HOPE Global Forum- Now with FinTech Inside!

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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 ...

Top Takeaways from FinTech South

If you’re one of the 1,500 professionals who attended FinTech South at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta last week, like me you’re probably still absorbing the wealth of insights delivered across an action-packed 24 hours.


Leafing through my notebook, here are some of my favorite nuggets captured on Tuesday. Bear in mind this list reflects only items I heard personally- with four content tracks I was able to attend only a sliver of the breakout sessions. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments field below.


(By the way, you can also hear my coverage of FinTechSouth, ...

Second/Third/Fourth Acts – Chip Mahan To Receive TAG FinTech’s Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s notoriously difficult to find a consensus definition for FinTech. Broadly speaking, however, it involves the application of technology to address financial services challenges.


Based on this criterion, few people have demonstrated as much repeated FinTech success as Chip Mahan. It’s therefore fitting that Mahan will receive TAG FinTech’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. He we be honored during a lunchtime presentation at FinTech South at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday, April 23.


Mahan is the Chairman and CEO of Live Oak Bank, one of the nation’s leading small business lenders, with a stated mission of providing customers an unprecedented ...

Where Has All the Data Gone?

In today’s financial services organizations, 90 percent of the data stored is never accessed. That’s a lot of data gone missing that could offer unique insight into how to improve operational performance and generate new revenues.


Many financial services organizations do not possess the foundational technologies needed to analyze data properly. Here is a short list of weaknesses that plague many organizations:

  • Core computing infrastructure
  • Network and data security
  • Management commitment to be data centric
  • Qualified data scientists
  • Corporate-wide analytical software


Those who follow Gartner’s Hype Cycles (how a technology or application will evolve over time) know that ...

A View from the Mentor’s Chair – TAG Fintech’s Innovation Challenge

The Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG’s) 2019 Fintech Innovation Challenge is in full stride. The month-long competition showcases some of Georgia’s newest companies and innovators in the FinTech space, offering the resources and opportunity to grow these startups into larger businesses.


Atlanta-based Porter Keadle Moore (PKM), an accounting and advisory firm, has been involved with the program since its inception, with several team members serving as mentors to companies selected to participate. These mentors work behind the scenes, lending their advice and expertise as well as guiding the companies through the process leading up to the Pitch Night competition ...

Want to Vet a Business Idea? Why Not Run It By the Buyers?

Run it by the Buyers (RIBTB) events, organized by FinTech Atlanta, 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 fintech companies building innovative new products, solutions, and services (Sellers).


The events are designed to support a key tenet of FinTech Atlanta’s Fund & Innovate Work Group, which is to establish and sustain the ‘Entrepreneurial Virtuous Cycle’ that helps innovators align Product-Market-fit more efficiently and ...

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