In collaboration with Wharton San Francisco and the Wharton FinTech Club (1st of its kind), I’ve been privileged to organize a “FinTech Executive Speaker Series & Networking Event” later this month which will feature, among other major FinTech players, the likes of Ron Suber (President of Prosper), Al Chang (CTO of Xignite), Ryan Caldbeck (CEO of CircleUp) and Steve McLaughlin (WG ’95, CEO of Financial Technology Partners and BlackRock’s exclusive advisor in the acquisition of Future Advisor). To no surprise, the event sold out in about a week after we announced it but there will be more coming up. You can add your email address for early bird access to future events by sending a note to email@example.com Subject: FinTechMeet.
Below are some descriptive statistics that shed light into the FinTech mindshare in the SF Bay Area (this isn’t scientific research so please take it with a grain of salt). Caveat #2, no data other than these clusters will be revealed. Enjoy.
N: 106 | Persona Types: 5 | Areas of Interest: 7
Attendance by Persona Type
Note: Tickets were allotted by type. Distribution excludes speakers. Not a signal
On an absolute basis…
- Current Entrepreneurs: What are the top three areas that 30 FinTech entrepreneurs are working on? Robo-Advisors (40% of 30), Lending (27%) and Payments (20%).
- Expected Growth: Where are you most likely to see new business pop up in FinTech from Wannapreneurs and Aficionados? Robo-Advisors & Lending at 14 out of 21 responses combined or 67%.
- Jobs Creation: Are entrepreneurs in line with students in terms of skill and will? Yes, they either work or chase after the same top areas (i.e. Robo, Lending, Payments)
- News Impact: What’s the number one topic for 11 FinTech aficionados? Lending
- Investment: What about the 10 investors?. What’s on their mind? Robo-Advisors (40%), Personal Finance (30%) and Equity Crowdfunding (20%) but I wouldn’t rely on this too much given how invitations were made.
Areas of Interest / Expertise [100% Stacked]
On an absolute basis… Who cares about what?
At the risk of sounding like a tarot cards reader or fortune cookie (one joke per post max, promise). Do note:
- Opportunities: If your mind is thinking or working on Robo-Advisor, Lending or Payments, you have a great chance at finding talent (~1:1 ratio) and partnerships with others in your ecosystem at Wharton and in SF.
- PFM is alive: If you are in personal finance, human (6:1) and financial capital (3:1) supply looks healthy
On a relative basis, how interests by persona type compare?
- Exits & Traction Matter: 62% of MBA students and 67% of entrepreneurs care about Robo-Advisors AND Lending. This is probably driven by recent exits and significant industry traction (LearnVest, Future Advisor, Lending Club, Prosper’s Traction). Also, Robos & P2P ecosystem in the news constantly (Wealthfront, Betterment, Orchard).
Analysis By Topic
What are top three topics in people’s minds irrespective of background or current FinTech involvement?
Yep, you guessed them. Robo (38%), Lending (25%) & Payments (14%), which combined with personal finance (11%) on aggregate these four represent 88% of all attendees. Again, this wasn’t a proper survey but I found the data to be fascinating and worth sharing.
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