Fintech Follow Friday: Sibos Edition

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Recovering from Sibos for most people means sifting through a newly-acquired pile of business cards, remembering meetings and panel discussions, trying to put faces to the names on cardstock. Our own team had a blockbuster week, and came back with numerous recommendations on which cards to keep and who to keep an eye on. With those tips in mind, here is the Sibos 2015 edition of #FintechFollowFriday.


Oliver Bussman @obussmann

At Sibos 2015, Bussmann spoke on the Big Issue Debate about the Internet of Things, addressing the way that the #IoT affects customer expectations in financial services. On the future of banks, Bussmann was blunt: “We have to move ourselves out of the black box. If we are not part of the change, I think we’re getting obsolete… I think there’s a clear indication that we cannot ignore what’s going on in that industry, in fintech startups. And we want to be part of that.” As CIO of UBS, Bussmann applies that blunt logic and pragmatism in his Twitter timeline, often sharing his perspectives on LinkedIn as well.


Michael O’Loughlin @P4YM3NT5

As one delegate phrased it: “If you’re not at Sibos, you’re not in payments.” Director of Payments at Ripple partner @CGI_Global Michael O’Loughlin was there, as a speaker and a delegate, representing the cause of real-time payments for the entire world. With distributed ledger and blockchain technology stealing the show at Sibos, O’Loughlin spoke definitively about his opinion of the subject: “It’s a challenging time for banks, but it’s not a question of if but when. Blockchain technology works. Don’t sit on the fence; it’s time for collaboration. Follow O’Loughlin for more unequivocal thoughts about the future of payments.


Dan Latimore @danlatimore

VP of Banking at Celent, Latimore suggested in his reflections on Sibos 2015 that the event evidenced ambivalence toward banking cooperation with emerging technologies. However, he notes “an extraordinary change from six months ago when it was only beginning to be seriously discussed. It’s encouraging that banks have evolved their positions so quickly.” With his background at Harvard, IBM, and Deloitte, Latimore offers valuable insights on his timeline, and is a worthwhile follow for hardcore fintech folks.


Elizabeth Lumley @lizlum

Lumley will be familiar to anyone who follows @Finextra as their special projects editor. Currently, she runs a startup accelerator in London for financial services and insurance. During Sibos 2015, her timeline was one of the most active, offering updates from SWIFT’s fintech innovation initiative, Innotribe, and the burgeoning #femtech movement. On the subject of women in fintech, Lumley says, “There is nothing more disruptive than a female voice in this industry.” Follow her for London fintech updates, as well as a constant focus on diversity.


Andrew Deichler @andrewdeichler

Not many people could go straight from Sibos 2015 to #AFPDenver, but Deichler did just that, offering nonstop Twitter coverage of both events from the point of view of corporate treasurers. Corporate payments were a hot topic at Sibos, as corporates examine the benefits of transitioning away from the cost of sending and receiving paper checks. In a reflection on his experience at Sibos, Deichler collected the problems facing corporate payments discussed in Singapore, noting that “a simple solution where you can give all your banks all the information they need at once and be done with it would be a godsend.” For coverage of these events and tweets of interest to financial professionals, follow Deichler.

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