Dear Luc: your most pressing fintech problems solved by our Agony Uncle
From regulation readiness to technology teething troubles, our start-up agony uncle, Luc Gueriane, is here to help.
Luc has over seven years’ experience working with flagship fintechs like Revolut, Wise (formerly TransferWise), Monzo and Curve.
His expertise and extensive work in the fintech ecosystem mean that Luc is able to offer unique insight into the building of a successful fintech company.
Do you have an embarrassing question you want answered, or a seemingly unsolvable problem you’d want help with? Email FinTech Futures’ Alex Hamilton in confidence.
Dear Luc: What’s the deal with embedded finance?
This week some writes in to ask: how can I get on the embedded finance bandwagon?
Dear Luc: Should I prepare for a wearable payments comeback post-COVID?
This week our writer asks: are wearables set for a comeback as social distancing eases?
Dear Luc: Can my start-up succeed while working from home?
This week our writer wonders if they really need a London address, or can working from home be just as good?
Dear Luc: Should we ditch the plastic bank card?
This week our writer wonders if we should start ditching plastic cards to be more environmentally friendly.
Dear Luc: Does my fintech firm need ex-bankers to succeed?
This week our writer wonders if they should really be hiring ex-bankers for their executive committee.
Dear Luc: Should I offer multi-currency accounts to cover post-pandemic travel?
As the world opens up, our writer asks if multi-currency accounts are a necessity, and how to offer them.
Dear Luc: I want to offer Apple Pay, how easy is mobile wallet integration?
This week Luc tackles Apple Pay integration for fintechs looking to level up their payments.
Dear Luc: To give my customers cards I just need an issuer – right?
Our anonymous fintech problem asks if issuers are all you need to provide cards to customers.
Dear Luc: What marketing pitfalls should I avoid?
Some fintechs are getting caught out by the regulators when using terms like "banking".
Dear Luc: When is the best time to expand my fintech abroad?
When is the right time for a fintech to go beyond the domestic market?
Dear Luc: Your most pressing fintech problems solved
In Dear Luc, we answer the questions the industry's fintech founders are too embarrassed to ask.
ICYMI funding round-up: Cobee, Sila, Vincent, WhenThen, Clara & more
Another batch of funding rounds that might have flown under your radar.
Digital wallet start-up Eco lands $60m investment
Eco launched its app in March and has now raised around $94.5 million in funding.
Lloyds to acquire savings firm Embark Group in £390m deal
UK bank aims for “top three” position in the retirement and savings market.
Singapore fintech Thunes acquires payments platform Limonetik
The firm will combine Limonetik’s PaaS model with its existing global payments network.
Major Indian banks join trade finance blockchain project IBBIC
The consortium promises the creation of a secure environment for processing letters of credit.
Landis secures $165m raise to help Americans become homeowners
The round was led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Will Smith’s Dreamers VC.
South African fintech Yoco looks to scale following $83m Series C round
The firm is now targeting expansion across Africa and the Middle East.
LogicGate secures $113m in Series C funding round
New investment takes the company’s total raised to around $156 million.
Solarisbank raises €190m in Series D, acquires Contis for UK foothold
German BaaS provider hits unicorn valuation and looks towards the UK.
B2B payments platform Nium hits unicorn status with $200m Series D round
Nium has now raised a total of around $280 million in funding.