Revolut, a UK-based neobank valued at $33 billion with 16 million customers, has raced to the top of its nation’s most successful start-ups list since its beginnings in 2015 and is just one spot down from the top of Europe’s. What is behind its quick ascension? What are its plans to expand? Are there any concerns that may slow it down?
Financial services have typically lagged behind other industries when it comes to embracing digital transformation. Banks have traditionally been slower to adopt new technology due to legacy systems, cultures that have been built over hundreds of years and security concerns. A huge shift in customer expectation, however, meant that banks had to adapt or risk losing customers to challenger banks such as Monzo.
Kieran Donoghue, the Irish Development Authority’s Global Head of Strategy, Public Policy and International Financial Services examines the continuing uncertainty around Brexit and role that Ireland can play as a strategic partner to the United Kingdom’s (UK) financial services industry.
Utilising several of the new waves of disruptive technologies such as big-data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing, neobanks across the world are fundamentally transforming the very notion of banking. And given the restrictive impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the global population,
It’s a fact. The exponential growth of data directly impacts financial institutions’ ability to do business efficiently. And there’s no sign of that growth slowing down, with IDC conservatively predicting a 26% CAGR data growth in financial services companies between 2018-2025.
Do you remember when banking meant wasting time queueing in-branch, or poring over paper statements? Thankfully, the industry has come a long way since then. Today, managing your finances is as easy as logging in to an app; and opening an account is as simple as verifying your identity with a selfie.