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LendIt is returning to the west coast next year for LendIt USA 2018; it will take place on April 9-11 at the Moscone Center; this year we are focusing on three core areas: lending, digital banking and blockchain; new for 2018 is the BlockFin Summit which will take place in a dedicated space within LendIt; it will cover a wide variety of topics including: enterprise blockchain using digital ledger technology, global finance built on AI and blockchain, tokenized VC and investment banking, blockchain infrastructure for markets, trading, and back office, decentralized banking and insurance, and crypto-economics; early bird pricing ends this Friday, November 3.
Patrick McHenry is one of the most active proponents for fintech in Congress; Lend Academy talks with McHenry at LendIt USA following his keynote presentation; in the podcast he talks about the role of the House Financial Services Committee, his perspective on fintech, current legislation and his outlook for financial innovation over the next four years. Source
Crowdfund Insider provides a roundup of keynote speaker quotes from LendIt USA expressing sentiment from the event; a great deal of attention at LendIt USA 2017 was on the industry's rebound from challenges faced in 2016 including a disturbance of platform confidence following the release of Lending Club's CEO with economic uncertainty and increased defaults also factoring into the market landscape; Scott Sanborn began the conference with an opening keynote speech discussing the exponential market opportunity still ahead likening the market's growth to Amazon's initial market potential; Lending Club's appointment of Sanborn appears to be a critical success factor for the firm and the industry overall; generally market leaders were confident about the industry's current trajectory and government officials reported an increased presence as mainstream integration becomes even more prevalent. Source
Alex Tapscott took the stage on day two of LendIt USA to begin the day with a discussion on how blockchain can help financial services; blockchain technology has the potential to recreate the infrastructure that the financial services industry was built upon and consumers and banks appear to be onboard with the use of the new technology; however its implementation is far from ready and Tapscott says will not be a reality for at least another three to four years. Source
PitchIt 2017 was a competition for fintech startups, in exclusive partnership with global venture capital fund 500 Startups, the world leader in investing in and mentoring early-stage fintech startups; the platform nurtures emerging talent in fintech throughout the competition, provides selected finalists with unparalleled access to industry expertise as well as invaluable exposure and branding; eight finalists present their businesses to a panel of select judges who then ask questions to determine a winner. Source
eOriginal surveyed participants at the LendIt USA 2017 conference to gain insight on drivers of industry growth and market challenges; according to the survey report 90% of participants expect an increase in partnerships between traditional banks and marketplace lenders in 2017; when asked about challenges for the industry overall, 47% reported regulation as the top challenge followed by access to capital at 25%; respondents also reported a number of challenges in end-to-end digital transaction management solutions including: full adoption by partners, lack of infrastructure, security and privacy concerns, and cost. Source
Thomas Curry spent most of his speech at LendIt USA refuting arguments against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) fintech charter and the agency's authority for establishing the charter however controversial factors affecting the charter's implementation were the primary topic for discussion on a LendIt USA panel; while panelists generally agreed that more regulatory clarity is needed for financial innovation overall, panelists were divided on the need for a fintech charter to regulate fintech firms; panelists reported that fintech chartering could potentially promote partnerships with banks through more standardized regulation however it seems the fintech charter is far from ready to match the broad ranging fintech variants for which it's trying to target. Source
At LendIt USA, Antony Jenkins from 10x Future Technologies discussed the challenges for incumbent banks in implementing transformative technology; Jenkins says transformation for incumbent banks is very difficult primarily because of the cultural change; Jenkins' 10x Future Technologies is developing software and API technology for banking products including current accounts, credit cards, mortgages and loans. Source