Introducing Guest Speaker: Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is known as the most influential person in FinTech. He has clear stances without pointing out upcoming reversals. Bestselling author and commentator on the financial markets through his blog, he is continuously ranked as a top influencer to follow. (Wall Street Journal). 

For Skinner, FinTech is about imagination and being a game changer as a creation of the new generation. 94% of current banking CEOs don’t have a presentable experience in technology. He also denunciates the stagy approach of innovation in banks, organized through hackathons, startup demo days and slacking marketing budgets.

In return Skinner pleads for a reorganization of banks, through their business and typology of essential talents to come (engineers over financiers) with a focus on user experience. For this reason, banks implement an app-marketplace and a dedicated partner ecosystem, which can already be seen at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

His latest book, Digital Bank, offers a detailed analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete. Sberbank’s CIO rated it as “one of the best banking books I’ve ever read” on Amazon. The book got similar comments from different bank managers from Gartner, noticeably Ron Shevlin and Brett King.

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