BIG's 2016 FinTech Holiday Gift Guide!

BIG's 2016 FinTech Holiday Gift Guide!

BIG's 2016 FinTech Holiday Gift Guide!

Give the tech person on your Christmas list the perfect gift! Join John and Glen as they suggest this year's best FinTech gifts.


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The Gift Guide:

  • Google Home – Google’s voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
  • Make – DIY Project and Ideas magazine
  • – Software created to act as the engine of your FinTech product.
  • Swych – A gift card/exchange/storage/recommendation app.
  • Ciright – Ciright offers the ONE Card that allows users to consolidate all credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards on a single card with a mobile wallet.
  • Bitcoin – Because this is an interesting gift idea.
  • Coinbase – A wallet for your friends to store the bitcoin you give them for the holidays.
  • Deseat – Online UNsubscription service.

In This Episode:

  • A Holiday-themed demonstration of Google Home, and why a subscription to Make: is the perfect gift to combine with it.
  • The Google Home SDK and hidden surprise.
  • How allows you to create and test your ideas and connect them to existing products.
  • How Swych provides a new take on gift card giving and P2P transactions by leveraging social media and providing flexibility to consumers.
  • Ciright’s ONE Card solution that allows users to put all of their gift, debit, loyalty and credit cards onto a single card that supports EMV.
  • Why Bitcoin makes a great FinTech gift, what you need to have in place to purchase Bitcoins, and other interesting Bitcoin facts.
  • Deseat allows you to “erase” yourself from past online subscriptions.
  • Gift cards, mobile wallets, and why it is important for credit unions to make sure their card is the one that member’s use to top off their stored value cards.
  • How digital payments are changing consumer behavior.

URLs related to this week's BIGCast:

  • Plastc – An early multi-card offering.
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg on
  • Amazon Go – The video and details on Amazon’s expansion into “grab and go” shopping.
  • Blackhawk Network – Branded gift cards and digital payment solutions.
  • Bitcoin faucets – An in-depth article on on Bitcoin faucets, including faucet recommendations.

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About BIGcast Network

Credit Union Industry Experts, John Best, Founder of Best Innovation Group (BIG), Glen Sarvady, Managing Principal at 154 Advisors and Anne Legg, Founder of THRIVE Strategic Services have teamed-up to offer a new podcast series to form the BIGcast Network. The BIGcast will become a twice weekly podcast and will be offering financial news and thought leadership in the areas of Business Strategy, Innovation, Payments and Leadership to financial institutions globally. Meet the BIGCast Network Team:

John Best is recognized as a thought leader and visionary of technology advancements and financial application development within the credit union industry. Requests for speaking engagements include Symitar national and regional conferences, Information Technologies Credit Union Association annual conference, and CUNA Technology Council, CUNA Marketing Council, CUNA lending Council Filene Water Cooler Annual Symposium and Correlation annual meeting as a keynote speaker.
Anne Legg is founder of THRIVE Strategic Services. THRIVE leads organizations to goal attainment via data translation resulting in innovative and transformational business strategies. Anne is a recognized credit union expert and thought leader with an MBA thesis on the credit union business model as well as two internationally published whitepapers on credit union business strategy. She has served as an SME for CUNA and National University and has instructed at several CUNA schools.
John Janclaes has more than thirty years of experience in the financial services industry, spanning retail banking, brokerage, and insurance. He joined Partners Federal Credit Union in June 2004 as President and Chief Executive Officer. With eleven branches located primarily in California and Florida, Partners serves employees of The Walt Disney Company, currently numbering more than 140,000 members with$1.6 billion in assets under management.

John is founder of The CEO Corner, an online forum to help business leaders and their organizations thrive ( In recognition of John’s commitment to leadership development, proceeds from the sale of his leadership book, "Doing What Matters" will be donated to support scholarships for business leaders in training.
Glen Sarvady’s episodes of the BIGCast will focus on top-of-mind topics impacting the payments world, analysis of recent product launches, acquisitions, partnerships and innovations, and on-site reporting and interviews from industry venues like Finovate, Money 20/20 and NACHA Payments. Interviews will be brief and to-the-point, emphasizing substance and avoiding informercial territory. As with other BIGCast Network offerings credit unions receive added attention, but the discussions will be relevant and entertaining for strategic thinkers across the financial services spectrum, particularly those interested in consumer and small business experience and the real-world effects of breakthrough payment innovations.

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