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Founder’s Perspective – Preparing for An Exit

As a founder or leadership team, you are setting the vision and agenda for your your company's growth. When you decide to consider possible exit strategies, such as a merger, acquisition or IPO, here are areas that you should be considering for your company and preparing yourself. These comments were from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.

Preparing Your Company for An Exit Strategy

As your company grows, it may be time to plan a possible exit strategy, such as a merger, acquisition or IPO. This article looks at financial and other considerations that companies should understand to prepare their organizations. These comments were from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable. Check out this post to learn more about what founders should think about before considering an exit.

By | February 2, 2017|Communications, Exit, Financial Services, Launch, Marketing|0 Comments

Why Exit From Your Business?

As companies reach a certain point in their growth, an exit strategy can be an important milestone or the next natural stage in the business evolution. It’s important to consider investments that can help to scale the business and expand distribution to get to the next level or bring in new management, for example through a merger, acquisition or capital raising. Here’s a summary of when an exit makes sense and what founders should be thinking about from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.

Managing the Risk and Timing of an Exit

Your company has reached the stage in its growth when you are considering possible exit strategies for your business evolution. This article looks at the timing, risks and financial considerations that companies should understand to prepare their organizations for a merger, acquisition or capital raising. These comments were from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.

By | February 1, 2017|Communications, Exit, Financial Services, Launch, Marketing, Technology|0 Comments

Launch Leader Profile – A Great Product and Clear Mission Win Clients

All too often, fintech companies focus on product without understanding customers. What if customers were at the heart of every aspect of your product design? We interviewed Vicki Zhou, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WiseBanyan, which has built a successful mission-driven company completely product-focused, but not at the expense of its clients. Here are some insights on their unique approach to growth.

Launch Leader Profile – Letting Referrals Drive Growth

Leveraging a strong brand and client endorsements is a highly effective way to drive organic growth. Increasingly fintech companies are applying this strategy and also seeing the value of doing well by doing good. Vicki Zhou, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WiseBanyan, has great insights from her experience building WiseBanyan into a great product that is extremely focused on its mission and on customers. Outlined below is WiseBanyan's referral strategy.

By | December 16, 2016|Branding, Communications, Financial Services, Innovation, Marketing, Sales|0 Comments

How To Leverage Big Data

Big data continues to be a hot topic in financial services - how best to utilize extensive business information in the service of growth.  The holy grail is discovering how to transform bits and bytes into insight.  Our founder, Lenore Kantor, spoke with Pamela Cytron, CEO and Founder of Pendo Systems, an enterprise data services platform,  and  Jim Leavitt, Co-CEO of Cervello, a leading data management and business analytics professional services firm about how financial services firms can be successful with their big data initiatives.  The LaunchTalks Summer Social on July 21st was held at Workville to a full house of financial, technology and creative professionals across banking, brokerage, investment management and the broader tech sector. The opportunities to apply big data are significant, particularly when it comes to greater client knowledge or KYC (Know Your Customer) - from identifying customer sentiment and new opportunities which can help sales and marketing efforts to enhanced risk management and controls that benefit compliance.  Addressing data quality and governance can save money and streamline operations, while synthesizing and integrating disparate information sources into actionable strategies can be valuable for traders. Challenges of Big Data Initiatives Among the biggest pain points that firms experience are duplication of information and redundancy which requires significant data review and cleansing.  Financial institutions with legacy systems often have data silos across different departments that segregate their data sources and don't share, limiting the success of any new initiative.   Taking a collaborative approach can make a difference in realizing the gains of a large data initiative. "Our goal is to bring the data to life.  We are seeing a shift from the mega enterprise data warehouse to "citizen data scientists" as business users take more ownership - you no longer need to [...]

Cybersecurity – How To Minimize Your Risk

Among the most relevant topics today is how to protect an organization from cyberrisk. The issue is important not only for client and proprietary data, but also for preserving one's brand, reputation, financial position and future growth opportunities. A panel of experts shared their perspective on the actions that firms can take to mitigate their exposure within the current market environment and issues that management needs to be thinking about.

Top 5 Regulations FinTech Companies Need to Know

Financial technology professionals across the industry gathered recently to discuss the Top Regulations That FinTech Companies Need to Know at the latest LaunchTalks event held at Work-Bench, organized in conjunction with the Innovative Markets FinTech Power Circle, a group of fintech experts across legal, compliance, finance, HR, marketing and partnerships. Here's a recap of the highlights.

By | February 12, 2016|Financial Services, Innovation, Start-up, Technology|0 Comments

How Fintech Startups Limit Their Growth

While most fintechies are pretty savvy and smarter than the average Joe, when it comes to launching new products, even the most brilliant can run into challenges.  Using the latest technology to develop a new product does not guarantee customers will line up to buy it. Many founders often don’t appreciate all the elements needed to successfully scale a business and launch a new product.  Many financial technology company’s very strengths – financial and technical expertise – are not the primary skills needed to successfully launch a new initiative or scale a business.  Here are challenges that left-brain thinkers may face. Top 3 Mistakes That Can Hold Back Fintech Companies Lack of Customer Insight. A product in search of a customer is not the best way to build a business.  A great idea is only the beginning. Every company must determine who actually needs their product, and then more importantly, who is willing to pay for it. Does your product solve an important enough customer problem they will pay you to fix?  While many tech startups with innovative solutions (data security, workflow automation, compliance monitoring, data mining among others) get directed to financial services for its market size, potential for disruption and bank technology resources, it may not be the right fit for those who don’t fully understand the market and its regulatory framework.  It's important to clarify where a product fits into the overall financial ecosystem and to determine which customers will benefit from your specific solution. Be aware of whether you have developed a complete offering or just a product feature, component or enhancement to a larger business process. Ideally your solution can be used by multiple customer segments, but start to focus initially on one segment to prove that use [...]