LendIt Fintech USA is coming up fast and I wanted to share what we have in store for you this year. We embraced the move to digital early on and have completely reimagined the event experience for the virtual world. This will not just be a bunch of boring Zoom presentations. We have hired an Emmy Award-winning production crew to help us bring you a first-class experience on top of the A-Grade content and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect.
The world of financial services has been turned upside down by the pandemic. Fintech has been front and center as the financial services industry has responded quickly to these changes. But the changes have only just begun and we all need to gather at this critical juncture to learn, collaborate and do business. This is why I believe that this will likely be our most important event ever.
So, what can you expect at LendIt Fintech USA 2020? Here is a run down of the different components of the show.
We know that many of you attend LendIt Fintech to meet with the people who matter to your business. This is where we have put in the most effort, making this virtual event better than any in-person event we’ve ever produced.
One-on-One meetings. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings and view the complete attendee list using Brella’s world-class networking technology.
Overtime. Participate in lively discussions with your peers during Overtime at the conclusion of each track. Originally pioneered at LendIt Fintech Digital, Overtime has been a real hit for our community because of its authentic interface.
Networking Roulette. Let our algorithm match you for a series of spontaneous one-on-one meetings to close the day. This is serious fun for novice and expert networkers alike.
Women in Fintech Power Hour. Connect with impressive and interesting women during the lunch break on Day One. One of our most anticipated networking events of the year, just for you.
Find the answers to your latest challenges in our Solutions Showcase featuring over 150 sponsors and exhibitors with great ideas to propel your business. At each virtual booth you can gather product information, chat with company reps, engage in in-depth discussions, view videos and more.
We also have a fun competition for attendees where you can become a LendIt Fintech All-Star. The most engaged attendees can win a new iPhone 12 Pro, Airpods and free memberships to LendIt Fintech Digital.
We have completely retooled our agenda in the last three months and I can confidently say it is our best and most relevant ever. Learn what some of the biggest names in the industry are thinking about today and how they are taking their companies forward. While I think every session is going to be great, here are some of the highlights I am most looking forward to:
Stephanie Cohen – Chief Strategy Officer at Goldman Sachs A leader at one of the biggest names in finance, Stephanie will share the Goldman philosophy of when to buy, build or invest when it comes to new initiatives. She will talk about their approach to diversity and their takeaways from dealing with the pandemic.
Anthony Noto – CEO of SoFi With competition heating up from banks and other fintechs, the CEO of SoFi will share his vision for where fintech is going and how SoFi will maintain its leadership position in the industry.
Zach Perret – CEO of Plaid Plaid has been at the epicenter of fintech for years and has been an enabling force for banks and fintechs this year as the world has shifted dramatically to digital. But we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg and Plaid has a vision of moving fintech beyond financial services.
Angela Strange – General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz The world’s three billion underbanked people have been largely ignored during the first phase of fintech but there are many companies getting traction today with creative products addressing this population. Angela will be talking with fellow VC luminary Matt Harris of Bain Capital Ventures about real solutions for the underbanked.
Steve McLaughlin – CEO of FT Partners Many of the most important fundraising and acquisition deals in fintech go through the doors of FT Partners. Steve will share how to position your company for M&A today, what has changed and what steps entrepreneurs can take to maximize their chances for financial success.
Discounted Pricing Ends Friday
Discounted pricing for LendIt Fintech USA 2020 ends at midnight on Friday. After that the full retail price will be in force. But don’t forget that Lend Academy readers always receive special treatment, so you can use the code LENDACADEMYVIP to receive 15% off the already discounted price. So register now.
See you online
The reality is that there are many advantages to attending a virtual event, not the least of which is cost. You can experience the best of what has made LendIt events so popular, all from the comfort of your home office. Want to learn more? Here’s a quick tour of what we have in store for you at the largest virtual fintech event of 2020.
I look forward to seeing you online at the end of this month.
Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s largest digital media company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.