In only a couple of years, Jim Bruene and Eric Mattsonestablished their Finovate events as the best events in online finance and online / mobile innovation in banking.
The format is pretty unique, the selection of presenting companies is excellent, the speakers and the 300+ people in the audience are passionate and brilliant.
When you think about it, who else than Jim could have put together such an ambitious event and achieved such a big success so quickly?
Not only Jim is a really nice guy, he is well-known in the industry and hisNetbanker blog is one of the most popular and insightful blogs out there. Over the years, Jim followed and reviewed countless numbers of startups and leading solution providers in online finance, online banking, and mobile banking. He knows the most innovative companies, the banks are his clients, the VCs and the press / bloggers contact him to exchange information and views on the industry.
And if you add Eric who brought his skills and his vision to help Jim take those events to the next level… you have a great team.
Another proof that the industry values the Finovate events: even in the current context where most financial institutions slashed their budget for conferences and for travels, and don’t spend much money on client facing innovation projects, it looks like the 2009 edition will be even more successful than last year. Bravo Jim & Eric!
You will find a partial list of attending companies at the end of this post.
Check the full list of demoing companies grouped in 5 categories.
Coverage of my third Finovate event on Visible-Banking.com
I have great memories of the first two finovate events I covered. I love meeting passionate people, people with a vision. That is what Finovate is all about.
And I was proud to be one of the only Europeans to travel to NYC to participate to the very first Finovate, back in 2007.
A busy schedule back here in the UK prevented me from attending the last two events, but I enjoyed following them on twitter. And I loved the live video coverage from San Francisco this year.
This time I am delighted to be able to travel to vibrant NYC and be in the room on Tuesday 29th! As a matter of fact, I will leave to the airport in less than two hours.
On the day, I will also shoot as many video interviews as possible with the speakers and the attendees.
I can’t wait to catch up with the friends, the readers of Visible Banking, and the senior executives of some of the most engaging financial institutions and startups I have built relationships with over the last two years thanks to Finovate.
And what a busy and exciting schedule.
Between Monday and Wednesday I already have 18 video interviewsbooked with the following companies: BancVue / First ROI / Kasasa, BillShrink, BrightScope, Discover Financial Services, First Manhattan Consulting Group, Fiserv, Mastercard Worldwide, Merril Lynch, Mint, Online Banking Review, OPEN Forum, Prosper, S1 Enterprise, SimpliFi, SmartyPig, Strands, Thrive, Yodlee.
You share an interest for social media, online finance, online & mobile banking? I look forward to seeing you in person next week at Finovate.
If you can’t make the trip to NYC, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout on twitter!
A big thanks to my sponsor for this US trip,Finroad the online community for financial markets professionals.
Videos – FinovateStartup 2008 (San Francisco)
Videos – Finovate 2007 (New York City)
Pictures – Finovate 07 & FinovateStartup 08
Please find below a partial list of attending companies:
154 Consulting LLC, 1st Mariner Bank, AARP, ACI Worldwide Inc., Adaptive, Advisor Software, Inc., Aite Group, Alliant Credit Union, American Express, Andera, ANZ, Balance Financial, Bank of America, BillShrink, Bloomberg Ventures, Blue Dun, Bradway Research LLC, BusinessWeek, Canaan Partners, Capital One Financial, Cardinal Venture Capital, Celent, CFSI & Core Innovation Capital, Chris Craver Consulting, Citi, Citibank, CNNMoney.com, Code Ready Solutions, Consumer Reports, Consumerism Commentary, Credit Union Journal Magazine, Credit.com, Datamonitor, Delta Community Credit Union, Deluxe Corp, Deutsche Bank Belgium, Digital Insight an Intuit Company, Digitas, Discover Financial Services, Dow Jones MarketWatch, E*TRADE Financial ,eBillme, Inc., EverythingCU.com, Experian Consumer Direct, F3 Telecommunications, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Fidelity Investments, FiLife, Financial Insights, an IDC Company, Fincision, Fiserv, Fishback Financial Corporation, Flushing Bank, Flushing Savings, Flybridge Capital Partners, Frost Bank, Gartner Inc., Gartner Industry Advisory Services, Glenbrook Partners LLC, Global Catalyst Partners, Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Gratio Capital, GRP Partners, Harland Financial Solutions, Highland Capital Partners, HSBC, Iconoculture Inc., Idpops inc, IMM, ING DIRECT, Integrated Bank Technology, Intuit, Jack Henry & Associates, John Wiley & Sons, Keeping Nickels, Kennebunk Savings, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Key Review and Analysis in Financial Technology, Lazard Capital Markets, Leadfusion Inc., MAX Credit Union, Mergermarket (Financial Times Group), Mergermarket Americas, Part of the Financial Times Group, Microsoft, Mint.com, MONEY magazine, MoneyUnder30.com, Mortgage Exchange S.L., Mortgagebot LLC, Newsday, North Hill Ventures, NTT AgileNet, Online Banking Review, Open Source CU, Opera Solutions, PayPal Inc, Perspective Partners, PostFinance, Swiss Post, Profit Technologies, PSCU Financial Services, Publicis, Rabobank Nederland, RSA, Samuel Bennett Inc., SeerGate Ltd., SimpleTuition, SmartMoney.com, Spark Capital, Spectrum Equity Investors, SpendOnLife.com/blog, Standard Chartered Bank, SunTrust, SWaN Investors, Sybase 365, Sybase Inc., TD Bank, The Economist, The Hartford, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Third Federal Savings & Loan, TODO1, Total Candor LLC, Total Technology Ventures LLC, TowerGroup, Tradonomi, TransUnion, Tudor Ventures, TxVia, Inc., Unience, USAA, Valuecruncher, Viewpointe, Village Ventures, Visible-Banking.com, Wells Fargo, William Blair, Yahoo!, Yahoo!Finance