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Financial Innovation to Take SXSW Interactive 2011 by Storm (VOTE!)

In 2010, financial innovation timidly showed up at SXSW Interactive with folks from Mint.com, CreditKarma, SmartyPig, Chase, Kickstarter, Kiva and Lending Club invited to panels.

Next year, it promises to be the year of financial innovation at SXSW… if you vote for these panels, that is.

Banks: Innovate or Die!
This panel will explore the idea that many banks are not only too big too fail, they’re also too big to innovate.  Big banks have lost their innovative edge and consumers are the ones who lose.  Invited panelists include folks from INGDirect, Ally Bank, USAA, BankSimple, Grameen America, SmartyPig and Lending Club. VOTE for this panel >>

Deterred by the financial crisis, investors have lost faith in the existing systems, tools and the so-called “financial experts”. A wave of innovations has arrived to enable the average Joes to keep their money working for them, not the other way around. Invited panelists include folks from Zecco, Options Xpress, WikInvest, StockTwits, kaChing, and Lending Club . VOTE for this panel >>

Rising Alternative Financial Services: Banking Without a Bank
The guys from ThinkFinance promise to put a panel together that would With the recent news that many large national banks will begin to impose checking account fees, especially on those of us with more modest account balances, are banks sealing their fate? Will retail banks continue to exist? New online solutions that let people do all the things they use their bank accounts for are growing in popularity. You can withdraw cash from ATMs and get cash back at stores, pay your bills, apply for a loan and borrow money online, all without a bank account.  VOTE for this panel >>

Investing for the Facebook Generation
Michael Raneri, CEO of Zecco, promises to assemble a panel to talk about new investment tools, from online trading platforms with one-click trade widgets to online investment communities and wiki resources, that are emerging and feeding the investor’s insatiable need for instant information and action. VOTE for this panel >>

Mobile Finance: The New Tsunami of Spending/Saving
The team at ShopKick promises to assemble a great panel to talk about the slew of new applications that enable the web generation to manage their money better.  From overdraft alerts to mobile coupons, in-stock alerts to one-time deals – smart phones are changing the way we manage, control, spend and save our money. Online personal finance apps and finance 2.0 have paved the way for money-minded startups to kick-start mobile innovation with traditional retailers and financial institutions.  VOTE for this panel >>

Will Startups Change American Financial Behavior?
The guys at Betterment certainly think so, and they will assemble a panel of internet-enabled financial services companies recently launch, seeking to change Americans’ financial behavior.  Web finance is broadly regarded as one of the hottest areas for VC investment for the first time in two decades. VOTE for this panel >>

Your Bank in Your Pocket: Mobile Finance’s Arrival
Pete Daffern, CEO of ClairMail, will talk about how consumers are demanding that mobile finance be an integral part of their lives. As mobile banking adoption swells across the U.S, banks are implementing new ways for consumers to interact with their finances and discovering that mobile financial technologies are just as beneficial to banks as they are to their own customers.  VOTE for this panel >>

Survival of the Laziest: How Consumers Shape Search
Peter Pham, CEO of BillShrink.com, has been nominated to speak about the harsh reality that Google is no longer a consumer’s best friend.  However, today’s shoppers can afford to be lazy and still come out on top thanks to the proliferation of ever-evolving technology driving today’s search engines.  VOTE for this panel >>

Voting ends Friday, August 27 at 11:59 CST.  Thanks in advance for your support. Vote, vote, vote!

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Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 10:27 am

Comments (5)

  1. Larry:

    Rob – Voting has been extended through 11:59 CDT on Friday, August

    August 18th, 2010 at 9:46 am

  2. Survival of the laziest sounds great, and I will have to agree that
    Google is becoming something that I do not think that even they
    thought that it would a year or two ago. Not a good thing that’s
    for sure.

    August 26th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  3. It is interesting that you talk about banks losing their innovative
    edge as this is something that has been evident for years. I think
    the larger they become the more reliant they become on inflexible
    structures and systems. It is interesting that some of the most
    highly rated banks are those that are much smaller.

    September 7th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  4. Getting a handle on vertical search in my marketing class. Looks

    September 9th, 2010 at 10:55 am

  5. WWA:

    great to see so many options! Did any of these make it to the final
    SXSW program?

    October 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm


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