Georgia’s biggest annual financial technology summit showed how the state is aiming to enhance its global reputation, both by attracting investment from overseas and helping homegrown upstarts take on industry challenges with international resonance. The event was a clarion call to defend and augment the state’s reputation as an international leader in an industry that is attracting more Read more
Atlanta may be the payments capital of the world, but the world doesn’t necessarily know it yet. That’s why, to get its due, Atlanta is teaming up with another global capital whose financial pedigree is less in question: London. The two cities are joining forces to create what they’re pithily calling the “Davos of payments,” a play Read more
Fresh off a $17.5 million funding round that it said would encourage global expansion, Atlanta’s First Performance Global has entered the Chilean market. The fintech startup, which provides software that enables card holders to manage security and other preferences via a mobile device, has partnered with Nexus S.A., which provides credit-card processing and other services to banks in Read more
When it comes to financial technology, there’s an elephant in the room that companies in Atlanta’s “Transaction Alley” would do well to watch closely: India. While the country has its challenges with relatively low Internet penetration (despite nearly 500 million users overall) and a largely unbanked population, India through technology and a bit of timing is already beginning to leapfrog the West’s traditional trajectory on Read more
Israel is a small country that naturally turns to partnerships to achieve its global objectives in business and security. That outward focus often manifests itself in the U.S.-Israel relationship, the nation’s principal alliance. But two events coming up in Atlanta show the country’s common ground with other national partners and diaspora communities from around the world. Read more
While Georgia’s top economic developers log thousands of airline miles each year to land face time with Chinese clients, that doesn’t mean the state is standing on the sidelines in the ongoing war for digital attention in the world’s largest Internet market.
While serving as Indian ambassador to the U.S., Arun Singh predicted in Atlanta that close ties with the U.S. would continue no matter who was elected. At the time candidate Donald Trump was throwing the Republican primaries into disarray. Now, he’s the president, and Mr. Singh’s prediction seems so far to be true. As Mr. Singh returns to Atlanta Read more
Another Irish firm has announced plans to put a 500-job customer support center in Georgia, the latest example of how an outsourcing sector built up in Dublin to serve multinationals has swung back across the Atlantic to benefit American job-seekers. Dublin-based Sysnet Global Solutions brings value beyond the typical call center. A provider of payments compliance and cybersecurity solutions, Read more
Georgia Tech has signed a deal with India’s national software industry association, NASSCOM, to jointly pursue research on the emerging “Internet of Things” sector. IoT, as it’s known, refers to the network of connected devices like sensors in factories or thermostats in homes, working to drive productivity and convenience through data and connectivity. NASSCOM’s Bangalore-based Centre of Excellence for Read more
Four out of the 10 early-stage technology companies joining Techstars Atlanta are from outside the United States, showing the city’s appeal among international startups looking into the American market as the worldwide accelerator program kicks off here.