What Is the Fintech Revolution and How Will It Impact Small Business?

Fintech small business financing

Fintech is redefining lending but how will it affect your small business? Three trends...

 

We are in the middle of the Digital Revolution, and it has now become apparent that old institutions and established ideas are being displaced with new ones.

If you haven’t heard by now, Fintech - Financial Technology is exploding and enabling new disruptive business models to emerge. The Fintech landscape is vast and includes a number of industries and sectors, from peer to peer lending platforms, electronic payments, marketplaces, insurance to cryptocurrency in the mainstream.

According to Thomson Reuters Labs, it is estimated that there are over 200,000 Fintech startups in the US alone, creating over 500,000 jobs.  Well capitalized Startups like WePay, and Stripe are competing and winning against established banking giants, and online platforms like OnDeck Capital play matchmaker to lenders and borrowers.

Fintech is redefining Financial lending models and how we do business with each other, but how will this affect your small business?

Here are three trends that will continue to grow and disrupt major industries - and it’s all good for business.

1.   Marketplace Lending

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."- Bob Hope

Because of mass consolidation in the banking industry, banks have become a big drag for small businesses, they just really aren’t equipped or interested in lending to them. Perhaps the most significant change for business, especially small business is the expanded ability to secure loans and capital through marketplaces that actually believe in small business.

Marketplaces are not simply disruptors but will actually displace traditional lending institutions in the near future. In a recent report by Foundation Capital, it is projected that by 2025, $1T in loans will be originated through online marketplaces globally.”

It is clear we are just on the cusp of a massive change in lending and it is a good thing for all businesses.

2.   Cryptocurrency

To date there are a reported 634 cryptocurrencies in play globally.

Having almost overcome it’s dark reputation for funding illicit business and crime, is the idea of using cryptocurrency in general finally moving towards mainstream acceptance? Yes!

You can see this with the meteoric rise of virtual currency Bitcoin, whose growth is being driven by demand in Asia.

Next- #3 and Businesses and small business included will gain from the adoption and acceptance of this currency, why?

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About the author

Maria Botta

Maria Botta is the founder of FWD-Action, a digital strategy consultancy, working with small to mid sized businesses, helping to lead clients in the convergence of technology, creativity, entertainment. FWD ACTION allows Botta to continue to do what brings her the most professional and personal satisfaction, “Doing great work that truly matters, with integrity, for those clients who are striving to do good works for the world". Botta is the daughter of Cuban exiles, she was born in the US, and raised in Europe and the Caribbean, she holds an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird's prestigious European program in Geneva, Switzerland and an Art History degree from Mt. Holyoke College.

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