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Rebuilding Financial Infrastructure for the Web

  • March 27, 2014    
  • Karl Antle    

We spend a lot of time looking at startups that are trying to disrupt the financial services landscape for end-users. These businesses are sexy and headline-grabbing …everyone loves an underdog.

But there is another class of financial technology startups that are just as important: financial infrastructure. Communication networks, order routing systems, trade execution, clearing, account filing, reporting, risk analysis, fraud detection, and account servicing – these are all infrastructure services that, while never seen by an end customer, play an important role as the “plumbing” in a well-functioning financial system.

When entrepreneurs launch new web-based businesses that service end customers directly, they must often rely on existing financial infrastructure for support.

The problem is that most current infrastructure was designed for a financial system that was at best handled in a network server environment and at worst handled with manual,...

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