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Fintech resources to learn more about finances: Podcasts, books and Forums

Today we wanted to share with you some sources of information if you want to learn more about specific Fintech topics: payments, finances, economics, bitcoin, investment, etc. Not all of the sources we present are in English, some are in German or Spanish.

One of our favourites is Planet Money in the USA. It seems to be one of the most popular Economics podcast in the internet. It has been going on for many years already and diverse personalities from the finance and economics world have been guests in their episodes. More about them under:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

Some journalists who appear in Planet Money, are also present in our next choice: The Financial Times podcasts series. They cover diverse topics every week: Economics, Politics, Currencies, IT, interviews, savings, etc. There is a paywall to enter the FT, but the podcast section is free to enter. Check it out under:

https://www.ft.com/podcasts

Our next choice is a book about the history of Bitcoin, which is pretty easy and straightforward to read. I actually read it in a week. The book is called: “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money”. The book was shortlisted in 2015 by the FT as business book of the year.

Moving now to videos, and in Spanish, we recently discovered the “Podcast” series +Dividendos. They started last year, and so far have a very interesting series about investment, dividends, portfolios, cashflow, etc. If you understand the language, we recommend you to pay them a visit in youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQe07pJMeV1slcLTrXiMcGQ

In German, English and Chinese, we have guanshe.me . They are a social network for women interested in topics related to Finances (Investment, Savings, Funds, ETFs, etc) and Entrepreneurship. They also have two blogs, in German, covering the same topics.

https://finanzenfuerfrauen.blogspot.com

https://selbststaendigkeit-fuer-frauen.blogspot.com

One of the best sources, and very popular, for all related to online payments it The Paypers. Based in the Netherlands, they publish diverse reports every year with the latest trends about payments around the world. More about them under:

https://www.thepaypers.com

Last but not least, another favourite of FintechValley: Finextra. You can choose a daily email with the most important Fintech news, as well as Webinars and Interviews, or single emails with the latest and most important news from the biggest Fintech players worldwide. Check them out:

https://www.finextra.com

Do you have any other interesting Fintech resources we should mention? Feel free to leave a message below and let us know.

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Fintech Company of the week: AirSig

Today we want to start a new series: the FintechValley company of the week. Every 7 days, we will choose what is for us a Fintech with an interesting or outstanding product. (Our selection process, is based solely on our opinion, and does not involve and endorsement or recommendation of any kind).

This week we present you the Taiwanese Fintech “AirSig”.

The company has developed a technology that allows to create an motion based authentication process. A payment process inside a virtual reality game can be verified with a pre-registered and pre-determined hand motion.  See video below for a demo:

There seem to be other applications for the technology, such as IoT technologies, as well as those that require login and password credentials.

More information about AirSig under: http://www.airsig.com

Fintech Valley Interview – CashShield – a company profile

FintechValley is proud to present you the third part on our series of Fintech companies’ profiles. We move back to Asia to introduce “CashShield”, a company out of Singapore, which provides fraud prevention services “…designed for sales optimisation” with an “… optimized fraud risk algorithm…programmed to look for positive aspects in transactions, or reasons to accept transactions rather than to reject them.” Further information about CashShield under: http://www.cashshield.com

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FintechValley: Could you please give a short description and history about CashShield for those companies and audiences that are not familiar with the company and the products?

CashShield is a real time fraud prevention solution that is designed with big data, machine learning and optimized through a self developed risk management algorithm. It was soft launched in 2013, and has gained traction since then, gaining clients from various industries from telecommunications, gaming and more. Different from traditional fraud prevention solutions, CashShield bears full responsibility of preventing fraud for its merchants, being the first in the world to provide a 100% Chargeback Protection for both physical and digital goods, as well as a fully managed service that does not require merchants to self-configure their risk template. Continue reading Fintech Valley Interview – CashShield – a company profile