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The Essential FinTech Reading List

September 11, 2017

Education in FinTech has been in the limelight recently - Oxford University have even introduced a course in FinTech, taught by leading FinTech figures including Huy Nguyen Trieu of Disruptive Finance fame and Anne Boden, the CEO of Starling Bank.


This recognition by top educational institutions has cemented FinTech as an intrinsic part of modern finance. The sector is constantly evolving with the invention of new technologies, but the building blocks, including bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency remain constant. Understanding these building blocks is vital for anyone working within the FinTech sector, but especially for the Ashmore Stark team; as a FinTech Recruitment firm, we have to ensure that we’re au fait with market trends. It allows us to fully understand our clients' needs, and deliver talented candidates who will succeed in each and every role. 


Ashmore Stark’s Senior team have chosen their essential reading list, for a clear and comprehensive understanding of the building blocks of the FinTech sector. 





Greg turns to this book whenever he wants to learn more about the disruption taking place in the banking sector. As Ashmore Stark’s Managing Director, he cultivates close relationships with all of our clients and he knows just how important it is to stay in the loop with the innovation taking place in FinTech.


Bye Bye Banks? by James Haycock & Shane Richmond

This short but brilliant book unpacks exactly what FinTech startups are doing to disrupt the banking sector. They draw on market research and interviews with senior banking executives, and marry it with their own astute observations, to give a comprehensive insight into the revolution taking place in financial services. The book concludes with the authors’ action plan for the future  - they propose the idea of a new ‘Beta Bank’, a highly modern organisation which fuses the best parts of traditional banking and FinTech disruption. 






Aaron is currently working with a number of FinTech firms using cryptocurrencies including blockchain and bitcoin; for him, this book is essential reading for anyone wanting to learn more about the future of finance. Aaron is Ashmore Stark’s lead Technology Consultant; he works with our clients to source top tech talent across the world. 


CryptoCurrency: The Future of Money? by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Not only does this book explain cryptocurrency in a comprehensible way, it also explains how it fits into our increasingly digital world. The authors explain the relevancy of cryptocurrency to financial services, but also to social media, technology, and political and economic society. They give real-life examples of the utilisation of cryptocurrency, telling stories which aren’t seen in the financial trade press. Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money, said ‘If the word “blockchain” makes you want to call a plumber, or you think Satoshi is some kind of raw fish, you need to read CryptoCurrency today.’ Quite. 




Hannah spotted the numerous excellent reviews in this book and immediately bought it. For her, it’s an indispensable manual on how blockchain will affect not only finance, but every other industry in the digital world. As Ashmore Stark’s Head of Business Development, Hannah is committed to connecting with the brightest startups in FinTech, and working alongside them to source excellent Sales and Business Development professionals.


Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott

Even if you don’t work in FinTech, you need to read this book. This well-researched tour de force explains exactly what blockchain is, in relevant, comprehensible terms, and explains the effects it will have on every industry over the next decade. The Tapscott brothers have impressive credentials and both are authoritative voices in their sector - Alex is the CEO and founder of an advisory firm which builds blockchain ventures. The book has been praised by everyone that matters in the world of technology, from Steve Wozniak to Dan Schulman (CEO of Paypal. Tim Draper says ‘Read it or become extinct’.



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