Open Banking: Where are We Now?

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Andrew Dentice , Technology Lawyer at Hudson Gavin Martin gives us an update on various Open Banking initiatives in New Zealand and overseas.

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Why your brokerage should be investing in a digital platform

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Brokerages and broker groups need to think fast about investing in digital platforms if they want to keep their customers happy, according to an insurtech specialist.

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Bridging the Gap – accelerating InsurTech innovation between Incumbents and InsurTech’s

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, InsurTech

This blog proposes that cross sector collaboration is the key to accelerating sector Innovation for the good of all. It identifies the core market participants (with a particular focus on energising engagement between InsurTech’s and Incumbents) and notes the core issues the writer observes the InsurTech sector seeks to surface and discuss.
The blog supplements the ‘Bridging the Gap’ event hosted by InsurTechNZ and Suncorp.

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Market Measures 2018 survey

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, Media Release, NZTech News

Market Measures benchmarks the sales and marketing activity of New Zealand’s technology companies, providing you with useful information for planning your sales and marketing strategies.

To find out more about Market Measures and to view past years’ reports and resources click here.

By participating in the study you can compare your company’s performance against your peers and US counterparts. You will be emailed the results of the study, including a free copy of the final report due out in October 2018 (worth $375) and the opportunity to attend webinars and events nationwide discussing Market Measures results and implications.

Take the survey

The survey closes end of day 13 September 2018.

FinTechNZ Newsletter – August 2018

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, FinTech Newsletter

This month we shine the spotlight on SMEs, as many FinTechNZ members are startups, or work with small businesses. Our Auckland Connect event, sponsored by MYOB, was a great success, and demonstrates there is a lot of support for SMEs in the financial sector. It was great to hear from Sharesies and Harmoney on their unique journeys. We hope to see you at the Wellington event August 29.

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New member Profile – Xero

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Chris Barton, Banking and FinTech Partner Manager at Xero NZ, discusses Xero’s developments in the FinTech space:

Q: How does your job relate to the FinTech sector?
A: I work across the breadth of New Zealand’s financial industry to find solutions for Xero’s small business customers. Xero collaborates with banks, FinTechs, online lenders, and payment providers to solve common small business pain points such as accessing capital and making and receiving payments.

Q: What is Xero doing in the FinTech space?
A: Xero is very active in the FinTech industry, both at home and across the globe. Of the 700+ accredited apps in Xero’s marketplace the clear majority are FinTech by nature. Additionally, Xero’s ongoing investment into its API platform and open source philosophy means its 1.4m customers get access to more than 100,000 global developers all trying to find solutions for small business.

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Powering beautiful experiences that go beyond accounting: the development of machine learning at Xero

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Sam Daish, General Manager, Data Innovation at Xero, shares his thoughts on the development of AI in the accounting sector:

Just a few short years ago, in 2015, Xero’s thinking around our platform was a lot simpler than it is now. We were primarily thinking about products, services and features that extend our core accounting platform into adjacent areas.

Fast-forward three years and data is the heart of powering beautiful experiences for our customers – that go beyond accounting. Data-driven solutions are an important growth driver for us. Working with our small businesses and partners, and leveraging machine learning to create smart experiences, are key element of this phase of the journey.

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New member profile – Aon

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Kent Fergusson, Business Systems Manager at Aon, shares some insights into the company’s connection with FinTechNZ:

Q: What is Aon doing in the FinTech space?
A: We are continuing to find ways to serve our clients. Our amazing, talented technology team are always looking for new ways to collaborate and partner with start-ups and challengers.

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How to fuel the engine: 11 Rules for raising capital for a start-up

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

Neil Roberts, Founder and Joint CEO of Harmoney, shares his top tips for securing seed capital in the FinTech sector:

After innumerable capital-raising rounds for several businesses over more than three decades, my approach to the process has evolved: wisdom and maturity will do that. What hasn’t changed much is the mindset of the investor to whom the business founder goes, cap in hand, to ask for money to realise a dream. The investor wants things – and what they are depends on the nature of the business and the type of investor. In business, new ground is being broken all the time, but if you’re a start-up founder in need of capital, following these rules will mean avoiding some rookie mistakes:

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FinTechNZ Newsletter – July 2018

Georgia Taylor
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FinTech Newsletter

At the end of June, FinTechNZ held a strategy session, discussing our strategic direction. We had over 25 participants involved in the discussion in both Auckland and Wellington; members were highly engaged and we had a robust discussion on the future of FinTechNZ.

There was general agreement at that session that FinTechNZ is ready to transition to more formal governance arrangements, and I have spent this month working with the team at NZTech to develop this framework. The new governance structure will include the appointment of an Executive Council via a formal voting process. The Core Working Group is now tasked with finalising those details and I look forward to sharing our progress with you in future updates.

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