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Vietnam: An interview with Nicole Nguyen from Infinity Blockchain Labs

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Could you share something about yourself with our readers? My name is Nicole and I am currently in charge of Marketing at Infinity Blockchain Labs – one of the largest Blockchain studios in the world. Our in-house team of 40 developers come from various areas around the world with one mission – demystifying and incorporating Blockchain in everyday life and …

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The Rise of Fintech in Vietnam

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Following in the footsteps of regional financial powerhouses Hong Kong and Singapore, in March 2017 the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) announced the launch of the “Steering Committee on Financial Technology”. Tasked with “improving the ecosystem” and cultivating a positive legal framework to facilitate the growth of fintech businesses throughout the country, this move has been seen as a largely …

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Vietnam: The changing payment landscape

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In Vietnam the world of payments and commerce is being transformed. Consumers are using their mobile devices to compare products and prices, actively search for deals or vouchers and purchase goods and services from around the world. The rate of online shopping in Vietnam is low compared to other countries in the world but is growing rapidly. In 2016, Vietnam’s …

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OCBC’s Open Vault – transforming the ways the bank works

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Unlike traditional business units, OCBC’s Open Vault functions like a startup. The idea is to sprint like a startup and work in an environment that thrives on adrenaline. OCBC has been running constant experiments which has proven profitable together with counting failure as learning points for their success. OCBC is constantly striving to innovate and improve organisational agility. In this …

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Move over, London and Berlin, Singapore’s fintech ecosystem is surging ahead

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Guest post by Banking Technology, the media partner of Seamless Asia 2017 There are several studies at the moment analysing and ranking a number of the fintech ecosystems, but at the end of the day, I believe it is a matter of personal opinion. Some start-ups and skills will thrive within one ecosystem, whereas they may struggle in another. In my …

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How will we pay in 2020?

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The history of payments is best described as a search for simplicity, security and convenience. Coins, banknotes, cheques, payment cards have all been introduced with the aim of making paying for goods and services easier. Over the past few years, mobile payments technology has launched an assault on these traditional methods by offering consumers a convenient and streamlined payment experience. …

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Guest article: Going high touch in a tech world

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By: Ganesh Rengaswamy & Jackson Scher At Quona, we’re very excited about the prospects of technology enabling business models that can offer financial services to previously underserved segments.  We call it FinTech for the Underbanked, but the word “FinTech” might be misleading.  Yes, we’re talking about financial technology, but that isn’t the whole story.  In the markets our portfolio companies are …

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Consumer protection is the core of the new fintech guideline: Indonesia’s financial services authority

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According to OJK, a guideline will ensure consumer protection, liability and integration of three main actors of the industry: banking, capital market and NBFIs. The Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) first mentioned its plans to come up with a regulation for the local fintech industry (venture capitals, angel investors and startups) last year. Today, OJK revealed an outline of the regulation at the BankTech Asia 2016 event in Gandaria in …

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A look at Blockchain innovation with Antony Lewis

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Antony Lewis is one of the leading voices in blockchain innovation in Asia. He has been instrumental in helping a number of major Asian enterprises cut through the fintech hype to find the real business value in harnessing the power of blockchain and distributed ledger. We were very excited to grab a few moments of his time ahead of Cards …

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Faircent and the rise of P2P in India

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Given its ability to provide underserved borrowers with access to affordable credit for the first time, it is perhaps no surprise that we are seeing the greatest leaps forward in P2P lending in large, low GDP per capita countries like China and India. We recently caught up with the CEO of Indian P2P lending marketplace Faircent, Rajat Gandhi, who spoke to …