510. News: Starling becomes a unicorn and So-Fi really want a licence

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510. News: Starling becomes a unicorn and So-Fi really want a licence

Simon Taylor and Adam Davies are joined by some great guests to talk about some of the most interesting stories of the last 7 days, including: Starling becomes a fintech unicorn, so does Flutterwave; So-Fi really want to get a banking charter, and we discuss the future of Open Banking in the UK.

Our expert hosts, Simon Taylor and Adam Davies, are joined by some great guests to talk about the most notable fintech, financial services and banking news from the past week. This week's guests include:

  • Alex Frean - Head of Corporate Affairs, Starling Bank
  • Alan Ainsworth, Head of Policy for Open Banking

We cover the following stories from the fintech and financial services space:

  • Starling eyes M&A as it is valued at £1.1bn in £272m funding round
  • OBIE and UK Finance set out the future model for Open Banking
  • Passion Capital invites the general public to join venture fund
  • SoFi to buy community lender to accelerate bank charter application
  • Africa’s Flutterwave banks $170 million in fresh capital
  • And finally - the Winklevoss twins' crypto company to sponsor Oxford and Cambridge boat race

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Fintech Insider by 11:FS is a podcast dedicated to all things fintech, banking, technology and financial services. Hosted by a rotation of 11:FS experts including David Brear, Simon Taylor, Jason Bates and Sarah Kocianski and joined by a range of brilliant guests, we cover the latest global news, bring you interviews from industry experts or take a deep dive into subject matters such as APIs, AI or digital banking.

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Special Guests: Alan Ainsworth and Alexandra Frean.