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431 Susanne Chishti, Janos Barberis: The FINTECH Book

“The FINTECH Book” provides a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving financial technology landscape and its impact on the industry.



"The FINTECH Book" is a collaborative effort by leading experts in the field of financial technology (fintech) to demystify and explore the disruptive innovations shaping the financial services industry. The book offers insights into the evolution of fintech, its various components, and the transformation it brings to traditional banking and finance. It covers a wide range of topics, including crowdfunding, blockchain, digital payments, robo-advisors, and regulatory challenges. With contributions from over 170 fintech experts from around the world, the book presents diverse perspectives and real-world case studies to showcase the global fintech ecosystem. Whether you are a fintech enthusiast, industry professional, or curious reader, "The FINTECH Book" serves as an essential guide to understanding the revolution happening in the financial services sector.


  1. Title: "The FINTECH Book"
  2. Authors: Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis
  3. Publishing year: 2016
  4. Publisher: Wiley
  5. Length in hours: 17 hours and 8 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Fintech fundamentals: The book provides an overview of fintech, its historical context, and the drivers behind its rapid growth.
  2. Disruptive technologies: It explores key technologies shaping fintech, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.
  3. Fintech applications: The book delves into various fintech subsectors, including digital payments, lending, wealth management, insurtech, regtech, and more, highlighting their impact on traditional financial services.
  4. Entrepreneurship and innovation: It discusses the fintech startup ecosystem, showcasing success stories and lessons learned from entrepreneurs and innovators in the industry.
  5. Regulatory and societal implications: The book addresses the regulatory challenges and opportunities surrounding fintech, as well as its impact on financial inclusion, data privacy, and the future of work.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Fintech: where finance meets technology, and innovation meets disruption, creating a whirlwind of exciting possibilities."
  2. "Who needs a piggy bank when you can have a fintech app that rounds up your purchases and saves the spare change for you?"
  3. "Fintech is like a speedboat racing alongside the slow-moving cruise ships of traditional finance."
  4. "The days of standing in line at the bank are numbered; soon, it will be as old-fashioned as dial-up internet."
  5. "Fintech startups: where the dress code is casual, the coffee is unlimited, and the ideas flow as freely as the Wi-Fi."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Fintech is not just about technology; it is about reimagining the financial services industry and challenging the status quo."
  2. "In the world of fintech, collaboration and partnerships between traditional financial institutions and startups are key to driving innovation and staying competitive."
  3. "Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize not only financial services but also supply chains, healthcare, and other industries, by providing transparency, security, and efficiency."
  4. "Regulation should strike a balance between fostering innovation and protecting consumers, creating an enabling environment for fintech to thrive."
  5. "Fintech is not a threat to traditional banks; it is an opportunity for them to embrace change, adapt their business models, and provide better services to their customers."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing innovation and regulation: The book explores the challenge of creating regulatory frameworks that foster fintech innovation while ensuring consumer protection and financial stability.
  2. Trust and security: It delves into the dilemma of establishing trust in digital financial services, addressing concerns about data privacy, cybersecurity, and fraud prevention.
  3. Financial inclusion: The authors discuss the dilemma of leveraging fintech to promote financial inclusion while addressing potential biases and inequalities in access to digital financial services.
  4. Collaboration vs. competition: The book explores the tension between collaboration and competition among fintech startups and traditional financial institutions, as they navigate the evolving fintech landscape.
  5. Ethical considerations: It addresses the ethical dilemmas arising from the use of emerging technologies in fintech, such as AI-driven decision-making and the responsible use of customer data.

5 examples

  1. Stripe: The book discusses the success story of Stripe, a fintech company founded by brothers Patrick and John Collison, known for its innovative online payment solutions.
  2. Ant Financial: The authors highlight the achievements of Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba Group, and its popular mobile payment platform, Alipay.
  3. TransferWise: They explore how TransferWise, founded by Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann, disrupted the remittance market with its low-cost international money transfer service.
  4. Revolut: The book showcases Revolut, a UK-based neobank that gained traction with its digital banking and foreign exchange services.
  5. PayPal: The authors discuss PayPal, the well-known digital payments company, and its role in shaping the fintech landscape with its online payment solutions.

Referenced books

  1. "Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps" by Daniel Drescher
  2. "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" by Walter Isaacson
  3. "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" by Klaus Schwab

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