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LFP023 – FX In The Fintech Age with Philippe Gelis CEO Kantox

2015-04-01 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 46s

On this show we have an ideal guest to guide us through “FX in the Fintech Age”. Philippe Gelis is the CEO of Kantox a B2B FX Fintech who recently passed the $1bn of business done mark. At that level you really have left any notion of “startup” far behind and are much nearer the […]…

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LFP022 – 30,000 Feet Overview of Payments with Dave Birch of Consult Hyperion

2015-03-18 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 44s

Having done a few Alternative Finance shows recently it’s important to recall that there is another hardcore Fintech sector that is already changing the world (as opposed to threatening to in the future). This is payments. One quarter of the Fintech50 are payments companies and when I looked a little while ago there were well […]…

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LFP021 – Special Episode! Consumer Credit and P2P Deep Dive with Giles Andrews CEO of Zopa

2015-03-05 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 49s

Giles and friends have really set one of the all-time Financial Services innovation high water marks with their invention of P2P – online lending and borrowing without a bank. They literally created an industry and changed the mould globally as we have seen with multi-billion$ IPOs in the US in December 2014. As they were […]…

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LFP020 – UK SME Finance Referral Scheme with Conrad Ford CEO of Funding Options

2015-02-19 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 40s

In essence the (prosaically named) “UK SME Finance Referral Scheme” basically means that soon banks wont be able to tell SMEs to bugger-off any more (which was the reality behind the prosaic (and often very slow) “loan application declined” formula).  Rather banks that turn down loan requests will need to direct SMEs to a portal(s)/alternative […]…

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LFP019 – Special Episode! P2P – Beyond the Metaphors with Rhydian Lewis CEO Ratesetter

2015-02-09 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 49s

P2P (online lending and borrowing) is plagued by media (old and new) descriptions in terms of what are often just metaphors – “P2P disintermediates banks”, “P2P directly connects borrowers and lenders” et al. Furthermore with a number of different models emerging (which isn’t always obvious to the “paying public”) it gets less relevant to say […]…

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LFP018 – Special Episode! Equity Crowdfunding Deep Dive with Karen Kerrigan of Seedrs

2015-01-28 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 48s

Equity Crowdfunding is one of the key areas in which the UK has a great lead and so we have a special, longer than usual, episode. I am delighted to be joined on the show today by Karen Kerrigan Legal and Finance Director at Seedrs (who were the first equity crowdfunders to be FCA authorised […]…

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LFP017 – Innovation Bridge Building between Startups and Incumbents with Samad Masood of Accenture

2015-01-19 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 36s

Innovation may be great but it leads to challenges – for #newFS how to get it out there (I think the “how to do it” is going well right now”).  For #oldFS the challenge is “how to absorb it”. This bridging is being done by both new and established firms. In LFP002 Warren Bond of […]…

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LFP016 – New Year’s Special – Behind the Scenes, UK Fintech 2015 and Occupy Fintech!

2015-01-11 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 43s

The New Year is a time of reflection, a time for looking forwards and a time to take stock. So in this light this will be a special, somewhat off-piste episode with just me at the microphone. This episode has three parts: In Part 1 I talk about some of the behind the scenes stories […]…

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LFP015 – Special Episode! The Amazing Story of US P2P With Peter Renton of Lend Academy

2014-12-18 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 48s

This is a mega-episode Xmas present special for London Fintech Podcast listeners   The world of Fintech has changed forever with this month’s successful twin IPOs on the NYSE of Lending Club and On Deck – both with valuations in ten figures.  It’s certainly an epochal shift for Alternative Finance Lending & Borrowing (P2P) around […]…

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LFP014 – Lifting the Bonnet on Fintech Accelerators with Nektarios Liolios of Startupbootcamp

2014-12-09 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 37s

In the hot Fintech sector there are few places hotter than being a Fintech in a 3 month accelerator program. But what are they? What’s the inside track? What works well, what is surprising and how is it all changing? Plenty of dynamics to discuss in today’s episode with Nektarios Liolios, the co-founder of Startupbootcamp […]…

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LFP013 – Kicking the Tyres of Alt. Finance P2P (Online Lending/Borrowing) with Christian Faes CEO of Lendinvest

2014-11-30 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 47s

For me Alternative Finance is the most exciting sector in Fintech by far in terms of near term impact as competition for the “Old FS” and as choice for both borrowers and lenders. In this episode I am delighted to be joined by Christian Faes CEO of Lendinvest. In the world of Fintech froth that […]…

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LFP012 – Gluing Fin & Tech Together, Next Gen Consultancy with Farid Tejani of Ignitr

2014-11-19 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 34s

Like a huge boulder dropped into the middle of a pond the ripples from Fintech spread far and wide and have plenty of implications, opportunities and threats for surrounding professions. Consultancy is one of these – many have become “too like” the “Old FS” sector they serve. Re-inventing this is a major opportunity. I am […]…

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LFP011 – 5 Key Challenges to the Success of UK Fintech plc with Dr Louise Beaumont of GLI Finance

2014-11-09 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 38s

The Economist has described the emergence of huge numbers of Fintechs as a Cambrian Explosion. Will this be followed by a Mass Extinction? I am delighted to be joined on the show today to discuss this by a uniquely qualified individual who has a background in solid BigCos, has co-founded a successful Fintech and advises […]…

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LFP010 – 3,000 Feet Overview of Alternative Finance with Rupert Taylor of AltFi

2014-10-29 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 34s

Alternative Finance is, in essence, Finance not provided by banks (and in a Fintech context, finance provided by “Fintechs”).  As such it is one of the sexier sectors in terms of being a direct competitor to banks.  It is an incredibly key, and an incredibly exciting sector. It’s also complex and the devil definitely lies […]…

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LFP009 – 12yrs At The Fintech Coal Face with William Lorenz of Kwanji

2014-10-19 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 36s

There are relatively few Fintech Founders/Co-Founders, even less that have done it for over a decade and even less that have formed two consecutive Fintechs. I am delighted to welcome such a rare individual on the show today – WIlliam Lorenz. In 2002 he co-founded Ixaris – a pre-paid VISA & MasterCard card provider which […]…

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LFP008 – London Fintech’s Strengths and Weaknesses with Richard Goold of Wragge Lawrence Graham

2014-10-09 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 32s

I have given this episode a huuuge write-up as it’s such a vital topic. So if you don’t want to read 2,500 words, listen instead Let’s simplify a Fintech’s journey into three schematic stages: Stage 1:  “turning an idea into a product” Stage 2:  “turning a product into a business” Stage 3:  “turning a business […]…

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LFP007 – Dot Coms to Fintechs, Lessons Learned by Michael Nulty, 40yrs+ as an Entrepreneur, Investor and Angel

2014-09-25 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 37s

Wisdom is massively under-rated in our data-driven society. Data, information, even knowledge can be learned.  Wisdom however has to be absorbed. Wisdom is the hard-earned distillation of decades of life experience. So in this summary today I can only scrape the surface with a precis of information and knowledge.  As always I just pick out […]…

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LFP006 – Innovation in Insurance with John Shaw of Direct Line

2014-09-18 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 38s

Although this episode is entitled “innovation in insurance” – there is much food for thought of far wider applicability. Fintech narratives often slip into “disrupting banking” – whereas this is just a part of Financial Services – insurance is another vast part. There is another narrative that assumes innovation is the preserve of the “t-shirts” […]…

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LFP005 – Innovating in Fintech & Emerging Market FX with Jon Vollemaere of R5FX.com

2014-09-09 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 33s

There are some huge misunderstandings in the Fintech scene right now.  Innovation is (often) misunderstood. The importance of domain expertise and experience is (often) misunderstood.  Also what’s happening with emerging market currencies and the London Fintech scene as a whole? On this show today I am delighted to welcome a serial FX entrepreneuer – Jon […]…

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LFP004 – Fintech The 3,000 Feet Overview – 3yrs of New Finance with Eddie George

2014-08-28 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 33s

In LFP001 – Fintech The 30,000 Feet Overview I mentioned that the first reference I had seen of the word Fintech in its modern sense was by a man in a pub 3yrs ago,  Eddie George was that man (and you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out which pub ). He talks […]…

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LFP003 – Lifting the bonnet on Digital Currencies with Dr James Smith of elliptic.co

2014-08-15 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 35s

Hysteria The Daily Mail hasn’t yet written about how Bitcoin causes cancer. I’m rather surprised given the hysterical tone of much Bitcoin coverage. “It’s going to a million dollars!”. “It’s going to zero!”. “It’s the future of money!”. “It’s a scam!”. “It’s for drug dealers and terrorists!” .  And those comments are just from the […]…

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LFP002 – Innovation Matchmaking with Warren Bond of matchi.biz

2014-07-24 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 31s

This week I have the great pleasure of being in conversation with Warren Bond, co-founder of matchi.biz. It’s a great way to start the London Fintech Podcast interviews as both this podcast and matchi.biz are about bridging the worlds of suits and t-shirts, of incumbents and innovators. If matchi.biz continue to deliver on their promise […]…

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LFP001 – FinTech The 30,000 Feet Overview

2014-07-06 :: Mike Baliman
Length: 28s

When I told folks I was going to be launching a FinTech Podcast the most common reply was “What’s FinTech?”  and “What’s a Podcast?”.  Hardly auspicious beginnings Well if you are here then you know what a Podcast is – it’s an audio file you can listen to online or download and listen to offline.  […]…

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