Financial Tech is Exploding: Panel of Experts Discuss How to Capitalize
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With the emergence of new technology and the evolution of the banking relationship moving from traditional brick and mortar to pure digital environments, the growth of non-bank, fintech startups is booming around the globe. In 2013 alone, innovation enabled by new consumer behaviors, technology and regulations, private FinTech companies raised nearly $3 billion in funding – more than tripling the $930M invested globally in FinTech in 2008. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion where we’ll explore this category and offer engaging commentary and analysis around finTech’s growth trajectory and the opportunities in the fintech sector.
Topics Include:

  • What do VCs/Investors look for in a fintech startup?
  • What does the future of fintech look like? Hot categories (i.e. crypto-currency, e-wallet, etc.)
  • Impact of new entrants (i.e. Amazon, Facebook, Google, etc.)



Rich Karlgaard — Economic Forecaster, Angel Investor, Board Director, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Forbes Magazine Publisher

Rich just released the #1 Amazon bestseller in strategy and competition, The Soft Edge:  Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success.  Tom Peters wrote the Foreword, and Clayton Christensen wrote the Afterward.
Rich writes a Forbes column, which is known for its witty assessment of business and technology. He has been a regular panelist on television’s Forbes on FOX show since its inception in 2001.

Mr. Karlgaard is a serial entrepreneur. He has launched Upside and Forbes ASAP magazines, the venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures, and Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum, 7500-member Churchill Club.  For this and other achievements, Rich is a past winner of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
Rich Karlgaard was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from Stanford University. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley.


Sonny Singh — Chief Commercial Officer, BitPay

BitPay is the largest processor of bitcoin in the world and has raised over $30M in funding from top investors like Founders Fund, Richard Brandson, and Index Ventures.   Previously, Sonny was part of the founding sales team at Jumio where he was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development responsible for signing half of the top 10 Internet companies. Prior to Jumio, Sonny was part of the founding sales team at InMage Systems (acquired by Microsoft) and a Sales Manager at Niku (acquired by Computer Associates).   Sonny is a frequent speaker on payments and ecommerce. He is also an Advisor to Lumia Capital and is an angel investor in several companies including TubeMogul, Getaround, Jumio, Sendhub, and Estate Assist.  Sonny has an MBA from Thunderbird, is a graduate of Binghamton University (NY) and studied at Cambridge University in England. 


Joseph Polverari — Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Managing Director, Yodlee Interactive

As Chief Strategy & Development Officer and Managing Director of Yodlee Interactive, Joe Polverari is focused on making the Yodlee platform available everywhere that value can be created by entrepreneurs, partners, and developers building digital financial apps and services. A member of Yodlee’s executive management team since 2000, Joe brought with him considerable experience in multinational strategic, transactional, and operational initiatives in the financial services and enterprise software and services markets. Prior to joining Yodlee, Joe was with Pandesic LLC, an e-commerce platform provider and joint venture between Intel Corporation and SAP AG, where he held several positions, including Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Joe was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at InsWeb Corporation, an online insurance marketplace, where he was responsible for the company’s initial public offering. He was also Director and Senior Business Counsel at Seagate Software, Inc.



Ruth Reader, Reporter, VentureBeat 

I’m a New York based writer that loves stories about privacy, cybersecurity, and anything policy related. Also hit me up for stories on the latest social network and health tech. Always a writer and sometimes a producer, I’ve contributed content to Voice of America, the Takeaway, Motherboard.vice, Fast   Company, and Refinery29. Find me on Twitter: @ruthreader



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