Hi 5! The top five fintech stories we’re following today
- Innovation 2.0 for fintechs is actually partnering up and building on top of older systems.
- Meanwhile, Bank Leumi opted to disrupt from within with its new digital bank, Pepper.
Digital wallets: lacking growth, getting creative Accenture's recent report that POS digital payments haven't grown at all confirmed what we already knew -- namely, the technology is ready, but users aren't. Still, there's some movement on the mobile payment horizon. Apple is making a conscious effort to get users comfortable using Apple Pay in ecommerce, and not just in retail. Meanwhile, Walmart's isn't twiddling its thumbs, and is now in talks to integrate other digital wallet options into its newly launched retail app. Online lending's blurred lines We're sometimes quick to draw distinctions between the incumbents and the upstarts. But in online lending, things are getting a bit blurred. A new partnership between Fannie Mae and SoFi shows how fintech partnerships can work. Partnering is starting to look more and more attractive, given that OnDeck is primarily using its own balance sheet to fund growing originations, while Lending Club investors continue to shrug off more losses. What will those incumbents think of next? Incumbents partner up with fintechs, they acquire them, they launch innovation labs, and sometimes they do what Bank Leumi did -- disrupt itself from within with its new digital bank, Pepper. Industry leaders share insights on success and fintech trends It's rare that fintech CEOs get the chance to really open up about the challenges and delights of their jobs. Tradestreaming's smooth-talking Josh Liggett got them to share their CEO highs and lows. Other industry experts spoke of the major trends they see impacting fintech and finance. Software, APIs, and SDKs If you want to see just how banks, with more open systems and established software connectors, can evolve, here are 7 examples showing the power of banking APIs. Citi is one of the more recent incumbents to join the API fray with its new global API developer hub. In payments, CardFlight chose not to reinvent the wheel. The company built its tech on top of existing payment infrastructure, rather than building out something new. And finally, WTF are SDKs, and why you should care.