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...
“Convenience in every transaction” is the key to our business. As I wrote last month, everything we do starts with the customer, and is based on providing real convenience.
Take payments. We see them as just a seamless part of the customer experience. And that is where our new NFC concept is such a perfect addition to our portfolio of innovative payment solutions.
In 2015 arvato Financial Solutions became one of the founding partners of the Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator. It has been great to see how this London-based program works with fintech start-ups, giving them access to world-class industry expertise during an intensive mentoring and investment period.
We also recently took part in two exciting “hackathons,” working with fresh new talent...