Fintech is one of the fastest growing industries right now. In 2018, fintech companies raised more than $39 billion in venture capital (deals in 2018 were up 15% compared to 2017, while funding levels surged 120%).
In this growing & changing industry, New York has become a hub of fintech startups changing how we handle insurance, loans, payments, investments, & more.
However, many fintech startups face challenges other companies don't; fintech entrepreneurs have to be wary of regulations, security, & a lot of competition. Fintech startups also have higher costs (and higher valuations), & sometimes have a difficult time explaining value proposition.
Join us as we find out how to build & launch a Fintech startup with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in NYC in the Fintech space! We'll discuss
Hiring a team for a fintech startup
Testing & launching an MVP
Adhering to rules & regulations
Building momentum for your product
Finding the right target market early on
Investors & ways to get funding
And much more!
About the panelists
Jennifer Fitzgerald is the CEO & Co-founder of Policygenius, the nation's leading online insurance marketplace. She is one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018 & is one of only four women founders in Fintech to raise over $50 million in funding. Before starting Policygenius in 2014, she & her co-founder, Francois de Lame, were management consultants at McKinsey & Company. Jennifer has shared insights in major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg & more. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer & did standup comedy. Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia Law School & Florida State University.
Matt Harris is the founder of Bloom Credit, an organization that provides companies with credit expertise through revolutionary technology. Bloom was inspired by Matt's time working at a student lending startup. He saw hundreds of applicants denied loans without any viable path to becoming future customers & resolved to disrupt the industry. Backed by investors like Resolute Ventures, 500 Fintech, & Slow Ventures, Bloom believes that everyone is creditworthy, & takes a data-driven approach to enable experiences where clients & end consumers can both benefit. Bloom's clients include banks, lending partners, credit unions, fintechs, & other financial institutions. Prior to Bloom, Matt built growth strategies at several startups like LendKey, Emissary, & Boom Fantasy. Matt is also an advisor at CreditIQ, & a mentor at Startupbootcamp Fintech & the NYU Social Innovation Competition.
Katherine Salisbury is Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Qapital, a new banking experience that empowers people to maximize their happiness by saving, spending, & investing with their goals in mind. Awarded Google's Most Innovative App of the Year, 2017, Qapital blends behavioral psychology with technology, providing over a million members with the tools they need to make managing money easy & fun. Katherine brings years of finance, legal, & business experience to Qapital -- she was a bank finance attorney at the top-tier international law firms White & Case & Simpson Thacher & served as VP & Counsel at Jefferies Finance. She also founded a full-service sports management agency, where she specialized in brokering international transfers. Katherine holds a JD from Cornell Law School & an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.
Cliff Hazelton, CTO at Stash - Cliff Hazelton serves as Chief Technology Office at STASH, one of the fastest growing investing apps in the U.S., & a financial services platform revolutionizing how millions of Americans save. Cliff's engineering expertise spans 15+ years across fields, including Boeing Intelligence & Analytics, Capture Media & the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking6:50 - 7:50: Panel7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking
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