It’s London Fintech Week this week, a series of conferences, exhibitions and parties where delegates from around the world gather to learn, network and promote this burgeoning industry.
While Silicon Valley, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore can all put forward a strong claim, London is very keen to flaunt its credentials and declare itself the global capital of fintech. London still very much leads the way in Europe, though it’s still uncertain what the consequences of Brexit will be for the city's fintech scene.
However, to characterise fintech as a battle between regional hubs isn’t necessarily that helpful when it comes to understanding the industry as a whole. The plethora of different sub-categories - payments, remittances, peer-to-peer, digital banking, cryptocurrencies and so on - make it a very complex ecosystem to understand. Then there are the different startups, financial service companies, established banks and technology providers all competing for attention.
This is part of the reason why fintech companies need to think hard about their PR strategy. We’ve written before about the benefits PR can bring to fintech firms, and client Sophie Guibaud of Fidor wrote a recent guest post in which she outlines what fintech companies need to look for in a PR agency.
In order to get to grips with all things fintech - and to keep up to date with what’s going on - a great deal of research and reading needs to be done. So, we’ve come up with a list of blogs and newsletters that can help you brush up on your knowledge and make sure you are aware of the latest developments.
Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive - we’ve just picked out a few sources that we have found especially interesting and useful. There are, of course, plenty of long-established publications such as Finextra, PYMNTS and Banking Technology that you should also have bookmarked. And by all means, suggest other interesting blogs and newsletters that we’ve not included in the comments below.
Two of the most well-known names in the business, Jeffry Pilcher and Jim Marous, produce all the content for this excellent publication, which focuses on marketing and strategy issues affecting retail banks and credit unions.
Anna Irrera is fintech correspondent for Reuters but still finds time every week to compile a newsletter with the week's most interesting industry articles. You can sign up at the link above.
Fintech is just one of the areas that Kurtosys focuses on in its blog, but our favourite articles are the Fintech World Series, which provide brilliant insights into individual markets.
Chris Skinner is one of the most authoritative fintech commentators around, and The Finanser is his blog. The content is, as you'd expect, challenging and thought provoking.
One of the most comprehensive fintech blogs going in terms of the sheer breadth of its scope, BankNXT also boasts a large number of expert contributors from the fintech industry.
This free newsletter features articles on developments, solutions and innovations in fintech as well as information about conferences and hackathons.
The Paypers is aimed at professionals in the global payment community. Based in the Netherlands but written in English, it covers merchants, payment services providers, processors, financial institutions, startups and technology vendors.
If you prefer to get your updates through the medium of video, then TechCityNews' monthly fintech round-ups are a must, and have a very keen focus on what's happening in London.
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