The next big thing in banking, with OTP Bank

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Telling the future is difficult. And even more in banking right now, with so many innovations happening. New fintech startups (like you?) claim to disrupt the industry every day. By collaborating with a big bank you can improve your chances of success. And that makes those banks more ready for the future. But in which… Read more »

Why social media marketing doesn’t bring results & how to fix it

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They say social media is amazing for companies, especially startups. A must even. But in your experience, it’s just a waste of time. Usually, the reason is that you post the wrong kinds of posts, but also that you are on the completely wrong channels. Here is a lesson that could not be simpler and… Read more »

What’s hot in fintech: new regulations, customer focus, collaboration & China

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The digital revolution has happened. And now it’s banking’s turn. Fintech are here and banks can lose up to 60% of their retail profits in the next decade. But will they? And why would they? What is going to happen in banking and fintech? About a week ago I attended MoneyFintech-seminar and got to listen… Read more »

You better MICE or go home

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Guest post by Kasper Souren of B2B Pay. MICE –  is the industry acronym for huge conferences and trade fairs. Travel, Auto, IT conferences attract hundreds of thousands of participants and industry leaders. But are you ready to get the most out of them? There is nothing like getting out of the building to get… Read more »

Should you be afraid to talk about your idea?

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You’re an entrepreneurial individual, and you have an absolutely brilliant idea. Should you talk to others about it? And how much should you tell? Of course you should! At the moment, your business idea is only in your head. And everything makes sense there. You need to cross-check with reality. It’s going to be hard… but also necessary. I know… Read more »

7 differences between startups and corporations

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If you’ve dealt with both, you know that startups and big companies behave very differently. You can hear all sort of stories, from people moving from a corporate job to a startup, to entrepreneurs trying to deal with their corporate customers, to the same corporations trying to make business with startups. What’s considered best practice… Read more »

Why 4/10 startups fail: the realities of cash-flow management

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4 out of 10 first-time entrepreneurs fail because they forget one of the basics: following their revenues and expenditure – cash flow. In established companies balance sheets and income statements are king, but for startups, it is all about following the numbers in their account: money coming in and out. It sounds very simple (and… Read more »

6 Reasons why your startup should join an accelerator (guest post by Feelingstream)

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This is a guest post by Maarit Cimolonskas from Feelingstream Feelingstream is one of our portfolio startups (feelingstream.com). FeelingStream helps large service companies improve customer experience by analyzing customer messages and providing actionable insight on customer feelings using smart analytics. They participated in the first Nordea and Nestholma Startup Accelerator batch. Applications for the next… Read more »

How to talk to your customers and build better products?

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Your startup can only succeed if it can provide real value for your customers. Stop guessing what are your customers’ problems or needs and what they consider valuable. Here’s a framework to help you to really listen to your customer and learn what are the problems your product should solve. Steve Jobs famously said, “A… Read more »