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Sep
04

Westpac creates data accelerator

Westpac Banking Corp has created a “data accelerator” to build new technology businesses from anonymised data sets, and will offer access to it to institutional banking clients seeking to turn data into assets. FUELD, which has been set up in partnership with Stone & Chalk, will provide early-stage start-ups access to the Data Republic data-sharing platform. Westpac’s venture capital fund, Reinventure Group, is an investor in Data Republic. The accelerator will be run by the former CEO of Fishburners, Murray Hurps. Macgregor Duncan, Westpac’s co-head of business development, said start-ups which could emerge from the program may examine new credit models and applications for algorithmic real-time property valuations. Start-ups will […]

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Privacy fears fuel a fintech pioneer

A rebellion is stirring against our digital overlords, as seed and venture capital investors place bets on new business models that feed on privacy concerns in the post-Snowden era. Perversely, large-scale data breaches only benefit fintech companies like the Stone & Chalk resident Meeco, which aims to disrupt the likes of Google and Facebook by enabling consumers to regain control of their personal data and turn it into a valuable asset. Until about five years ago, Meeco founder and chief executive Katryna Dow’s privacy mission was falling on deaf ears — she was out of step with a seemingly manic desire by people to share everything online. In 2013, a […]

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Jul
04

Disruptive big data company Quantexa furthers global expansion

Quantexa, the disruptive big data and analytics company backed by HSBC and Albion Ventures, has furthered its international expansion by opening a new office in Sydney, Australia. This builds upon their accelerated growth this year, which has seen the opening of their Brussels office in April and the doubling in size of their Global Headquarters in London. Following on from their $3.3m fund raising earlier this year, Quantexa’s expansion reflects a growing customer base outside the UK. The Sydney office will put the company in closer proximity to its clients in APAC and forms part of its aggressive international growth plans. Quantexa can already boast an impressive client list that […]

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May
10

Banks and fintechs want robust data-sharing standards

Both big banks and fintech start-ups want robust governance standards created to ensure customers can move data from one financial services provider to another without exposing the sector to cyber attacks. Banks are preparing for new legislation that will give their customers the right to request transaction data be given to a potential competitor under a new data access regime the Productivity Commission said this week could “reinvigorate competition policy”. The Productivity Commission’s final report on data use and availability, published on Monday, set out aggressive timelines for the creation of a “comprehensive right” in a new law designed to empower individuals and businesses throughout the economy to make better […]

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May
10

Budget 2017: What it means for fintech

By Elizabeth Barry, finder.com.au How did Australia’s financial innovation market fare in the Federal Budget? Following last year’s budget, which had a strong focus on innovation and fintech, Australia’s fintech community has been waiting to see what the government will announce in the 2017-18 budget. Following the announcement of measures to support the fintech sector, Australian Fintech CEO Danielle Szetho has also welcomed this year’s budget: “[These initiatives] are a huge step forward when it comes to growing a globally competitive Australian fintech industry that will also deliver greater choice and improved financial outcomes for consumers.” “We’re also proud that many of these initiatives have come about through the strong […]

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May
10

SocietyOne welcomes proposed changes to an open banking and data regime

SocietyOne, Australia’s pioneering and leading lending marketplace, has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s commitment to introduce an open banking regime which could transform customers’ control over their own data and stimulate competition in the country’s financial services sector.   Coming after the release of the Productivity Commission’s report into data availability and use of public and private sector data, Jason Yetton, SocietyOne’s Managing Director and CEO, said the initiatives, announced in last night’s Federal Budget, would put consumers in a better position to negotiate more advantageous deals with their credit provider.   The changes – likely to result from an independent commission which is due to report by the end of […]

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