Part 2: FinTech Accelerator Programs- Europe& Asia
Part one of the series about FinTech accelerator programs focused on accelerators in USA and Australia. Part two highlights the most interesting programs in Europe and Asia: Start-up Boot Camp, Level 39 and Barclays Accelerator Program.
Part 1: FinTech Accelerator Programs- US & Australia
FinTech is booming. Banks and Investors want to secure their part of the cake and start accelerator programs whose mission is to support start-ups financially and with know-how. The first episode of a series about FinTech Accelerator programs focuses on USA and Australia. The most interesting programs in 2015 are FinTech Innovation Lab and Citi Ventures’ & Plug and Play’s Accelerator Program in the USA and AWI ventures in Australia.
Safeguard Non-heterosexual Employees Aboard
The now long forgotten Winter Olympic Games held in Sochi brought to the foreground the legislative differences in the treatment of non-heterosexuals and same-sex couples around the world. On the face of it, this might not appear to affect employment or HR practices; however, in the domain of international assignments, it raises a significant issue, namely how to manage legalised sexual orientation discrimination in other countries where employees are placed (host countries).
Fintech China: Turning Big Data into Big Profits
Within China, the problems many large organizations face isn’t necessarily the collection of big data but how to conduct effective data mining to gain the insights required. Many believe that interpreting this data will lead major companies like Tencent and Alibaba to further their domestic and international success. However, it isn’t such an easy environment to navigate balancing the needs for consumer privacy and cybersecurity with a highly internationalist government. Below, we analyse the potential of these two well-known Chinese firms as they seek further market penetration in the mobile payment platform both China and abroad.
Misconceptions Of Bitcoin Security
If you were to believe all of the headlines spun by the sensationalized 24-7 media cycle, you would think bitcoin, the controversial cryptocurrency, was the most unsafe asset class in the world. And, with the year-plus-long price slump, the estimated $500-million bitcoin heist at Mt. Gox, formerly the largest bitcoin exchange on the planet, not to mention this month’s $5-million theft at Bitstamp, these security concerns would not be unfounded for the average investor. But what the average investor doesn’t know is that the technology underpinning the bitcoin network, the “blockchain,” might be the most hack-proof, data-storage vehicle in the history of online security, according to the Business Insider article “Bitcoin’s Blockchain Technology Will Change the World.”
Fintech in Berlin – what is holding it back?
According to Ernst & Young, Berlin is undisputedly the second most attractive city for technology start-ups in Europe after London. Both Munich and Hamburg are among the top 15 as well at position five and eleven respectively. Besides new companies setting up their business in Germany, more and more start-ups from other countries begin to operate in the German market as well, for example London based start-up number 26.