Albert Morales takes part in the World Savings Banks Institute event in São Paulo

Albert Morales takes part in the World Savings Banks Institute event in São Paulo

Strands’ VP Product Management, Albert Morales, will lead the “Customer Engagement” roundtable at the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) GRULAC Innovation Workshop this week in São Paulo, home of a highly active financial sector and the biggest in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Attendees of the session will split into workgroups and will be given a specific FinTech business area to discuss in depth, such as:

  • How can banks create a genuine customer-centricity approach?
  • How is the finance sector going to develop better customer engagement?
  • Which trends are affecting banking?
  • What are the challenges that financial institutions need to overcome in order to innovate and thrive?
  • What are the steps they need to take to provide customers with value-added offers?

Together with Albert, a delegation of banking and technology experts from all around the world will gather in São Paulo to tackle how to get the most out of new technologies and take Customer Engagement, Data, and Partnerships to the next level.

Strands at Digital Bank Latam in Mexico City

Strands at Digital Bank Latam in Mexico City

Strands’ CMO, Victoria Yasinetskaya; LATAM Sales Director, Pablo Gutierrez; and Open Banking Advisor, Mario Bricio, participated in ‘Digital Bank Latam’ —a leading banking conference hosted in Mexico City this week. The theme of the event was the future of retail and SME banking.

During their presentation, Victoria talked about how Strands accelerates the banks’, and how financial institutions can stay competitive through innovation.

She explained how the market landscape in banking is transforming with both tech giants and neo-banks disrupting the market, and offered the top 10 recommendations from Strands:

  1. Engage and empower your customers
  2. Appeal to millennials and digital natives
  3. Improve the omni-channel experience
  4. Provide a holistic view of the finances
  5. Help people manage their finances
  6. Leverage big data
  7. Create personalised experiences
  8. Generate new revenue streams
  9. Accelerate product innovation
  10. Partner with a FinTech provider

Bank’s bottom line is Strands’ top priority. As the FinTech partner for financial institutions, Strands technology gives banks an edge over the competition, speeds up internal processes and helps them reap the benefits of a more engaged relationship with their customers.

Pablo also shared insights on Strands’ Financial Suite products, a set of white-label solutions that help banks empower people in life (Retail Banking) and business (SME Banking). He emphasised that Strands has a proven track record in AI & personalization, and that the company has carried out more than 600 implementations to date.

Digital Bank Latam is an organization dedicated to promote and raise awareness about programs, knowledge and activities that accelerate digital banking experiences of excellence and innovation.

Luis Rodríguez joins the Board of Directors at Mobey Forum

Luis Rodríguez joins the Board of Directors at Mobey Forum

Chairman of the Board at Mobey Forum, Jordi Guaus, announced today that Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Strands, Luis Rodriguez, has been welcomed to the Board of Directors 2019.

Luis also co-chairs Mobey Forum’s Open Banking Expert Group, helping banks to understand the opportunities behind PSD2, of other similar regulations such as OFX, and how to take advantage of these regulations to enable a new relationship model with their customers.

Mobey Forum is a global association empowering financial institutions to shape the future of digital financial services.


Strands & Mobey Forum celebrate their 3rd anniversary


Strands joined Mobey Forum as members in 2016, drawing on their years of expertise in business strategies and technologies to create innovative, interoperable and competitive digital financial services.

“Strands has been an invaluable Advisory Member of Mobey Forum for the past 3 years. They have led our Open Banking Expert Group, contributing to the discussion and analysis with their expertise and insights. Strands has also been a valued member of Mobey Forum’s Board of Directors since 2018, helping to define Mobey’s strategy and direction in an era of disruption. We value Strand’s participation in Mobey Forum and look forward to continued collaboration in shaping the future of financial services.” — Elina Mattila, Executive Director at Mobey Forum

Mobey Forum creates a unique quality of interaction and insight for its members, helping them stay ahead of the curve.

Strands at Mobile World Congress 2019

Strands at Mobile World Congress 2019

Barcelona is one of the best ecosystems in the world for technology and finance hubs, with the talent, infrastructure, capital, and regulation.

During the MWC19 week, Strands joined four different events to talk about:

  • Digital ethics policies and best practices
  • Share a perspective of the new finance marketplace
  • Present the company as a case study for R+D+i
  • Demo our mobile SME banking solution


Inclusive AI: FinTech perspective

Digital Future Society at MWC19 Barcelona is where policymakers, entrepreneurs, civic leaders and forward thinkers converge to explore how we might build a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive future in the digital era.

In this context, Victoria Yasinetskaya, VP Marketing at Strands, gave a pitch presentation on Strands best practices in digital ethics during the parallel session “A New Data Ethics for the Digital Age”.

“We can’t talk about data ethics without touching upon diversity. Data ethics, diversity and inclusivity are three pillars for developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions that have a positive impact in users’ lives.” — Victoria Yasinetskaya


Barcelona FinTech City

4YFN is the place to be for anyone interested in supporting startups, investors and companies to connect and launch new business ventures together.

Strands CEO Erik Brieva participated in the Barcelona Fintech City panel to give his viewpoint of the new banking era and the future of finance. He also covered how Big Data and Artificial Intelligence is impacting the financial ecosystem, and the main opportunities and challenges the industry is facing with new technologies.

“The value of a FinTech is not about what particular new technology they use, but what problem they are trying to solve so that users can live better lives.” — Erik Brieva


Strands, case study for R+D+i

Together with a representative from F. Iniciativas, Strands CFO presented Strands as a case study for Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i) to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain.

“In 2017, Strands obtained the ‘Innovative SME’ seal of approval after demonstrating its capacity for innovation with its own activity.” — Juli Garcia

Strands was the first FinTech to be awarded this official recognition by the Spanish government.


Mobile World Banking: Enhancing the SME-customer Experience

Stranders Cesar Richardson, GM Americas, and Albert Morales, VP Product Management, led the webinar, “Mobile world banking: Enhancing the SME-customer experience”.

They identified the areas in which banks have failed SMEs when it comes to financial services provision, and showcased how tools like Strands BFM are helping small businesses take control of their cash flow, invoicing and income forecasting while providing their banks with valuable insights about how to serve them better.

“Our Strands BFM is a platform that many of our financial institution clients customize in order to fit their preferences.” Cesar Richardson

“Banks have a lot of internal and external data. We help them synthesize and normalize this data to get powerful insights. This is what Strands brings to the table.” Albert Morales

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Strands and Mastercard to demo together at Finovate Spring 2019

Finovate just announced their first wave of demoing companies, where Strands and Mastercard will be on stage together to showcase our latest innovation: SME Cash Flow Manager.

Strands and Mastercard’s solution is a tailor-made digitalization tool for SME banking, using cutting-edge business financial management technology.

“A competitive application process means only truly innovative companies will be on stage.”   — Finovate

Strands and Mastercard have been working together globally to provide issuing banks with an integrated platform of digital cash management and commercial payment tools specifically designed to benefit their small-to-medium enterprise customer base.

Commenting on both companies’ collaboration, American Banker highlighted that this partnership sees the Strands Business Financial Management solution leveraging Mastercard’s digital payment technology on a platform designed to:

  • Help businesses to better understand their finances
  • Project their short-term cash flow
  • See personalized recommendations for customized solutions.

If you are coming to San Francisco in May, don’t miss our demo and ping Cesar J. Richardson, Victoria Yasinetskaya and Carlos Atehortua from Strands, and Jay Singer from Mastercard for some good conversation.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Erik Brieva honored as “50 Most-Admired CEOs” in the U.S.

Strands CEO Erik Brieva has been selected as one of the “50 Most-Admired CEOs” in tech

The Technology Headlines, a premium US-business and technology magazine, published from Texas, has featured Erik Brieva as one of the 50 leading CEOs across the technological industry.

In the first edition of 2019, the magazine highlighted Strands CEO in the cover and reviewed the story of his journey, his decision-making process, his competitive strategy, and much more.

Carlos Chavez, editor-in-chief of The Technology Headlines said: “It was a great pleasure reviewing these CEOs, as they all had inspiring as well as thought-provoking stories to share.”

Nicole Anderson, Senior editor at the Technology Headlines further added: “Our editorial team has not only selected the CEOs that are at the forefront of bringing a change in the industries, but also the entrepreneurs that are committed to adding value to customers.”

In the interview, Erik Brieva emphasises the qualities he values most in a leader: leading by example, passion and the ability to engage your team. He recounts his journey with Strands, and talks about how to promote new ideas and innovation within the enterprise.

“It is important that everybody understand that, beyond their everyday tasks, and beyond personal goals and project objectives, they are all contributing to a more global and strategic goals.”


“In 2019, Strands will continue scaling up worldwide and consolidating our position in the market with cutting-edge technologies and solutions that will keep disrupting the financial industry.”


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