FinTech for Breakfast

Held on Thursday, March 10, 2016

With support from Dentons


  • Izabella Kaminska (FT Alphaville)

  • Mike Baliman (London FinTech Podcast)

  • Tom Foster-Carter (co-founder, Curve)




Again, the aim of our regular monthly FinTech meetings is not to bleat on about the wonders of the blockchain or how yet another wrinkle in the payments world is going to make cash redundant by Christmas. It is to provide an overview – for financial service professionals who need to be familiar with FinTech but who don’t actually spend 23 out of every 24 hours at the coalface – on what we need to know about FinTech developments over the last month, together with a heads-up on what is coming down the pike.

As part of this, my colleague, Harry Atkinson, will send you a longlist of FinTech stories ahead of the round-table. I would urge you to have a look at it – and to send any suggestions/amendments to Harry so that he can incorporate them.

As usual, the anchor for our next breakfast meeting will be Izabella Kaminska, from FT Alphaville. Since she is now on the Davos list, she is very grand.

This month, she has two colleagues to provide extra commentary (and to fill in any blanks):

  • Mike Baliman, founder (and host) of the London FinTech Podcast, which has dozens of in-depth conversations with London's leading FinTech players.  He has been an independent consultant for 18 years (through Penates Risk) and previously held senior roles in risk at Kleinwort Benson.
  • Tom Foster-Carter is the co-founder of Curve, a new mobile payments start-up. Before that, he worked on tech issues with Accenture and Bain, before launching his own financial disrupters – Osper and now Curve.

Obviously, this is a ‘caring & sharing’ experience in which we hope everyone will contribute. Beyond that, thanks to the generosity of Dentons, there will be coffee, tea and buns for those whose start-ups are still waiting for that crucial second round of VC funding.