B2B Conversations this Week: Everything’s coming up FinTech

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Welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s trending on social media in the B2B realm. If leading B2B influencers and thought leaders are tweeting about it, we’re talking about it here. We sift and sort through all those tweets so you don’t have to, using the cutting-edge social analysis tool Nexalogy to bring you only the most buzzworthy posts.

This week focuses on all things FinTech, from venture capitalist funding and investment management to innovations in cross-border payments and transfers. There’s an infographic on hot startups tackling the tough B2B payments challenges, as well as a podcast probing the blockchain. Enjoy!

TRENDING TOPICS

B2B Payments and Transfers
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While global trade flows are soaring and the B2B international payments sector is now estimated to be 10 times larger than the B2C sector in transactional volume, innovation in B2B payments has lagged behind. However, Saxo Payments CEO Anders la Cour notes this may be about to change, as influential organizations throughout Europe are waking up to innovation in the sector. One of the most encouraging developments is the increasing investment by big banks—including Barclays, HSBC and Santander—in the FinTech space.

B2B Investment Management

 

Investment management is fast supplanting payments as London’s hottest FinTech sector, with a hungry host of upstarts transforming the way money is managed. While growth prospects for payments have largely stalled, last year saw a strong surge in FinTech interest in asset and wealth management. According to PwC and Startupbootcamp, investment management will continue to be hot throughout 2016, as the blockchain finally lives up to the hype as firms run test scenarios, pilot programs and partnerships.

B2B Startups

In a somewhat surprising development, B2B startups are gaining a competitive edge over their B2C counterparts in the race to secure the most funding from venture capital firms. While B2C startups outraised their B2B competitors by a margin of 2-1, overall B2B VC investment soared 40 percent over the past year while consumer startups drew 9 percent less funding. One of the biggest B2B standouts, human resources firm Zenefits, raised more than $500 million in one of the biggest funding hauls in recent memory.

TOP MEDIA

Infographic: B2B Opportunity in FinTech

 

We all know that B2B payments have a reputation for being inefficient and expensive. Major challenges including international B2B payments, working capital optimization, zero cash visibility and complications in the buyer-supplier relationship are screaming for solutions. Fortunately, a bevy of startups is hard at work solving these and other conundrums. These innovative newcomers run the gamut from cross-border payment platforms like Transpay, Ebury and Payoneer to cloud-based services like AccessPay and CurrencyCloud.

Podcast: Blockchain  

British Columbia blockchain junkie Alex Sterk, co-host of Blocktalk, and Todd Kane discuss the power of the blockchain in this informative 34-minute podcast. From memorable projects to the future of blockchain technology, Sterk shares his expert insights on the potential—and pitfalls—of cryptocurrencies.

We’ll be back again next Wednesday with more up-to-the-minute B2B SI from Sarah Dawley. As always, if you have any B2B content we think we should share next week, let us know via @b2bnewsnetwork.

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Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins

Brett Wilkins is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for U.S. news. Based in San Francisco, he is the editor and publisher of Moral Low Ground and is a Yahoo! Featured Political Contributor.