Financial Innovators Can Find Inspiration in Bay Area

American Banker (June 7, 2012)  Bankers, community advocates, innovators and regulators will be converging on San Francisco next week for the Seventh Annual Underbanked Financial Services Forum presented by American Banker and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. While the agenda will provide attendees lots of food for thought, and the halls will be packed for networking opportunities, I urge travelers to take a Bay Area financial services innovation tour of their own and visit some of the many financial services innovators in the area.

Bay Area start-ups have received the lion’s share of the $1.9 billion invested by venture capital firms in early-stage financial services companies. Much has been written about innovators like my company BillFloat, Boku, Lending Club, Prosper, Square and Xoom. They’re all located in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.


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