NZTech expansion sign of rampant tech sector growth

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AI Forum, FinTech, Media Release, NZ IoT Alliance, NZTech News

The substantial growth of the country’s umbrella tech organisation NZTech is indicative of the rapid expansion of the nation’s fastest growing industry, says its chief executive Graeme Muller.

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FinTech will grow globally through collaboration

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FinTech

Article from www.virgin.com

In some ways big business has never been bigger. As Apple surges past an $800bn valuation it’s increasingly clear that a small number of tech companies are monopolising international markets.

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Fidelity adds Bitcoin to website and cafeteria as the digital currency hits new record

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FinTech

Article from Vito Petan on LinkedIn

Fidelity, one of the largest asset managers in the world, added bitcoin support to their website and started accepting the digital currency in its employee cafeteria, as it tries to position itself as the pioneer in digital currencies among the large financial firms. As Bitcoin price hit $2,650 today, it is just another sign that Bitcoin and and other possible usages of blockchain are moving full steam ahead into financial mainstream.

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NZTech Update – Change the way you see the world!

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NZTech Update

Hi Readers

Technology has connected nations, dissolved borders, encouraged empathy across great divides, and yet, the technology industry itself is still sorely lacking in diversity.  Our industry is built on data.  Yet the data of diversity tells a sad story.

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Can banks survive the FinTech revolution?

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FinTech

Article from Vito Petan on LinkedIn

In a country where a staggering 425 million people, or 65% of all mobile phone users use mobile phone wallets to transfer money to their friends or pay at local shops and restaurants in mere seconds, there is also a contrasting experience. Outdated state owned banks, where you usually have to wait at least 30 minutes to get to a counter and sign 3 sheets of paper before you can transfer money dominated the industry with no real competitors in sight. Until now.

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Launch of Zelle Is Proof That FinTech Firms Have the Power to Sway Big Banks

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Article from www.letstalkpayments.com

Since its founding in 2009, Venmo has established itself as one of the premier peer-to-peer money transfer servicesand one of the most prominent names in FinTech. From its humble beginnings as the brainchild of former college roommates, the app was the first to enable quick and easy money transfer between friends and last year processed $17.6 billion worth of payments, a 135% increase from the previous year. In 2016, Time magazine named it one of thebest apps of the year, and in 2017, Fortune magazine named it one of its breakthrough brands. It has, without a doubt, changed the landscape of P2P payments by taking advantage of the inefficiencies of exchanging money with friends via traditional methods offered by the big banks.

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Wellington students win IT award by pushing boundaries

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech, Industry News

Four Victoria University students plan to make life easier for business owners with a digital assistant that helps with the day-to-day tasks of running their operations. The idea formed part of the winning entry for the national MYOB IT Challenge.

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NZTech UPDATE – Diversity, political debate and our digital future

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NZTech Update

Kia Ora Readers

In recent months, I have become very conscious of the gendered language I use, in particular, ‘hey guys’ or ‘thanks guys, great meeting’. My six year old daughter constantly mirrors this language and every time I hear her say ‘hey guys’ it gives me that fingernails down the blackboard feeling! The word ‘guys’ can make women feel left out, yet most of us are conditioned to default to this kind of language. On a daily basis, often without even realising, we are using gendered language and as a result, inherent gender bias.

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NZTech Update – What IoT means for the kiwi economy!

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NZTech Update

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Not surprisingly, I received plenty of feedback from last week’s ‘rant‘. It has helped create a robust national discussion on whether or not there is a skills shortage and thankfully more responses to the Digital Skills Survey. We now have 72 responses from companies, however we need at least another 100 to be able to help influence policy decisions on digital education, immigration and investment in skills development. So, if your firm hasn’t responded please take 20 minutes this week to provide your valuable input here.

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Cities will become more desirable when IoT takes hold

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Media Release, NZ IoT Alliance, NZTech News

Cities will become safer and more desirable to live in when the internet of things (IoT) takes hold a research study report says.

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