Last week, a team of product managers, developers and sales reps from our various markets braved the icy November darkness of Helsinki to attend Slush, one of the world’s hottest tech startup events.
This year, 17,000 people, 2,000 start-ups and 800 venture capitalists from more than 120 countries gathered to listen to insights and new business models while networking and sharing with their...
In June our Swedish colleagues made great play out of their national day on this blog. While it is all well and good to make hay while the sun shines, it takes real character to celebrate your independence in the coldest and darkest of seasons.
Finland gained its independence from Russia on this day in 1917. But to most Finns nowadays it is more about the televised ball at the Presidential...
Imagine if all your routine tasks were taken care of, leaving you to focus only on the most important stuff, whether that’s looking after your customers or coming up with new solutions. I’d jump at the chance to use my time more productively, and looking around me I’m sure I’m not the only one.
The fintech industry has never seen so many threats (and opportunities) with digital wallets...
This is our second blog post on the Norwegian parking industry. Are things really moving that fast, you might ask? Well, yes, they are actually. And for once no one is complaining.
On New Year’s Day new parking regulations kick into gear aimed at protecting motorists from cowboy operators. Public and private operators will now be subject to the same rules in a move that should also iron out...
With any big idea, the challenge often comes when you have to turn it into reality. When we were developing AfterPay Fast Track, our new NFC-enabled instant payment system, we saw challenges that our clients were facing, and knew that we could do something about them.
As we had seen from the relatively slow adoption of NFC-based mobile payments, it is one thing to know you have a game-changer...
My long wait at Slush got me thinking about how to take the pain out of paying at large venues and events. After meeting the CEO of mFabrik it became clear that we had the services and technology to do just that. So we joined forces and AfterPay Fast Track saw the light of day – or the light of night, to be more precise, given that it made its debut at a rock festival in March.
Have you ever been in a situation where hundreds of people want exactly the same thing as you, and you happen to be last in the queue?
That happened to me at Slush 2014. There were 14,000 people at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre that year for Europe’s leading startup event, and the restaurant had nowhere near enough capacity. It took me an hour to have lunch. You might think...
Someone reminded me recently of two predictions I made in a panel discussion in 2008. I got one right, and one wrong. So of course I am going to make a new prediction (I like doing that).
The one I got right was that mobile phones would become the universal tool for banking and payments. It wasn´t really too much of a bold prediction, and I was certainly not the only one having these thoughts...
The finalists for the 2016 edition of the Startupbootcamp FinTech acceleration program in London have now been chosen. The selection of these nine innovative companies marks not only the end of intensive months of scouting and searching, but also the beginning of what I hope to be exciting talks over the coming three months.
Third time around
This is the third year that we are partnering...
It's hard to believe we're already in the third year of our partnership with the Startupbootcamp FinTech acceleration program - although they do say that time flies when you're having fun! Without a doubt, the talent we've seen so far has never failed to impress and what's more exciting is that our two most recent scouting events have continued to surpass expectations (you'll read more about some...