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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Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency – Initial thoughts on an exciting new chapter


Everyone I have spoken with this week is buzzing about Libra. My parents are in Dublin, Ireland on a college-sponsored trip and I received a text from my Mom on Wednesday asking what I thought about Libra! Clearly there’s hope for payments experts like me that our families may yet figure out what we do for a living.   If you are just coming up to speed on the news – like the rest of us, since details remain fairly scarce – here are a few basics.   Point 1: Libra is the name of Facebook’s planned digital currency. Designed…
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Global Payments/TSYS Deal Completes FinTech Trifecta


They say big events happen in threes. If that’s the case, are we due for a breather?   Global Payments’ $21.5 billion acquisition of TSYS announced last week marked the payments space’s third major consolidation in the in the first half of 2019. In January Fiserv upended the status quo with its similarly sized acquisition of First Data. FIS followed suit in March with an even larger transaction, absorbing Worldpay. All three deals are subject to regulatory approval, and are targeting closure later this calendar year.   Both Global Payments and TSYS are headquartered in Georgia, as is First Data….
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HOPE Global Forum- Now with FinTech Inside!


(spoiler: read to the bottom for a discount code)   We’re nearing the end of a busy conference season, but a unique and quite special late May event remains on the docket- especially for those in the Atlanta area. I attended (and spoke at) my first HOPE Global Forum last spring, and it delivered the most remarkable blend of content, star power and inspiration I have ever experienced. The 2019 edition, May 29-31 in downtown Atlanta, is poised to up the ante on all three dimensions.   Operation HOPE’s stated mission is to advance financial dignity and inclusion by equipping…
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