How financial service institutions can keep up with FinTech startups

Co-written with Chad Howard, Mobile Product Consultant

The financial services industry is rapidly changing - mostly due to a large influx of investment money towards financial technology startups. In 2014 alone, these FinTech startups raised over $8.6 billion in capital. Startups have seen success in both age-old markets, such as consumer banking and investing, and in new markets, such as cryptocurrency. A prime example of FinTech’s meteoric rise over the last few years is Venmo, a peer-to-peer money exchange platform. In 2012, Venmo was acquired for only $26.2 million. They’re now doing nearly a billion dollars in transactions per quarter. With so much money flowing into FinTech startups, one must ask what this means for large financial institutions. 

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WatchKit 101: Everything you need to know about the anatomy of Apple Watchkit

After years of rumors and anticipation, Tim Cook had “one more thing” to unveil at WWDC 2014 - the Apple Watch. Apple’s first new product line since the release of the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch is touted as the most personal device the company has ever created. Users will be able to customize their watches with colors, styles, sizes, and materials to have a truly unique device on their wrist. 

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5 Life Lessons from the Heart of Mobile Design

It’s always a lovely thing when you can learn from your profession. As a Mobile UX Designer I've picked up a handful of lessons here and there, and will continue to do so as I grow in my career. For now, I will share the top five lessons I have learned so far with the hope that you will learn from them too:

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RE.WORK 2015: A Deep Dive into Deep Learning

Last week, I attended RE.WORK’s Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco, California. This conference featured a wide variety of speakers from companies such as Flickr, Google, Yahoo, Spotify, as well as several PhD students. Each person possessed a vast knowledge of their field and applied it in different ways to their respective companies. The results, both present and future, are fascinating and the possibilities seem endless.

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Are Today's Wearables the Answer to Protecting Tomorrow's Athletes?

Pop Warner. Little League. AAU.
All in all, close to 46.5 million youth across the country participate in at least one team sport. As the Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) reports, injuries in these sports are more prevalent than ever. More specifically, concussions are becoming common place in all sports, from football and hockey to soccer and volleyball, attracting the attention of health care experts.
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2015 Mobile and Emerging Technology Trends and Predictions

This blog was co-written by our Mobile Product Strategists, Paul Heckel and Sara Taylor.

As we all look ahead this year, we understand that it can be easy for brands to lose focus and feel overwhelmed with all the latest mobility trends and predictions surfacing. That’s why we have done the research for you. From other blogs to key finding from our friends at Forrester, we’ve compiled an easy to consume list for all enterprises, across all industries.

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How 3D Printing Can Change Modern Manufacturing

3D printing (3DP), otherwise known as additive manufacturing, in which objects are built layer by layer, was first introduced in the 1980s. To date, it has been more commonly utilized for rapid prototyping; however, recent advancements have not only reduced costs and increased production speed, but have also diversified its applications and use cases.

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Happy Holidays From Solstice Mobile

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Solstice UX: Best of 2014

2014 was a remarkable year for our UX team here at Solstice Mobile. This was the year that we more than doubled our numbers, took on sole UX engagements, and pushed ourselves to grow through education and knowledge sharing. We couldn't be more excited for what 2015 holds. To commemorate how far we've come we have each picked one thing that we felt was critical to our success in 2014 to share with you here.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations. See you in 2015!

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The Internet of Things and the Next Generation of Manufacturing

The Internet of Things quiet buildup, and suddenly explosive proliferation, is best described as a culmination. Steadily falling sensor prices, the advent of cloud computing and Big Data, and radical shifts in the mobile paradigm over the past decade, have combined to lead us here – here being the ability to place sensors of all kinds on devices, machines, or even people to gather useful data that can then be analyzed and used. By connecting discrete, hitherto analog “things” to computing infrastructure, machines and factories – indeed, anything – can be turned into intelligent networks that can communicate with not just human operators, but also each other. When applied to the manufacturing industry, IoT promises nothing short of a sea change. The implications are vast, and the barrier of entry is surprisingly low for those willing to innovate.

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