Live from Empire Startups FinTech Event after Firm Rang Nasdaq Closing Bell

Conference held day after Empire Startups rang the closing bell at Nasdaq.

Less than 24 hours after Empire Startups’ Founder and CEO Jon Zanoff had the honor to ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq along with his staff, his company’s New York FinTech Conference is just underway, and Finance Magnates is reporting live from the event.

The FinTech event is taking place at New York’s iconic Webster Hall venue in Manhattan, and has ten sponsors and sixteen exhibitors, according to Empire Startups website, and the event was listed as sold-out in the preceding days.

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The conference is set to kick-off with an opening keynote from Chairman Matthew Harris of Bain Capital Ventures, and will start shortly after the conference registration which opens at 8am EST this Tuesday morning.

Startup ecosystem

A panel focused on accelerating growth for the startup ecosystem will feature Pascal Bouvier, Scarlett Sieber, Michael Doody, Mike Sha, and moderated by Ryan Teksten. The focus will be on how firms are leveraging the startup ecosystem and whether firms can remain competitive recruiting tech talent, along with aspects of modern accelerated companies and how banks can’t live without one, according to the outline of the agenda.

After the 40 minute session, insurance startups will be the theme of the next panel, and was described as the next gold rush, where the ancient qualities of insurance which dates back thousands of years – were highlighted as still being caught in the stone age  – according to the panel description.

Insurance technology

This panel will be moderated by R.A. Farrokhnia, with speakers including Marek Ciolko, Issac Oats, Francois de Lame, and Rory Joyce. The agenda described this space as being hungry for innovation as products become more tailored allowing people to pay only for what they need, and coupled with new price comparison tools, onboarding solutions, and peer-to-peer coverage.

After a half hour networking break, the following talk will feature a panel dedicated to mobile finance, and described as beyond checks and stock quotes. This panel will feature speakers including Betty DeVita, Kirk Simpson, Andrew Lorentz and Jason Gardner, and moderated by Danny Lopez.

Mobile banking

The agenda listed that banking is becoming more personal, and asked whether this is just because of millennials or whether it’s a lasting trend, and how if the future of mobile finance could look depending on these outcomes.

A one-hour lunch and networking break will take place at noon, and the afternoon keynote will kick-off with a presentation from Learnvest CEO and Founder Alexa von Tobel, who will talk about foundational challenges with the American wallet and ways to revolutionize how people interact with their money, according to the agenda description. Learnvest was recently acquired by Northwestern Mutual, and the discussion of that deal was also noted on the Agenda.

Real estate technology

The next panel will focus on Real Estate and the Tech Boom behind it, as New York City property was noted as growing at a tremendous rate along with real-estate technology startups, according to the agenda description for that panel.

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In addition, the agenda noted that $743.7 million globally had been invested into commercial real estate tech firms between Q2 2012 and Q2 2014, according to a report  that was cited. This real estate tech panel will be moderated by Michael Gilroy, and speakers include Nick Romito, Vishal Garg, Caren Maio, and Nav Athwal.

RegTech and compliance

At 2pm a compliance and regulatory technology (RegTech) panel will heat up with as compliance is always an important topic that affects how financial services and technology firms operate their business including product development and planning, among other areas of concern regarding compliance.

Vivian Maese will moderate this panel, and speakers include Adrienn Harris, Stuart Lacey, John Ramsay, and Max Eliscu, and the speakers were described as entrepreneur’s that develop RegTech solutions to make compliance easier for companies.

A brief networking break will follow until 3pm, and growth hack wiki for FinTech will be the theme of the following talk, with Jeanine Swatton moderating the panel of speakers including Jared Hecht, Jennifer Barrett, Joe Cross and Paul Szurek.

Growth Hacks and past failures

The aspects of marketing and public relations (PR) that is important for FinTech firms to foster will be looked at from the point of how such traditional approaches are evolving rapidly in consumer technologies, and how firms are adopting new ways for growing.

A panel dedicated to a retrospective analysis on what companies learned from their prior success and failures, and how experiences led to iterations,  will feature FinTech venture veterans who will aim to highlight nearly ten times as many lessons they learned from failures when compared to the occasional success story that resulted for them.

New York in focus

A short break will follow, along with the final presentation featuring five hot startups that will present their offering or solution, during a panel moderated by Stephanie Dubois, and featuring startup companies Realty Shares, Remesh, SIGFIG, Enigma, and VTS.

A group picture below shows the Empire Startups team in times square yesterday where the company’s name was featured on the Nasdaq newsroom display around time of the market close when the company rang the closing bell.

Source: Empire Startups
Source: Empire Startups


Finance Magnates is proud to present its inaugural TLV Conference, to be held on the 29th of June. Apart from the invaluable networking opportunities, the agenda is packed with panels, masterclasses and keynote speeches geared towards the subject of fintech. Industry leaders will be discussing subjects such as marketing automation, cybersecurity, financial regulation and cryptocurrencies, with a focus on the booming Israeli fintech scene. In keeping with this, there will also be a fintech spotlight session in which a lineup of firms will each have four minutes to pitch their exciting products, culminating in an award presented to the most promising.

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