The Empire Startups Fintech Conference at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco launches next week, on Nov. 10. This is the inaugural west coast event, bringing together more than 180 fintech companies, investors and others in the fintech community.
For those attending, it will be an action packed day of blockchain and borrowers, payments and partnerships. With all of these great fintech minds under one roof, there are some panels and companies we definitely recommend checking out, and some in which we’re interested in finding out more. So without further ado, here’s our ‘Recommendations’ for the panels we’re looking forward to at the show and our ‘Question Marks’ for panels that could be interesting if they stay focused, but could also turn south if things get off track.
Cash is Dead
9:30am, featuring Marqeta, plastiq, Square, Core Innovation Capital, Mastercard
With a strong lineup of panelists, this session promises to kick the day off right. These leading companies are all dealing with the here and now of changes in the payments space, rather than a distant and uncertain future, so they should bring a uniquely qualified perspective on the state of payments.
The New UX of Fintech
3:00pm, featuring Yodlee, Bento for Business, LendUp, NerdWallet, Alchemy50
As fintech marketers and designers, UX for Fintech is a subject near and dear to our hearts. With companies like Bento, LendUp and NerdWallet that spend a lot of time considering the intersection of design, communication and effectiveness in customer interactions, they should have a lot of insight to offer.
The Growth of Lending
3:40pm, featuring Ldger, Sindeo, TrueAccord, Fundbox, SoFi
We had a chance to see Ldger at Finovate Fall and Fundbox at Money 20/20,