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FT Microsoft Transformation Series: The Next Step for Fintechs

Using technology to expand and scale

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Speakers include:
Jemima Kelly

Jemima Kelly

Financial Times

Overview

The financial services sector has seen a rapid influx of start-up companies emerge in the last decade, each focused around a specific set of problems or inefficiencies. From peer-to-peer lending and small payments to cloud-based security and automated fraud detection, each budding company has identified a specific niche within financial services, and leveraged new technology to tackle an issue that has previously gone unnoticed or unsolved by incumbent institutions. With the number of market entrants peaking in 2014, those fintechs that are still standing have by now developed solid products and services within their niche.

Simultaneously, the regulatory approach to fintechs has been confused. On one hand, some developments – open banking, for example, and the payment services directives – have encouraged healthy competition between a variety of new entrants, all with different technological capabilities and operating on different platforms. On the other, the regulations by which fintechs must abide in order to expand beyond their existing niche have become increasingly stringent, driven by regulators’ need to keep the UK’s banking system and its users as secure as possible.

The FT and Microsoft are delighted to facilitate this exclusive roundtable lunch for industry leaders and innovators to discuss what’s next for fintechs. Join us in tackling the ultimate question that all fintechs face: is it possible to grow, without losing the innovation, agility and responsiveness that made the company stand out in the first place?

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Chair (1)

Jemima Kelly

Jemima Kelly

Alphaville Reporter
Financial Times

Jemima Kelly joined FT Alphaville in April 2018. Prior to this, she worked at Reuters, writing about the foreign exchange market, cryptocurrencies, fintech, the asset management industry and pensions. She covered the BP oil spill from Louisiana, and the Brexit reverberations from a muddy field in Glastonbury. She started reporting at The Economist, travelling to Myanmar to write about its literal and political landmines. 

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Over the last few years, Microsoft has consistently transformed the way that people live, work, play, and connect through great technology. We are inspired by the genuine belief that we can change the world for the better. Our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

We at Microsoft Services empower you to put innovation into practice. We use our global reach and ecosystem to deliver strategic business outcomes, maximise the value of cloud technology, and drive success through continual support. By leveraging our ingenuity and expertise to define and deliver solutions on the Microsoft platform, we’ll guide you throughout your unique transformation journey.

www.microsoft.com/services

Venue

InterContinental London Park Lane
One Hamilton Place
London W1J 7QY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3131

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Contact

Georgia Kinahan
Content Executive
Financial Times