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The solar industry is going through an unprecedented amount of change, and opportunities to leverage its success are bigger than ever. In the last fifteen years, solar energy has expanded from a niche technology to an important asset class. According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, from 2004 to 2015, over a trillion […]

2016 and beyond in fintech: a few thoughts

Looking at 2016 with the experience of the past 7 years in financial services. it will be a pivotal year for financial services. In many ways we are coming to the end of a phase, that started with the world‘s the most important financial crisis since 1929. The FED hike is upon us, after having […]

Discussing Machine Learning and Financial Services

It feels like fear around artificial intelligence is slightly receding and that the discussion has evolved toward what it can actually do now and its application in the current crop of technology companies. I, for one, welcome this new step in Machiavellianism from our machine overlords, well played, well played…. Robot pretending not to be […]

Eris Industries Launches Eris 0.10

Late last year, Anthemis invested in Eris Industries. Eris was known in the Bitcoin world for having worked on DOUG, a smart contract based replacement for the Bitcoin foundation (still an interesting concept in these Bitcoin governance days). We were attracted by the quality of the team and their vision. See my blog post at […]

Innovation in the Asset Management industry

While other sectors attract more mainstream press attention (payment, retail banking), the asset management industry is also deeply affected by “software eating the world”. Asset Class Competition Traditional asset management companies are increasingly facing competition on both sides of the performance scale. On the “Beta” end of the scale, ETFs are steadily becoming one of the most successful […]

Musings on Full Stack Financial Services startups

(This post has been long in the making). One of the posts that sparked my interest in the last months is a post by Chris Dixon, Full Stacked Startups. In it, Chris highlights several startups such as Nest, Uber, Tesla, Warby Parker as companies that have gone after the market as full-fledged businesses instead stacking […]

Smart Commerce will only succeed with Smart Banking

Bill Ready had a great post at PandoDaily on the growing importance of smart mobile driven commerce. In my view this is one side of the equation of the future of commerce, the other side being the creation of smart banking services. Using Bill’s example: I book a flight to San Francisco, my financial service app warns me that […]

3615, L’arrivée d’internet dans le monde de la finance – [French]

Sean Park and myself had the chance to be invited to the swiss radio show 36 15: http://www.facebook.com/3615emission to speak Finance innovation and startups.     While recorded in the English speaking swiss radio, it is in French only (well frenglish …)

The Core of the Machine – Banking as a Utility

I have been a strong partisan of Banking as a Service and posted several times on the topic on this blog. Recently I have posted more on the shiny outer layers that could be / are created in such a stack but not so much of the core services under it. So it was with interest […]

Why we need brilliant banks

I have been a strong advocate of disruptive startups in Financial Services on this blog, dismissing some of the banks effort to try and move as quickly as more nimble competitors. But in all respect, for these innovative startups to launch their services, we need brilliant established banks and payments players. That is why I […]

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