Episode 425: Fintech Investment and Growth Opportunities

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!

BankProv’s EVP and COO Joe Mancini speaks with host Amber Buker about innovations at this nearly 200-year-old MA-based bank which is anything but traditional—it is helping lead the industry forward with its tech first approach and focus on emerging markets supporting crypto currency, offering full-service banking to crypto-related businesses, BTMs, BaaS and alternative energy. But first, JP Nicols continues our look back to look forward with an informed conversation with Greg Palmer, VP Finovate, Director of Fintech Strategy, Informa Connect and host of Finovate podcast. With $1 out of every $5 of VC funding going into Fintech we now have herds of unicorns.  As things become more top of mind, there’s opportunity and the increased competition will only drive innovation and solutions so everyone has a better financial future. Listen as they cover embedded finance, back-end and core solutions, customer experience and services to make customer life better. 

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