Lots of topics on offer from the FinTech Insider team, including finance trademarks, Monzo, Amazon, gender equality, and the Fintech Wall of Emoji.

Welcome to this extra special episode of Fintech Insider, our 150th episode and a Halloween-themed show recorded in front of a live studio audience at our home in WeWork, London. Simon Taylor, David Brear and Jason Bates are joined by Valentina Kristensen (head of marketing at Oak North), Charlie Wood (Capco), Monty Munford (journalist for titles such as Forbes, The Telegraph, the BBC and The Economist), and Jeremy Burge (founder of Emojipedia).

Straight on to the news and the guys discuss why Monzo has become a chat-up line in London’s bars, and how maybe it’s all to do with their sense of community. Plus, Britain’s fintech boom has pushed finance trademarks to a record high. So where will new fintech company names come from?

With reports this week that people trust Amazon almost as much as they trust their bank, we discuss just how close tech firms have got with their customers, and what it might mean for banking in future. Find out who our live audience trusts the most. After Dark wasn’t going to pass without talking about ICOs, so do they meet William Bernstein’s four criteria for a “bubble”?

No live recording is complete without a good feature, so we have a bit of audience participation in ‘Trick or Treat: Celebrity ICO & crypto endorsements’, including Bono, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and many more. Plus, the hotly anticipated return of the Fintech Wall of Emoji, introduced by the authority on emoji interpretation, and Chief Emoji Officer, Jeremy Burge, and featuring Jamie Dimon vs bitcoin, iPhone X and “being the Uber of … “.

The guys also discuss SMBs, gender equality in banking and further afield, the Uber credit card, and Amazon Alexa’s rib-tickling sense of humour.

We had a fantastic night and we hope you did, too. thanks to everyone who came to party with us – you made the night.

– This podcast is reproduced with kind permission. Some minor changes may have been made to the text to reflect BankNXT style considerations, but the podcast itself is always unchanged. See more FinTech Insider content here.

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11:FS is a "digital transformation agency" that believes banking should be about more than selling financial products. It is co-founded by David Brear, Jason Bates, Ross Methven, Meaghan Johnson and Simon Taylor. 11:FS produces FinTech Insider, and provides services such as 11:FS Pulse, 11:FS Ventures and 11:FS Talks.

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