This Week in Fintech ending 13 March 2020

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This weekly summary from our 5 experts, brings you insights based on their experience as investors, entrepreneurs & executives.

Ilias Hatzis started his first company, an internet search engine, during the dot-com era & now focusses on crypto.

Efi Pylarinou worked for top tier Wall Street firms and is now a top global Fintech influencer.

Jessica Ellerm is CEO of Zuper Superannuation & previously worked for a top Fintech startup, Tyro.

Patrick Kelahan is a CX, engineering & insurance professional, working with Insurers, Attorneys & Owners.

Sheldon Freedman is a Fintech lawyer at Hassans International Law Firm

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Your Editor is Bernard Lunn. He is also the CEO of Daily Fintech and author of The Blockchain Economy.

Monday Ilias Hatzis @iliashatzis our Greece-based crypto entrepreneur (Founder & CEO at Mercato Blockchain Corporation AG and Weekly Columnist at Daily Fintech) wrote What if Satoshi was a woman?

Satoshi Nakamoto is considered a masculine name in Japan. This is the pseudonym used by the mysterious creator of Bitcoin. Many of the popular figures in today’s crypto world are also men. There’s no surprise that there is a male-centric perception of the the blockchain revolution. But all we know about Satoshi, who has never been identified, is that he created Bitcoin. Is Satoshi black or white? Is he American, European, Asian or an alien? Is Satoshi male or female? 

Editor note: Ilias asks a good question during International Women’s Day. The blockchain bros narrative assumes Satoshi is male, yet one of the leading CEOs in this space (Elizabeth Stark of Lightning Network) is a woman. 


Tuesday Efi Pylarinou @efipm our Swiss-based Fintech Adviser,  founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019 wrote COVID-19 is a catalyst for business innovation

Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence are hot topics these days in the corporate world that feels the pain of COVID-19 and has chosen to call it a `Black Swan`. This post today is inspired by Duena Blomstrom, CEO of PeopleNotTech and EmotionalBanking.

The company has developed software that aims to increase team productivity by monitoring people and interactions and coaching them. Think of an app that increases each person`s EQ – the Emotional Intelligence Trainer – using data and AI and helps managers in leading teams.

Editor note: Efi looks at the positive second order impact of COVID-19 looking at how to make work from home a good reality for lots of people, beyond obvious tools such as teleconferencing. 


Wednesday Jessica Ellerm @jessicaellerm, our Australia-based Fintech entrepreneur and thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy & CEO/Co-Founder of Zuper, a new superannuation startup in Australia wrote Wages-On-Demand startup Earnd Snapped Up By Greensill

Supply chain financing powerhouse Greensill, founded by Australian Lex Greensill, is making aggressive moves into the wages-on-demand space, purchasing Aussie fintech startup Earnd.

It’s not the first foray Greensill has made into the space. Last October it acquired FreeUp, a London based business with a similar offering to Earnd.

Editor note: Greensill buying Earnd is a good example of M&A as the pay window for entrepreneurs and early stage investors. Lots of M&A is a sign of a market growing up. 


Thursday Patrick Kelahan @insuranceeleph1, our US based Insurtech expert (a CX, engineering & insurance professional, working with Insurers, Attorneys & Owners who also serves the insurance and Fintech world as the ‘Insurance Elephant’) wrote Parametrics, alternate risk for outbreaks, and a Heartbeat in the Fog

It’s not often that a nexus of insurance/finance, and tech factors rises in prominence and promise, but seems the time is now.  Blockchain- parametric- captives- business interruption – AI/ML- coverage gaps- ILS- front and center!  Supply chain disruption due to collapse of integral parts of the pre-existing arrangements has rippled strongly through the global economy, and clever, innovative risk management and financing programs are now available for application, however from a previously under-utilized area of insurance.  

Editor note: Pat details the awful extent of Business Interruption (BI) losses from COVID-19, how hard this is to ensure and the outlines of a possible solution. If you work in Insurtech this is a must read. 


Friday  Sheldon Freedman, Fintech lawyer at Hassans International Law Firm

wrote: Security Token news for Week ending 13 March 2020

Editor note: This weekly snapshot is the news that matters for busy senior people in the Security Token market.


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