Interviewer: Hi Coeli, Hi Liz. What was your overall impression of the event?
Liz: This was my first time attending a professional conference, so it was a really cool experience. I am glad I got the opportunity to attend because I feel like I was able to learn a lot from both the companies there and also from the experience itself of networking and talking about LendingRobot to other people in the space.
Coeli: It brought together the best of small and large scale firms in one place. The dichotomy between large, staple finance brands like MasterCard and smaller start up tables created a really interesting atmosphere where people could come together and discuss topics irrespective of their employer’s clout. I found it refreshing to be able to talk to people both 20 years and 20 days into their projects in the same room.
The team at Fintech Nexus did a great job creating space for a breadth of innovators to come together as a team, and I found it refreshing to see the array of products/services being offered.
Interviewer: Did you discover any new fintech trends or strategies that you think will be impactful in the future?
Liz: We saw a lot of identity protection and fraud prevention companies while we were there
Coeli: Yes, there seemed to be a large focus on how tech can create a more friction-free environment for account sign ups, AMLKYC, and identity verification. Overall, I find it fascinating how most firms large and small are unable to create quick onboarding processes for new users. As a former marketer, I am always thinking about how the first impression is what people associate with a brand. By creating new ways for companies to engage, onboard, and verify new users I see a big push towards more companies innovating the more ‘mundane’ parts of running a business.
Interviewer:Very interesting! Were there any keynote speakers or sessions that stood out to you?
Coeli: I was invited to a lunch Deloitte hosted for Women in Fintech. That session was interesting because there were so many tech incubator leads in the industry bringing their perspectives on where the future of VC is when it comes to female founders. I was able to sit next to people that I had only met via email and hear how they were viewing the industry trends and where they saw women leading that effort. All in all, it was really neat to see that women were taking a more active role and voice in where financial powerhouses focused their efforts headed into the second half of 2023.