Two great days of all things fintech in Madrid. MoneyConf wrapped late last week, and what an event it was. We heard from the innovators and decision makers at finance’s most influential companies, and the founders of the exciting startups hoping to occupy the same space in years to come.
Here are just some of the highlights.
A digital identity for all
Does the impact of blockchain go beyond financial services? That’s what author Chris Skinner was on Centre Stage to discuss. We caught up with Chris backstage after his talk to find out what he reckons is the most ambitious fintech trend. He hopes to see everyone in the world have a blockchain-enabled digital identity by 2030.
Fintech and the city
Seedcamp’s Reshma Sohoni told MoneyConf’s Centre Stage audience why fintech has flourished in London and where may become the world’s next fintech hub. After her talk, she gave us her tips for startups.
Back to the fintech future
Director of innovation at Lloyds Banking Group, Claire Calmejane, joined a future-focused panel that also included Kabbage co-founder Kathryn Petralia to talk where fintech will bring us in the coming years. Their talk focused on the best in the startup, banking and investment worlds.
How little can we charge?
Transferwise CEO and former director of strategy at Skype, Taavet Hinrikus, talked about transparency in fintech. He told us that whereas banks ask how much they can charge for a service, Transferwise ask how little.
Finance and inclusion
President of international markets at MasterCard, Ann Cairns, hit MoneyConf Centre Stage to tell us how we can ensure innovation and inclusion go hand in hand in today’s world.
There may be trouble ahead
Atomico’s Mattias Ljungman, Blumberg Capital’s David Blumberg and Rakuten’s Oskar Miel (pictured): three titans of fintech investment. They talked where we should be watching over the next 12 months and what startups can do to ensure a healthy future.
Access for all
Number26 CEO, Valentin Stalf gave two talks: one on Centre Stage focusing on what consumers want from their bank and one on Insights Stage on why access to international banking accounts need not only be for a small percentage of financially savvy people. Valentin also shared with us news of his company’s $40 million Series B, led by Horizons Ventures.