INTERVIEW: “It's as close to real life as possible” – Badoo’s Head Of Product

Dating app Badoo is something of a sleeping giant in the online dating space. The company’s exosted for 10 years and earlier this year passed 300m users as it continues to pile on features and tools. Here the company’s head of design Miles Morris...

Read More02 Sep 16
INTERVIEW: "Hotels can make up to 20% more digitally" - Dayuse.com

As the success of French startup Dayuse.com shows not all sharing economy startups harm incumbents. Indeed, Dayuse.com helps hotels by providing a place for them to rent out rooms during the day. Here we talk to Dayuse.com's VP of Sales Julien Siegfried...

Read More29 Jul 16
INTERVIEW: “Companies you wouldn't associate with tech are pumping in money” - e.ventures Talks Digital Transformation

More than ever traditional industries are undergoing severe disruption from startups. Incumbent players know they need to get involved to stay ahead of game and VC firms are proving an effective ticket into the startup scene. Here e.ventures partner Luis...

Read More08 Jul 16
INTERVIEW: “Risk and rewards are two sides of the same coin” – DueDil CEO

Aiming to become a Bloomberg for private companies DueDil wants to make all companies’ information available for lead generation and due diligence. Here, CEO and founder Damian Kimmelman talks about selling into corporates and building...

Read More01 Jul 16
PODCAST: Zopa Talks Fintech Realities

Launching more than a decade ago, Zopa is a London fintech veteran and the peer-to-peer businesses has now lent more than GBP1.5bn (USD2.2bn) across its platform. Here co-founder and executive chairman Giles Andrews talks about the growing pains of...

Read More07 Jun 16
INTERVIEW: “Most-broken part of financial services is retail banking” – Azimo And Tandem Founder Michael Kent

Having previously founded remittance service Small World FS, Michael Kent decided to bring digital to the centre of financial services, launching money transfer startup Azimo and, more recently, challenger bank Tandem. Here he talks about how financial...

Read More31 May 16
INTERVIEW: Ogilvy's Director Of Innovation Talks Disruption And Talent

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Read More25 May 16
INTERVIEW: “We're using crowd as the pivot for a new kind of social interaction” – Crowdmix CMO

Originally billing itself as a music social network, Crowdmix now aims to connect users through group sharing on any topic. Currently in an invite-only private beta mode, the company hopes that influencers and creators will gradually attract users and...

Read More23 May 16
INTERVIEW: Century Tech Talks Repairing Tech’s Reputation In Education

 Education is one of the biggest industries in the world, but with its reliance on interpersonal human reaction and close alliance with government, it is slow to react to tech changes. This is slowly beginning to change though, particularly in the...

Read More20 May 16
INTERVIEW: "Chatbots are not the way forward in the short term." - DigitalGenius’ CEO Talks AI And Customer Service

If the hype is to be believed then the customer services industry is on the precipice of fundamental change. Artificial intelligence (AI) and chat interfaces are supposedly poised to totally disrupt traditional support and sales roles, and startups are...

Read More19 May 16
PODCAST: Talking Fintech With Tandem Bank And Azimo CEOs

  Michael Kent and Ricky Knox met at business school more than a decade ago, laying the foundations of a business partnership that would see the pair create remittance firms Small World FS, Azimo and most recently challenger bank Tandem. In this...

Read More18 May 16
INTERVIEW: “A downturn in the market would be good for these companies” - Proptech VC Pi Labs

There’s a lot of money in property. But with so much user frustration and so many inefficiencies, it’s a market ripe for disruption. Pi Labs is a London VC and accelerator focussed exclusively on the sector, which just announced its third batch of...

Read More28 Apr 16
INTERVIEW: “Most Businesses Can Still Approach It Relatively Slowly” - Octopus Ventures On AI’s Slow Disruption

After investing in predictive keyboard SwiftKey, which recently sold to Microsoft for USD250m, UK-based Octopus Ventures is on the lookout for more potential winners in the artificial intelligence (AI) space. Here the VC’s investment manager and AI...

Read More06 Apr 16
INTERVIEW: “There are hurdles you have to overcome, HR shouldn't be one of them” – London Startup ChalieHR

Human Resources (HR) tech is gaining more attention and investment as startups bring user-friendly interfaces and efficiency to clunky, outdated systems. Focusing on small businesses, CharlieHR is a London-based startup aiming to automate much of...

Read More31 Mar 16
INTERVIEW: “Challenges are not nearly as great as the opportunities” – Atom Bank CIO

While many fintech startups focus on streamlining a specific function in finance Atom Bank is attempting to build a fully mobile bank. Having received USD128m in funding from Spanish banking giant BBVA last year the Durham-based company recently made its...

Read More17 Mar 16
INTERVIEW: iJento Talks Intelligent Data Marketing

Data and understanding the customer's journey is only becoming more important to online marketers. However, with customer interactions split across multiple devices, environments and cloud services like CRMs, creating a full picture of the customer is a...

Read More15 Mar 16
INTERVIEW: Kobalt Music Talks Transformation And Transparency In Music

The music industry is still wrestling to find a way to survive sustainably in the age of digital streaming. With even the most high-profile artists struggling Kobalt Music wants to help artists and publishers bring in revenue from the mountains of music...

Read More02 Mar 16
VIDEO PRESENTATION: Funding Circle On Staying Humble In London Fintech

At our Future Of Fintech event, Funding Circle's head of communications David de Koning talked about the challenges of execution and the importance of staying humble within the London fintech scene. The London-based fintech unicorn offers peer-to-peer...

Read More15 Feb 16
INTERVIEW: "The European Startup Scene Is Underfunded" - Karma Ventures

There's a new kid on the block that believes there's a big opportunity currently for Series A investments in Europe. Started by a trio of Estonian entrepreneurs, here one of Karma Ventures' founders Margus Uudam talks about the rationale behind the...

Read More10 Feb 16
INTERVIEW: AvantCredit Talks Fintech, Trust And The Future Of Lending

Online lender AvantCredit uses machine-learning algorithms alongside big data to build a bigger picture of a person’s financial health and creditworthiness. The firm has raised USD2.5bn in institutional funding, serving 300,000 customers since...

Read More05 Feb 16
Startupbootcamp Talks Insurance, London And Opportunity

The banking sector is grappling with tech disruption with varying success and the insurance industry has been watching closely. A vast sector ripe for disruption, interest from traditional players and VC investors specifically calling for startups means...

Read More13 Jan 16
The 10 Most-Interesting People Pivotl Interviewed In 2015

One of the best parts of writing about tech is getting to meet, grill and interview founders, execs and investors building some of the most exciting companies in the world. Following on from our round-up of top interviews with investors, here are the top...

Read More24 Dec 15
Director General For EPA Talks Regulation In Europe Versus The US

London is increasingly touted as the global home of financial technology. As the UK trade body representing new payments companies, the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) sits between some of the world’s most progressive startups, incumbents and the...

Read More21 Dec 15
Hyperwallet CEO Talks Payments In The Collaborative Economy

One of the reasons on-demand services like Uber are so popular with consumers is that customers barely notice they’re paying for them. A huge amount of effort goes into making what is actually an extremely complicated payment process on the back end as...

Read More18 Dec 15
Money Talks – Top 10 Pivotl Investor Interviews In 2015

With the year drawing to the close we're reviewing what we’ve learnt and already thinking about what 2016 will hold. And what better group of people to point out the key trends in tech, as well as what we can expect than VCs? Here’s our pick of the...

Read More16 Dec 15