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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Janos Barberis

No. 32

32. Janos Barberis
Chief Executive Officer
FinTech Hong Kong
Last 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

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
FinTech Fund

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