Georgia’s Emerging Blockchain Beachhead

The first-ever study of Atlanta’s blockchain ecosystem was released at the Technology Association of Georgia’s annual TAG Summit event in mid-February. The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business collaborated on the Blockchain Ecosystem Flash Report, authored by myself (on behalf of TAG) and Nishant Dass, Associate Professor of Finance at Scheller and Founder of The Blockchain Roundtable.   Ten years have passed since the launch of Bitcoin, which is the highest profile (and in the eyes of many, the most advanced) use case to date of blockchain technology. The Atlanta area company Bitpay was…

Calling All Georgia Innovators- The FinTech South Innovation Challenge Wants You!

Applications are now open for the 2019 FinTech South Innovation Challenge. Now in its fifth year, this four-week event offers the largest prize among US FinTech startup competitions – $50,000 in cash – and at least as importantly, a pathway to massive exposure across Georgia’s leading FinTech ecosystem and beyond.   The program consists of three weekly sessions providing expert instruction from nationally recognized industry experts on critical startup skill sets such as fundraising, public relations and regulatory compliance. For example, Sean Banks – partner at TTV Capital, a leading Atlanta venture capital firm – will lead the session on…

2018 P20 Conference Showcased Atlanta’s International Payments Leadership

As we close out the 2018 calendar year, I look back on all the successes in the FinTech and payments community here in Atlanta, and beyond, as part of Georgia’s “Transaction Alley.” We are truly seeing collaboration between companies, industry partners, and the public sector that is unprecedented and moving the needle – with more to come in the future!   But reminiscing, I can’t help but think how 2018 was a milestone as Atlanta hosted its first P20 conference in October. The second annual event (the first was in London October 2017), the P20 brought together an international audience…

Shining a Light on Transaction Alley

125 and counting.   That’s how many Georgia FinTech companies we’ve identified competing in a thriving and highly attractive marketplace.   These players range from multi-billion, multi-national public entities (First Data, NCR) to fast-growing firms that have recently gone public (Cardlytics, EVO Payments), industry powerhouses headquartered elsewhere with significant local presence leveraging Georgia’s robust FinTech labor force (Fiserv, FIS) to companies that chose to relocate to capitalize on our dynamic ecosystem (Featurespace, FattMerchant) – and more than a few startups that are already earning national accolades (Vital4, GroundFloor, Softgiving).   It’s in this latter category where some scrappy young players have…

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