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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118900146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118900147
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brett King is a four times bestselling author, a renowned futurist and keynote speaker, the host of the "BREAKING BANK$" Radio Show on Voice America (an Internet Talk Radio Network with over 9 million monthly listeners) and the founder of the fintech start-up known as "Moven". King was voted as American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the Top 10 "coolest brands in banking". His latest book Breaking Banks debuted at #2 on Amazon in the US, featuring interviews with 30 of the top innovators and disruptors in the financial services space today. BANK 3.0 his previous book was released in 8 languages and ranked as a finance bestseller in 19 countries.

King has been featured on FoxNews, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, ABA Journal, Bank Technology News, The Asian Banker Journal, The Banker, Wired magazine and many more. He contributes regularly as a blogger on Huffington Post. He has spoken to more than a quarter of a million finance professionals in over 40 countries in the last 3 years alone.

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The banking industry is not known for radical innovation, but in an age when radical innovation is the new normal, banks will have to learn to keep up. In Breaking Banks: The Innovators, Rogues, and Strategists Rebooting Banking , Brett King reveals that new ideas are here to stay, and innovators are determined to change the way money moves. Through interviews with leading industry disruptors at Google, PayPal, UBank, and beyond, King has discovered the depths of new banking. Organized by topic, Breaking Banks delves into the who, what, when, where, and why of the latest concepts, tools, and approaches in banking. Youll read what the brightest minds in financial technology have to say about topics like BitCoin, P2P lending, social media, automated banking, and neo–banks. Banking is changing, and a few innovators are spearheading these changes. Brett King, author of the internationally renowned book BANK 2.0 , has an uncanny talent for getting industry leaders to open up about their long–term goals and predictions, and an even more impressive knack for analyzing case studies and revealing profound implications. Banking executives, financial investors, and entrepreneurs have noticed the rapid pace of change in banking, especially in the wake of the recent global financial crisis. Where are these changes coming from, who is driving them, and where is the industry headed in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Understanding the answers to these questions is an absolute must for anyone involved in the financial sector. The rest of the global economy has undergone massive shifts thanks to new technologies and shifts in consumer mindsets. In the near future, banking will be no exception. Breaking Banks is an inside look at the people and ideas that are leading the industry into a new era.

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Praises for Breaking Banks Only Brett King could bring together the most formidable disruptors, innovators and thought leaders in the financial services industry to provide their perspectives on emerging trends and strategies impacting banking today. More than just interviews, Brett digs deeper into these trends and provides his perspective on ways banks can use these insights to their advantage. This book is a must read for any banker or industry follower wanting to be prepared for the disruptive road ahead. Jim Marious, Bank Marketing Strategy I found this book highly insightful; it clarifies the different perspectives of a broad variety of players who already are and who will be in the future banking ecosystem. It is useful reading for any bank devising its future strategy to become a value–creating leader. Piercarlo Gera, Global Head of Financial Services Industry Practice, Accenture In Breaking Banks, Brett provides us with true front lines reporting from the battlefields of financial services disruption. We hear from the disrupters themselves, curated and revealed by Bretts thoughtful interviewing style, and framed by key data and industry observations. A must read for anyone in the industry. Matt Harris, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures In Breaking Banks, Brett continues to articulate the change continuum he began in Bank 2.0 incorporating the new world of technologies that enable augmented communications, virtual currencies and the internet of everything. This important dialogue clearly shows that banking is an industry being disrupted beyond belief. Its just a shame that only a few visionaries like Brett can see it. Chris Skinner, Chairman of the Financial Services Club As the world seeks more common sense solutions to financial problems, the old banking system with its friction, rules and policies are coming up against some serious challengers. In Breaking Banks Brett King gives us a great snapshot of the innovators that are trying to create that new future, and that future is liberating for the financial consumer. David Bach, nine times New York Times bestselling author

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Burton VINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2014
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The first half is much better than the second. And there are some good ideas expressed, not just about ways in which companies are currently disrupting the industry, but about how they might in the future.
Where this book is interviewing people involved with the likes of Zopa it's interesting. However, it discusses Bitcoin in only a rather trivial manner, discussion of the likes of PayPal is limited, and the last half of the book keeps coming back to the concept of Gen-Y customers who don't need a conventional bank account and want to do everything online, or on mobile.
Some of the best bits are discussion of where mobile payments are proving more transformative in developing countries, and this illustrates areas where the result is not just greater customer retention or greater profits, but potentially enabling business and economic development in areas that really need it. It would have been better if the book had remained on this subject more, as this illustrates how cultural norms and differences can impact on the adoption of technology.
Additionally, while the book is undoubtedly correct in saying that the value of new payment services and the like is in streamlining the process and making purchasing more efficient, it doesn't really explore questions of trust, do enough to look at where things may go in the future, the legislative obstacles (other than some discussion of Know your client in brief), and as a result the book lacks depth, particularly in some areas, and while I was interested for the first 3-4 chapters, by the end I was feeling like there wasn't much new being expressed, with less visionary people being interviewed.
As a result this book is occasionally good, exciting, even, but not consistently so.
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For someone in Generation Z (referred to as 'M' in this book) or for the younger parts of Gen X (which I am just in) this book probably only gets 2 stars - you already get what are the core contents of this book.

For those wanting to understand the thinking of the majority of Gen Y or indeed, and hopefully, members of Gen Y looking to raise revenue, understand opportunity and gain understanding, this gets four stars.

A good part of the book is transcripts from online conversations/broadcasts. Interspersed with this are the authors thoughts and summaries. If you're time short, read the Conclusion chapter, which gives the main thoughts of each chapter. You can then always read the relevant chapter in more detail. i picked up a couple of inconsistencies (1983 then a page later 1985 and also a further change in financial numbers - this could be down to the transcribing or perhaps what was actually said).

I work in Financial Services though not banking. I see almost all the trends and thinking mentioned in this book. I also realise that a LOT of senior managers are very good and open to this sort of thinking. Unfortunately I regularly experience the reverse - a mindset wedded to the old way which is finding it increasingly difficult to understand why revenue is falling, spend is rising and satisfaction is going no where - and it's exactly that audience that should read this and other similar books. unfortunately my experiences would say there is almost no chance they will - even if it's left on their desks.

Its worth a read, though I would say a lot of this information is freely available on the internet if you go looking for it - which I suppose is kind of the point!
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By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2014
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Author,Brett King is described in the forward as 'widely considered the foremost global expert on retail banking innovation' Achieving fame for his bestselling book Bank 2.0, which topped category lists in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, France, Russia, and Asia.. Despite his impeccable credentials as a banking guru, Breaking Banks for me, was a rather turgid affair which would only appeal to geeks working in the field. Despite King's take on retail and banking innovations and the banking sectors response to the recent economic crash, what emerges is the rather complacent and privileged status that banks hold in Western capitalist states. Whereas traditional industries like shipbuilding, car manufacture and coal mining have been allowed to die and their products out sourced to cheaper sweat shop economies like China; The Banking sector has been feather bedded by their indulgent governments and in many people's eyes, cannot fail.
Little wonder that as an industry,the banking sectors status has never been lower.
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The title of the book is deliberately provocative in conjuring up images of runs on banks and banks losing money. But this is a book about how banks can be transformed. One of the key issues that I had seen before which can make a huge difference and which Bill Gates has also identified as a serious issue is the under-banked. These are the people who do not have a bank account and access to credit facilities. They are not just in the third world, a significant number of Americans do not have accounts. I had previous seen about micro-loans and using mobile devices for micro-transfers in another book about Jugaad Innovation and this is one of the key topics explored here. The most effective way of helping people is enabling them to do what they want. There is a lot of waste in current systems and I thought that this was a fantastic example of a practical solution.
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