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  • 14 Mar 2017

    Fintech @ MWC: the future will be here sooner than you think

    Technology is one of the most powerful driving forces for change in our finance industry. That has never been so obvious as at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, where I got to see tech and trends that will be changing your business and your life for years to come. MWC is the largest get-together for the global mobile tech industry, bringing together manufacturers and vendors,...
  • 19 Jan 2017

    2017: strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

    UPDATE: The bumpy year started off with yet another surprise, when Klarna successfully concluded its acquisition of German payments provider BillPay. After originally withdrawing its offer, as I wrote below, Klarna returned to the table and was able to close the deal. Interesting. - Jan Altersten   2017 is shaping up to be a dramatic year in many ways: the continuing story of Brexit,...
  • 14 Dec 2016

    AfterPay Fast Track shows it’s no one-hit wonder

    If you needed further proof that AfterPay Fast Track is on a roll, it came with last weekend’s HOP! Artisan Brewery Weekend in Helsinki.   Showcasing craft breweries from Finland, Estonia and Italy, the festival attracted 1,000 beer lovers to Nosturi, a concert venue in the Punavuori district, for some serious beer tasting, food and music. And their enjoyment was only heightened...
  • 08 Dec 2016

    Why Slush makes us melt

    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...
  • 06 Dec 2016

    Should that be happy Independence Day or innovation day?

    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...
  • 01 Dec 2016

    Why we are doing the robot dance

    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...
  • 28 Nov 2016

    Reinventing the wheel in parking

    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...
  • 14 Nov 2016

    Getting AfterPay Fast Track on track

    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...
  • 07 Nov 2016

    The wait is over … for good

    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. AfterPay...
  • 01 Nov 2016

    There has to be a smarter way to pay

    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...