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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Amy Nauiokas Joins Anthemis Group In the Role of President

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Anthemis Group, the leading financial services investment and advisory firm, today announced that digital financial services veteran Amy Nauiokas is joining the organisation in the role of President. Based in the London office, Amy will focus on leading the group’s strategy, capital raising, marketing and investor relation activities. She will work closely with Sean Park, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, and Nadeem Shaikh, CEO, to significantly grow and evolve the business. Amy, who spent the last four years building her own media production and investment company, Archer Gray, co-founded Nauiokas Park in 2008 with Sean Park, which was one of the…

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Insights from Our Founders, #AHFR14

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By Simrat Ghuman At the annual Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat 2014, some of our most dynamic founders spoke about the building blocks of a sound company – the investors, the co-founders, the team; and left us with some invaluable tips on how to survive if you’re a startup founder. These guys have been there, and have scaled or exited successfully, so take note. For video vignettes with all the founders, scroll down, or click here. The two things that have stayed with me since our brief interviews in the picturesque Meribel are how staunchly all the founders believed in their vision…

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Try Changing Attitudes Rather Than The Decor

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“We have totally changed the working environment in our bank to make it cooler and more attractive to the top talent who would otherwise join Amazon, Facebook or Google” is a line I hear all too often from top executives of incumbent financial service firms. It’s a bit optimistic. Even if they’ve bought some trendy furniture, for many in the hacker/Gen-Y talent pool these gigantic companies still look as stuffy and bureaucratic as a government department.

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