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  • Win and Wow Customers – 6 Best Practices for Onboarding in Banking and Insurance
    Win and Wow Customers – 6 Best Practices for Onboarding in Banking and Insurance Sheryl Kingstone-451 Research, Jim Marous-Financial Brand, and Sarah Johnson-Kofax Recorded: Sep 21 2017 59 mins
    Banks, credit unions and insurance companies may have differing business models, but they all have a common goal: better conversion and retention rates.

    Fortunately, better customer onboarding usually translates to better conversion and retention. For this reason, organizations continue to invest in digital technologies to streamline operations and eliminate time-consuming online interactions in areas such as new account opening, loan origination and policy applications.

    Those first information-intensive interactions, of course, are the most critical: you usually only get once chance to win a new customer’s business. But winning is only part of the equation. What if you could win—and wow—customers from those first moments and keep them engaged throughout the onboarding process?

    Mark your calendars for this upcoming webinar, where industry experts will share six best practices to help your organization win and wow customers:

    • Easy—Enable instant image and data capture via web and mobile technology
    • Accurate—Extract data from pictures of physical documents without error-prone manual entry
    • Automated—Invest in workflow tools to automate and track completion of process steps
    • Visible—Empower staff and customers with process transparency and timely communication
    • Consistent—Ensure data is complete and integrated across internal systems
    • Efficient—Meet expectations for speed, while effectively managing regulatory risks

    Speakers will include:
    •Sheryl Kingstone, Director, 451 Research
    •Sarah Johnson, Industry Solutions Architect, Kofax
    •Jim Marous, Owner and Publisher, Digital Banking Report

    Don’t miss out! Register now >>
  • Preeminent PE: The new Masters of the Tech Universe
    Preeminent PE: The new Masters of the Tech Universe Brenon Daly, Research Director, Financials, 451 Research Recorded: Sep 7 2017 63 mins
    Forget Oracle, IBM or any of the other big-name, publicly traded acquirers that – until now --have always set the tone in the tech M&A market. If a tech deal printed in 2017, the buyer is more likely a private equity firm than any of the well-known serial acquirers on the US stock market. This is the first time in the history of the multibillion-dollar tech M&A market that financial acquirers have been busier than these strategic acquirers. To understand how the ever-growing influence of buyout shops is reshaping the tech industry, join 451 Research for an hour-long webinar on Thursday, Sept. 7 2017.
  • E-Signatures & Digital Lending: How to Move 99% of Customers off Paper
    E-Signatures & Digital Lending: How to Move 99% of Customers off Paper David Smith, Vice President, Application Systems, & Many More.. Recorded: Aug 31 2017 61 mins
    In the sub-prime lending market, speed-to-close determines market share. Join us to learn how an end-to-end digital process with e-signatures transformed OneMain’s lending business – positioning the lender as the largest personal loan company in the U.S. Today,99% of OneMain’s loans are e-signed, enabling them to be closed and funded significantly faster than on paper.

    In this 60-minute presentation, you’ll learn how the company took a phased approach and implemented e-signatures in the call center and online channels, then expanded to the branch network. This year, OneMain will complete its e-signature roll-out to 1,700 branches, where the majority of its loans are transacted.

    Our speakers will share firsthand insights and advice on topics like:

    · Top e-signature requirements, such as security, deployment, scalability
    · Best practices for preparing a national roll-out – including working with regulators on a state-by-state basis
    · Designing optimal workflows for remote vs. in-branch transactions
    · Preparing the branch network for e-signature

    Presenters: David Smith, Vice President, Application Systems, OneMain
    Philip Hannah, Director of IT, OneMain
    Mary Ellen Power, VP Marketing, eSignLive by
    VASCO
  • High Scale, High Stakes: Adjusting Focus and Investment at the Network Gateway
    High Scale, High Stakes: Adjusting Focus and Investment at the Network Gateway Dan Cummins, Senior Analyst with 451 Research and Tim Chiu, Senior Director of Product Marketing with Symantec Recorded: Aug 2 2017 50 mins
    As cloud continues to erase the network perimeter, it’s more important than ever to align IT infrastructure to track more closely to the businesses it serves.

    As a result, gateway technology choices and investments need to fit the cloud model and fit in terms of security use case, value, and real-world business requirements.

    Join Dan Cummins, analyst with 451 Research and Tim Chiu, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Symantec, for an informative webinar on August 2 to hear a discussion of network security today.

    Agenda:

    - Discussion on the increased dependence on HTTP and HTTPS

    - The limitations of Firewalls in the web and cloud world

    The increasing critical need for web gateways, both on premise and in the cloud, for achieving:

    - Access governance for users and devices

    - Verifiable protection against advanced attack methods

    - Agile risk management and measurable return on investment.

    Important opportunities are at hand right now to integrate network and cloud-based approaches to achieve coordinated and robust anti-malware, privacy, policy and connectivity capabilities, while continuing on a path to flexible, software-defined infrastructure.

    Register Today
  • VR content production: How to take advantage of the VR wave
    VR content production: How to take advantage of the VR wave Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat Recorded: Jul 26 2017 60 mins
    VR creates infinite storytelling possibilities, but it’s also infinitely difficult to pull off. It’s a completely new medium that requires an entirely new way of creating content, and endless inventiveness, and have you ever seen a 360-degree camera?

    Join our latest interactive VB Live event to hear how companies are reducing travel expenses but improving employee connection, conducting interviews, and giving presentations. Learn about companies like Walmart using VR technology to train employees; how doctors are leveling up their skills; educators are transforming learning; and audience engagement skyrockets when you give them a whole new way to see, touch and interact.

    And discover how consumers are interacting with VR right now, and what the marketplace is expected to look like in the year ahead.

    Register now for real talk on the possibilities of virtual reality, the resources you need, and the rules to break.

    In this webinar you’ll:
    *Hear the results - for the first time - of the latest VR market research
    *Discover the compelling business case for VR
    *Understand why consumer-generated VR content is important to business
    *Find out how companies are using VR content to strengthen their bottom line
    *Learn what’s next in the VR content world

    Speakers:
    * Dean Johnson, Head of Innovation, Brandwidth
    * Crystal O’Hea, Senior Director Expedition X, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Technology, VentureBeat
    * Rachael Brownell, Moderator, VentureBeat
  • [Podcast] Ethereum, Goldman’s SIMON, 2 x Sofi news and Consumers & Tech
    [Podcast] Ethereum, Goldman’s SIMON, 2 x Sofi news and Consumers & Tech George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jul 26 2017 19 mins
    George & Ryan Talk about 5 articles:

    DBRS Student Loan ABS report
    Goldman Sachs is looking to spinoff one of its tech bets at a $ 75 million valuation
    The State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2017, US
    SoFi loses another senior executive, as chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum departs
    SoFi CEO: Why Ethereum Is Much More Valuable Than Bitcoin
  • Workloads, Data Centers & Cloud Strategy: Market & Technology Trends
    Workloads, Data Centers & Cloud Strategy: Market & Technology Trends Carl Lehmann, Principal Analyst with 451 Research, and Don Davis, Technology Director for Iron Mountain’s Data Center busines Recorded: Jul 25 2017 58 mins
    IT planners have far more options as to where to run their workloads than ever before. On-premises data centers, co-location facilities and managed services providers are now joined by hybrid multi-clouds – a combination of Software-, Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS) execution venues. All have unique operational, performance and economic characteristics that need to be considered when deploying workloads.

    In this Webinar Carl Lehmann, Principal Analyst with 451 Research, and Don Davis, Technology Director for Iron Mountain’s Data Center business will discuss how industry leading enterprises determine the best execution venues for their workloads by addressing:

    •The market and technology trends that influence workload, data center and cloud strategy
    •How to evaluate the characteristics of various workloads and execution venues
    •How to manage workloads across on-premises and off-premises ecosystems
    Attendees will learn how to formulate an IT strategy that can be used to guide the decision criteria needed for placing workloads on their best execution venues, and enable the migration and ongoing management of workloads across a hybrid multi-cloud enterprise architecture.
  • [Podcast] Fastest Consumer Lender, Prosper President, SoFi shuts Zenbanx, Blockc
    [Podcast] Fastest Consumer Lender, Prosper President, SoFi shuts Zenbanx, Blockc George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jul 7 2017 22 mins
    George & Ryan talk about popular news articles;

    The Fastest Consumer Lenders to $ 1 Billion in Originations
    Ron Suber, Prosper President and Industry Legend, Stepping Down
    Six months after acquisition, SoFi is shutting down Zenbanx
    Bloomberg Report is Critical of Online Lenders
    Summer Fintech Reading Ideas
  • How FinTech & RegTech will Democratize Access to Capital
    How FinTech & RegTech will Democratize Access to Capital Dara Albright Recorded: Jun 29 2017 25 mins
    Presentation for Commonwealth Embassy's Billionaire Round Table Conference highlighting how modern financial technology ("FinTech") as well as a coinciding modern regulatory regime ("RegTech") can ensure the global democratization of capital.
  • [Podcast]Amazon’s Bank, Loan Performance, SoFi adds 400, Platformitisation
    [Podcast]Amazon’s Bank, Loan Performance, SoFi adds 400, Platformitisation George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 22 2017 21 mins
    Why Banks Are Going To Survive
    Amazon Has Secretly Become a Giant Bank
    FinTech company SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018
    Latest PeerIQ Loan Performance Monitor
    + 2 events
  • How to get your AI and Bot company funded
    How to get your AI and Bot company funded Ton van 't Noordende Venture Partner Keadyn Recorded: Jun 15 2017 62 mins
    In 2016, when major platforms like Facebook gave developers the keys to the artificial intelligence kingdom, and advances in AI technology and natural language processing started breaking the user interface mold, analysts predicted that chatbots were going to change the game.

    Bots flooded the market—and then they vanished. They weren't backed with solid business models, addressing real pain points or solving problems, because marketers weren't asking the right questions, customers weren't engaging, and chatbots were too often gimmicks instead of disruptors.

    How do you become the next unicorn in the bots and artificial intelligence space? How do you catch the eye and win the heart of that top VC firm? Join our latest interactive VB Live event to find out!

    In this live virtual executive roundtable, you'll:
    * Learn what entrepreneurs need to do to get noticed by top VC firms
    * Look at the most active venture capitalists in tech today
    * Discover the biggest mistakes made by foundering startups
    * Identify the weaknesses that are keeping you from becoming the next unicorn

    Speakers:
    * Ton van 't Noordende, Venture Partner, Keadyn
    * Jon Cifuentes, Cofounder Research and Operations, All Turtles
    * Matthew Zeiler, CEO, Clarifai
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
  • [Podcast] Goldman boosts rates, Orchard’s innovation, Ratesetter’s decision
    [Podcast] Goldman boosts rates, Orchard’s innovation, Ratesetter’s decision George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 13 2017 17 mins
    George & Ryan talk about news & analysis from Lending Times, including:

    Behind the Scenes at Orchard Platform, a Struggle to Innovate
    Fitch Rates Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2017-1
    RateSetter decides not to lend to George Banco’s customers
    Goldman Sachs boost rates for savers in bid to attract deposits
    FinTech Alternatives to Short-Term Small-Dollar Credit — Helping Low-Income Working Families Escape the High-Cost Lending Trap

    Two events are also discussed:
    Event: Reg A+ Crowdfunding Conference
    Meetup: Risks and emerging solutions for investor confidence in online lending
  • FinTech Opportunities in the UK and the US: The VC Perspective
    FinTech Opportunities in the UK and the US: The VC Perspective Innovate Finance and LendIt Recorded: Jun 7 2017 63 mins
    The UK and the US are two of the world’s leading FinTech markets, however political and economic shifts pose major threats for current and future growth.

    Join Innovate Finance and Lendit on the 7th June to see FinTech from a UK & US Venture Capital perspective.

    Speakers:

    Matt Harris
    Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    Matt Harris is a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures and leads the New York City office.  He started his investing career in the private equity group at Bain Capital in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company.  In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures where he focused on early-stage FinTech investments.


    Sheel Mohnot
    Partner, 500 Startups

    Sheel leads fintech investments for 500, which is great because his startup experience includes founding 2 FinTech companies with successful exits. He also runs a podcast called The Pitch (http://thepitch.vc) where founders pitch investors.


    Luis Valdich
    Managing Director, Citi Ventures
    Venture Capital Group

    Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in late 2015 as a Managing Director, and leads its New York office and venture capital investing activities in Europe and the US, east of the Rockies. Luis is currently focused in FinTech, eCommerce, and big data/analytics applications relevant to financial services.


    Alston Zecha
    Director, FinTech and Enterprise Software
    Eight roads Ventures

    Alston focuses on FinTech, assessing early-stage investment opportunities for Eight Roads. He also supports the boards and management teams of Eight Roads’ portfolio companies on strategic, financial and operational issues.


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  • [Podcast] Interview, LendingClub's 10 Years, Yirendai Results, Risk of Recession
    [Podcast] Interview, LendingClub's 10 Years, Yirendai Results, Risk of Recession George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Jun 1 2017 25 mins
    Interview with Peter Aquart of American Wealth Builders
    Take-aways from May 25 Webinar
    LendingClub Celebrates Ten Years of Online Lending
    Yirendai Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
    C&I Loans: Are We Headed For a Recession?
  • Latest Advances in Process-Automation for Digital Lenders
    Latest Advances in Process-Automation for Digital Lenders Steve Craig, @ Mitek, Jami Schwartz @ Kabbage, Bill Nass @ TCI - George Popescu, Editor in Chief, Lending Times Recorded: May 25 2017 60 mins
    In today’s digital and mobile-first world, being able to seamlessly originate a loan is key for any organization looking to cut costs and increase top line revenue while meeting ever-stricter regulations. Additionally, the shift to digital lending has fraud rates skyrocketing.

    On the panel we will discuss:

    * Value prop of moving to digital channel – how to reduce costs and improve number of completed loans.
    * How do these latest automations fit with the latest financial institution’s compliance needs?
    * The latest advances in process automation for digital lenders.
    · For example, mobile capture for:
    o Data pre-fill
    o Identity verification
    o Submission of trailing documents
    * What is possible today, what is coming soon, and what is unlikely to be possible.

    Presenters:
    Panel of 3 industry experts:
    Steve Craig, Director of Products & Experience - Identity @ Mitek
    Bill Nass, President and co-founder @ TCI Credit
    Jami Schwartz, Head of Content and Marketing Tech @ Kabbage

    Moderator:
    George Popescu, Editor in Chief, Lending Times
  • [Podcast] SoFI’s New Bank and Old President, Household debt highs & Personal Loa
    [Podcast] SoFI’s New Bank and Old President, Household debt highs & Personal Loa George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 25 2017 25 mins
    George & Ryan talk about:

    Legislative Update 158 (Experian Email), Rated: AAA
    Sofi plans to apply for a bank charter in the next month - Industrial loan company.
    SoFi President Nino Fanlo to Leave Firm for Biotech Startup
    The Future of Lending is Now with Latest TransUnion Prama Offerings
    American Households Return To Peak Debt, Thanks To Booming Student Loans
    Consumers Place Personal Loans Atop the Credit Mountain
  • [Podcast] Bitcoin’s Wannacry Significance, Auto Loans Decline, Zopa FCA
    [Podcast] Bitcoin’s Wannacry Significance, Auto Loans Decline, Zopa FCA George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 16 2017 24 mins
    George & Ryan Talk about:

    Bitcoin & significance of Wannacry ransom
    Auto loan news
    Zopa receives FCA approval
    New York sues OCC
    Sofi Bank Charter
    OnDeck results
    Webinar on 25th
  • SheWorx100 Summit
    SheWorx100 Summit SheWorx Recorded: May 8 2017 4 mins
    SheWorx is hosting their next 100 Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 10th from 6-8pm at Hack Temple.

    As the global collective of female entrepreneurs, this event aims to transform the trajectory of women in entrepreneurship. Through facilitation of strategic, meaningful relationships with influential advisors and investors, attendees will be able to:

    - Grow their professional network of connections
    - Learn from other female entrepreneurs, investors and VCs
    - Become a part of the growing community of SheWorx global collective empowering women in technology and entrepreneurship

    For more details or to register, visit sheworx.com.
  • [Podcast] Webinar on Process Automation, Psychometrics, and OCC Fintech Charter
    [Podcast] Webinar on Process Automation, Psychometrics, and OCC Fintech Charter George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: May 1 2017 34 mins
    George & Ryan talk about:

    Webinar on May 25th
    Psychometric credit scoring for the developing world.
    Portrait of a marketplace lending investor
    Credit trends seen through delinquency rates
    The OCC Fintech Charter
    And details on the 2017 Bond-market Rally.
  • Orange starts bank, Wealthfront starts lending, Direct mail, Talking to investor
    Orange starts bank, Wealthfront starts lending, Direct mail, Talking to investor George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 24 2017 35 mins
    George & Ryan talk about articles including:

    Transparency remains a sticking point for online lenders.
    A Comparison of Funding & Liquidity Sources.
    Wealthfront to lend money.
    Getting the Most From Investor Calls.
    The Future of Financing and Vehicle Purchases.
    Why the Buzz Around Fintech Does Not Stop.
    Common Direct Mail Marketing Mistakes.
  • [Podcast] Fico’s & Digital Banking’s future, Pricing psychology, Events & Quora
    [Podcast] Fico’s & Digital Banking’s future, Pricing psychology, Events & Quora George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 17 2017 30 mins
    Ryan & George talk about;
    New:
    FICO
    Lending robot
    Future of digital banking?
    2017 wave of lending fintech

    Events:
    New York on April 17New Panel Speaker: Jeff Zinn
    LendIt China: LTIMES17LDF



    Quora questions:
    Should I invest $50,000 in LendingClub, rather than let it sit in a bank account at 0.90% interest?
    How does a bank or lending company decide what is your interest rate?
  • [Podcast] Laplanche's Upgrade, Elevate IPO, Colorado sues, Securitization tracke
    [Podcast] Laplanche's Upgrade, Elevate IPO, Colorado sues, Securitization tracke George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Apr 9 2017 23 mins
    In this episode, we talk about Renaud Laplanche's new company Upstart, Elevate's IPO, who and why Colorado sued, a Securitization Tracker & big data for the lending industry

    2 Events happening:

    1) Lend it China - Shanghai
    - July 15,16. 15% off. Earlybird ticket. Code: LTIMES17LDF
  • [Podcast] Justice dept vs. CFPB,  Fintechs turn FDIC Depositors, selling machine
    [Podcast] Justice dept vs. CFPB, Fintechs turn FDIC Depositors, selling machine Ryan Ross & George Popescu Recorded: Mar 30 2017 41 mins
    George & Ryan talk about news on OnDeck, the Justice Department, Lending Club.

    We then discuss articles on:
    Banking as a service
    An explanation of Machine Learning.
    An analysis of digital electronics vs. Analog electronics.


    Plus, an event in New York City on April 18th.

    Find out more here:
    http://lending-times.com/category/podcast/
  • [Podcast] Sofi’s securitisation triggers,  Prosper’s 2016 results + more
    [Podcast] Sofi’s securitisation triggers, Prosper’s 2016 results + more George Popescu & Ryan Ross Recorded: Mar 27 2017 29 mins
    George & Ryan discuss news on Sofi, Experian & Prosper

    Articles:
    Helping home buyers make down payment for dream home
    How sofi became alternative finance lender
    Will every originator launch a fund?
    Bringing mortgage process out of the dark ages

    Meetup w/ Peer IQ & Mannat: april 18
  • A View of the World's Largest & Fastest Growing Data Center Spot
    A View of the World's Largest & Fastest Growing Data Center Spot Kelly Morgan 451 Research and Mark Kidd Iron Mountain Recorded: Mar 9 2017 33 mins
    A View of the World's Largest & Fastest Growing Data Center Spot and why you should be there

    The Northern Virginia market, which includes multiple locations in/around Washington DC, continues to be one of the largest and fastest growing datacenter hot spots in the world and top market for cloud providers. While much has been said about the area, please join us to discuss the latest in: what makes the market special, why so many firms want datacenter space there, how the market is evolving, and which locations to consider when thinking about a deployment in the area.

    Please join us for a webinar with Kelly Morgan, Vice President at 451 Research and Mark Kidd, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Iron Mountain Data Centers, for a discussion on the Northern Virginia market and Iron Mountain’s approach to the market.
  • AI: The key to creating a next-gen banking experience
    AI: The key to creating a next-gen banking experience Katy Gibson Vice President of Application Products Envestnet | Yodlee Sep 28 2017 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    AI apps are shaping up to be an essential part of financial institution and fintech offerings. Yet these innovative solutions are only as useful as the data they can access. In our webinar, we’ll show you how to apply predictive analytics and AI to a massive scale of data to derive valuable insights and power more personalized user experiences.

    From financial wellness apps that help your customers save money, to chatbots that assist users with making payments, the better you understand your users, the more relevant your solutions will be. Learn how AI technology and tools can help detect patterns in financial and transactional data, predict future events and even enable you to suggest a course of action for your users, resulting in a deeper and more meaningful connection.

    In this VB Live webinar, you’ll find out how to:

    • Drive customer engagement and loyalty with the next wave of financial wellness solutions
    • Use predictive analytics and AI to deliver more personalized and engaging apps and chatbots
    • Provide users with intelligent financial guidance based on past behavior
    • Extract valuable insight from a wealth of data to measure users’ financial health
    • Partner with vendors to develop the machine-learning based systems that constantly analyze data and derive insights to drive more meaningful conversations with your end users

    SPEAKERS:
    * Katy Gibson, VP of Application Products, Envestnet | Yodlee
    * Dion F. Lisle, VP Head of FinTech, Capgemini America Inc.
    * John Vars, Chief Product Officer, Varo Money
    * Keith Armstrong, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Abe.ai
    * Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat

    Sponsored by Yodlee
  • 7 Killer Ways to Give Your Business an Edge in 2018
    7 Killer Ways to Give Your Business an Edge in 2018 Brian Moran Nov 15 2017 7:00 pm UTC 90 mins
    You need to hit the ground running in 2018 so now is the time to take a critical look at your business. Do you have a business goal for 2018? Do you have a plan for how you will achieve that goal? Most business owners don't have either. Whether you are just starting out, or you’ve been running your company for decades, you can recharge your goals to achieve success in 2018. In this webinar Brian Moran helps you define customized strategic goals that work for your business so you can sustain long-term growth, starting in 2018.

    *Learn what type of business owner you are and how to use this to your advantage
    *Decide how to effectively incorporate the social media platforms that are right for you
    *Understand how your competitive landscape impacts your business
    *Know when to phone a friend