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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

What we’ll be reading in 2019: Stranders' top 8 Books For the New Year

You’ll know by now that we’re all about staying on top of recent trends in the banking industry at Strands, but when I asked the team what they had on their reading lists for the coming year, they came back with a whole host of suggestions relating to what we do best; FinTech, banking solutions, software development and Artificial Intelligence. Here’s our list of pageturners for 2019.

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Topics: FinTech, fintech books, 2019, fintech reading, Thought Leadership

Author: Aoife Crean on Jan 18, 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

Un grano en el… Bot? La Inteligencia Artificial en la Banca

UBIQUIBOTS: IA PARA BANCOS (English Version)

Los bots (y los artículos sobre bots, ¡oops!) están en todas partes.

De hecho, muy pocos conceptos se han popularizado tan rápido, especialmente teniendo en cuenta que la idea de una interfaz de usuario conversacional ha estado con nosotros durante mucho tiempo en varios formatos y bajo diferentes denominaciones. Parece una jungla, pero todos los robots básicamente están haciendo lo mismo: agregar capacidades de conversación a preguntas frecuentes y búsquedas.

Puede leer una buena evolución de esta tendencia aquí y aquí. Personalmente, tuve el placer de trabajar para dos compañías que desarrollaron su propia asistente virtual (básicamente un chatbot con una cara bonita). Puede que recuerdes a Anna, la robo-asistente de IKEA, que es una de las bases de datos de chatbot mejor integradas, aunque ahora se ha desvanecido un poco sin que haya transformado significativamente nuestras vidas.

Entonces, ¿podría ser diferente ahora que los mundos de los bots y la banca se están uniendo?

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

Author: Luis Rodriguez, VP Product Strategy on May 18, 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 with it?  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: digital banking, open banking, psd2 impact on banks, online banking, PSD2, Thought Leadership

Author: Aoife Crean on Jan 12, 2018

21 Top Fintech Blogs and News Sites We Read in 2018

What are the top Fintech blogs and news sites you read every day?

This is a question our team gets asked frequently. We noticed that in the past couple of years, quite a few informative sources have risen to prominence.

While there is a long list of fintech blogs to browse and many more sites we could mention, this is our go-to list of the 21 best fintech blogs and news sites we read every day.

Check out the selection below and be sure to check out our top Fintech books article for even more suggestions.

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Topics: FinTech, fintech innovation, fintech news, fintech reading, fintech resources, financial data, +fintech blog, best fintech blogs, top fintech blogs, banking tech news, banking technology news, fintech blogs, Thought Leadership

Author: Vaida Pakulyte on Oct 26, 2016

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