Shot of a young hiker using her laptop while sitting on top of a mountain
At some point most of us have had to visit the emergency room at our local hospital for one thing or another. Whether it was for a broken limb or because it was the weekend and we were in too much pain or discomfort to wait until Monday to see our local GP.
Whatever the reason, it was probably a last resort as we all know how long that takes. Hours in most cases – and even then you might have...
I’m just back at work after some intensive weeks finishing up my new book “Find Gold in Your Own Channels: Sell More Online – Without Buying More Advertising”. It should be coming out in May this year, and looks at how you can use your own channels to raise your visibility – and your sales.
Now of course, I hope you all get your copy of the book. But if you can’t wait, you can...
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...
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...
To say there is a lot going on in the area of payments is probably an understatement, with new technical features and partnerships opening doors for more convenient ways to pay. The way we shop online has changed dramatically in recent years and this revolution is spreading rapidly to physical environments such as stores, cafes and public transportation.
Traditional card companies such as Visa...
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...
Two sure signs of autumn in the Norwegian e-commerce market are the DIBS e-Commerce report and Bring’s e-commerce and Bring's retail conference Load. Both cover developments and trends in the e-commerce industry and both gets loads of attention. If you want to be a player, you can’t afford to miss them. But here’s some of the key takeouts just in case.
The latest e-commerce report from...
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...
“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...