Weekly Briefing No. 133 | X is Too Damn High

Weekly Briefing No. 133 | X is Too Damn High

This week, we found ourselves rueing the rising threat of volatility and instability on several fronts. Indeed, many things besides the rent are too damn high. So with a nod to Jimmy McMillian, founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party, we thought we’d break from our format and dedicate this issue to some things within our scope that are also too damn high.

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 130 | AI corporate giants need to hire more artists, poets and philosophers.

Weekly Briefing No. 130 | AI corporate giants need to hire more artists, poets and philosophers.

Welcome to 130. It was a mother of a week on multiple fronts. Here’s what we have in store: When it comes to AI, there’s no such thing as a mulligan; The CFTC is being held together with duct tape; Robinhood, Acorns, Beacon, Trussle, Paytronage; Charlie, the Bitcoin fearmunger; Novel payments deals; Zillow; Ray Dalio’s YouTube video; Spotify’s sentiment data; Marxism; Communication debt; Mother’s Day

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 111 | It’s a Wonderful Life for Consumer Fintech Start-Ups; Quantopian’s CEO Speaks to The FR

Weekly Briefing No. 111 |  It’s a Wonderful Life for Consumer Fintech Start-Ups; Quantopian’s CEO Speaks to The FR

Welcome to The FR’s final “live” edition in 2017. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring our roundup of financially related movies, books and podcasts to take in over the holidays. We’ll also be sending out our annual predictions issue. In the meantime, here’s what’s under our Festivus Pole this week: More fresh capital for consumer-facing fintech start-ups; The FR’s Gregg Schoenberg talks (again) with Quantopian’s John Fawcett; Should Bitcoin go to the moon? Are financial innovation labs worth it? Tax “reform”; Intel’s Biotech blockchain patent; MiFID II and Ethereum; Financial Journalist of Note: Penny Crosman

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 110 | The Beast of Bitcoin’s Bubble Burden, Reimagining Life Insurance, AI’s Good Week

Weekly Briefing No. 110 | The Beast of Bitcoin’s Bubble Burden, Reimagining Life Insurance, AI’s Good Week

December 9th is World Techno Day and Gingerbread Decorating Day. Whether you’re dancing or eating, we invite you to enjoy the sweet sounds on this week’s turntable: Can the Bitcoin bubble just pop already? The time has come to reimagine life insurance; A good week for AI, but for humans not so much; Debt collectors stink; Is innovation slowing?; A fintech IPO; Comings and Goings: New hires at Lyft, Perkins Coie and Balehu; Company of Note: Libra

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 104 | Spooky Special Edition

Weekly Briefing No. 104 | Spooky Special Edition

In honor of Halloween, All Saints’ Day, All Souls' Day and Día de los Muertos (our favorite), this issue is dedicated to ghosts and spirits. Our spooky stories include: Wonder Woman vs. AI omens; One grisly sum-of-the-parts analysis of sell-side analysts; A séance for Teddy Roosevelt; Theodora Lau’s scary-good opinion piece; The vanishing fintech sector; Nike, Apple and ING seek to slay boring retail; Prince Al-Waleed’s Bitcoin fright; Company of Note: Greenlight (Even the Grim Reaper likes this start-up)

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 103 | Decentralization, Medium-Rare With a Side of Lamb

Weekly Briefing No. 103 | Decentralization, Medium-Rare With a Side of Lamb

Welcome to The FR. On our Oktoberfest menu for this week: The decentralization of everything; More tech is needed to combat insider trading; Jeff Bezos and his second chocolate factory; Payments deals; America’s fintech artist; AI hype vs. reality; Comings & Goings: Rebecca Kaden and Ken Chenault
Company of Note: CollegeBacker

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 91 | ICO Growing Pains, Biblical Doom or Frictionless Doritos Buying? Too Big to Fintech?

Weekly Briefing No. 91 | ICO Growing Pains,  Biblical Doom or Frictionless Doritos Buying? Too Big to Fintech?

Next week, please be on the lookout for our recommendations on the best books to read, podcasts to hear and videos to watch about fintech. This week, please see our (highly opinionated) round-up of recent events in financial innovation. The SEC’s ICO crackdown: a good thing; Is RFID tech a sign of the “end times”?; Goldman’s lending push continues; Old and new ways to catch market cheats; AI trash-talking; Payments investments and M&A sizzles; Comings and Goings: Scott Blumstein and Jimmy Levin; Company of Note: SixThirty

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 62 | Fintech Pros: Are You In or Are You In?

Weekly Briefing No. 62 | Fintech Pros: Are You In or Are You In?

As we enter the new year, we note that some are into fintech for real and some are into it for a trade. We suggest that 2017 will be the year that determines who’s really in. Also this week: A human vs. machine contest with big relevance for investors and traders, divisions emerging on the promise of blockchain tech, the end of Chase’s deal of a lifetime, MIT’s AI forecasts, France’s self-sabotage in luring London fintechs and Company of note: Clarity Money.

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 38 | Blockchain 2016: Doers, Dust Kickers and Crazy-Haired Guys

Weekly Briefing No. 38 | Blockchain 2016: Doers, Dust Kickers and Crazy-Haired Guys

Summer is in full force, but the financial innovation keeps on keepin’ on. Separating the blockchain achievers from the posers, a new fintech index and lessons from Dollar Shave Club grabbed our gaze this week. Also making the docket: Student loan’s big week, Ethereum’s hard fork, Umpqua Bank’s clever branch strategy, an insurance twist in marketplace lending and LikeFolio.

Read More

Weekly Briefing No. 35 | US Fintechs Received an Early July 4th Gift

Weekly Briefing No. 35 | US Fintechs Received an Early July 4th Gift

Thanks to Brexit, U.S. fintech CEOs now have a lot more leverage. This week, we discuss why. We also ponder the financial implications of an app designed to fight parking tickets, Betterment as Big Brother, the rise of drones in P&C insurance and bitcoin’s progress (or lack thereof). Finally, we check out Quandl, a financial data provider, and look to Miguel de Cervantes for wisdom in these uncertain times.

Read More