Bank on It at Finovate2018 in New York

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On September 25th, 2018 John Siracusa recorded several of the speakers at Finovate 2018 in New York for his Bank On It podcast. The conference was founded in 1995 by Jim Bruene, a banker who worked with Microsoft, U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo, First Chicago, and Michigan National to launch the Home Banking Network. Finovate provides a forum for fledgling and established fintech firms to showcase their latest products and services to the leaders of promising fintech companies, senior management from VC firms and financial institutions looking to stay informed of emerging trends.

During the three-day Finovate2018 conference, John interviewed 13 executives from the following companies:


BNY Mellon

Mary Jane Ajodah, Vice President, Strategy and Delivery within the Chief Digital Office at BNY Mellon.



Roberts Bernans, cofounder and head of data at Nordigen, empowers banks and lenders to use bank account data in credit decisions.



Marcos Carvalho, cofounder and chief revenue officer at Nestready.  NestReady, places lenders at the center of homebuying, while enabling consumers to have an integrated and seamless experience.



Lisa Gold Schier, senior vice president at the American Bankers Association (ABA)


Prisma Campaigns

Felipe Gil, chief executive officer of Prisma Campaigns (An Infocorp Group company), and Ana Inés Echavarren, chief executive officer at Infocorp.  Infocorp provides a digital banking software solution that centralizes all of a bank’s channels, creating a seamless, digital customer experience.  Prisma Campaigns provides omni-channel marketing campaign solutions for financial services companies.



Dan Latimore, senior vice president, banking, at Celent, a research, advisory, and consulting firm which focuses on financial services technology.


Fidelity Investments

Vinod Raman, vice president, digital advice solutions at Fidelity Investments.


Unconventional Ventures

Theodora Lau, cofounder of Unconventional Ventures, which provides consulting services to banking clients, fintech startups and technology firms.


Beyond the Arc

Steven Ramirez, founder and chief executive officer at Beyond the Arc, which helps institutions improve their customers’ experience.


Hummingbird Regtech

Jo Ann Barefoot, cofounder of Hummingbird RegTech and chief executive officer at Barefoot Innovation Group.  Hummingbird offers a modern anti-money-laundering (AML) platform that makes AML investigations more agile, intelligent and effective.


Ondot Systems

Vaduvur Bharghavan, founder and chief executive officer at Ondot Systems, which provides customized digital card services by partnering with banks and credit unions.



Anuj Mittal, cofounder and chief executive officer at CrediVia, which simplifies complex, commercial real estate loan processes in hospitality.


Genacast Ventures

Gil Beyda, managing director at Comcast Ventures and founder and managing partner at Genacast Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in seed-stage tech startups in the North East.