335. News: You don’t have any unicorns!

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David and Simon are joined by some great guests to talk about some of the most interesting stories of the last 7 days. Including: BoE welcomes tech companies for the first time, Revolut eyes big bucks before IPO and Monzo’s second billion!

This week we have some great stories for you as David and Simon are joined by a couple of great guests:

  • James Ferretti - Solutions Engineer at Transferwise
  • Alfie Marsh - UK and Ireland Sales Manager at Spendesk
  • Ivo Weevers - Chief Product & Design Officer at Asto
  • Mel Palmer - CMO at Exo Investing

We kick off the episode by taking a look at how Bank of England welcomes tech companies! The Bank of England intends to open its vaults to tech companies for the first time, which will enable fintechs to offer payments systems on the same level as commercial banks. James argues that for companies like Transferwise, this is a huge deal. This means that they can now hold funds in a central bank, which adds that extra level of security. Is this a sign of recognition from the big banks that there are other players on the market? (02:38)

Next up, we talk about Revolut eyes big bucks before IPO! Revolut, the British digital bank, has ruled out an initial public offering in the near future as it targets another private fundraising later this year.
In an interview with Financial News, Nikolay Storonsky, founder and chief executive of Revolut, said the firm needs to hit a valuation of $20bn-$40bn before a stock market float. Mel argues that if that valuation comes through, it could change the whole industry! (10:19)

Other stories include:

  • Monzo doubles valuation to £2 billion after fresh capital injection (17:45)
  • TransferWise to open borderless account in US (19:58)
  • Every little helps as RBS goes shopping for Tesco mortgages (26:21)
  • Apple is one step closer to launching its sleek, new credit card (30:55)
  • Lloyds becomes the first bank to sign up to 'Mental Health Accessible' standards (38:15)
  • NatWest introduces selfie-powered current account opening (46:27)
  • Geekiest engagement announcement ever? (52:25)

All this and so much more on today's show.

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This week's episode was produced by Laura Watkins and edited by Alex Woodhouse.

Special Guests: Alfie Marsh, Ivo Weevers, James Ferretti, and Mel Palmer.


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