FinTech Panel: Future of Lending

2016 Empire Startups FinTech Conference San Francisco

In the absence of transparency, investors will flee not fight. As regulators' probes expand beyond Lending Club, we'll take a look at compliance and corporate governance lessons learned.

Moderator: Terrence McKeown, Practice Manager- Credit Analytics. Envestnet Yodlee
Panel: Sasha Orloff, Co-founder & CEO, LendUp; Sam Hodges, Co-founder & Managing Director, Funding Circle; Lauren Kolodny, Principal, Aspect Ventures; Huey Lin, Chief Operating Officer, Affirm

FinTech Panel: Retirement Autopilot

2016 Empire Startups FinTech Conference San Francisco

Mint provided the world the first dashboard for a consolidated view into personal finances. But are consumers using this knowledge to take action? What role will robo-advisors and savings tools play to change user behavior?

Moderator: JD Marple, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Panel: Chris Weirath, Senior Product Manager, Morningstar; Mike Sha, Co-founder & CEO, SigFig; Megan Graf, Director of Implementations, Future Advisor; Zach Perret, Co-founder & CEO, Plaid

FinTech Panel: New Kids on the Blockchain

2016 Empire Startups FinTech Conference San Francisco

You can no longer discuss the FinTech revolution without considering the widespread implications of Blockchain. From smart contracts and settlement to underbanked identity management, this panel will offer an update on the latest trends in Blockchain.

Moderator: Lance Koonce, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Panel: Ryan Smith, Co-founder & CTO, Chain; Arianna Simpson, Venture Partner, Crystal Towers Capital; Constance Choi, Co-Founder COALA

FinTech Panel: Rise of the Bots

2016 Empire Startups FinTech Conference San Francisco

"Hi, please schedule a meeting on Nov 9 with the entire Empire FinTech community in San Francisco." Where else can robots and AI make our lives easier, mine seas of data, or drive efficiency or superior returns? Let's check in with those at the bleeding edge of automation.

Moderator: Ryan Falvey, Managing Director, Financial Solutions Lab CFSI
Panel: David Sosna, Co-founder & CEO, Personetics; Sam Hocking, CEO, AltX; Ryan Graciano, Co-founder & CTO, Credit Karma; Wendy De La Rosa, Co-Founder & Head of Research, Common Cents Lab

Chime Demo - 2016 SF FinTech Conference

Chime Demo at the 2016 San Francisco Empire FinTech Conference

Shane Steele, VP Marketing, Chime

Chime ( is a new kind of bank account that empowers people to lead healthier financial lives and automate their savings. With Chime, you get a Chime Visa Debit Card and an FDIC insured bank account that can be managed entirely from your smartphone.

This is one of six red hot startup demos from the 2016 SF Empire Startups FinTech Conference.

Fireside Chat with Betterment Co-founder Eli Broverman

Eli Broverman is Co-Founder and President of Betterment. Eli co-founded Betterment with a vision that smarter technology will help people better plan for their financial needs and reach their goals. Through his work at Betterment, Eli aims to make personal finance one of the first fields to reach the age of automation. Eli oversees the company’s business operations, strategic initiatives, and legal matters. Eli is a frequent guest on CNBC, FOX, and Bloomberg TV, and regular speaker  at leading industry events.

Prior to forming Betterment, Eli practiced law at the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, where he advised Fortune 500 companies and their senior management on securities, tax, and compensation matters. Mr. Broverman is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law.

Penny Crosman, Editor at Large, American Banker, moderates this fireside chat from the NY FinTech Meetup

Fireside Chat with Adam Nash, CEO of Wealthfront

Adam Nash is the CEO of Wealthfront, perhaps the largest and fastest-growing online financial advisor in the industry. Based in Silicon Valley, Wealthfront was the first to reach $1 billion in assets under management (AUM), and they did it in just two and a half years. 

As President and CEO of Wealthfront, Adam Nash has built the company around a centralized mission to always put the client first and change the bad practices that plague the financial services industry. Adam joined Wealthfront from Greylock Partners, where he was an Executive-in-Residence. Prior to Greylock, he was VP of Product Management at LinkedIn, where he built the teams responsible for core product, user experience, platform and mobile. Adam held a number of leadership roles at eBay that included Director of eBay Express, as well as strategic and technical roles at Atlas Venture Preview Systems and Apple. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. 

Alex Wilhelm, Editor in Chief at Mattermark and formerly at TechCrunch and The Next Web, moderates this fireside chat from the SF FinTech Meetup.