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With Veena Ramaswamy (Dir. Special Projects, CommonBond), Jared Hecht (Founder/CEO, Fundera), James Dennin (Staff Writer, Mic), Joe Zeimer (VP, Betterment).
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 08:30 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl
 
     
 
 
              

          
 
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Veena Ramaswamy Photo







Director of Special Projects,
CommonBond





Jared Hecht Photo







Co-Founder & CEO,
Fundera





James Dennin (Moderator) Photo







Staff Writer,
Mic





Joe Zeimer Photo







Vice President,
Betterment






About This Event

TECH AND... FINANCE



Ever wondered how the finance industry got to where it is today? The answer likely lies in tech!



Overview: Over the past few years, investors & consumers have been abuzz with talk of the next frontier of technology: fintech. Technology has already transformed the way that people think about managing their finances, bringing everything online from banking to lending & insurance. At this exclusive panel event, were hosting thought leaders from across the finance industry to explore how the rise of technology has disrupted old modelsgiving new startups the chance to innovate & demanding that big banks adapt.



What Youll Take Away: Gain insight & inspiration from experts & hear first-hand how technology is empowering consumers to manage their finances more conveniently & effectively. Expand your understanding of the financial system, & fuel your own ideas for how the sector is ripe for innovation.



Featured Experts: Leaders in the finance / tech community from multiple sectors will break down the biggest challenges & opportunities they face with the rise of of fintech. Theyll explore the fintech trends they expect to see in the coming years & describe how their teams adapt to the fast pace of innovation in the industry.



Why It Matters: The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). This transformation is especially evident in the financial sector. As almost every type of financial activity from banking to payments to wealth management is being re-imagined by startups, established players are scrambling to catch up. In this panel, well explain the current challenges & opportunities for old & new players & predict how todays trends will change the financial industry of tomorrow.




About the Experts


Veena Ramaswamy Photo





Director of Special Projects,
CommonBond



Veena joined CommonBond after 7 years at Morgan Stanley, most recently in their internal strategy & principal M&A group working with the firms senior management on key strategic priorities. Prior to that, Veena spent five years in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley working with municipalities & universities on debt financings for infrastructure projects. Veena graduated with a BS in Economics from M.I.T. & has an MBA from Harvard Business School.






Jared Hecht Photo





Co-Founder & CEO,
Fundera



Jared Hecht is a co-founder & the CEO at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. He started Fundera after his cousin experienced the frustration & lack of transparency of applying for a small business loan. Previously, Jared co-founded GroupMe, a group messaging service that in August 2011 was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Prior to GroupMe, he led Business Development at Tumblr where he focused on international expansion & strategic partnerships. Jared currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Entrepreneurship Organization & is an investor in startups such as TransferWise, Sweetgreen, & Flatiron. Jared received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University where he served as the publisher & managing director of Inside New York. He regularly writes columns with tips for small businesses for Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, & Huffington Post.






James Dennin (Moderator) Photo





Staff Writer,
Mic



James Dennin is a Staff Writer at Mic covering personal finance, economics & fintech. Before coming to Mic, James worked as a ghostwriter for startups & venture capitalists. James started his career at Kapitall, a startup stock brokerage that used gaming & design to make trading more accessible. In addition to Mic, James's writing has appeared in Fusion, The Village Voice, The Street, Investopedia, and, under pseudonym, in Entrepreneur, Re/Code, TechCrunch & many more.






Joe Zeimer Photo





Vice President,
Betterment



Joe runs communications & policy initiatives at Betterment, the largest robo-advisor. In his four year stint at the company, they have evolved from an unknown name to now managing more than $9 billion for more than 270,000 customers. Prior to Betterment, Joe ran the NYC office for a boutique PR firm focused on technology clients. In addition to his work at Betterment, Joe is an advisor to early stage startups & an angel investor in two fintech startups, Even & Spruce.




 
 
 
 
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