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Stranger Things with Paul Ablack and John Best

Stranger Things with Paul Ablack and...

Stranger Things with Paul Ablack and John Best

Stranger Things with Paul Ablack and John Best

John and Paul discuss OnApproach’s new CU Analytics cloud, Netflix’s Stranger Things, Hadoop, and Guitars.
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Who Wins in the Visa / Paypal Deal?  Plus, was Oracle Hacked?

Who Wins in the Visa / Paypal Deal? ...

Who Wins in the Visa / Paypal Deal? Plus, was Oracle Hacked?

Who Wins in the Visa / Paypal Deal? Plus, was Oracle Hacked?

John and Glen discuss the recent announced PayPal and Visa partnership, the recent MICROS data breach, and the most recent World Economic Forum Future of Financial Services report.

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#624: Why CU Ledger Will Be a Game Changer for Credit Unions, CUNA’s Rich Meade Explains…

#624: Why CU Ledger Will Be a Game...

#624: Why CU Ledger Will Be a Game Changer for Credit Unions, CUNA’s Rich Meade Explains…

#624: Why CU Ledger Will Be a Game Changer for Credit Unions, CUNA’s Rich Meade Explains…

CUNA COO Rich Meade joins us to discuss CU Ledger and why it's going to be a game changer for credit union in the next 18 months or so. 
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Has the time finally come for a Virtual Branch?

Has the time finally come for a Virtual...

Has the time finally come for a Virtual Branch?

Has the time finally come for a Virtual Branch?

John talks about his recent experiences with the Microsoft HoloLens and the HTC VIVE, and their potential impact on banking applications.
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Free Socks! Anticipating and driving user engagement.

Free Socks! Anticipating and driving...

Free Socks! Anticipating and driving user engagement.

Free Socks! Anticipating and driving user engagement.

John speaks with Anne Legg of Thrive Strategic Services on the topic of member engagement, specifically, how Credit Unions need to anticipate trends and deliver innovations that members don’t yet know they need in order to stay competitive.
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A Jumbo Jet is not a Helicopter

A Jumbo Jet is not a Helicopter

A Jumbo Jet is not a Helicopter

A Jumbo Jet is not a Helicopter

John speaks with Tim Swanson of R3 to learn how to build distributed ledger technology that is fit for the purpose of FI.
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Canadians not so polite to Visa?  Why Walmart refuses a major player.

Canadians not so polite to Visa? Why...

Canadians not so polite to Visa? Why Walmart refuses a major player.

Canadians not so polite to Visa? Why Walmart refuses a major player.

This week John and Glen talk about Brexit, Walmart’s decision to stop accepting Visa at some Canadian locations, John’s virtual reality explorations, and other future technologies that are on John’s mind.

Topic of the Month!

August is FinTech Month! Listen to our podcasts, read our blogs and review are articles to keep you informed about the latest in Financial Technology!

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How Silicon Valley is Changing the Fintech Space

How Silicon Valley is Changing the...

Known for consumer sweethearts like Apple and Facebook, Northern...

How Silicon Valley is Changing the Fintech Space

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How Silicon Valley is Changing the Fintech Space

Known for consumer sweethearts like Apple and Facebook, Northern California is now tackling a less sexy though infinitely important task. Silicon...
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Record Investment In Fintech Is Nothing Exciting, It's Expected

Record Investment In Fintech Is...

The past six months of 2016 were a record high for fintech investment....

Record Investment In Fintech Is Nothing Exciting, It's Expected

Fintech

Record Investment In Fintech Is Nothing Exciting, It's Expected

The past six months of 2016 were a record high for fintech investment. And for the first time ever, Asia has become the #1 market in terms of the...
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Startups Venturing Into Highly Regulated Industries Can Learn From Fintech's Playbook

Startups Venturing Into Highly...

The world’s 10 largest banks control nearly $25 trillion in...

Startups Venturing Into Highly Regulated Industries Can Learn From Fintech's Playbook

Fintech

Startups Venturing Into Highly Regulated Industries Can Learn From Fintech's Playbook

The world’s 10 largest banks control nearly $25 trillion in assets — almost as much as the annual GDP of the U.S. and China combined. But...
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The Great FinTech Robo Advisor Race

The Great FinTech Robo Advisor Race

Perhaps no other sub sector of the fintech arena has received as much...

The Great FinTech Robo Advisor Race

Fintech

The Great FinTech Robo Advisor Race

Perhaps no other sub sector of the fintech arena has received as much institutional and retail interest as the robo advisors. The business of...
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5 things you Need to Know about Fintech

5 things you Need to Know about...

In a new World Economic Forum paper, business leaders from around the...

5 things you Need to Know about Fintech

Fintech

5 things you Need to Know about Fintech

In a new World Economic Forum paper, business leaders from around the world urge a societal debate and proactive standard setting around fintech, or...
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House Panel Grapples With Fintech Oversight

House Panel Grapples With Fintech...

Fintech lenders told a House subcommittee Tuesday that the federal...

House Panel Grapples With Fintech Oversight

Fintech

House Panel Grapples With Fintech Oversight

Fintech lenders told a House subcommittee Tuesday that the federal government must give them the freedom to innovate, but the president of the...
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KBW and Nasdaq launch fintech index

KBW and Nasdaq launch fintech index

Keefe Bruyette & Woods (KBW), a Stifel company (NYSE:SF), and...

KBW and Nasdaq launch fintech index

Fintech

KBW and Nasdaq launch fintech index

Keefe Bruyette & Woods (KBW), a Stifel company (NYSE:SF), and Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today announced the launch of the KBW Nasdaq Financial...
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Smart Data Is a Bigger Priority Than Big Data for FinTech Companies

Smart Data Is a Bigger Priority...

In the financial technology world, collecting the right information is...

Smart Data Is a Bigger Priority Than Big Data for FinTech Companies

Fintech

Smart Data Is a Bigger Priority Than Big Data for FinTech Companies

In the financial technology world, collecting the right information is critical. Even though big data is often heralded as the best way to optimize...
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The fintech ecosystem explained

The fintech ecosystem explained

We’ve entered the most profound era of change for financial...

The fintech ecosystem explained

Fintech

The fintech ecosystem explained

We’ve entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers...
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Will Fintech Make The World A Better Place?

Will Fintech Make The World A...

It is striking how quickly we have become reconciled to the disruptive...

Will Fintech Make The World A Better Place?

Fintech

Will Fintech Make The World A Better Place?

It is striking how quickly we have become reconciled to the disruptive power of information technology. We saw what Amazon did to record shops and...
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The Age of Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

The Age of Artificial Intelligence...

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the buzz this year. According to...

The Age of Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

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The Age of Artificial Intelligence in Fintech

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the buzz this year. According to CB Insights, as of June 15, this year, more than 200 AI venture financing deals...
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Brexit is a tragedy, but it could be the making of UK Fintech

Brexit is a tragedy, but it could...

Let there be no doubt – Brexit is a tragedy. Instead of taking...

Brexit is a tragedy, but it could be the making of UK Fintech

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Brexit is a tragedy, but it could be the making of UK Fintech

Let there be no doubt – Brexit is a tragedy. Instead of taking on challenges with its European partners, Britain is taking precisely the wrong...
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When Hackers get Hacked

When Hackers get Hacked

They say democracy can be a messy process. The same is true of tech...

When Hackers get Hacked

Fintech

When Hackers get Hacked

They say democracy can be a messy process. The same is true of tech innovation. Combine the two and things get really interesting. The cryptocurrency...
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Brexit’s FinTech Firestorm

Brexit’s FinTech Firestorm

Even before the markets opened on Friday, June 24, it was clear that...

Brexit’s FinTech Firestorm

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Brexit’s FinTech Firestorm

Even before the markets opened on Friday, June 24, it was clear that Wall Street was in for a rocky Friday.
After 51.9 percent of voters in the...
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‘Brexit’ Could Disrupt Fintech Business

‘Brexit’ Could Disrupt Fintech...

The U.K. referendum result this past week could disrupt emerging...

‘Brexit’ Could Disrupt Fintech Business

Fintech

‘Brexit’ Could Disrupt Fintech Business

The U.K. referendum result this past week could disrupt emerging digital payments rules and financial-technology upstarts.
Europe is a key region...
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Bellco meets Millennials on their own turf  - and kills it!

Bellco meets Millennials on their...

Last weekend I got the opportunity to check an item off my bucket...

Bellco meets Millennials on their own turf - and kills it!

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Bellco meets Millennials on their own turf - and kills it!

Last weekend I got the opportunity to check an item off my bucket list: I made it to Comic Con. I discovered that one of BIG’s clients, Bellco...
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Here's where fintech is heading next

Here's where fintech is heading...

Tuesday I'll be co-moderating the Singularity University Exponential...

Here's where fintech is heading next

Fintech

Here's where fintech is heading next

Tuesday I'll be co-moderating the Singularity University Exponential Finance Conference in New York. The event provides another opportunity to assess...
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Here's the huge question facing fintech startups — can they make any money?

Here's the huge question facing...

Something strange happened to a few hundred customers of startup,...

Here's the huge question facing fintech startups — can they make any money?

Fintech

Here's the huge question facing fintech startups — can they make any money?

Something strange happened to a few hundred customers of startup, app-only bank Number26 last week — their accounts started closing. With no...
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Fintech is playing the long game

Fintech is playing the long game

Our team has been actively investing in fintech for the past two...

Fintech is playing the long game

Fintech

Fintech is playing the long game

Our team has been actively investing in fintech for the past two years. In addition to reading pitches from hundreds of companies and meeting with...
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The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets For Fintech Disruptors, Regulatory Freedom...

The Little Black Book of...

As long as there has been business, there has been disruption. A...

The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets For Fintech Disruptors, Regulatory Freedom...

Fintech

The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets For Fintech Disruptors, Regulatory Freedom...

As long as there has been business, there has been disruption. A recent Harvard Business Review article discussed the concept of “spontaneous...

RSS Upcoming Events

12 Sep 2016 Symitar Educational Conference (SEC) and Technology Expo 9/12/2016 - 9/15/2016
Symitar Educational Conference (SEC) and Technology Expo
The SEC is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers, discuss challenges and opportunities, get to know Symitar associates, and learn more about the technology driving your credit union.
4 Oct 2016 HCUA Convention & Annual Meeting 10/4/2016 - 10/6/2016

At Heartland Credit Union Association’s first Convention & Annual Meeting, experience a fantastic line-up of national speakers and sessions, entertainment, and plenty of time to network with your peers from Kansas and Missouri credit unions.

11 Oct 2016 CreditUnionTimes - Fraud: Don't Let it Happen to your Credit Union 10/11/2016 - 10/12/2016
CreditUnionTimes - Fraud: Don't Let it Happen to your Credit Union
Banks and credit unions have more types of cybersecurity tools at their disposal today than ever before, and it’s increasingly difficult to determine which of these tools are truly needed for any particular environment. Monetizing the budgetary value of individual security expenditures is incredibly challenging for IT security teams, so it may not be feasible to make purchasing decisions on that basis. Rather, financial institutions must assess where their security weaknesses are and identify the tools that can mitigate these weak links efficiently and cost-effectively. Unlike many other organizations, banks and credit unions tend to have solid security tools already in place.