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...
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...
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...
When it comes to start-ups, we in the Nordic region punch above our weight. Think Spotify, Skype and Rovio, to name just a few. Great ideas that led to great start-ups, which have changed the way we look at the world. Could you imagine a world without Spotify or Skype? I can’t.
And of course – it is impossible not to mention Klarna, whose success with their payment solutions is beneficial...
Anniversaries are great milestones, giving us an opportunity for celebration and reflection. And two of our communications initiatives are marking milestones this week.
The first is PAY magazine, which has been reaching out to the Nordic market for 500 days, while the youngest child of the family, our Nordic Finance Blog, has just reached the 50-day mark. Both channels provide insights into how...