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NYU Stern Hosts Second Annual FinTech Conference

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“We are at the start of what promises to be an extremely exciting journey,” said Vice Dean of MBA Programs Raghu Sundaram, kicking off NYU Stern’s Second Annual FinTech Conference on November 3. “We are committed to staying ahead of the trends in the Finance and Technology sectors while shaping the future of business education.”

The day-long forum convened researchers, regulators, industry executives, alumni and students to debate and discuss the future of FinTech, the latest research in the dynamic field and the ways technology is reshaping the finance industry.

Professor Kathleen DeRose explained, “FinTech is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, and data science is rapidly changing the future of work. Stern is at the forefront of both  research and academic coursework. We are thrilled that we were able to host a day of thought-provoking conversations while providing members of the FinTech community a place to convene and network.”

Highlights from the conference included keynote addresses from Matt Harris, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures and Scott Mullins, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Financial Services, as well numerous panels topics ranging from automation in financial services, the regulatory landscape and cashless payments and investments.

Professors Arun Sundararajan and Vasant Dhar participated in in a morning panel discussion, debating the societal impacts of a rise in artificial intelligence, the powerful technologies emerging and the progress in the field.

Later in the morning, Professor David Yermack served as a moderator for a panel on responses to automation before Professor DeRose hosted a fireside chat with CommonWealth Executive Director Timothy Flacke. Flacke offered insights on prize-linked savings, explaining that 25 states have recently adopted savings lotteries, which encourage low-income earners to put money away into savings accounts in addition to be entered in drawings for transformational life prizes.

Afternoon sessions included a lively debate on the short and long-term effects of global FinTech regulation and the impact of FinTech payments on the future of cash. Additionally, Professor Sabrina Howell moderated three demo sessions that focused on entrepreneurship in FinTech and featured presentations from startup companies Better Mortgage and Exeq.

Conference attendees also had the opportunity to attend one of the following executive sessions conducted over lunch including:  
  • Student Lending: Phil DeGisi, CMO, CommonBond
  • P2P Lending: David Snitkof, Co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer, Orchard
  • FinTech Accelerators and Incubators: Adrian Johnson, Startup Bootcamp
  • FinTech Angel Funding: Brian Cohen, Chairman, Managing Partner New York Angels
  • VC-Startup Partnerships: Michael Sidgmore, Venture Partner, Broadhaven and CEO Alex Hardy, LiveOak Technologies
  • Software-Startup Partnerships: Margaret Hartigan, CEO and founder, Marstone
  • B2B Global Robo: Drew Sievers, CEO of Trizic and Andreas Ruflin, Head Product, Evolute
  • FinTech and the Retirement Market: Grant Easterbrook, CEO and Founder, Dream Forward Financial (and client company)
  • The Evolution and Electronificiation of Bond Trading: Josh Hershman, COO, and Dan Siracuse, CFO, Trumid
  • Blockchain FinTech Applications: Tom Jessop, President, Chain
  • FinTech Data Aggregation: Lowell Putnam, CEO and founder, Quovo
  • FinTech Platforms: Adam Broun, COO, and Patrick Wood, Head of Academic Research, Kensho
  • FinTech Data Management Tools: Jake Perlman-Garr, CEO and founder, Datavore
  • Reg Tech: Jennifer Lee, Investment Team, Edison Partners and Jean-Marc Levy, CEO, ComplySci, portfolio company
To view a photo gallery from the event, please click here. More information on the event can be found by accessing the conference website.

Opening Keynote: Matt Harris, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures​


Research Session 1: Automation and Financial Services​


Research Session 2: Responses to Automation: Disruption or Adaptation?​


Morning Fireside Chat: Regulation and Financial Access, The Amazing Story of Prize-Linked Savings in the U.S.​


Demo Sessions: Entrepreneurship in FinTech​


Panel 1: The Global Regulatory Sandbox: How is Regulation Shaping FinTech Globally?


Panel 2: The End of Cash?: How is the FinTech Payments and Investment “Stack” Developing Globally?​


Evening Keynote: Scott Mullins, Amazon Webs Services

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The 2017 FinTech conference was sponsored by First Data, Evolute, Broadhaven, EquityZen, S&P Global Market Intelligence and Trumid.

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