Global FinTech Adoption: A Tale of Three Trajectories


Adoption of FinTech is gaining momentum worldwide, having grown from 16% in 2015 to 33% in 2017 and 64% in 2019 according to Global FinTech Adoption Index 2019, a recently issued report by advisory firm EY.   EY’s primary research served as the backdrop for a September 26 discussion on global FinTech adoption held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and co-sponsored by the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce Southeast. The lively, interactive two-hour conversation was led by a stellar panel composed of Glen Sarvady, Principal at 154 Advisors; Rodrigo Dantas, Principal at EY; Wayne Johnson, Partner at Welsh…
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Taking on Financial Inclusion and Wellness


FinTech Atlanta’s fifth “Run it by the Buyers” event focused on a particularly hot topic – Financial Inclusion and Wellness. As befitting such a top-of-mind issue, the session drew an even larger working group than usual to the offices of Atlantic Capital Bank in Buckhead.   Run it by the Buyers events, organized by FinTech Atlanta’s Fund & Innovate workgroup, convene large Georgia-based corporations and early/mid-stage fintech companies around a particular industry theme. The stated intent is to focus on key industry issues, opportunities, and challenges, with the goal of fostering commercial collaboration between large corporations (“Buyers”) and promising young…
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Cardholder Experience in the Wake of Apple Card


Well, Apple has done it again. In true Apple fashion, the Cupertino firm has not necessarily invented anything new so much as redefined the standard in a space that we are all acutely familiar with – credit cards. Through their dedication to minimalism and an entirely mobile end to end process they seem to have completely altered consumer expectations as to what the credit card experience should be. And I think we can all expect an increasing demand for this type of experience as a result.   The ability to apply for a card in-app and be approved in minutes…
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Have Your Initial Blockchain Projects Yielded Positive Results?


According to Gartner Group, blockchain technology has entered the “Trough of Disillusionment.” Kind of sounds bad doesn’t it? Just as we’re getting our minds around how blockchain can be used for other business applications than cryptocurrency, the technology hits the trough.   Gartner’s Hype Cycle defines the Trough of Disillusionment as the point at which “interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters.”   The Trough of Disillusionment is not nearly as bad as it…
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Primed for FinTech Success in a Post-Amazon World


TAG’s Fintech Society recently hosted a Lunch & Learn event featuring a panel titled “Financial Services in a Post-Amazon World,” focusing on the impact disruptors like Amazon have had on financial services and changed user expectations over the past 15 years.   The session was held at the Perimeter location of ROAM’s co-working space; the panel was moderated by Terry Ammons, partner at accounting and advisory firm Porter Keadle Moore. He was joined onstage by Robert Skiba, executive vice president at prepaid retail card leader InComm, Matt Reiner, co-founder and CEO of digital financial advisor assistant Wela, and JR Llewellyn,…
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Exploring FinTech Collaboration between Atlanta and China


Nearly every FinTech conversation eventually reaches a sidebar on China’s role in the ecosystem, given the prominence of unicorns like Alipay and Tencent. Most of the focus to date has been on the prospect of these players entering the US market, but the FinTech space in China itself is huge- over $31 trillion annually for credit cards and other third party payment processing. US and European companies have not yet tapped into China’s domestic electronic payment market.   “FinTech Power Houses: Where Atlanta and China’s Greater Bay Area Meet,” a forum jointly hosted by the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta…
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