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ASX-listed fintech to buy Wirecard

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An ASX-listed fintech has launched a capital raising to acquire Wirecard’s Australia and New Zealand business.

Change Financial, a US-focused fintech company, announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire all of business assets or Wirecard Australia and New Zealand for $7.8 million.

Change Financial said the Wirecard business has three well established products covering the card management platform, central managed testing hub for financial transactions and mobile payments.

The deal comes after the Australia/New Zealand Wirecard business going into voluntary administration in July 2020.

McGrathNicol and BDO were appointed voluntary administrators.

Change Financial said the Aust/NZ business is separate from the much publicised administration process of the global group, which centered on the dealings of Wirecard AG, the ultimate parent company.

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Source: ASX-listed fintech to buy Wirecard | Financial Standard

Source: https://australianfintech.com.au/asx-listed-fintech-to-buy-wirecard/

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Has the Pandemic Actually Benefitted Women in Fintech?

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The pandemic has not only shined a light on the inequalities of women in the workplace, it also created a larger gap, especially for working mothers. Between mandatory home schooling and a lack of childcare, the workload that women bear around the house is increasing.

There have been plenty of studies and articles stating that these demands are placed unfairly mothers, have made it difficult for them to advance in their career, and have caused many mothers to drop out of the workforce entirely.

I don’t want to minimize the headaches that moms (and truly everyone) have endured over the past 20 months. However, it’s worth pointing out a few ways that the pandemic economy has actually benefitted working mothers, specifically mothers working in fintech (myself included).

Flexible hours

The need for employees to balance work with home schooling and childcare motivated many workplaces to embrace more flexible working hours. As long as employees produce quality work, put in the necessary hours, and attend mandatory meetings, many are able to set their own schedule that works with their family.

Moms are always on call, whether to nurse a baby, help with homework, solve an argument, or change a diaper. So being able to step away from the computer to take care of pressing tasks is a huge benefit.

Remote working is the new norm

Prior to the pandemic, many workplaces were strictly against remote work, even when in-person collaboration wasn’t necessary. While commuting into an office five days a week has its benefits, it also comes with its share of difficulty. Not only does the extra time of the commute add up, but there is also more time and money spent on a professional wardrobe and makeup.

For breastfeeding mothers, long commutes are especially burdensome because the more time spent away from the baby means the more times mothers have to pump, store milk, and wash and sterilize bottles.

Meetings and conferences come to you

I included this point because of personal experience. My son was nine months old when I attended my first conference after maternity leave. Because I was still nursing, I chose to bring him with me to FinovateFall 2019 in New York. Even though I was physically at the conference, I still missed out on much of the content because I had to step out to nurse him so frequently.

In comparison, at FinovateFall 2021 last week, I was able to attend the show digitally from my home office with my newborn daughter on my lap. I was so much more present during the demos and discussions since I wasn’t running back and forth from the venue to a hotel room.

In this post-pandemic way of work, many businesses have made a point to offer digital experiences either in place of or alongside physical meetings. Now that so many more meetings and conferences offer a digital option, women do not have to miss out in the event they need to care for a sick family member or if they have a gap in childcare.

Normalizing home life

Perhaps the biggest upside of the pandemic is that it has shed a light on the full breadth of women’s duties outside of the workplace. Not only this, but colleagues are more accepting of times when family life collides with work. I’ve worked from home for 11 years, and prior to the pandemic I would have been mortified if my two-year old was audible outside of my office door on a conference call.

In this new era, colleagues and clients are much more open to home life. In fact, I’ve videoconferenced with people who not only don’t mind seeing and hearing children in the background of calls*, but they also ask me to bring them to the computer so that they can say hello to their children on the other end of the screen.

*At least within reason. Yes, children can be quite annoying sometimes.


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Cardano Partners With Chainlink for DeFi Smart Contracts Development

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During a period of major corporate and institutional interest in the crypto industry, nearly 5,000 new tokens have emerged in the last 12 months, averaging over 10 new coins per day, new data shows.

Cryptocurrency Boom of 2021

As can be observed on CoinMarketCap’s homepage, the number of existing cryptocurrencies has recently surpassed 12,000. This is well over the approximately 7,100 coins recorded by the site in September of last year, meaning that at least 4,900 new digital assets have been created in the last 12 months alone.

This represents the largest YoY surge in the absolute number of cryptocurrencies since Bitcoin’s inception. During this time, the digital asset industry achieved a total market cap of over $2 trillion.

Interest in crypto creation is largely driven by Bitcoin’s price gains in the past year, as well as increasing institutional involvement in the space.

As household names like Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey show support for the industry and its possibilities, both creative and financial interest continues to be drawn into the space. This further bolsters the markets, inspiring developers to work on their own cryptocurrencies to avoid missing out on potential gains and demand.


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Furthermore, digital assets have garnered high interest as an asset class for hedging against inflation – especially during the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic. While September of 2020 saw stock markets plunge, cryptocurrencies mostly held their value. This may have inspired even more creators to start investing and developing in the emerging asset class.

Is This a Good Thing for Crypto?

Through increased interest and technological development is crucial to the crypto industry’s growth, an ever-growing number of coins may be counterproductive or even dangerous.

For example, SEC chair Gary Gensler is only more skeptical of the space due to the vast number of tokens in existence. Recognizing that there is no room for thousands of different currencies, he plans to further regulate the industry to protect investors before some of them inevitably collapse.

Indeed, many of these tokens seem like dangerous investments – if not outright scams. Over $25 million were lost to crypto scams among Australians only in the first half of 2021

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Cardano Partners With Chainlink for DeFi Smart Contracts Development

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During a period of major corporate and institutional interest in the crypto industry, nearly 5,000 new tokens have emerged in the last 12 months, averaging over 10 new coins per day, new data shows.

Cryptocurrency Boom of 2021

As can be observed on CoinMarketCap’s homepage, the number of existing cryptocurrencies has recently surpassed 12,000. This is well over the approximately 7,100 coins recorded by the site in September of last year, meaning that at least 4,900 new digital assets have been created in the last 12 months alone.

This represents the largest YoY surge in the absolute number of cryptocurrencies since Bitcoin’s inception. During this time, the digital asset industry achieved a total market cap of over $2 trillion.

Interest in crypto creation is largely driven by Bitcoin’s price gains in the past year, as well as increasing institutional involvement in the space.

As household names like Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey show support for the industry and its possibilities, both creative and financial interest continues to be drawn into the space. This further bolsters the markets, inspiring developers to work on their own cryptocurrencies to avoid missing out on potential gains and demand.


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Furthermore, digital assets have garnered high interest as an asset class for hedging against inflation – especially during the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic. While September of 2020 saw stock markets plunge, cryptocurrencies mostly held their value. This may have inspired even more creators to start investing and developing in the emerging asset class.

Is This a Good Thing for Crypto?

Through increased interest and technological development is crucial to the crypto industry’s growth, an ever-growing number of coins may be counterproductive or even dangerous.

For example, SEC chair Gary Gensler is only more skeptical of the space due to the vast number of tokens in existence. Recognizing that there is no room for thousands of different currencies, he plans to further regulate the industry to protect investors before some of them inevitably collapse.

Indeed, many of these tokens seem like dangerous investments – if not outright scams. Over $25 million were lost to crypto scams among Australians only in the first half of 2021

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Emprendedoras – Las líderes que cambian el mundo en la era digital – LIBRO

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Emprendedoras

Recientemente se ha publicado el libro de Teresa Alarcos sobre casos de éxito de mujeres emprendedoras en la era digita. Teresa Alarcos es conferenciante y cuenta con más de veinte años de experiencia ejecutiva en diferentes industrias, instituciones culturales y fundaciones: Vivendi Group, Lycos Europe, Yoigo, Eli Lilly y Ono-Vodafone. Estudió Management en UCLA-Anderson, IESE, Esade, IE, Harvard, y es graduada y diplomada en el IC-A. Actualmente es consejera independiente de varias compañías. Fundadora y presidenta de la W Startup Community, es líder de un chapter de Singularity, y miembro de la red internacional de consejeras Women Corporate Director. Forma parte de la red de Business Angels de Harvard Club y del Consejo Asesor del Real Colegio Complutense de Harvard. Impulsa y dirige el primer Estudio Emprendimiento digital femenino ( Instituto de las mujeres y ONTSI) Le apasionan y es especialista en temas de género, ecosistemas globales; ESG /ODS y buen gobierno corporativo.

FintecNews.org se ha reunido con Teresa para una entrevista para hablar de las emprendedoras y de su libro.

FintechNews (FN): en el mercado de las startup, ¿Cuál la la parte de este mercado cubierto por mujeres?

Teresa Alarcos (TA) Según el último informe publicado por el WEF la industria del emprendimiento es de 2,8 billones de euros que crece al 30% anual. En España el último dato es que la inversión en startups superó por primera vez los 1000 millones de euros alcanzando los 1300 millones el pasado año, por la Revista El Referente. El emprendimiento innovador entre founders y cofounder mujeres llega según distintas fuentes (www.wstartupc.com ) al 15-17%, y solo mujeres founders 5%. Hay un claro gap de inversión frente al cual debemos tomar acción y crear unos Planes de emergencia para activar el emprendimiento diverso  que es fuente de bienestar y crea riqueza en la sociedad.

FN: hoy en día se habla mucho de diversidad. Crees que es un tema importante de verdad?

TA: Si, hombres y mujeres juntos viendo y creando soluciones en equipo, colaborando y  co-creando, compartiendo  ideas complementarias. Es la sociedad que emerge es hablar de valor económico , de diseñar una sociedad igualitaria donde se tienen en cuenta a la otra  mitad del talento.

FN: ¿Qué índices de éxito hay en las startup de mujeres?

TA: 15-17% según nuestros datos, ahora realizaremos un nuevo estudio y veremos el impacto de la pandemia. La mujer emprendedora es una mujer emprendedora en serie 1 de cada 4, internacional, ha vivido en varios países, y ha trabajado en corporaciones 10-15 años de media. Es un emprendimiento oportunista, no ocupacional.

FN: ¿Qué le aconsejaría usted a una chica que quisiera ser emprendedora?

TA: Perseverar en su propósito. El camino hacia el objetivo es una línea quebrada y no una línea recta. Buscar un equipo, alguien complementario; ir a una aceleradora y conseguir mentores. Esa es la base, y por supuesto que sea algo que cubre una necesidad de clientes. Probarlo sin que esté perfecto para mejorarlo y conseguir es mínimo producto viable, para ir a buscar financiación. En fin, es todo un reto.

FN: ¿Cuántos casos de éxito de mujeres emprendedoras se cuentan en su libro?

TA: En el libro se habla sobre qué está pasando en el mundo en temas relacionados con la disrupción, de estrategias de acercamiento y puentes entre ecosistemas y corporaciones,  sobre cómo crear una startup, y finalmente los 21 casos de startups representan a las pioneras  de los 5 continentes en materia de AI, ML, Blockchain, Crispr, robótica, realidad aumentada, realidad virtual etc. Todos son casos alineados con los ODS de Naciones Unidas. Realmente son casos de alto impacto, muy invisibles y difíciles de encontrar, que ayudan y aceleran un cambio a bien de la sociedad, y revolucionan industrias enteras.

¿Mis favoritos? Son todos. Os invito a leerlo. Os va a inspirar seáis hombres o mujeres. Lo podéis encontrar en la casa del libro y en Amazon y cualquier librería.

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