The Fintech Blueprint

Lex Sokolin's fintech analysis on how blockchain & DeFi, neobanks & roboadvisors, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and other innovation themes are rewiring financial services

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The Fintech Blueprint 20 likes 23 May 22
Gm Fintech Futurists — our agenda for today is below. You are the best. PAYTECH: Block rival SpotOn raises $300M at $3.6B valuation (link here) DEFI: Nansen acquires DeFi investment tracker Ape Board (link here) OPEN BANKING: Plaid expands into identity and income verification, fraud prevention and account funding (link
The Fintech Blueprint 10 likes 09 May 22
Gm Fintech Futurists — our agenda for today is below. You are the best. INVESTING: Home equity fintech platform Point raises $115 million (link here), compared to Figure NFTs: Otherside NFT Mint Burned More Than $157M in Ethereum (link here) and Bored Ape Creators Slammed for 'Nightmare' Ethereum NFT Land Drop, 'Tone Deaf' Response (link
The Fintech Blueprint 4 likes 25 May 22
Gm Fintech Architects — Today we are diving into the following topics: Summary: In this analysis, we review the concept of identity through the lens of the news of MasterCard’s facial recognition powered checkout pilot, and Vitalik’s paper describing non-transferable NFTs. Built well, decentralized identity can be composed of actual digital artifacts, and thereby enables new types of provenance, underwriting, airdrops, and social connection. Biometric identity, through machine vision and NLP, can connect a human being to their digital avatar in ways that are both cheaper and more intuitive to users. Whether this is a utopia or dystopia we leave to you as value judgment.
The Fintech Blueprint 3 likes 04 May 22
Gm Fintech Architects — Today we are diving into the following topics: Summary: We review the challenges of the current market context — from stagflation, to the funding and exit environments. Then we suggest three business ideas that could be pursued without aiming for creating a venture-backed business: (1) Metaverse real estate broker, (2) Fiat/Crypto balance sheet lender, (3) Multichain interoperability systems integrator. These ideas take advantage of the trends and the art of the possible, without requiring a long term lockup and fund-raise to get started.
The Fintech Blueprint 1 likes 11 May 22
Gm Fintech Architects — Yes, the UST/Luna thing is a total slow-motion disaster. A bank run, combined with potentially a bunch of hostile capital, powered by a confidence game that is losing confidence. We want to let it play out a bit more so that there’s a full picture on the mechanisms, and the lessons. So perhaps next week.