Banking 2.0 – FinovateStartup: Focus on ClairMail


I covered the first Finovate event organized by Jim Bruene back in October 2007 (in New York City). The event was such a success (it sold out in only 6 weeks) that Jim decided to organize two more Finovate events in 2008: FinovateStartup & Finovate 08.

I was delighted when Jim invited me to be the official live blogger on NetBanker at FinovateStartup in San Francisco. Before the event, I plan to blog about most of the 40 startups which will demo their products. My goal is to give you a brief overview of those innovative startups.

ClairMail, one of the most innovative mobile banking solution providers
ClairmailClairMail is one of the most innovative and successful moblie banking solution providers worldwide. I met Joe Salesky, ClairMail’s Founder and CEO, at Finovate 07 in New York. In March 07 at the online_banking_summit_2007 in Charlotte North Carolina, I met the knowledgeable and extremely well connected Keith Gray, one of Joe’s key team members.

Joe was one of the key speakers at Finovate 2007. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to interview him at Finovate, but we kept in touch. I will make sure Joe appears on Visible Banking in May.

ClairMail’s technology allows companies to offer convenient, secure and always-on 2-way mobile services to their customers by using any mobile phone’s existing software and standard capabilities.

Last year, ClairMail won the RedHerring 100 Global Award. A good example of how innovative and forward thinking ClairMail is: they partnered with Wells Fargo to test their SMS Banking System back in June 2007.

I invite you to keep track of ClairMail on Brandon McGee’s blog.

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Written by Christophe Langlois

Based in London for almost a decade, Christophe is an entertaining fintech marketing keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of digital marketing, innovation and B2B social media.

Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries.

Currently, Christophe is advising a number of fintech startups on marketing and growth hacking and he is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Fintech Power 50, an exclusive annual programme helping fintech scale-ups to accelerate their growth globally.

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