435. News: Is now a good time to launch a challenger bank?

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Sarah Kocianski and Ross Gallagher are joined by some great guests to talk about some of the most interesting stories of the last 7 days, including: Vivid Money launches digital banking services in Germany; the pandemic savings surge forces Goldman to shut Marcus to new UK clients; and Islamic finance startup Wahed closes $25M funding round to grow their Saudi Arabia hub.

Our expert hosts, Sarah and Ross, are joined by some great guests to talk about the most notable fintech, financial services and banking news from the past week. This week's guests include:

  • Sanjay Gupta VP and Global Head of Products and Corporate Development - Mitek US
  • Rachael Pollard, Chief Growth Officer at Starling
  • Anti-Jussi Suominen, CEO of Holvi

We cover the following stories from the fintech and financial services space:

  • Is now a good time to start a challenger bank? As Vivid Money launches in Germany and we hear from their co-founder Alexander Emeshev to give us his perspective
  • Marcus shuts to new UK clients
  • Fintech in the MENA region is hotting up as islamic finance start up Wahed raises $25m to grow it’s Saudi Arabia hub - and we hear from their Chief Product Officer Kareem Tabaa to learn more
  • Onfido, Deloitte and Evernym Prove that Re-usable Digital Identity is Market-Ready with the FCA Regulatory Sandbox - and we hear from Onfido CEO Hussayn Kussai to tell us more
  • Mastercard, Axis Bank and Worldline unveil new payments solution in India
  • Holidaymakers need to think like futures traders

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Fintech Insider by 11:FS is a podcast dedicated to all things fintech, banking, technology and financial services. Hosted by a rotation of 11:FS experts including David Brear, Simon Taylor, Jason Bates, Leda Glyptis and Sarah Kocianski and joined by a range of brilliant guests, we cover the latest global news, bring you interviews from industry experts or take a deep dive into subject matters such as APIs, AI or digital banking.

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Special Guests: Alexander Emeshev, Antti-Jussi Suominen, Husayn Kassai, Kareem Tabbaa, Rachael Pollard, and Sanjay Gupta.

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