Top takeaways from Finovate Fall: Part I

Security/authentication products led the pack during the rapid-fire showcase of fintech ideas.

Finovate Fall assembled perhaps my favorite batch yet of product pitches for last week’s event in New York City.

This may be because the balance of ideas tilted toward the pragmatic. There were a few moonshots, but I could envision most of these solutions winding up among a financial institution’s offerings and/or on an end-user’s mobile device in the not-too-distant future.

For those unfamiliar with the drill, Finovate convenes a rapid-fire showcase of the latest fintech ideas. There’s a clear startup flavor to the lineup, but new product launches by established firms are fair game (Experian and Fiserv were on this agenda, for instance).

Two key characteristics are that segments are strictly limited to seven minutes, and must consist of live demos—no slideware.

Some recurring themes inevitably emerge over the course of two days of presentations (76 of them this time around), offering a handy barometer of insider sentiment.

 

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