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SME Finance Forum Interview Series: Lav Odorovic on Penta Success Story

Lav Odorovic is the co-founder and CEO of Penta. Odorovic is a serial entrepreneur, having set up and exited his first startup by the tender age of 21. After working several corporate jobs, he, together with several entrepreneurial friends, launched Penta, a Berlin-based neobank, offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.

As the last part of our SME Finance Forum interview series, we wanted to talk not only to banks to understand their views on innovation, but with Fintechs as well. As Europe enters into a world of open APIs, many startups are looking to seize the opportunity. Penta neobank is one of them, offering a new type of business banking services. We wanted to understand their journey, vision and future business goals.

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Topics: SMEs, business finance, SME banking, digital banking, business banking, SME Finance Forum

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Jan 16, 2018

Open Banking & PSD2 Coming into Force: Here’s what’s ahead

With the official Open Banking kick-off date programmed for this weekend, it’s the topic of the moment.  What will change?  Is it safe to share customer data? How much information do banks need to give their customers?

Many banks have already missed the deadline, asking for extensions at the last minute, and what was originally set to be a full-steam-ahead approach to Open Banking looks now to be a more cautious, hesitant launch, on a considerably lower scale. So, come Saturday, what will change?

 

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Topics: online banking, digital banking, open banking, PSD2, psd2 impact on banks

Author: Aoife Crean - Content Manager on Jan 12, 2018

The best of Fintech Pulse: Thought Leadership Highlights 2017

Back by popular demand, we are kicking off 2018 with a recap of the past year with our Fintech Pulse Magazine. 7 of our favorite articles, written by Stranders, about trends in Fintech from 2017, focusing particularly on underserved segments of society and legislation set to turn the banking sector on its head in the coming year.

 

 Here are the posts that made the cut this year:

 

 

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Topics: FinTech, digital banking, fintech news, fintech resources, fintech pulse

Author: Erik Brieva, CEO on Jan 5, 2018

2017, A Year of Banking for All, Without Exception

As the Fintech partner for banks our commitment to enhance digital customer experience has been taken to new heights during 2017. More than assisting with the implementation of innovative tools, we offer insight into new, unexplored opportunities, such as that of the SME customer, or banking for the needs of women. We’ve grown both in the number of banks we work with, but also in international coverage, with new offices, team players and projects around the world.

Next year will be a continuation of this new drive for bigger and better, and with new legislation coming into play in 2018, we’ll be here to help our clients make sense of it all.

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Topics: FinTech, FinTech Race, digital banking, strands

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Dec 29, 2017

10 Books Every FinTech Professional Should Read in 2018

It’s safe to say banking is not the same industry it was a few years ago. If you are working in a bank or any other financial institution, you will be well aware how crucial it is to stay ahead of industry trends and technology advancements. With 2018 knocking at our door, it’s time to recap on our learnings and plan ahead for the things we want to achieve during the coming year.

To get your reading list started, here are 10 books that I believe every FinTech professional needs to read in order to keep growing:

 

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Topics: FinTech, FinTech Race, digital banking

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Dec 21, 2017

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