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.
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Dear Luc: What fintech trends should I prepare to see in 2022?
Four trends that FinTech Futures' Agony Uncle predicts will occur in 2022.
Dear Luc: When is the best time to go fundraising?
Feeling the pressure seeing all the funding rounds lately for fintechs so early on in development?
Dear Luc: Why are people so divided about the £100 contactless limit?
The latest increase has been met with concern and confusion.
Dear Luc: How do I get a slice of the BNPL pie?
This week someone asks: I want to add BNPL to my service, what do I need to consider?
Dear Luc: Should I use influencers to target Gen Z?
This week someone asks: we’re targeting Gen Z, how can we utilise our spend on marketing and influencers?
Dear Luc: Should I pick a fintech specialist or a jack-of-all-trades?
This week someone writes in to ask: should I pick a fintech specialist or a holistic provider to partner?
Dear Luc: What’s the deal with embedded finance?
This week someone 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.
BlueVine sells its founding invoice factoring business to Canadian rival FundThrough
The acquisition fast tracks the FundThrough’s expansion efforts in the US market.
Indian fintech FPL Technologies raises $75m in Series C round
Pune-based FPL’s products are designed to create a credit-savvy population.
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Matt Collinge joins start-up Sequence as CTO
UK-based start-up Sequence is “creating a new category of software”.
Digital asset fintech Zero Hash lands $105m in Series D round
The round saw participation from Bain Capital, NYCA and Point72 Ventures.
Sydney fintech start-up Cape makes tech and product leadership hires
Julian Guppy joins as CTO and Andrew Fanner as chief product and marketing officer (CPMO).
GPS adds $100m to its latest funding round, appoints new chair
Global Processing Services (GPS) closes its latest funding round at over $400 million.
United Fintech acquires 25% stake in asset management platform Athena
The multi-stage acquisition deal is the company’s fourth acquisition in 14 months.
ICYMI funding round-up: DigiDoe, Acorn Finance, ThankUCash, Trust & Will, MDXT, & Paywatch
Don’t let funding announcements slip you by in this fast-paced industry.
UK consumer lender Oplo acquired by challenger bank Tandem
Together, Tandem and Oplo will “create a fairer, greener digital bank”.