Problems Are You Trying to Solve?

Asia is an exciting space for Fintech and Mr. Masato Kaneda of Mizuho delivered a keynote speech at the inaugurate Euromoney Capital Markets Blockchain Conference in Hong Kong on 13 September 2016.

“It is a company-wide initiative to bring together key internal and external players to develop innovative new business models,” says Mr. Masato Kaneda, Joint General Manager of Mizuho as he discussed his company’s Blockchain journey for the past couple of years.

Last year February, Mizuho collaborated with IBM to combine speech recognition technology and Watson to quickly respond to customers’ enquiries at call centers. Following that, in June 2015, Mizuho partnered with MoneySmart and Nomura Research Institute to become the first Japanese bank to provide wearable banking services.

Mizuho launched an incubation project team which currently oversees over 70 pipelines to find and capture business opportunities. The incubation team comprised of cross-functional groups of specialists with diverse backgrounds and expertise. External players include major IT vendors, fintechs, VCs, and research institutions, whilst internal players include IT specialists, traders, data scientists, and area specialists in transaction banking, channel strategy, retail banking, and venture business investments.

Mizuho held a two-day Hackathon, named “Mizuho.Hack” in May 2016, with the goal of finding new solutions through open innovation. They asked the applicants to use Pepper, the humanoid robot, to create a fully new banking service. At the end, they chose the top 3 candidates, and are incubating them to focus on Big Data, AI, Robotics and Digital Marketing.

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The company also launched Investing Funds, in which they act as a bridge to develop innovative services by investing in VC funds (World Innovation Lab), and sending staff to Silicon Valley. They also formed a Private Equity Fund to invest in venture companies that possess cutting financial technology.

Mizuho’s Blockchain strategy is to leverage the resources offered by the R3 Blockchain Consortium and test the Proof of Concept by collaborating with SBI, to lead the first project in Japan using the technology and know-how from R3, and also launch cross-border payment services using Ripple Connect, a next generation payment system offered by Ripple.

To date, Mizuho has also collaborated with domestic and international vendors to test the feasibility of Blockchain technology and conducted separate proof of concept and feasibility studies. They partnered with Cognizant on encryption and sharing of documentation and records for MFG; Microsoft, ISDI, Currency Port on Syndicated Loans; IBM on the use of virtual currencies; and Fujitsu on Cross-Border Trading.

To materialize the real potential on the whole supply chain and trade finance, the company plans to develop their platform on internal transfer of funds, and then later involve external parties on domestic and international remittance.

Masato says the company finds the FSA (Japan Financial Services Agency) supportive, as they drafted an amendment to the Banking Act, “it’s now possible to register with the Cryptocurrency exchange, contingent on approval from JFSA”.

The company plans to implement Franchise Strategy in the financial sector – they will develop joint infrastructure and share expertise on branch operations. Through this, they strive to pursue economies of scale through sharing services and technologies. To strengthen Mizuho’s in the competitive Fintech landscape, Mizuho is building alliance with other Fintechs that have the following characteristics: revolutionary customer experiences, low operating costs, utilization of new technologies, and strong technical staff. At the same time, these mega banks like Mizuho will offer Fintechs the following: large customer base, low capital costs, core banking system and experienced employees.

We need all parties to take part, therefore it will take sometime to make the optimization of the whole supply chain become a reality.”

In essence, Blockchain is essentially a trust network, where there is equal democratic access to the technology, and this technology has enabled the landscape to become a level-playing field. One must always keep in mind the following and not get lost in Blockchain discussions – don’t use Blockchain to reinvent blockchain solutions, but use Blockchain as a tool to solve problems and maximize profits for the company.

NexChange Takes Fintech O-2-O Event Series Global with Hong Kong Summit

NexChange Takes Fintech O-2-O Event Series Global with Hong Kong Summit

Hong Kong’s fintech community connects with a global network

New York, NY: NexChange, the professional social network for the financial services industry, has expanded its successful Fintech O-2-O event series to include its first multi-day conference in Hong Kong.

The first Fintech O-2-O Global Summit will take place on September 27-28th at Cyberport in Hong Kong and will feature 35+ speakers and 400+ attendees from around the world. The summit will kick off with a keynote from Andrew Economos, Former Managing Director, JP Morgan, on digital disruption in asset management. Other speakers and panelists include:

  • Chris Ryan, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, MSCI
  • John Brisco, CIO & COO, Manulife Asia
  • Sebastien Chaker, Managing Director, Head of Asia at Calastone
  • Leonhard Weese, President, Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong

Tickets for the Fintech O-2-O Global Summit are on sale now at FintechO2O.com.
Miss FQ Readers’ 50% discount code: MissFQ

The Fintech O-2-O initiative began in 2015 as a monthly meetup in Hong Kong co-organized by Cyberport and NexChange. The initiative aims to bring together like-minded professionals who recognize the impact of technology on traditional finance. Past events have covered topics such as digital payments, insurance, and venture capital.

About:
NexChange is the professional social network designed exclusively for the financial services industry. Founded in 2014 by investment professional Juwan Lee, NexChange’s mission is to unite the global financial community, enabling professionals to reach their full potential. Through NexChange, financial professionals can connect with their peers, discover events, engage with industry content, and access financial charts and quotes – all in one place.

Announcing SuperCharger’s new look

Announcing SuperCharger’s new look

FinTech moves fast — and we are evolving with it.

Today, SuperCharger announces a new logo and brand identity that reflects our mission: Supecharging the FinTech scene with a jolt of electricity while connecting the innovators, industry players and users.

The new logo represents a stylized “S”, standing for SuperCharger. It also embodies an infinity sign – representing endless possibilities in innovative thinking. It can be seen as a stylized “8”, denoting the eight companies whose growth we accelerate each year. We decided to keep our yellow & black theme color to represent power and openness. The edgy design includes an electric circuit element to reflect our tech aspect.

You will see the new design roll out across our platforms soon. Enjoy!

Applications open until 20th October: Apply now!

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What is SuperCharger?
SuperCharger is a 12-week FinTech accelerator program based in Hong Kong with a unique model of accepting applications from both early stage start-ups and established scale-ups. It benefits the Accelerator’s participants by bringing them access to go-to-market resources, outstanding mentorship, as well as unrivalled technology and expert advice in areas such as market entry, regulatory obligations, and joint-venture opportunities.

We already have 30 applications. Don’t miss out –  APPLY NOW before 20th Oct!

 

 

Euromoney Seminars’ Capital Markets Blockchain Conference taking place on the 13th September at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Euromoney Seminars’ Capital Markets Blockchain Conference taking place on the 13th September at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Euromoney Seminars’ Capital Markets Blockchain Conference taking place on the 13th September at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel will explore in-depth business cases where blockchains have been/can be used in the capital markets along with innovation workshops and demo sessions. And with the recent wave of “hacks” of the DAO/Ethereum and Bitcoin exchanges, and the flags raised on how secure blockchains really are, there is going to be plenty to cover.

Key discussions include:

  • Where and how blockchains have already been applied in financial services and where is the next likely fit
  • Should banks develop or acquire blockchain technology?
  • Development of fintech in emerging markets vs. mature markets
  • Workshops on Digital Assets and blockchain integration in current infrastructure
  • An in-depth look at Smart Contracts and their applications and use cases
  • And much more…

 

Key speakers include:

  • Anson Zeall, Co-founder, CEO/CTO, CoinPip
  • Charles Ng, Associate Director-General, InvestHK
  • Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer, ASTRI
  • Melissa Guzy, Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
  • Nolan Bauerle, Instigator, Skuchain
  • Peter Stephens, Regulatory & APAC CTO, UBS AG
  • And many more…

Learn more about the conference and download the brochure here.

Miss FQ subscribers are entitled to have a special rate of US$599 per delegate to join the conference, please use the discount code of MissFQ16 when registering online. If you want to get more information, please feel free to contact Ashley Li at ashley.li@euromoneyasia.com

*** A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for fintech investors and startups and they are on the first come first served basis. please email Ashley to ashley.li@euromoneyasia.com for registration***

 

Announcing FinovateAsia 2016: Register Your Ticket Now!

Announcing FinovateAsia 2016: Register Your Ticket Now!

On November 8, 2016, Finovate heads to Hong Kong for the first time with FinovateAsia, a one-day showcase of the best innovations in financial and banking technology from a mixture of leading established companies and hot young startups.

The event will feature Finovate’s signature demo-only format with dozens of companies receiving just 7 minutes on stage to demo their latest innovations to the entire audience. A networking session at the end of the day will give you the chance to speak directly with the innovators you just saw on stage, as well as the other financial institution executives, venture capitalists, members of the press, and fintech entrepreneurs in attendance.

The event will be held at PMQ, a historic venue located in the heart of Hong Kong’s vibrant SoHo district and conveniently accessible via public transportation.

Finovate events attract attendees from some truly world-class companies and organizations. Here is just a small sample of the companies that have been in attendance at our past events: American Express, ANZ, Arbor Ventures, The Asian Banker, Asian Banking & Finance, Bangkok Bank, Bank of Singapore, Barclays, BBVA, Citi Ventures, Deloitte, Discover, Dow Jones Newswires, EY, FIS, Goldman Sachs, IDC Financial Insights, KPMG, MasterCard, OCBC Bank, PayPal, Route 66 Ventures, Sberbank, Sony, Standard Chartered, Thomson Reuters, UOB, and Visa to name just a few. This is your chance to join them and meet with some of the most influential people in the industry while witnessing the most cutting-edge fintech made from and for the Asian market.

Curious to know what companies and innovations will be showcased live on stage? Stay tuned for the initial release of the presenter lineup in September at asia2016.finovate.com/#presenters!

Seats are limited at this debut event in Hong Kong, so be sure to register soon at asia2016.finovate.com/#register. Lock in your spot early, this is one show you won’t want to miss! And because of our partnership with FinovateAsia, you get an additional 20% discount on your ticket when you use the discount code MissFQ20.

Finnovasia: Building Sustainable Fintech Eco-System

Finnovasia: Building Sustainable Fintech Eco-System

Finnovasia was held on 30 May 2016 in Cyberport, Hong Kong.  It is the premier event focusing on the current hot topic: FinTech.  FinTech is the application of technology to solve problems in finance: antiquated procedure, expensive overhead, lapse in cyber-security and failure to fully digitize many processes.  FinTech companies mostly want to work with banks and insurance companies to make things faster, cheaper and more accurate.

In Finnovasia we see representatives from banks, insurance companies, start-ups, regulators and accounting firm discussing the future of finance.  Many ideas like cryto-currency and block-chains are truly revolutionary.  Other topics like P2P and robo-advisors seem more evolutionary.  All participants agreed that financial institutions will adopt more technology to improve efficiency, to deliver better products to clients and to lower the occurrence of errors and fraud.

One of very engaging panel discussion I attended was called “Building Sustainable FinTech Eco-system”.  All the speakers were ladies involved in the tech area.  For FinTech to prosper, you need few elements: support from the government, financial institutions that are willingness to adopt new technology, start-ups and supply of programmers.  One of the speakers, Susanna Chishti from UK, discussed how London became the leading  global FinTech center.   London has always been strong in nurturing start-ups due to its entrepreneurship culture.   London has also been blessed by the abundance of programming talents.   The UK Government has been very aggressive in supporting FinTech companies by attracting FinTech companies to be located in London.   London has supported the formation of many trade organizations like FinTech Circle, in which Susanna Chishti is the president.

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Another speaker Ayesha Khanna, the CEO & co-founder of Keys Academy in Singapore, discussed an important aspect of the eco-system: education.  Keys Academy has been running Fintech classes for the children.  Ayesha wants to convey the message FinTech is a tool to solve financial problems.  So problem solving skill is emphasized whereas the word FinTech is to be avoided so children understand the role of technology.

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Joanna Cheung, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Tuspark Hong Kong/TGN, an incubator, talks about the unique position of Hong Kong as the bridge between the East and West.  The low tax regime is highly attractive to many foreigners.  Hong Kong is a major financial center in the world.  As China is considered by many to be the leading FinTech country in the world, Hong Kong is often the stepping stone of many tech companies in China as they expand overseas.  Many Chinese companies are currently opening offices in Hong Kong, creating opportunities for local start-ups to meet their needs.   However, Joanna is also realistic, nothing Hong Kong has a scarcity of programmers.  It has been very hard to bring Indian programmers to work in Hong Kong.  Another challenge is the education system in Hong Kong.  Students are not trained to be creative, to think outside the box.  In other words, they are not really equipped to confront the new paradigm caused by FinTech.

London and Singapore are two of the leading global Fintech centers.  Each of them succeeds because of a supportive government, a community of entrepreneur to exchange ideas, a pool of programming talent and the presence of many financial institutions which are willing to adopt new technology.  Hong Kong must learn from the success of these places to stay relevant. 

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Finnovasia: The Fintech Book – Stay ahead of the Curve by Understanding what Fintech is all about

Finnovasia: The Fintech Book – Stay ahead of the Curve by Understanding what Fintech is all about

(30 May 2016, Hong Kong.)  Hundreds of Fintech enthusiasts were inspired to meet Fintech Entrepreneurs, Investors, Bankers, and Regulators at the Finnovasia Fintech Conference in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.

Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis announced their Fintech Book Launch in Asia – the first Crowd-Sourced book on Fintech, representing 168 authors across 27 countries. Their idea of creating a Fintech book originated when they wanted to learn more about Fintech but there weren’t many books available in 2014 and thus decided to reach out to the global Fintech community and asked them to submit abstracts.  Final inclusions were voted by the Fintech community of over 10,000 members.

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The Fintech book addresses multiple aspects of disruptive technologies in the financial service industry and highlights the challenges that the mainstream banks are currently facing. The book took 16 months to go from idea to launch, and has been selling for 7 weeks.  According to the editors, a copy is sold every 5 minutes!

You can read some of the Abstracts here:
http://www.thefintechbook.com/abstracts/

The Result – an Authoritative Fintech Resource that encompasses the following sections:

– Fintech
– Hubs
– Solutions
– Emerging Markets & Social Impact
– Capital & Investment
– Enterprise Innovation
– Success Stories
– Crypto-Currencies & Blockchain
– The Future of FinTech
– and more

A must-read for every Disruptor, Innovator, Entrepreneur and Banker.

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The Fintech book was published by Wiley and is available on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fintech-Book-Technology-Entrepreneurs-Visionaries/dp/111921887X


About The Editors

Susanne Chishti
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CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate and Co-Founder of “The FINTECH Book” – the 1st Crowd-Sourced Book on Fintech globally. Selected as one of the 100 leading Women in FINTECH and top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencers.

Senior Capital Markets Manager, Entrepreneur and Investor with strong FINTECH expertise. Mentor, Judge & Coach at FINTECH events such as SWIFT Innotribe, Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerator and Fintech Startup Bootcamp. More than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong. Selected among top UK Fintech Influencers by City A.M.

 

Janos Barberis
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Founded FinTech HK, which he established to spur Hong Kong’s Fintech eco-system. He was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (at The University of Hong Kong) specifically focusing on developing regional Fintech regulatory frameworks. In parallel, Janos sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s FinTech Committee.

Previously, Janos was an Associate at a new UK challenger bank. His role follows a specialist interest in financial systems and their stability. Notably, Janos proposed to reform the Chinese shadow banking sector by developing P2P lending channels.

Published Author: Academic articles on SSRN and journal articles in UK and HK