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Sibos Fintech Forum – the expert’s views

In the second of a two part series Sibos speaks to fintech leaders and experts about the sector, collaboration with established financial services firms and the topics set to dominate this year’s SIbos in London

 

David Brear – CEO, 11:FS 

How would you describe your specific fintech offering in one line to a layperson?

“We do way too many things to describe it in one line, but I would say we make financial services fun.” 

What are you most looking forward to about Sibos in London?

“Sibos does such a great job at bringing together an amazingly diverse community, whether its regulation, technology, big banks or fintechs, they’re all represented. When you assemble these people in one place you get such a unique perspective into our industry-wide ecosystem.” 

What topic do you think will generate the most buzz at Sibos this year?

“You can talk about any number of cool technology buzzwords like AI or DLT but fundamentally, the inhibitor in most big organisations is still culture and cultural transformation. This is the topic that most people will gravitate towards at Sibos London - how do we unlock, action and move it forward?” 

What makes Sibos unique or special for you?

“Sibos is the first event that people say they will definitely be attending each year. This a great sign of the community vibe that has been building up around the event for years.”

What makes a successful bank and fintech partnership?

“A successful relationship means both banks and start-ups recognising each other’s strengths.”

 

 

Diana Paredes – CEO and Co-Founder, Suade Labs

How would you describe your specific fintech offering in one line to a layperson?

“We provide regulatory software to the financial industry. Suade is a platform that allows financial institutions to normalise data for reporting, analytics and calculations purposes.” 

What are you most looking forward to about Sibos in London?

“Sibos is the event of the year, I love it. The combination of Innotribe, which is always super interesting, and the mainstream panels and sessions have always been the best you will find in financial technology. Attending Sibos gives you an invaluable summary of everything you need to know within the sector.”

What makes Sibos unique or special for you?

“For someone like me, a CEO of a software company, who is extremely busy, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with everything that is relevant to my company and clients. The opportunities to network and meet up with clients are huge.”

What makes a successful bank and fintech partnership?

“A start-up can learn a great deal from working with a financial institution, from their set up to their experience. A financial institution can also learn a lot from the agility of a start-up or fintech and their method of delivering. The real recipe for success is self-awareness of the cross-pollination potential that exists.” 

 

 

Dominic Longman – Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Trustology 

How would you describe your specific fintech offering in one line to a layperson?

“We keep your private keys safe which is the critical factor for any blockchain asset, either private or public.” 

What are you most looking forward to about Sibos in London?

“This year it’s really going to be the merging of the old world and the new world. These new forms of financial telecommunications, such as blockchain, need more refined standards and there’s a lot of opportunity for companies involved in this discussion.”

What topic do you think will generate the most buzz at Sibos this year?

“This year the impact of blockchain and fintech on the securities markets will be a huge topic.”

What makes Sibos unique or special for you?

“I have still to come across an event that gathers so many decision makers and industry experts while offering enough coverage to both big firms and smaller companies in one place. It’s the one industry event to go to each year.”

What makes a successful bank and fintech partnership?

“It’s all about recognising the potential that each partner can bring to the table. Banks are starting to notice the new business opportunities that can come about from working together with fintechs to make better products for consumers and that can only be positive for the financial industry.”