Episode 389: SOAR-ing to New Heights

Today’s special episode of Breaking Banks comes to you live from Fintech House @SXSW. Listen as guest host Dara Tarkowski, Managing Partner, Actuate Law and host of Breaking Banks’ sister podcast Tech on Reg speaks with Mike Bechtel, Chief Futurist at Deloitte Consulting and David Reiling, Chairman and CEO, Sunrise Banks; Author, Fintech for Good; and host of Provoke.fm‘s NextGen Banker. These are wild times, it helps to have a futurist with a background in anthropology to put things in perspective. Where are the opportunities in evolving technology, what’s hype and nonsense? At times we are so busy wondering if we can do something, that we don’t always think if we should. Intentionality and mindfulness are good things, and mild chaos is where opportunity lies, where niches and new angles can be discovered.

In 2013 there were 2.7 billion unbanked people in the world. Today the number stands at 1.3 billion. Huge strides have been made in the last decade vs. the last hundred years. Listen as Brett King connects with Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the second half of the show. It’s important for everyone to be part of the economy — an economy that includes everyone benefits everyone. Listen as they discuss global advances in banking and payments, digital public infrastructure, and the importance of mobile wallets and identity. Game changing innovation at work!

Tune in as Brett King hosts Scott Sanborn, CEO of LendingClub, the only full-spectrum fintech marketplace bank at scale, to discuss LendingClub’s decision to buy Radius Bank earlier this year – why it’s transformative and how it changes the company. Plus learn why LendingClub went the acquisition route and more.
Stay tuned, as JP Nicols hosts Beth Bafford, Vice President of Syndications and Strategy at Calvert Impact Capital and an architect of the new SOAR Fund. That’s S-O-A-R for Southern Opportunity and Resilience, to discuss the fund and learn why a group of nonprofit community lenders in the South have teamed up with national philanthropists, corporations, investors and others to launch a multi-million dollar fund aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits across the South.

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