Global “LinkedIn for fintech” launches
A new international platform is aiming to showcase the global fintech industry and become the "LinkedIn for fintech". InternationalFintech.com, launched this week by the same team that runs a similar platform in Australia, includes a dedicated fintech newsfeed and comprehensive directory of fintech companies from across the world.
Founder and CTO Rob James says the directory will facilitate connections between global fintech players.
"Not only do we have a directory of over 1,000 global FinTech companies from over 50 countries, we've now got a "Who's Who" of people on the site.
"Now fintech startups in Israel can find the right people to talk to at more established fintech companies in New York or London, while Australian companies can discuss opportunities with colleagues in London, Frankfurt or Paris and so on," he said.
"We like to think of it as the beginnings of a 'LinkedIn for fintech'."
The majority of founders, CEOs, CTOs and developers on the site are from the USA, UK and Europe, but also from countries such as Iceland, Puerto Rico, Kenya and Chile.
Founder and CEO Cameron Dart says the idea for the new platform came about from their team creating a launching pad for Australian companies looking to expand into the UK. To date, Australian Fintech has sent two companies from Australia to London to meet with various contacts with the aim of a UK expansion.
"We thought, let's continue with that approach and with the Australian FinTech website, but while we're at it, let's take on the world. And so International FinTech was born," said Dart.