10 Disruptive Demos from InVest NYC 2018

This has become one of my favorite parts of conferences: The Demos.  A steady stream of vendors, each given under ten minutes to extol their latest features to a highly critical audience that can sometimes get a little glassy eyed with wonder. In these sessions, it pays to be on early, since by the time […]

Digital Digest from the InVest 2018 Conference

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The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation. I pulled this quote from one of my favorite podcasts, a16z, which is produced by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. I felt as though I was witnessing this ongoing struggle live last week at the In|Vest […]

6 Ways AI Can Increase Consumer Confidence in Digital Banking

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Financial services firms are dealing with a crisis of consumer confidence that threatens to drive customers into the arms of non-bank providers. This is according to Natalie Cartwright, co-Founder and COO of artificial intelligence technology vendor Finn AI.  As part of her presentation at American Banker’s Digital Banking Conference 2018, Cartwright noted that 57% of North Americans are […]

Winners of Wealthtech: Anil Arora

This is the ninth article in our Winners of WealthTech series, where I interview people who have made their mark in wealth management technology with a track record of innovation and success. Check out my previous interviews with Angela Pecoraro, CEO of Advicent, Eric Clarke, CEO of Orion Advisor, Bill Capuzzi, CEO of Apex Clearing, Lori Hardwick, President […]

Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

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“Acorns is not in the asset accumulation business. We are building a consumer brand that sells financial products.” — Manning Field, Chief Commercial Officer, Acorns Some companies have a mission statement and some have a corporate vision while others have both. At Acorns, the micro-investing app, they have a mantra. Inspired by the mighty oak […]