Amy Nauiokas’ interview on BreakingBank$

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For the full audio interview, click here. FINEXTRA: What is Anthemis’ core business – are you guys a traditional VC fund or more of an advisory firm? NAUIOKAS: I think we are right in the middle of both. So our core business is, and has been since its inception, one part advisory – where we take a role of senior advisor to a whole host of financial services organisations and institutions that are looking to digitise the future of their business. Separate to that we have an investments business that is a portfolio and managements business for entrepreneurs and startups…

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Meet Payoff’s Board Directors

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A look into Payoff’s Board of Directors. Featuring Mohamed A. El-Erian, Arkadi Kuhlmann, Jim Lane, and Sean Park. Get to know more about Payoff’s Empowerment Finance movement as we seek to restore humanity and reintroduce people to their true potential through transparent consumer finance. Payoff is a next generation financial services company, designing products that help people pay off their credit cards faster and save money.

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Nurturing Innovation – Amy Nauiokas’s interview with Banking Technology

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By Elliott Holley, Banking Technology. Read original article here. When Amy Nauiokas left her job as chief executive of Barclays Stockbrokers in 2008, she was taking a risk. Two years earlier, at just 34, she had become one of the most successful women in finance. Before that, she’d been head of e-commerce at Barclays Capital. She was already known for her efforts rebuilding the team at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York in the years after 9/11. But the world was changing fast, and the rising star felt that the time was right to do something different – to embrace change…

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Dispatches from the digital age

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By Sean Park “We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.” ― John Marsden, The Dead of Night Chances are, if you work in a large company, its management culture is focused on seeking out, optimizing and profiting from an operating environment predicated on: • Knowledge • Certainty • Stability Successful managers of Industrial Age businesses have mastered the challenges of operating in such an environment and have shaped their businesses accordingly. The archetypal corporate hierarchy – with it’s bottom-up information flows and top-down decision making – is (unsurprisingly) highly adapted to this “KCS” paradigm. Indeed, the current,…

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Govt. Office of Science Budget Report 2015 – Financial Technology

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The Government Office of Science has published the findings and recommendation from its review of Financial Technology (FinTech). Anthemis Group was part of the expert panel that advised and contributed to the drafting of the report and the evidence papers that provide context and support for the recommendations in the report. In particular, we focused on the evolution of business models for the 21st century, in addition to helping review other facets of the report. Read the full report HERE. Recommendations from the report were included in the Budget 2015, announced on the 18th of March, including: investigate the feasibility of developing…

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Nadeem Shaikh on building the bank of the future

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Bain & Co Partner Dirk Vater asks what bank executives can do to reinvent their business models and encourage the innovation necessary to remain competitive. Anthemis Group Founder & CEO Nadeem Shaikh shares a “mindset action plan,” wherein bank executives make small bets on many experiments to see what gains traction, maintain long-term perspective and encourage a culture of innovation. Richard Fleming, another Bain partner, shares promising examples of this mindset at work in companies within financial services and beyond.

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Moven Founder & CEO Brett King Joins Anthemis Group As Venture Partner

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Read online here. Anthemis Group, the leading digital financial services investment and advisory firm, today announced that mobile banking visionary and Moven Founder and CEO Brett King is joining the organisation in the role of Venture Partner. He will continue to be at the helm of Moven, the revolutionary mobile banking application he founded in 2012. As a Venture Partner Brett will work closely with Anthemis’ global advisory business, offering its clients his experience and insights to source and structure deals amongst startups and incumbents, while also leveraging his extensive network to their benefit. “Having worked with Anthemis as a…

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Anthemis Group invests in Trov

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Trov (pronounced trove) helps people easily organize, value and protect the things they own. With Trov, people can easily reference receipts and other important information, track the market value of their things and connect to opportunities to insure. Powered by unique technology and integrations with world leading databases, Trov makes collecting information about purchases easy and automatic. All the information in a Trov is owned by the user, kept securely in the cloud and is privately accessible on a mobile device. Sean Park, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Anthemis Group also serves on the board of Trov. Read online here.

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Banks get out their chequebooks to chase the next banking revolution

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By Marion Dakers, The Telegraph. See online here. Old Billingsgate Market, once the world’s biggest trading venue for seafood and in an earlier guise a survivor of the Great Fire of London, now earns its keep as a corporate events venue. Last week, its Victorian arches played host to a thousand reasonably sized fish in one of London’s newest industries, bringing together well-heeled City backers with six-dozen start-ups with a shared aim to reel in banking customers. The third annual Finovate Europe, a portmanteau of “finance”, “innovate” and the Continent, showed off the newest developments in fintech, a combination of…

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Anthemis Group makes follow-on investment in Betterment

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Online financial adviser Betterment has raised new funding that values it at around $400 million to $500 million. New York-based Betterment is closing a new $60 million round, the company is set to announce on Thursday. The new round was led by growth equity firm Francisco Partners, with existing investors Anthemis Group, Bessemer Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures and Northwestern Mutual also taking part in the offering. The company previously raised $32 million in Series C funding in 2014, $10 million in October 2012, and $3 million December 2010. Anthemis Group is a seed investor in Betterment. Read more here.

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