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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Janos Barberis

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201632. Janos BarberisChief Executive OfficerFinTech Hong KongLast year: 3

In September, unveiling a fintech innovation initiative resembling one previously launched by Singapore’s central bank (see Sopnendu Mohanty, No. 34), Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan sought to debunk what he termed “a quite commonly held perception that the development of fintech in the financial services sector in Hong Kong has been slow.” Although it may not match Singapore’s level of activity, Hong Kong has been heating up for at least the two years since Janos Barberis founded FinTech Hong Kong. The networking and events hub currently lists on its website 64 start-ups — P2P lender 5D Lend Co. and Bitcoin exchange Gatecoin, to name two — and claims nearly 2,000 “influencers, mentors, and enthusiasts” as members. CEO Barberis also brought to the Hong Kong ecosystem the SuperCharger accelerator, which offers mentoring and other assistance to what it calls start-ups and scale-ups, with supporting partners that include Fidelity International, Standard Chartered, and Thomson Reuters. Eight winners, including Gatecoin and Chinese credit scoring company Wecash, presented at the inaugural demo day, in April. SuperCharger went on a road show in September and October, stopping at Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Shanghai, and Singapore; its second 12-week accelerator program starts in January. “The world is looking east,” proclaims Barberis, noting that while U.S. and European fintech funding declined in the first quarter, Asia was up 20 percent year-over-year. To the 28-year-old, who earned a law degree at the University of Hong Kong, worked at U.K. challenger bank Lintel Financial Services, and co-edited The Fintech Book (published by John Wiley & Sons in April), Hong Kong is an ideal base. He is plugged in locally as a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission fintech advisory group and from there is able to monitor high-tech hotbeds on the Chinese mainland and, in other emerging markets, how digital-identity and know-your-customer technologies make banks more easily accessible and promote financial inclusion. “This has true transformative potential and shows how Asia, and particularly India, is paving the way in terms of the potential achievable with fintech,” Barberis says.


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund