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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
* 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
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
George Popescu, Editor in Chief, Lending Times
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
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.
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.
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.
With over 1 billion monthly active users, Facebook Messenger is beginning to change the world for companies looking for ways to connect with, engage, and retain an unprecedented number of customers. And we’re guessing that’s probably you.
It’s all because of Messenger’s developer tools, which have leapt on the promise of bots for customer service and native payments without ever leaving the platform--and have thoroughly delivered on it. Users stay cozily inside the Messenger platform to play games, search, shop, pay, and more, meaning they’re fully engaged with your brand in multiple ways in a single brand context.
Facebook’s long-term plan: make Messenger the center of users’ lives. Your short-term plan: start positioning yourself to take advantage of this revolution in messenger tech innovation. Register for this free VB Live event now and learn how you can monetize Messenger.
In this webinar, you’ll:
* Understand the broader digital wallet strategy to connect with customers through chatbots
* Get valuable tips to spin chatbots into gold
* Learn the biggest mistake organizations are making with payments through Messenger
* Laura Knapp, Managing Director, SRAX Social, Social Reality
* Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat
* Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
With all the competitive noise in the market today, competing for customers' attention can be difficult. Many traditional forms of marketing don't work as well as they used to, which means that small business owners must find alternatives that cut through the noise and bring customers to them.
With local search, your customers can find you anywhere. Jeff will provide you with simple steps that you can take to be found on leading search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Stop implementing; start planning. Forrester Research shows that while messaging platform chatbots can be effective, the customer experience is too often unacceptably poor. And while it’s not a big deal when you’re ordering a pizza, the stakes are far too high for financial institutions to go all in on this generation’s chatbot technology without the right planning.
Simply put, being too early can be the same as being wrong. Bots are only as good as the systems behind them — outdated architecture and poor integration can sabotage your services and drive away customers.
But given bot technologies are shaping up to be an essential part of the FI and fintech mix, your next two to three years should be devoted to investing in foundational digital initiatives that will position you to leverage the future that’s coming fast.
Join this free VB Live event to learn how to reap the rewards of future fintech AI innovation — and get it right the first time.
By attending this webinar, you'll
* Re-engineer back-end systems to enable real-time action
* Make progress on platform improvements—or replacements
* Embrace APIs for faster, more dynamic future changes
It is no secret that most startups fail — how can you prime your start-up for success from the get-go? It's about creating an entrepreneurial culture and results-oriented working environment that attracts the best talent in the business. It's also about taking a disruptive idea and turning it into a viable business, employing entrepreneurial thought along the way. In this webinar, Alexandra shares tips on how to start, grow and scale a successful business.
It's a crowded marketplace for the many small business owners who realize that their brand is their business. How do you define your worth? How much does it reflect your work and products as well as your experience, relationships, network and exposure? This webinar explores each of these factors as well as addresses the role of confidence and fear in asking for what you're worth.
Bots are more than just trendy. They’re increasingly becoming a smart business decision and one that more than just the big players are sitting up and noticing. From Foursquare’s Marsbot (eatery recommendations) to Uber (rides) to the many bots that plug in to Slack, it’s clear there is both a B2B and B2C purpose for bots.
For Activision, using bots via Facebook to announce this year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare release to consumers netted them over 6 million messages between users. The beauty of bots, as Activision and others have discovered, is that they allow businesses greater access to increasingly mobile messaging consumers. Facebook is investing fully in the chatbot experience with brands including Staples, Bank of America, and Taco Bell.
For both consumer brands and B2B companies, the time is now to consider the implications of bots for the bottom line.
Join this panel of executive leaders as they discuss the use cases for bots for consumers and between businesses, including:
• Elements of a successful bot strategy
• Where consumers prefer to interact with bots
* In-depth discussion of the B2B use cases for bots
* Amir Shevat, Head of Developer Relations, Slack
* Robert Hoffer, "The Bot Father"
• Jon Cifuentes, Analyst, VentureBeat
• Wendy Schuchart, Moderator, VentureBeat
The Best Offense is a Great Defense:
This presentation will not only inspire you to safely and securely protect confidential information in this social and mobile age, it will also help you understand how to build strategies that will save your organization from these preventable risks.
Rhonda Kallman, Co-Founder of The Boston Beer Co. & Founder/CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, explains how she built her empire with no previously set ladder to climb, and how she managed success and failures as a married woman, mother of three children, breast cancer survivor and "serial entrepreneur," in the context of endurance, perseverance, hope and being a natural born fighter.
The blurring of boundaries between industries has accelerated possibilities from converging trends, applications, technologies and markets. Organizations need to seize opportunities emerging from the forces of industry convergence. As industry convergence accelerates the disrupt-collapse-transform cycle, what are the top growth opportunities that businesses must focus on to gain long-term competitive advantage? How can you accelerate the "idea to execution" cycle to drive transformative growth from the forces of industry convergence?
It’s easy to get sucked in by alarmist headlines about shrinking investor confidence. But hear this: last year, more than 400 VC’s poured over $11 billion into 323 marketing tech startups. For martech, it was a record year. There’s no question that software startup funding is booming, and 2016 is off to a similarly torrid start.
The unprecedented growth has been experienced across all factors: deal sizes, frequency, and valuations. Yes, VC's cooled on growth capital investments, particularly in tech at the end of last year. There were a number of reasons: fluctuating financial markets, markdowns from institutional investors, global conflict, and others.
But what's clear is that investors are making a strong pivot to value revenue over growth in the later stages. That's an important distinction, and will shape the industry moving forward.
So what does all that mean for you? Based on the most current Q1 research, we’ll break down what kinds of companies investors are responding to, which VCs are leading the pack, and what’s important to them when considering where to park their investment dollars, i.e. what you need to do to get their attention.
In this webinar, you’ll:
* Learn which types of companies are gaining funding, and where in the marketing tech universe they fit.
* Discover where we're seeing the biggest areas of consolidation.
* Find out who the most involved / most active VCs are.
* Understand implications for investors, vendors, and most importantly marketing technology buyers and users.
* Learn how to get noticed by top VCs, straight from investors.
* Jon Cifuentes, analyst, VentureBeat
* Ravi Belani, Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator
* Adam J Plotkin, Partner, ff Venture Capital
* Wendy Schuchart, moderator, VentureBeat
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
*Taylor Freeman, CEO, of Upload, Inc.
*Stewart Rogers, Director of Technology, VentureBeat