May 8, 2020

084: Money Talks #12: Challenger Bank Brands - Bó, Revolut & N26

084: Money Talks #12:  Challenger Bank Brands - Bó, Revolut & N26

In this Money Talks segment, Pete and Eoin riff on the shutdown of the RBS challenger bank brand 'Bo', Revolut's M&A ambitions, what N26's latest fundraising means in the great universe of challenger banks.... and their latest reads!

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In this episode, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend dig into three pieces of content from this week that are relevant to the cosmic cloud of startups and enterprise in which they live, with a focus on the latest news from challenger bank brands. The stories covered in this week's episode include:

  • RBS axes digital bank Bó (TechCrunch, 01-May-20) - Bó, the digital bank developed by RBS-owned Natwest, is to shutter, just 6 months after launching publicly and gathering 11,000 customers.
  • Revolut on the hunt for acquisitions (FT, 06-May-20) - Revolut is looking to use some of the proceeds of its recent $500m fundraising to buy rival technology companies that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with an unexpected focus on travel aggregators.
  • N26 raises another $100mn at $3.5bn valuation (Finextra, 06-May-20) - N26 recently ditched their UK strategy but expanded to the US with some initial success - but what's next for them in competing with Revolut, Monzo, Starling and Chime?  Besides the obvious benefit of Revolut and FX, why would you chose one over the other?

Also, deeper insight on other topics we referred to include the below that were conveniently published in the two days between recording and publishing this episode:

Finally, see below for Pete and Eoin's latest reads referred to on this episode:

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Pete Townsend


Web3 & fintech investor, MD @Techstars Web3, founder of Norio Ventures, mentor, non-executive director, podcaster and bad guitar player.

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Eoin Fitzgerald


Fintech investor, podcaster, wannabe VC