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Sitting With The CEO: 5 Years Till Now

Erik Brieva's professional life so far has been dedicated to entrepreneurial ventures, enterprise software and internet-based business —having co-founded and managed several companies in Spain, the United Kingdom and United States before propelling Strands to a world FinTech stage.

In this interview, we sat down with Erik to talk about life before Strands, how Strands has grown since he took over in 2014, and what the future holds for the company.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Erik Brieva, Popular

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Jan 31, 2019

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The New Electricity?

When electricity was invented more than a hundred years ago, it revolutionized society; suddenly people had the exciting, yet challenging task of adapting to a new technology, and a new way of living. Industry was transformed, life was revamped and everything seemed newly possible. Today AI puts us in a very similar position. Just as it is very difficult to imagine households, communications, healthcare and practically every domain of our life without electricity nowadays, in recent years AI has advanced to a point where we can see change of a similar magnitude happening in the not-so-distant future. A change set to refashion industry yet again and mark a turning point in history.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, data analytics, data industry trends, Thought Leadership, Popular

Author: Dimitrios Vlitas on Dec 14, 2018

Invisible PFM Will Transform Banking As You Know It

Personal Financial Management (PFM) has evolved greatly since its birth in the early eighties. Originally developed to bring money management into what was then a widespread technological shift to the nascent personal computer age, PFM has since become a sophisticated means of managing your money.

But in its current “visible” guise, PFM is not nearly as innovative as it can be, and it is the “invisible” idea of PFM that is set to overhaul banking as we know it.

In this article, we look at why the unseen PFM is inevitable and why it will be the driving force in transforming banking. Additionally, we look at how banks will evolve to intuitively anticipate their customers’ financial needs as well as scrutinize the major threat that all banks face if they fail to adapt.

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Topics: FinTech, PFM, Personal Financial Management (PFM), personalized banking, invisible PFM, personalized finance, Popular

Author: Erik Brieva, CEO on Dec 11, 2018

Erik Brieva: "Fostering a sense of belonging is crucial to our success at Strands"

There is no doubt that embracing digital transformation is a must to grow and prosper in today’s business world.

Organizations of all types across the globe are striving to find the best talent to help them do just that —especially in the tech space. As if that weren’t enough, with the widespread demand for these positions, most companies are facing significant challenges not only in attracting that talent, but in retaining it.

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Topics: FinTech, Strands Worldwide, Company Culture, Talent, Popular

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Nov 12, 2018

Pain in the bot? Artificial intelligence in banking

UBIQUIBOTS: AI FOR BANKS (Spanish Version)

Bots (and articles about bots - oops!) are popping up everywhere these days.

Indeed, very few concepts have shot up the hype curve so fast, especially considering that the idea of conversational UI has been with us for a long time in various forms and under different denominations. It looks like a jungle, but all bots are essentially doing the same thing: adding conversational capabilities to FAQ and search.

You can read a good evolution and state of the art here and here. Personally, I had the pleasure of working for two companies that developed their own virtual assistant (basically a chatbot with a cute face). You might remember Anna, IKEA's robo-assistant - just one of a fairly comprehensive chatbot database here - although all kind of them have somewhat faded away now without significantly transforming our lives.

So, could it be different now that the worlds of bots and banking are colliding?

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Topics: AI, chatbots, bots in banking, Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, conversational banking, Popular

Author: Luis Rodriguez, VP Product Strategy on Jul 6, 2016

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