Dear Luc: your most pressing fintech problems solved by our Agony Uncle
In Dear Luc, we answer the questions the industry’s fintech founders are too afraid to ask, and solve the problems they don’t want their investors to know about.
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’ Tanya Andreasyan in confidence.
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.
FinTech Futures: Top five stories of the week – 24 March 2023
Here’s our pick of five of the top news stories from the world of finance and tech this week.
Indian lendtech Stashfin secures $100m in debt funding
The latest funding follows the company’s $270 million Series C round held in June last year.
German fintech Raisin lands €60m in Series E funding
With the new investment, Raisin intends to accelerate its growth in the US.
ICYMI fintech funding round-up: Wingspan, Monite, Fundpath and more
A handy round-up of the recent funding endeavours of fintech companies across the globe.
Spanish fintech ID Finance lands €30m equity funding
ID Finance claims its fundraise is the biggest received by a Spanish fintech in 2023.
UK fintech Snoop reportedly mulling sale
Sky News reports founder Jayne-Anne Gadhia is in talks to either raise new funds or potentially sell the business.
Singapore’s Kredivo Holdings secures $270m in Series D funding
Japanese banking giant Mizuho Bank led the funding round, contributing $125 million.
JP Morgan snaps up VC investment analytics software firm Aumni
The financial details of the acquisition, expected to close in H1 2023, have not been disclosed.
Mangopay acquires fellow European paytech WhenThen
WhenThen’s co-founder and CEO, Kirk Donohoe, has been named Mangopay’s chief product officer.
Employee financial wellness start-up Rain lands $116m in equity and debt
The total funding is made up of a $66 million Series A equity round and a $50 million debt facility.