The Fintech Magazine Issue 17
Sep01

The Fintech Magazine Issue 17

In this of The Fintech Magazine, From a messenger bank for Gen Zers to a challenger inspired by hip-hop, our look at neobanks of the world in this issue is a refreshing, upbeat change from the news of the past few months. There’s an urgency and optimism about these newbies – some spun out of more traditional institutions, others born out of pure, entrepreneurial genius, that haven’t been blown off course by the pandemic, and some that...

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FF Fundraiser Rap-Up #5 August 2020
Aug28

FF Fundraiser Rap-Up #5 August 2020

It’s that time of the month everyone – FF’s Lewis is here to deliver August’s fintech fundraising round-up, delivered in a tidy little rap… Ft. overall Fintech hero Chris Skinner....

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The Fintech Fix: The Chase is on
Aug28

The Fintech Fix: The Chase is on

This week The Fintech Fix is putting Douglas Mackenzie on the geopolitical and economic trail as he finds out about the ECB’s moaning and groaning and what JP Morgan Chase is cooking up in the UK next...

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FF Virtual Arena: Manzil
Aug26

FF Virtual Arena: Manzil

History in the making? Join Mohamad Sawwaf, CEO and Founder of Islamic neobank Manzil and Hannah Duncan as they discuss the extraordinary mission of bringing Sharia finance to North America.

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Introducing Freeze Debt: The innovative Fintech app on a mission to end consumer debt in the UK
Aug17

Introducing Freeze Debt: The innovative Fintech app on a mission to end consumer debt in the UK

Freeze Debt, the UK’s leading debt solutions app, is on a mission to revolutionise the debt solutions industry and help the British public start their journey towards a debt-free future. Pioneering a completely new way for consumers to find real solutions to their debt problems, Freeze Debt is the only UK-based app designed to resolve personal finance concerns through a simple, convenient process, benefitting both the user’s financial...

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FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank and Fintech in Eastern Europe
Aug17

FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank and Fintech in Eastern Europe

In today’s Virtual Arena, we bring back our favourite Fintech lender Varengold Bank to discuss the fintech ecosystem in Eastern Europe. Sergey Panteleev heads up the bank’s presence in Bulgaria so we got Doug Mackenzie to grill him about all the exciting developments in...

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Gymshark secures investment from General Atlantic valuing company at over £1 billion
Aug17

Gymshark secures investment from General Atlantic valuing company at over £1 billion

Gymshark, the fitness community and apparel brand, has today announced it will enter a strategic partnership with General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, in its first-ever fundraise, valuing the business at over £1 billion. Today’s valuation sees Gymshark join an exclusive list of fewer than 25 British companies to have secured ‘Unicorn’ status since 2001, achieving the feat in just eight years. It is only the second...

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Fintech Finance Presents: The Paytech Show 3.06 – An SMB’s Covid-19 Guidebook
Aug13

Fintech Finance Presents: The Paytech Show 3.06 – An SMB’s Covid-19 Guidebook

In this episode of The Paytech Show: Valitor’s Christine Bailey helps Ali Paterson understand the issues small businesses have been suffering from during COVID19 and how they can use digital technologies to come back better than before. With e-commerce giants Klarna and Valitor, the future is bright for the SMB’s of the...

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FF Virtual Arena: Onebanks and Open Banking for All
Aug13

FF Virtual Arena: Onebanks and Open Banking for All

In today’s Virtual Arena, Duncan Cockburn from OneBanks talks to Doug Mackenzie about how open banking is forever changing the way Britons get access to their finances. With cash and branches on the decline – how far will you go to get a tenner? With OneBanks it could be closer than you thought!...

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OakNorth Bank receives additional CBILS allocation from the BBB after approving over £600m in new loans since March
Aug12

OakNorth Bank receives additional CBILS allocation from the BBB after approving over £600m in new loans since March

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank powered by OakNorth – has approved over £600m in new loans to support British businesses since the lockdown began on 23 March, including £220m through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, OakNorth Bank has continued to support viable British businesses through this difficult...

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Going branchless: How banks can keep customers coming through the virtual doors
Aug12

Going branchless: How banks can keep customers coming through the virtual doors

By Richard Kelsey, Head of Software Sales at Backbase Though you might be familiar with the popular seaside town of Newquay, you may not be familiar with its historic financial district aptly named, Bank Street. Dozens of banks and building societies have dominated this area since the late 1800s. However, the street hit the headlines recently as, 120 years after the first bank opened its doors, the last bank closed them. This is not...

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Avelacom launches a new low latency route between Brazil’s and USA’s major financial exchanges
Aug12

Avelacom launches a new low latency route between Brazil’s and USA’s major financial exchanges

Avelacom, the high-performance global connectivity and IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry, is announcing the completion of a route between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and New York, USA. The route offers the new, fastest speed for the transmission of market data and trade execution between North American and Latin American major financial markets. The route connects two Avelacom’s points-of-presence (PoPs): between...

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Westpac rolls out real-time alerts to help protect customers from scams and fraud
Aug12

Westpac rolls out real-time alerts to help protect customers from scams and fraud

With a spike in scams targeting Australians since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Westpac is taking further steps to protect its customers through implementing new scam-detection technology across its branch network. The new technology will send Westpac branch employees real-time alerts as payments are being processed, so that suspicious transactions can be identified and investigated on-the-spot. Westpac’s Chief Customer...

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ComplyAdvantage Expands Executive Leadership and Board of Directors Amid Rapid Growth and Market Expansion
Aug12

ComplyAdvantage Expands Executive Leadership and Board of Directors Amid Rapid Growth and Market Expansion

ComplyAdvantage, a global technology company transforming data risk management and financial crime detection, today announced the appointment of Vatsa Narasimha, COO and CFO, to the company’s board. The company also announced the addition of Elizabeth Bramlage as Chief Marketing Officer and Amanda Ward as Vice President of People. The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s $50M series C fundraise and record quarterly growth...

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Krungsri Finnovate Reveals Business Strategy for 2H/20
Aug12

Krungsri Finnovate Reveals Business Strategy for 2H/20

Krungsri Finnovate, the leading organization supporting and investing in Thai start-ups toward innovation technology both domestically and regionally, reveals its business strategy and director for 2H/20. Its focuses include futuristic investment toward sustainable growth and collaboration with tech startups and alliances for in creating innovation relating to Krungsri to achieve Krungsri Finnovate’s goal of becoming ‘The Best...

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Stenn Launches $500 Million Covid-19 Recovery Program to Support Global Trade Restart
Aug12

Stenn Launches $500 Million Covid-19 Recovery Program to Support Global Trade Restart

In the wake of continued disruption to global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic, international trade finance provider Stenn today announces the launch of a $500 million fund to support the restart of global trade. The Stenn Covid-19 Recovery Program aims to deliver working capital liquidity for importers to support their suppliers’ return to production. Cross-border trade is a critical driver of economic growth and supply...

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Vitesse raises £6.6 million in Series A funding round led by Octopus Ventures
Aug12

Vitesse raises £6.6 million in Series A funding round led by Octopus Ventures

Vitesse, the company providing real-time cross-border payments, today announced it has raised £6.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from existing shareholders including Hoxton Ventures and other angel investors. With cross-border B2B exports expected to increase from $18T (USD) to $21T (USD) by 2023, Vitesse aims to continue building a market-leading global domestic settlement and...

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FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank and Fintech in Eastern Europe
Aug12

FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank and Fintech in Eastern Europe

In today’s Virtual Arena, we bring back our favourite Fintech lender Varengold Bank to discuss the fintech ecosystem in Eastern Europe. Sergey Panteleev heads up the bank’s presence in Bulgaria so we got Doug Mackenzie to grill him on the warmest day in the UK this year about all the exciting developments in EE!   UPDATE: Due to an error on LinkedIn, which we are assured they are working on fixing, this will now be...

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Jamie Dimon to deliver opening keynote at Sibos 2020
Aug11

Jamie Dimon to deliver opening keynote at Sibos 2020

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will deliver the opening keynote at Sibos 2020, the world’s premier financial services event organised by SWIFT. Dimon brings deep industry experience, with a career that spans five decades and senior positions at Citigroup, the Travelers Group, and American Express. He has served as CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. since 2005, navigating the 2008 financial crisis while...

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Bison Trails Integrates Dapper Labs’ Flow Blockchain Onto Platform
Aug11

Bison Trails Integrates Dapper Labs’ Flow Blockchain Onto Platform

Bison Trails, the premier blockchain infrastructure-as-a-service company, announced today support for Flow blockchain. Bison Trails support of Flow will grant users access to its multi-role architecture, with support of all five Flow node types. Bison Trails is the only infrastructure provider to run and offer all node types, including one of only three Execution Nodes. Flow is built by Dapper Labs, the company behind Cryptokitties,...

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Quotevine & 1pm plc sign new long term commitment
Aug11

Quotevine & 1pm plc sign new long term commitment

Quotevine, the forward-thinking solutions platform for the auto, asset and consumer finance industries, is delighted to announce its four-year renewal with the independent provider of finance facilities to the SME sector, 1pm plc. The new agreement replaces the existing, two-year rolling contract between the two organisations, after Quotevine met its promised deliverables during the initial term. Together, the two companies are...

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Nuclei partners with ConfirmTkt for providing train booking facility on mobile banking platforms
Aug11

Nuclei partners with ConfirmTkt for providing train booking facility on mobile banking platforms

Nuclei, a leading provider of digital and lifestyle banking solutions, and ConfirmTkt, a major train ticket booking platform and principle service provider of IRCTC, have entered into a strategic partnership. This partnership will enable Nuclei to provide train ticket booking options powered by ConfirmTkt, on its partner mobile banking applications. Banks are now focusing on providing better customer experience and becoming a one-stop...

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4 technology trends shaping the future of asset finance
Aug11

4 technology trends shaping the future of asset finance

The asset finance industry is quickly changing, due to increased consumer interest, new regulations and, most of all, technology. New tools and platforms are changing the playing field for asset finance businesses, as competitors and developers find new ways to help clients through the lending experience. To stay ahead, it’s essential for brokers to understand the changes now and start taking steps to future proof their firms. These...

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Banker on a Mission
Aug11

Banker on a Mission

DBS Singapore’s country head Shee Tse Koon sees the pandemic as a clarion call to look back at first principles – the bank’s role in enabling smooth functioning of the economy and maintaining livelihoods. As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck uncertainty on Singapore’s future, the man helming the Singapore operations of the country’s largest bank – and one of its key employers – is taking...

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FF Virtual Arena: B-North Profile
Aug11

FF Virtual Arena: B-North Profile

In today’s #VirtualArena Ali Paterson is joined by Jonathan Thompson, CEO of B-North to talk about how they are planning on disrupting the UK Business Lending Market. We tackle their unique mixture of technology, culture, product offering to deliver lending solutions that can work for firms outside the M25...

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Stu’s Reviews: Bunq – The SUPERGREEN Bank of the Future!
Aug10

Stu’s Reviews: Bunq – The SUPERGREEN Bank of the Future!

Welcome back to Stu’s Reviews! Today Fintech finance have tasked me to take a look at a bank called Bunq, and find out what it has to do with Supergreen...

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The Police CU selects NCR for digital banking
Aug10

The Police CU selects NCR for digital banking

NCR Corporation, a global enterprise technology provider for the financial industry, today announced that The Police Credit Union, which serves California law enforcement members and their families, selected NCR to transform its digital banking experience to support the credit union’s recent expansion of membership availability to the entire state. The NCR Digital Banking platform allows credit unions and banks to expand services for...

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Customer expectations driving growth in automated deposit ATMs worldwide
Aug10

Customer expectations driving growth in automated deposit ATMs worldwide

Automated deposit terminals (ADTs) offer a range of benefits for banks, but are also increasingly sought after by customers looking to make quick and convenient transactions Automated deposits have become the standard in many cash-heavy markets Customer demand ranks as the most important driver of ADT deployment by banks surveyed as part of RBR’s deposit automation and recycling research. Instant account crediting, reduced waiting...

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FF Virtual Arena: SmartStream and AI
Aug10

FF Virtual Arena: SmartStream and AI

In today’s Virtual Arena we learn all about the most science-fiction of technologies, Artificial intelligence. Andreas Burner, CIO at  SmartStream joins us to talk tech, innovation leads and how that leads right to the heart of finance. And Suduko. Is AI more fiction than science-fiction, find out at 14:30 BST today. Follow us on Linkedin to be alert when we go live.      ...

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Emerging Payments Awards 2020 Finalists Announced!
Aug04

Emerging Payments Awards 2020 Finalists Announced!

The Emerging Payments Awards celebrate innovation, collaboration and emerging payments by recognising companies that have made significant advances in how we pay today. With a 50% increase in submissions for this year’s Awards, entrants demonstrated examples of high-quality and innovative payment solutions, and selecting the finalists was a challenge indeed with so many deserving entrants. Today at Pay360 Conference, the EPA...

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Volante Technologies Receives $35m of Growth Funding from Leading International Investors to Accelerate Cloud Expansion Globally
Aug03

Volante Technologies Receives $35m of Growth Funding from Leading International Investors to Accelerate Cloud Expansion Globally

Volante Technologies., a leading provider of payments and financial messaging solutions in the cloud, today announced that it has raised $35m USD in growth equity financing led by Wavecrest Growth Partners with strategic participation from BNY Mellon, Citi Ventures, PostePay and Visa Inc. The capital raise represents the company’s first outside investment after nearly two decades of strong organic growth and profitability. Volante...

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Galileo Powers MoneyLion’s RoarMoney
Aug03

Galileo Powers MoneyLion’s RoarMoney

Galileo, the company that powers world-leading fintech companies, financial institutions and investment firms, today announced that its powerful and customizable API-based payments processing platform is powering RoarMoney, the new demand deposit account offered by award-winning consumer digital finance platform and neobank MoneyLion. MoneyLion, which has soared to mass-market popularity in the U.S. with its all-in-one financial...

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FF Fundraiser Rap-Up #4 July 2020
Aug03

FF Fundraiser Rap-Up #4 July 2020

It’s that time of the month everyone – FF’s Lewis is here to deliver July’s financial fundraising round-up, delivered in a tidy little rap! This month’s one is faster than usual, but we still bring all the funding news July had to offer, sweetly put to the Men in Black theme tune. Please enjoy and...

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FF Virtual Arena: The Ultimate “Fin”dex
Jul27

FF Virtual Arena: The Ultimate “Fin”dex

In today’s #VirtualArena, Ali Paterson catches up with Simon Hardie from findexable about their newly launched Global Fintech Index, exploring some incredible geographical insights and their incredible partnership network. Numbers speak louder than words with over 6000+ registered “fintechs” on the platform so far. We hope you found this insightful, and please remember to join us every day at 14:30BST for more interviews!...

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Orange Bank Africa Goes Live with Temenos SaaS
Jul23

Orange Bank Africa Goes Live with Temenos SaaS

Temenos, the banking software company, today announced that Orange Bank Africa has gone live with cloud-native Temenos Transact delivered as SaaS. Temenos Transact core banking technology scales to support the bank to launch and drive financial inclusion in the African WAEMU region, starting with the Ivory Coast. Temenos’ cloud technology enables sustainable, long-term growth for Orange Bank Africa by reducing IT costs, operational...

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FF Virtual Arena: Digital Asset
Jul23

FF Virtual Arena: Digital Asset

In today’s Virtual Arena, Ali Paterson catches up with Yuval Rooz, Co-founder and CEO of Digital Asset about their partnership with VMware, Digital transformation and Blockchain… and by Blockchain, we’re not talking about a “sprinkle a bit of Blockchain on top” approach; we’re talking interoperability between different blockchain platforms, distributed workflows and eliminating vendor/platform...

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FF Virtual Arena: Reviewing Stu’s Reviews
Jul22

FF Virtual Arena: Reviewing Stu’s Reviews

In today’s Virtual Arena, Ali Paterson catches up with YouTuber Stuart Thomas of Stu’s Reviews to talk about his experiences reviewing UK challenger banks for Fintech Finance over the last year, payment races and having the most viewed videos on YouTube about Monzo, Starling, Revolut AND Curve ...

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The Insurtech Magazine Issue 04
Jul21

The Insurtech Magazine Issue 04

In this of The Insurtech Magazine, with more people spending time at home, there has been a nice big increase in pet ownership… and the demand for pet insurance. We speak with Charlotte Halkett from Bought By Many and Michael Fulton from Nationwide Insurance about innovation within this space. IFRS17: The new supermodel – The long-awaited International Financial Reporting Standards will make reporting streamlined and...

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FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank on Fintech & CBILS
Jul21

FF Virtual Arena: Varengold Bank on Fintech & CBILS

In today’s Virtual Arena, Doug Mackenzie catches up with Alison Harwood, head of Varengold Bank’s London Branch to talk about how fintech has facilitated the lending liquidity for businesses in the current environment. We also delve into the effectiveness of CBILS and whether we may see a repeat of the 2008 pullback from traditional lenders.  ...

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FF Virtual Arena: Global Fintech Study
Jul20

FF Virtual Arena: Global Fintech Study

In today’s Virtual Arena, Doug Mackenzie catches up with Tania Ziegler on the latest study to come out from The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) spotlighting the impact of Covid-19 on Global Fintech markets. To complete the survey, please click...

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Fintech Finance presents: Building a Bank for the Future in Association with Banking Circle
Jul15

Fintech Finance presents: Building a Bank for the Future in Association with Banking Circle

In this super-special supplement, we are very proud to present: Building a Bank for the Future in Association with Banking Circle “If anybody in a bank is telling you they know what the bank’s going to look like in five or 10 years and can guarantee their market, then I think they may be in for a shock” Elliott Limb of Mambu We take a deep dive into all how to build a bank, not for a predicted future, but a bank that...

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CCgroup: Knowing me, Knowing You… Insights into how PR pros can help trade media during lockdown
Jul02

CCgroup: Knowing me, Knowing You… Insights into how PR pros can help trade media during lockdown

Our friends at CCgroup have produced a wonderful whitepaper on the effects of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown has had on technology journalists and the trade media (not just limited to finance!) “It’s not “business as usual,” and means of communicating and interacting with journalists are far from normal.” Please click on the link below to download (un-gated)

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FF Exclusive: ATM – A New Dimension Whitepaper
Jun17

FF Exclusive: ATM – A New Dimension Whitepaper

Following this month’s edition of “The Fintech Magazine”,  we also have just launched our exclusive white-paper on something banks need to give some serious thoughts to its future both from a cost-saving ideal, but also to financial inclusion – the cash machine!  “ATM – A New Dimension Whitepaper” For too long, terminal handlers have struggled to integrate ATMs into the omnichannel Bank....

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The Fintech Magazine Issue 16
Jun12

The Fintech Magazine Issue 16

In this of The Fintech Magazine, with Covid-19 putting a spotlight on the point of sale, we look at Regtech & SCA with G+D, Trulioo and Aptitude, and what it means for the future of payments. Neobanks galore! We catch up with exclusive interviews the CEO’s of the current and next wave of challengers to take on the world of financial services, including banks from five continents – Bunq, Rizq, free2, Mox, KudaBank, 220,...

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Lights, Camera, Sofa! FinTECHTalents2020
Jun12

Lights, Camera, Sofa! FinTECHTalents2020

By Hannah Duncan It’s with a fuzzy head and sticky keyboard, that I write up my experience of the FinTECHTalents2020’s Virtual Fintech Event yesterday. Normally a festival for fintech fanatics to get together in person…  this year was a little different. Following the lockdown rules, more than 25,000 people joined from home. With, I imagine, our top halves looking remarkably smarter than our bottom halves, we flicked on our...

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TEST: TEAM FIVE

Team FIVE Chat (embedded Zoom or GoogleHangouts): If we can’t embed it, then we will just have to use this link ina. new window: https://meet.google.com/qur-jdrw-kqn?authuser=1 Questions Stream (YoutTube Live Stream)...

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TEST: TEAM FOUR

Team FOUR Chat (embedded Zoom or GoogleHangouts): If we can’t embed it, then we will just have to use this link ina. new window: https://meet.google.com/mfa-qwiu-dck?authuser=1 Questions Stream (YoutTube Live Stream)...

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TEST: TEAM THREE

Team THREE Chat (embedded Zoom or GoogleHangouts): If we can’t embed it, then we will just have to use this link ina. new window: https://meet.google.com/kox-tcji-jmg?authuser=1 Questions Stream (YoutTube Live Stream)...

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TEST: TEAM TWO

Team TWO Chat (embedded Zoom or GoogleHangouts): If we can’t embed it, then we will just have to use this link ina. new window: https://meet.google.com/vzi-gdoc-uco?authuser=1 Questions Stream (YoutTube Live Stream)...

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TEST: TEAM ONE

Team ONE Chat (embedded Zoom or GoogleHangouts): If we can’t embed it, then we will just have to use this link ina. new window: https://meet.google.com/spg-bagc-zsy?authuser=2&pli=1 Questions Stream (YoutTube Live Stream)...

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