Strands CEO speaks at Bucharest Machine Learning Conference

Strands CEO speaks at Bucharest Machine Learning Conference

Internet & Mobile World conference invited Strands CEO Erik Brieva to join key industry leaders and speak about how machine learning is disrupting the banking industry. Known as the largest B2B expo-conference for IT & digital solutions in Central & Eastern Europe, the event focus on the principal challenges and ways to overcome obstacles facing the industry.

Erik Brieva Strands

Erik shared best practices and advice about machine learning during the Day 2 morning session from 10:30 -11:00am. The session was organized by Raiffeisen Bank that initiated the contact with Erik.

Here is a brief breakdown of his talk:

Machine Learning Disrupting business

Today, machine learning has come to play an integral role in many areas of the financial ecosystem, from approving loans, to managing assets, to assessing risks. However, few professionals have an accurate view on how it could help them grow their business. Erik helped the audience understand and leverage the correlations within the large pool of digital breadcrumbs that financial leaders have at their disposal.

How Strands is using ML to build powerful FinTech solutions

Machine learning has become one of the buzzwords, but how can you actually translate key  concepts and apply it to your business? Erik introduced a range of best practices and recommendations based on more than 450 Strands implementations in banks.

Read more about the Internet & Mobile World Conference here, or follow @IMWorldEvent on Twitter!

Strands at ​​​22nd WSBI LatAm Regional Group Meeting (GRULAC) ​​​​​

Strands at ​​​22nd WSBI LatAm Regional Group Meeting (GRULAC) ​​​​​

Strands invited by World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) to high-level GRULAC Meeting

From 11-12 October, Strands Product Manager Albert Morales will be in Panama to participate in a high-level panel at the ​​​22nd WSBI Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Group (GRULAC) Meeting.​

The aim of this prestigious event is to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge on the topic “24/7 customer service: presence anywhere, anytime​”, as well as to create opportunities for future collaboration among participants.

The 22nd meeting is aimed at GRULAC WSBI institutions, in addition to financial players, officials of central banks, supervisory authorities, other multilateral agencies related to the issue in the region, and experts from the institutional, cooperation and business sectors.

In the final panel session on Day 1, Albert will be joined by officials from the Association of Banking Supervisors of The Americas (ASBA), Ipsos, CaixaBank and CecaBank to discuss the how banks can achieve channel omnipresence, seamless service quality and matchless customer experience.


The full agenda for the 2-day event can be viewed here. Check out the biographies of Albert’s fellow panelists here.

For more general information on the 22nd WSBI GRULAC meeting, see the event website or contact Aimee Suarez at​​.

Strands at D-RAFT Corporate Demo Day: AI & Robotics

Strands at D-RAFT Corporate Demo Day: AI & Robotics

Strands demos to MasterCard, Microsoft & more at D-RAFT Corporate Demo Day

On 22 September, Strands joined some of the most innovative scaling startups in Europe to demo at the D-RAFT Demo Day in Warsaw.

D-RAFT Corporate Demo Days are designed to connect best ready-to-scale, late stage startups in one area with corporations that want to buy, partner or invest in disruptive solutions.


D-RAFT Corporate Demo Day

Strands was selected among 10 innovative startups to receive the opportunity to present their solutions (including AI & digital disruption, big data & machine learning, human to technology, exponential technologies) in an 8-minute Finovate-style pitch to corporate executives and participate in individual matching sessions with our partners, including MasterCard, HPE, Microsoft, EY and more.


About D-RAFT

D-RAFT is fully dedicated to supporting big companies in finding ready-to-scale startups and turning their technologies and products into new businesses. They have spent the last decade helping corporations innovate and are now connecting ready-to-scale startups with resources and relations of leading regional and multinational corporations.

Strands BFM Demo at Finovate Fall 2016

Strands BFM Demo at Finovate Fall 2016

Watch Strands Demo BFM at Finovate Fall

From September 8-9 2016, Strands joined FinTech’s most innovative companies to demo our SME banking solution Strands BFM at the fall edition of Finovate in New York City. As always, Finovate waves are still resonating through the FinTech world two weeks later. Here’s a brief look back at the year’s most anticipated FinTech event:

Strands BFM demo Finovate Fall


Finovate Fall was a smashing success for Strands. We took the spotlight on Day 2 to demo Strands BFM – the the end-to-end white-label solution designed specifically for SME banking. Learn more about Strands BFM here.

Leading the charge of Strands Finovaters was VP Sales and Operations Cesar Richardson, who was interviewed by Mondato at the event: “To me, banks are going to shift away from being transactional entities to repositories. Banks do not currently have a culture around monetizing data, which is where they will have to inevitably go if they want to remain profitable. To be able to collect that data, you need to have clients spend time on your channel.” Read the rest of Cesar’s interview here. Also representing Strands was Directer of Sales (North America) Sharif Penniman.


With just 7 minutes to demo, Cesar & Sharif showcased Strands BFM to a record-breaking crowd of over 1250 FinTech innovators, banking professionals and analysts. Watch the demo below:


During the networking session, Strands BFM was phenomenally well-received by bankers and analysts alike. “These folks are huge internationally,” said William Mills of William Mills Agency. “I’m glad to see them here at Finovate and find out what’s new with the company. Now they are showing a SMB financial health dashboard which is cool as most PFM type demos are only for consumer retail banking.”

Strands BFM Finovate Fall


Finovate is a demo-based conference showcasing the latest and greatest financial and banking technology innovations from hot young startups and leading established companies. For more information on the event or to view videos of previous demos, visit

Strands at SME Finance Forum 2016

Strands at SME Finance Forum 2016

Strands to sponsor and speak at the 2016 IFC SME Finance Forum in Beijing

The 2016 Global SME Finance Forum will bring together leaders from banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions. Taking place in Beijing, China from September 19-21, this year’s conference will explore new opportunities and innovation in small business finance.

The Forum will also convene the world’s leading experts to examine issues and share best practice examples ranging from SME finance regulation, financing women entrepreneurs to the impacts of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence impact on the financial sector.

Sme Finance forum Strands

As a FinTech leader, Founding Member of the Forum and official Bronze Sponsor of 2016 event, Strands has been invited to participate in 3 important ways:

1.Interactive Session: Nonfinancial Services

During these FinTech sessions, participants will explore technology solutions designed to overcome business banking challenges, expand financial services offered to small business customers, or to streamline existing services.

In this panel, Strands General Manager Pau Velando will be joined by other FinTech experts from Digivation, FernSoftware, SizeUp and IDMission to talk about how FinTech can innovate non-financial services for SMEs.

2.Interactive Session: Artificial Intelligence Impact on Financial Sector and SME Finance

Artificial intelligence has risen to prominence once again as a new frontier. In this high-level panel, Strands General Manager Pau Velando will be joined by experts from the IFC, IBM and another FinTech (IceKredit) to discuss the reality – rather than the hype – of how artificial intelligence and machine learning is poised to change SME finance.

3. B2B Fintech Marketplace Exhibit and Demo

Sales Director (APAC) Xavier Marcillac will share Strands’ latest innovations making business financial management effortless & efficient for SME banking customers.

Learn more about the SME Finance Forum here. You can find photos and takeaways of Strands at last year’s event here.

The official agenda can be downloaded here.

To follow the event on Twitter, check out #SMEFinance2016.