To kick off Finovate’s commemoration of Black/African-American Historical past Month this 12 months, we’re highlighting a number of the Black and African-American fintech professionals who represented their corporations and their fintech improvements at our Finovate conferences in 2023.
Andre Llewellyn – Advertising and marketing Guide/Advisory Board Member with AI Squared
Together with firm CTO Michelle Bonat, Andre Llewellyn helped demonstrated the brand new Generative AI-based options on AI Squared’s platform at FinovateFall final 12 months.
The corporate’s know-how allows monetary providers corporations to leverage Generative AI – and their very own knowledge – to maximise their enterprise property.
A advertising guide and AI Squared Advisory Board member, Llewellyn is a advertising veteran whose insights helped gasoline new product and model launches for Procter & Gamble, Instagram, Hashflow, and Sweet Digital. He’s a graduate of the NYU Stern College of Enterprise.
Michael Duncan – CEO and Founding father of Bankjoy
Michael Duncan’s Bankjoy made its first Finovate look in 2016.
The corporate, which returned to the Finovate stage in 2022 and 2023 for FinovateFall, helps neighborhood banks and credit score unions entry trendy banking know-how. Bankjoy’s options assist FIs higher goal particular market niches and ship superior digital banking experiences.
Duncan (CEO) co-founded Bankjoy in 2015. Headquartered in Royal Oak, Michigan, Bankjoy has greater than 60 shoppers, greater than 120 integrations, and serves greater than 1 million prospects and members of banks and credit score unions. This week, the corporate introduced a brand new associate – Oregon State Credit score Union – that can deploy Bankjoy’s on-line account opening and mortgage utility.
Ryan Nichols – Options Engineer with DataVisor
Mountain View, California-based DataVisor made its Finovate debut final 12 months at FinovateFall 2023.
Options Engineer Ryan Nichols (proven) joined firm CRO Kevin McWey on stage as they demoed DataVisor’s Fraud & Threat Platform. The corporate’s resolution helps the complete fraud workflow in a self-service resolution that’s single and versatile.
A software program developer and options architect with expertise at companies like CenturyLink and Web writer Big Oak, Nichols joined DataVisor in 2021. As of the spring of 2023, he’s each a Cryptocurrency Tracing Licensed Examiner (CTCE) and a Licensed Cryptocurrency Threat Specialist (CCRS).
Nate Gibbons – Chief Expertise Officer with QuickFi
Nate Gibbons, QuickFi’s Chief Expertise Officer, is not any stranger to Finovate viewers – nor to the Finovate Better of Present awards.
The corporate, an innovator in embedded financing for enterprise tools, has gained Better of Present on two events: FinovateSpring 2022 and 2023. And Gibbons was a part of the profitable staff each instances (together with colleague Jillian Munson, VP of Course of & Automation with QuickFi).
An alum of the College of Rochester Simon Enterprise College, Gibbons can be a Licensed Lease and Finance Skilled (CLFP). Earlier to his tenure at QuickFi, he was Challenge Supervisor and subsequently Vice President at First American Tools Finance.
Malia Lazu – Founder and CEO of The Lazu Group
Malia Lazu is founder and CEO of The Lazu Group.
The corporate is an Fairness, Range, & Inclusion agency that consists of The City Labs (providers) and Lexicon (merchandise). The Lazu Group made its Finovate debut final 12 months at FinovateSpring, demoing its CULTURL Heritage Calendar that provides “content material, concepts, and assets for creating well timed communication to advertise empathy and curiosity and encourage cross-cultural dialogue.”
Lazu is a speaker, a lecturer on the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, and an writer. Her ebook, From Intention to Impression: A Sensible Information to Range, Fairness, and Inclusion, was revealed this 12 months. Lazu can be a former banking skilled, having labored as EVP and Chief Expertise and Tradition Officer for Berkshire Financial institution in Boston.
Matthew Parker – Founder and CEO of ModernTax
ModernTax founder and CEO Matthew Parker launched his firm to Finovate audiences final 12 months at FinovateSpring. ModernTax is an information firm that makes tax and monetary knowledge on personal entities extra accessible. The corporate has created a verification platform that features greater than seven million companies, and ModernTax has validated tax data for “tons of of 1000’s” of them.
Earlier than launching ModernTax, Parker was co-founder and CEO of Quickly.co, a SaaS platform that connects accountants, enrolled brokers, and tax professionals to their shoppers on-line. We caught up with him final fall to speak in regards to the founding of ModernTax and what it means to have a extra clear monetary ecosystem.
Ariam Sium – VP of Product with FinGoal
FinGoal first launched itself to Finovate audiences at FinovateFall in 2021. Nevertheless it was the corporate’s return to the Finovate stage the next spring that earned the Colorado-based fintech its first Better of Present award.
Led by Ariam Sium, VP of Product (proven) and Jenn Underwood, Product Analyst, FinGoal’s demo of its Aggregator Swap Package confirmed how builders can readily transition from their present knowledge aggregator to entry probably the most enriched and dependable knowledge out there.
Finovate VP and host of the Finovate podcast Greg Palmer sat down with Sium within the wake of FinGoal’s Better of Present win final 12 months. Take a look at their dialog from final summer season.
Benjamin Harvey – CEO of AI Squared CEO
AI Squared made its Finovate debut at FinovateSpring 2023. The corporate, based in 2019 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., makes a speciality of serving to corporations combine AI and machine studying performance into any web-based utility. Main the corporate’s demo was founder and CEO Benjamin Harvey.
With a Grasp’s diploma and a Physician of Science in Laptop Science – in addition to years spent as each a Analysis and Assistant Professor – Harvey brings a wealth of educational expertise to the problem of entrepreneurship and innovation within the fintech area.
We mentioned this, and different facets of his background and targets, in a Finovate weblog interview again in August of final 12 months.
Photograph by Christina Morillo