A refreshing podcast by Pål Krogdahl & Ville Sointu looking at Fintech & Banking Technology

Between digital native customers demanding instant gratification and the ever increasing amount of regulation, financial institutions are between a rock and a hard place. The era of the fintech started after the 2008 financial crisis, challenging the status quo. More than a decade later banks haven’t gone anywhere, yet fintech is more relevant than ever. What happened with all the fintech hopes and dreams? In this podcast Pål Krogdahl & Ville Sointu pick one topic in every episode and try to look at it through the lens of fintech disruption - or lack thereof. This is Fintech Daydreaming.

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A refreshing podcast by Pål Krogdahl & Ville Sointu looking at Fintech & Banking Technology

Between digital native customers demanding instant gratification and the ever increasing amount of regulation, financial institutions are between a rock and a hard place. The era of the fintech started after the 2008 financial crisis, challenging the status quo. More than a decade later banks haven’t gone anywhere, yet fintech is more relevant than ever. What happened with all the fintech hopes and dreams? In this podcast Pål Krogdahl & Ville Sointu pick one topic in every episode and try to look at it through the lens of fintech disruption - or lack thereof. This is Fintech Daydreaming.

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Fintech Daydreaming, and Fintech Farm Helsinki, the Nordic fintech hub, have joined forces. Through this alliance, Fintech Daydreaming is the official podcast partner of Fintech Farm. Both organisations will collaboratively produce a monthly podcast episode focused on Nordic Fintech Highlights, Fintech Farm’s updated monthly industry review.  This partnership will not only enhance the content on our platform but will also offer our audience an in-depth look into the pulse of Nordic fintech innovation. Read more here

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Recent Fintech Daydreaming Episodes

Recent Fintech Daydreaming Episodes

Nordic Fintech Highlights, April 2024: Reinventing the Wheel, Again?

Welcome back, fintech enthusiasts! This episode of Fintech Daydreaming takes you into the latest innovations stirring the financial fjords of the Nordics. Join Pål, Ville, and Janne as they round up some intriguing and occasionally perplexing news from the land of the midnight sun. This episode also serves as a warm-up for the upcoming Nordic Fintech Summit in Helsinki, where we look forward to meeting many of you!

 

First, Pål unpacks the new partnership between ResultElf and Aura Cloud, which promises to bring a new spin to the lending landscape. They're rolling out a new toolkit aimed at creating more efficient lending solutions—because, it seems, money really can grow on cloud-based platforms.

 

Next, Janne explores the exciting collaboration between Alisa Bank and Accountor, who are introducing a novel type of business bank account. This isn't just any bank account; it's designed to transform how businesses manage their finances, merging technology with convenience in ways that might even make your accountant crack a smile - all through the power of an embedded design.

 

Wrapping up the discussion, Ville reflects on the somber news of OP Bank discontinuing their Pivo wallet. We say goodbye to a service once celebrated as a fintech favorite, now joining the ranks of discontinued digital services. We'll explore what may have led to Pivo's demise and discuss its implications for the future of digital wallets in the region.

 

Whether these stories are game-changers or just another chapter in the Nordic fintech saga, this episode promises to unpack the innovations, disruptions, and lessons learned along the way. Tune in for a dose of insightful analysis and witty banter as we decipher whether these latest developments are truly reinventing the wheel—or merely spinning it.

S09:E08 - The Heart of the Daydream: Unveiling the Origins of Fintech Daydreaming

In this very special episode of Fintech Daydreaming, Pål and Ville take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, answering the burning question that fans have pondered over countless episodes: Why did they start this podcast, and what fuels their fintech fires even after nearly four thrilling years? By popular demand, it's time to peel back the curtain on the backstory and ethos of your favorite fintech podcast.

 

The episode kicks off with a candid reflection on the early days, the initial sparks of inspiration that led two fintech aficionados to turn their daydreams into digital dialogue. Pål and Ville share the unfiltered tales of successes and the stumbles along the way, giving listeners a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world that shapes each episode.

 

As the conversation unfolds, the mystery of the podcast's intriguing name is finally resolved. Where did "Fintech Daydreaming" come from? The answer is as whimsical as it is profound, reflecting both the aspirational and the grounded spirit that the podcast embodies.

 

Listeners will also get an insider look at what keeps the show evolving, from the relentless pace of fintech innovation to the vibrant community of listeners and experts who contribute their insights and stories. It’s a heartwarming reminder of how a simple idea can grow into something as diverse and surprising as the fintech world itself.

 

So, whether you're a longtime listener or just stumbled upon this fintech fest, this episode promises to enrich your understanding of the podcast and maybe even inspire you to follow your own daydreams. Tune in, relax, and let Pål and Ville guide you through the story of "Fintech Daydreaming" – because sometimes, the best adventures begin with a simple question and a bold step into the unknown.

Nordic Fintech Highlights, March 2024: When Bankers Get Creative

Strap in for a whirlwind tour of fintech's latest Nordic novelties in another riveting episode of Fintech Daydreaming. In this month’s edition of Nordic Fintech Highlights, our fearless trio Pål, Ville, and Janne don their explorer hats to dissect a smorgasbord of financial innovation that's as diverse as a Nordic buffet—and just as intriguing.

 

First up, Pål dives into the tech-marriage of the century between Neonomics and Bislab, heralding the dawn of the next generation of embedded finance offerings. It's the kind of partnership that makes you wonder if finance is getting too cozy with tech, or if they're just moving in together for the tax benefits.

 

Janne then shifts gears to something that sounds like a plot twist in a Scandinavian noir—IKEA's financial arm, Ingka Investments, swooping in to take full control of Ikano Bank. Yes, you heard it right: the same folks who've mastered the art of flat-pack furniture are now assembling their financial services empire. Brace yourself for savings accounts with names you can't pronounce and interest rates as complex as their assembly instructions.

 

Ville rounds off the discussion with a tale of German innovation as N26 rolls out instant savings accounts across 13 new markets. Because when it comes to banking, nothing says "innovation" quite like being able to stash away money with the same ease as ordering a Bratwurst in Berlin.

 

Join us as we navigate through these financial fjords, armed with nothing but wit and a healthy dose of skepticism. Whether you're a fintech aficionado, a banking guru, or just someone who enjoys a good financial frolic, this episode of Fintech Daydreaming promises insights, laughs, and perhaps a sudden urge to invest in a Billy bookcase.

 

Tune in, and let's decode whether these fintech developments are the northern lights of innovation or just the headlights of an oncoming regulation reindeer. Either way, it's going to be a fascinating ride.

 

Finally, we’d like to do a post recording CORRECTION to the segment where we cover the N26 story: While Revolut flexible accounts don’t have the traditional deposit insurance of a regular savings account, they do have a private investment insurance that covers the account balances up to a limit. Please refer to terms and conditions of the products and services in question for accurate information. We apologise for this oversight in the recording.

S09:E06 - Navigating the EU's Blockchain Policy Maze with Erwin Voloder

Get ready to dive headfirst into the blockchain rabbit hole with the latest episode of "Fintech Daydreaming," where the waters are murky, the regulations tangled, and the future as clear as mud. This time around, Pål and Ville are joined by none other than Erwin Voloder, who is the Head of Policy at the European Blockchain Association. EU's labyrinthine policy developments are a tall order for anyone, but who better to guide as through it all than someone with "policy" literally in his title?

 

Together, they embark on a thrilling (and slightly dizzying) journey through the ever-evolving world of blockchain technologies and digital currencies within the EU. The conversation kicks off with the kind of policy and regulation chit-chat that could make even a seasoned bureaucrat's head spin. From the cryptic depths of blockchain regulation to the looming specter of the Digital Euro project, no stone is left unturned.

 

Then, because why stop at confusing, our intrepid hosts delve into the murky waters of private versus public digital currencies. Spoiler alert: predicting the future of digital currencies based on today's information is like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded—in a hurricane.

 

But fear not, dear listener! Despite the convoluted subject matter, our hosts and their esteemed guest manage to inject a healthy dose of clear examples and perhaps a smidge of enlightenment into the discussion. If you've ever found yourself lying awake at night, pondering the fate of digital currencies or the EU's blockchain policy (and really, who hasn't?), this episode is like a lullaby sung by a choir of fintech angels.

 

So, tune in, buckle up, and prepare to be mildly bemused, moderately enlightened, and thoroughly entertained as "Fintech Daydreaming" tackles the EU's blockchain and digital currency conundrum. It's going to be a wild ride, with more twists and turns than a blockchain ledger.

Nordic Fintech Highlights, February 2024: Card payments and cloud core - game on or game over?

Strap in for a fintech merry-go-round with the Fintech Daydreaming squad, where the latest episode cuts through the February frost with hot takes that could melt even the iciest Nordic winter. Janne, Pål, and Ville are at it again, dissecting the month's juiciest fintech drama from the comfort of their virtual studio.

 

First, Pål waxes poetic about TUUM's latest cash infusion. Because, apparently, what the world needs is yet another cloud banking platform to save us from the tyranny of traditional banking.

 

Then, Janne gushes over Saxo Bank cozying up to MasterCard like it's the fintech version of a royal wedding. Open banking payments for investment accounts? Groundbreaking, if you've been living under a rock for the past five years.

 

Ville can't resist joining the hype train, flaunting Enfuce's shiny new e-money license in the UK. Move over, Beatles and fish & chips—there's a new British invasion in town, and it's all about cards - from Finland.

 

All this boils down to a no-holds-barred brawl over the fate of physical payment cards. Are they destined for the museum, or is there life in the old dog yet? Opinions fly faster than unfriended credit cards, and consensus is as elusive as a fee-free ATM. If you love your fintech news served with a side of dry Nordic humor and aren't afraid of a little debate, this episode is your spirit animal. Tune in to witness our hosts joust over whether fintech's future is "game on" or "game over" for the humble payment card. Spoiler alert: They agree on nothing.

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