Fintech, or “financial technology”, is taking the world by storm with disruptive solutions that advance IT infrastructure and change consumer behaviour. But it has actually been around for a long time, longer than you would think. Forbes pinpoints its beginning a few decades ago, in the 1950s, but the New York Times goes even further – a century further to be more exact. They place the invention of the first fintech device way back to 1865. Yes, you read that right. One thing is clear though, it’s a sector that has been evolving constantly ever since.