Innovating financial services is not an easy task to accomplish, as there are quite a few hurdles to overcome. Perhaps the biggest challenge is coming up with an idea that is not only innovative but could also lead to mass adoption by everyday consumers. Before such an idea can be formed, aspiring entrepreneurs need to be in the right mindset as to why they want to change the financial system in the first place.
Every now and then, the digital currency ecosystem receives positive marks from unlikely allies. Visa, one of the world’s leading credit card issuers, recently stated how 2015 was a breakthrough year for payments. With transaction volumes growing and new players joining the game, the next few years will be very interesting to say the least. Additionally, the blockchain is no longer a payment tool that can be ignored either.
Over the past six years, Bitcoin has seen its fair share of success, although some people might argue how important digital currency has become as of late. The main question companies and service providers should ask themselves is whether or not these disruptive solutions actively address and fix financial services in existence today. In some cases, the answer might be “not yet”.
When it comes to the traditional financial world as we know it, things will have to change sooner rather than later. Keeping up with the growing demand for new technologies and services is not an easy task, yet there are three main identifiers for financial institutions to address. Getting involved in blockchain technology development is not included in the list, as there is no real need to state the obvious.
There are many parallels to be drawn between the worlds of Bitcoin and FinTech. In fact, Bitcoin is its own form of FinTech and there are quite a few things both industries can learn from one another. Finding the perfect bank partner, for example, is a struggle experts in either industry are all too familiar with. There is a silver lining, however, as there are some steps companies can take to smooth the process.
In the FinTech sector, there is no clear industry leader just yet, as the playing field is wide open for participants from all over the world. Certain areas are destined to do better than others, such as London, Silicon Valley, and the entire country of India. One city most people tend to overlook is Dublin, Ireland, where the FinTech sector is booming despite its challenges.
As much as digital currency enthusiasts would like to steer away from the banking system as we know it today, collaboration between both worlds will be quite important for the foreseeable future. Even Santander’s, Mariana Belinsky, seems to think along those lines. Any innovation in the Fintech industry will need some form of support by traditional financial institutions and Bitcoin – or Ripple, in this case – are no exception.
One of the most interesting aspects of conferences like Web Summit is the handful of startups that manage to win an award during the event. This “vote of confidence” can be the start of a great future for these new companies. One of those companies is Remittio, a global encrypted banking alternative founded by Michael Taggart and Mark Lyford.
The financial sector as we know it has undergone many changes over this last 12 months. Even though there has been a disturbing lack of innovation from within the sector itself, the accelerated development of new technologies is making up for that. If all things go to plan, technology firms will be able to offer access to the payments system without relying on larger banks.
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Traditional financial institutions are slowly starting to realize they have to innovate their business model, or risk becoming obsolete. Sending money around the world at these ridiculous charges, not to mention the amount of time it takes a transfer to complete, is no longer acceptable. TransferWise, a London-based money transfer startup, might be bringing something new to the table.