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The man who runs America’s biggest bank can’t stop worrying about Fintech startups.
In his annual letter to shareholders this week, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned investors and those in the banking industry that “Silicon Valley is coming.”
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“There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking,” Dimon wrote in the letter. “The ones you read about most are in the lending business, whereby the firms can lend to individuals and small businesses very quickly and — these entities believe — effectively by using Big Data to enhance credit underwriting.”
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Dimon may have been alluding to businesses like Lending Club and Prosper, which enable lending between users and are both have valuations in the billions. There are also a growing number of financial startups like Stripe, which handle payment transactions online and investing portfolio services like Wealthfront and Betterment.
“They are very good at reducing the ‘pain points’ in that they can make loans in minutes, which might take banks weeks,” Dimon added in his letter. “We are going to work hard to make our services as seamless and competitive as theirs. And we also are completely comfortable with partnering where it makes sense.”