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Banking School

What They Don’t Teach You at Banking School

The financial services industry has a long and important tradition of executive education. Up and coming managers are sent off to graduate banking programs to learn industry best practices developed over prior decades, and in some cases, centuries. These programs are well prepared to teach the evolving art and science of asset and liability management, credit underwriting, portfolio […]

One Sigma

The Power of One Sigma

Six Sigma is a quality improvement program that gets its name from the concept of 99.9997% quality. In statistics, each sigma represents the statistical measure of 1 standard deviation from the mean in a range of outcomes in a normal distribution. Six sigma translates into no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. It is often related to (and sometimes conflated with) […]

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Banking on Blockchain

Last week I attended an IBM blockchain discussion at Rise New York, featuring Jalak Jobanputra, Founder and Managing Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures and Brigid McDermott, Vice President of Blockchain Business Development & Ecosystem for IBM, and moderated by Todd Pruzan, Editorial Director for Ogilvy. You can catch the video of the event here, and also […]

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Building Better Bank-Fintech Partnerships

Talk of banks and fintech companies partnering together has increased dramatically in the past year.  There have definitely been some interesting partnerships announced, particularly with some of the marketplace lenders, various blockchain projects and some artificial intelligence driven bots. Most are in stages that are too early for a full analysis at this point. There […]

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Bankers Are From Mars…

It is not news here, or anywhere else, but bankers and fintech entrepreneurs are from different planets. They are just wired differently. Just a few years ago, all of the fintech companies wanted to put traditional financial institutions out of business. Disrupt the industry!, they said. Despite the fact that we still have over 6,000 banks in the U.S. alone, […]

AND-I's

Rise of the AND-I’s

Make way for the And-I’s. And-I’s are my name for a new phenomenon I’ve noticed in financial services job titles. “And-I” stands for the words “and innovation” tacked on to the end of existing job titles. Your “Head of Digital Banking” is now “Head of Digital Banking and Innovation“. Boom. You’re now in the innovation game. […]