Originally Published on Digitalist Magazine With the advent of robo-advisors, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual assistants, the next wave of the financial technology revolution could arrive sooner than anticipated. A report by EY, “Unleashing the Potential of Fintech in Banking,” highlights that collaborations with startups (and not competition) can provide fresh tech solutions for banks. Shared services and knowledge will improve product offerings through data analytics tools like predictive analytics, offering deeper engagements with customers. How are banks currently leveraging fintech? Albeit independently, banks are building in-house technology in response to the growing fintech challenge. In 2017, JPMorgan appointed a new team for the automation ofRead More →

When Starbucks (SBUX) announced the closure of all of its 379 Teavana stores by the spring of 2018, it came as a warning signal to many analysts. But for long-term investors, Starbucks future growth prospects could look more promising. Acquired in 2012 for $620 million, Teavana stores are set to close due to declining foot traffic in malls. As a result of this retrenchment, Starbucks incurred asset impairment and goodwill charges of roughly $100 million during the third quarter. Following the news, Starbucks shares fell 1.2% to $58.80 in after-hours trading. For the 3rd fiscal year 2017, the Seattle-based company reported earnings of $691.6 million, downRead More →

Social Media Platforms have become an important part of our daily lives. Over a period of time, the use of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snap has evolved. Initially, the use of these platforms was meant more for connecting with friends and sharing information. But now these established firms are integrating activities that range from marketing and promoting to selling and buying. Not only that the stream alternative data available on such platforms are capturing real-time events. These alerts are allowing emergency teams to take immediate action. For markets, real-time alerts mean looking for events that potentially could be market movers.Read More →

Through Facebook Spaces, the company is set to enhance the VR experience for its Oculus Rift users. Recently, the social media giant dropped prices for Oculus Rift. According to a report by IDC, AR/VR market is expected to touch $143.3Billion by 2020. The news comes after Facebook recently released a video of its solar powered drone in remote areas beaming with an internet connection – all in an attempt to connect the world. A recent interactive video on Facebook’s official page shows friends sharing travel plans and apartment features with each other– all through virtual reality (VR). Facebook recently launched it’s social VR section calledRead More →

Facebook recently announced its ambitious Augmented Reality Platform in its annual F8 Developer Conference. The firm’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We’re going to make the camera the first mainstream AR platform.” Through the announcement, Facebook joined the long list of established firms that are already invested heavily in Augmented Reality (AR). A recent report by Bloomberg outlines Apple’s ‘big step’ towards the AR space through talented hires and acquisitions in the related field. According to the report, with the goal of making smart glasses, in the short term, Apple’s AR features may first show up on the iPhone. Bloomberg’s report comes after its November storyRead More →

In April 2012, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) acquired 18-month-old Instagram, which had only 30 million users and no revenue. At that time, $1 billion worth of deal seemed too big for a small startup like Instagram. But years later, the photo filter app boasts of having more than 600 million users and is proving to be a strong growth engine. Instagram is giving stiff competition to market debutant Snap (NYSE:SNAP). Shares of Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, fell 1.2% at $19.97, after Instagram announced its Snapchat-like Stories app has more daily users – as many as 200 million daily active users. In 2013, FB offered SNAPRead More →