All About Us

We’ve spoken at, attended, and covered hundreds of banking and technology events during the past 20 years. And we loved them all.

But some are better than others… much better. You know when you’ve been to a good event. You can’t stop thinking about it on the flight home. And when you are back in the office, you talk about it, update colleagues, pass on leads and ponder new insights. And if it was a truly great event, you are already looking forward to next year’s.

In 2007, we set about to make the most memorable event in financial services technology. We rounded up 20 of the coolest companies including Mint (acquired by Intuit in 2009 for $170 million), Lending Club (IPO in 2014, valued at more than $7 billion), and Prosper (still private, but valued at more than $1 billion). And as they say, the rest is history.

Finovate expanded to San Francisco in 2008, London in 2010, Asia in 2012 and the fintech developer community in 2014 with our new series, FinDEVr, on both the East and West Coasts.

Our 30 events have attracted more than 16,000 attendees, who’ve watched more than 1,600 demos & presentations (all available here & here) from more than 700 companies (all covered here & here).

The Team

The company was founded in 1995 by Jim Bruene, a banker who worked with Microsoft, U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo, Chase, First Chicago, and Michigan National to launch the Home Banking Network , the first PFM-based online banking in 1994 (via Microsoft Money). The company’s subscription newsletter, Online Banking Report, was an important voice in the nascent sector.

Eric Mattson joined as CEO in 2006 to turn the boutique publishing company into a diverse specialty information provider. He launched the Finovate event series in 2007 and FinDEVr in 2014.

Finovate events are directed by Greg Palmer, Finovate’s first full-time employee in 2009, and Erika Sanchez, who joined in 2011. Heather Stowell started on the Finovate side in 2012 and now directs the FinDEVr series.

The rest of the event team includes Kate Schultz, Kate Stolte, Leah Baldwin, Mitch Pederson, Emily OlyarchukDominika Marczak and Paula Wrzecionowska.

The Finovate and FinDEVr blogs are written by employee number three Julie Schicktanz along with David Penn.