This Week in Fintech ending 28 February 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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Monday Ilias Hatzis @iliashatzis our Greece-based crypto entrepreneur (Founder & CEO at Mercato Blockchain Corporation AG and Weekly Columnist at Daily Fintech) wrote The refugee crisis is an identity crisis

In the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, all around the world millions of people have been displaced from their homes and the numbers keep on growing. Globally, according to UNHCR, one person in every 122 is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. Thousands of refugees have crossed the Aegean sea and on their quest, many have drowned or disappeared. Since the first refugees started arriving on the Greek islands, in 2015, the situation has gotten worse. In 2019 alone, 75,000 new arrivals reached the Greek shores and authorities predict that the crisis will even worse, as more refugees arrive every day by boat from Turkey, to join thousands of refugees who are already in the country. So far the Greek government has failed to effectively handle the problem. Can Blockchain help millions of refugees and the Greek government, by solving some of the most critical problems they face?

Editor note: Ilias, writing from Greece which is on the front lines of the refugee crisis, looks at how a decentralized identity running on Blockchain could help.

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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 `Before me, everything was done manually` says the `Blockchain` Figure muppet

Meet the new mascot “Blockchain,” a puppet that Figure Technologies has created for their video ads aiming at the masses who should consider the benefits of HELOCs on the Blockchain.

Figure Technologies is a 2year old San Francisco-based startup that is well funded and focused on changing the entire life-cycle of Loans and beyond. From loan origination to servicing, and securitization. They started servicing the needs of homeowners who have most of their wealth locked in their homes with the so-called HELOCs (Home Equity Line Credit).

Editor note: Fascinating big time use of Blockchain to do Business Process Elimination in a huge market with plenty of funding and a very credible team.

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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 Intuit Muscles Up With Strategic Fintech Acquisition

Small business accounting powerhouse Intuit has snapped up personal finance platform Credit Karma for a cool US $7.1 billion in cash and stock. It’s the latest large M&A in the fintech space, following hot on the heels of Visa’s acquisition of Plaid, for US$5.3B, and PayPal’s acquisition of rewards platform Honey for US$4B.

Editor note: The Small Business Fintech market is growing up fast!

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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 Dominoes fall- business disruption and risk management in the COVID 19 environment

It’s clear there is much of which to be concerned regarding novel Coronavirus 2019 (aka COVID 19), including  the direct impact of illness and death among those who have contracted the disease, and the indirect effect of closure of travel, quarantine, closures of schools, businesses, and frontiers. 

Who is considering the effect of the virus on local, regional, and global business?  Whether you believe in the extent of virility of the virus or not, one thing is certain- businesses across the globe are showing symptoms from COVID 19.  Is this an insurance disaster or unexpected new market

Editor note: The world of Fintech, Insurtech & Crypto does not live in a vacuum but is impacted by things happening in the world such as climate change and public health (eg COVID 19).

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Friday  Sheldon Freedman, Fintech lawyer at Hassans International Law Firm wrote: Security Token news for Week ending 28 February 2020

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

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