FinDEVr Feature — Barclaycard

See Barclaycard and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Premanand Chandrasekaran, Barclaycard‘s Vice President:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?

I started my career in India in 1997, working as a software engineer with CMC – (a Tata Enterprise). From there, I moved to Citibank for a year. In 2002, I started at ThoughtWorks and served in a variety of deep technology-facing roles — developer, technical lead, architect, consultant, and technical principal. The global nature of ThoughtWorks’ business meant interacting with a varied set of clients in multiple geographies in diverse domains. Being in the midst of some of the luminaries of the agile world, like Martin Fowler and Jim Highsmith, promoted a strong culture of software excellence and rapid iteration.

BarclaycardI began work at Barclaycard close to three years ago, first as a consultant and then as a full-time colleague, helping with the conception, architecture and implementation of our next generation platform, aimed to accelerate our ambitious growth plans. My experience working in deep technical roles while adopting iterative delivery methods coupled with working on large distributed programs allowed me to gain valuable insights on how to succeed with challenging software programs.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

In today’s fintech environment, the ability to very rapidly iterate over business ideas in production while continuing to serve existing customers reliably is paramount. Enablers such as the cloud and a plethora of high quality online remote collaboration tools have meant that rapid innovation at scale is no longer just for large corporations. At Barclaycard, our singular focus is on automation of every aspect of software delivery — including configuration changes, new features, bug fixes and experiments alike. This enables software teams to move at the speed of light, in a sustainable way.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

I’m currently creating the backbone for our next generation set of services and applications. Employing techniques such as domain-driven design (DDD) and architectural patterns such as event-driven architecture (EDA) and command query responsibility segregation (CQRS) allows us to build a highly cohesive, yet loosely coupled set of services. We went live with the second phase of the platform late last year. Now we’re working on applying the same solution at a global level. These are indeed very exciting times.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Lose the Layers with FinDEVr New York — Final Days to Save

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Slip off your coat. Unwind your scarf. Drop your gloves. And flip your cap.

Winter is winding down and New York is warming up. With temperatures rising above 60 degrees, what better way to celebrate spring than with FinDEVr New York this March?Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 7.11.37 AM

If you’re working on the tech side of financial services, you’ll find both friends and influential connections in the room next month. While there are too many technologists and media attending FinDEVr New York to list them all, here’s an idea of who has already registered.

This Friday is the final early-bird ticket deadline before the event, so get your ticket here.

  • VP Information Technology — Alliant Credit Union
  • Software Solutions Architect — Alliant Credit Union
  • Ops Manager — AlphaPoint
  • SVP Product & Strategy — AlphaPoint
  • IP App Developer Engineer — Amazon
  • Software Developer Manager — Amazon
  • Global Head of Architecture & Technical Solutions — Arvato Financial Solutions/Bertelsmann
  • VP Software Development — Billtrust
  • Sr. Director, Software Engineering — Capital One
  • VP Product Development — Deluxe
  • Director, UX Design Engineering — Deluxe
  • Executive Director, Engineering — Deluxe
  • VP Development — DHI Computing Service
  • Sr. Programmer — Edward Jones
  • Solutions Engineer — Envestnet Yodlee
  • CTO — Fintech Solutions
  • Head of Architecture — Kanetix
  • Head of Emerging Technology — Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services
  • Developer — Mantigma
  • CTO — Matrix Applications
  • Sr. Technology Manager — Mizuho Bank
  • Managing IT Director — Mizuho Securities
  • Director of Software Engineering — Paragon Technology Solutions
  • Software Developer — Pied Piper
  • VP Product Innovation — PNC Bank
  • CTO — Prodigy Finance
  • Development Lead — Prudential
  • IT Director — Prudential
  • IT Consultant — PwC
  • Head of Product Development — QIWI Bank
  • Product Development — Regalii
  • Director of Application Development — Swift Capital
  • Technology Team Lead — Swift Capital
  • Management Board, IT — TeamBank
  • Sr. Technology Advisor — Tendor Armor
  • CTO — Thinking Capital
  • CTO — Third Party Trade Group
  • Sr. Software Engineer — Thomson Reuters
  • CTO — Trade IT
  • Product Manager — USAA
  • Director of Emerging Tech — Zions Bancorporation

Join us this spring and save 10% with the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” at newyork2017.findevr.com. And save an additional $100 when you register before this Friday, February 24.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum,BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, CooperPress, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups,Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — Softjourn

See Softjourn and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Yuriy Kropelnytsky, Softjourn‘s Project Manager:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?
I started my career in telecoms, setting up and adjusting billing systems: first as a developer, then as a manager. Ten years ago, I switched to IT. Now I’m a project manager at Softjourn, working in financial services, card-processing and blockchain cryptocurrency. I learned how to run the tech side of Softjourn by developing different complex software systems and focusing on the cutting edge of fintech. That’s why we decided to test Blockchain to see how DLT and smart contracts work. As a result, we set up an in-house employee loyalty system based on cryptocurrency using smart contracts.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

Softjourn’s combination of hardware, blockchain cryptocurrency and smart contracts as an approach to crowdfunding local social projects.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

My favorite implementation of this technology was going from a simple in-house loyalty program for employees to funding local community projects. The same SJ coins employees can use to get coffee from a vending machine can be used to support orphanages and animal shelters or to raise funds for families of sick children or those who have lost a breadwinner at the front. Through our blockchain-based voting system, employees can vote on which projects they want the company to support through the Softjourn Foundation, which was set up to support community causes. We have also developed different currencies and different colors to identify different projects.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — Riverbed

See Riverbed (+Teneo) and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with George Karamanoglou, Riverbed‘s Director of Advanced Business Solutions:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?
I have over twenty years’ experience with leading suppliers and consumers of advanced application operations technology. I’ve held various strategic technical and management roles with a focus on application infrastructure performance and developed a keen understanding of market needs, with substantial experience introducing and discussing emerging disruptive technology to large complex organizations.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

Riverbed solutions are focused on identifying and managing application performance constraints across infrastructure domains. By delivering better visibility, performance, and control of critical application infrastructure Riverbed can help you bring the promise of digital transformation to life.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

Implementing Riverbed solutions for the best application performance management and monitoring to gain real-time visibility into the end-user experience, infrastructure and applications. As a result, we enable the ability to diagnose application performance problems down to the offending code, service function, network, or system resource in development and production environments.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Speak to 400+ Fintech Developers this June — Apply for FinDEVr London

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The second deadline to apply to speak at FinDEVr London is this Friday, February 24. If you’re interested, there are a few things to consider: Is FinDEVr the right fit for your company? What should you show on stage? Is the timing right?

FinDEVr events focus on the tech side of financial, banking and payments technology. Companies showcase the latest in enabling tools — APIs, SDKs, cloud services and platforms, explore use cases, and walk through tutorials of best practices, implementation, etc.

FinDEVr is a good fit if you’re developing enabling technology and want to reach a technical audience (CTOs, software architects and engineers, developers, etc.) to do the following:

  • Drive product adoption of APIs/platforms/SDKs (like Stratumn and Streamdata.io)
  • Showcase new and trending technology and the inspiration behind it (like DigiByte)
  • Establish technical leadership of the industry while educating the market (like Braintree and Google)
  • Garner press recognition and gather feedback on innovations

With 15 minutes on stage, speakers balance live coding, slides, video and demos. Check out DriveWealth’s presentation from our most recent FinDEVr event to see what this looks like:

And then apply ASAP. The second deadline to apply to speak is this Friday, February 24. Submissions are reviewed and presenters selected on an ongoing basis. Even though the final application deadline is not until March, applying early is advantageous (early-bird discounts on the speaker fee are available).

For more information on speaking, please review the brochure for prospective presenting companies here: london2017.findevr.com/presenterpdf. And then fill out the online application here: london2017.findevr.com/application.

If you have any questions, please email london@findevr.com.

FinDEVr Feature — Modelshop

See Modelshop and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Tom Tobin, Modelshop‘s Founder:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?
Modelshop 2I started as a rocket scientist. No, literally. I worked for General Dynamics in the late ’80s and wrote flight control software for the Atlas II satellite launch platform. The launches were exciting, but the coding really wasn’t. It took weeks to write 100 lines of code, with hundreds of people double checking your work.

I got out of avionics code and took a role building golf ball flight trackers using machine vision for Callaway golf. Definitely more exciting, but I really wanted to be part of a software company that was solving big problems.

I joined a small company in San Diego called HNC Software (now FICO). They were solving the credit card fraud problem using Neural Networks. Fast forward 25 years and I’m still creating solutions in financial services using data and analytics to solve tough problems such as credit pricing decisions, fraud detection and portfolio optimization. Modelshop is the culmination of what I’ve learned delivering these solutions to some of the largest (and smallest) financial institutions out there, and it has the potential to change how decisions are made in our industry.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

Modelshop 1At its core, Modelshop is an incredibly flexible ontology engine. It can morph the way organizations leverage information to transparently move between data, logic, policy, analytics and back to data. What’s interesting is that spreadsheets also do a pretty good job of this and can be powerful in the hands of capable business analysts. Our goal with Modelshop was not only to replicate that ease of working with information to produce immediate answers for businesses, but also to deliver that on a more scalable, shareable, real-time and analytically robust platform. Technology aside, our vision is to enable businesses to deliver unique analytic applications and services on a larger scale than with traditional coding. We believe we have successfully delivered a platform that accomplishes that vision.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

Blinker.com is an early stage company based in Denver that connects private party auto buyers and sellers and facilitates the purchase transaction, including financing. They have created an incredible user experience and all of the analytic decisioning behind the scenes is powered by Modelshop. I love the product they have built, and I’m proud of the role we’ve played in delivering their solution in an incredibly short time frame.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Is Both Lion And Lamb

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If the spring season comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, then FinDEVr has a glorious golden mane and soft wooly end.

FinDEVr heads into spring with FinDEVr New York on March 21 & 22, then expands internationally to London on June 12 & 13 at the tail end of the season. With unique speaker rosters, tools and tech, attend both to see what’s happening in the fintech developer community in the US and Europe.

Featuring live coding, demos, videos, and slides, the events will showcase new and trending technology for the financial services, banking and payments industries – APIs, SDKs, platforms, and more. TED-style, 15-minute presentations are interspersed with short networking sessions in an exhibition area giving attendees the chance to connect with presenting companies and 400+ CTOs, software engineers & architects, developers and other talented technologists.

The selection process for FinDEVr New York presenters has started. They include Barclaycard, BlueMetal, ChartIQ, Cognitect, Currency Cloud, Ellie Mae, FairCom, Finicity, FixNix, GoodData, Modelshop, Prevoty, Softjourn, TokBox and Vantiv with more announced next week.

If you love the tech in fintech, FinDEVr New York and London are the place to be.

Register today and save 10% with the promo code “FinDEVrBlog”. FinDEVr London presale tickets expire this Friday, and New York early-bird savings are also on the way out.


FinDEVr New York and London 2017 are partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, London Tech Week, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Media Roll Call: See Who’s Covering FinDEVr New York

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If FinDEVr is generating a lot of buzz in New York and the media likes buzz, is the media buzzing about FinDEVr New York?

Yes, yes it is. An impressive roster of media organizations have secured passes to FinDEVr New York and will attend the developer event this March 21 & 22. Here’s a sneak peek of the reporters, editors, analysts and producers who will be in the room:

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Join us and see what the buzz is about. Register and save 10% with the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” at newyork2017.findevr.com.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Empire Startups, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Speaker Deadline for FinDEVr London — Apply Now!

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In the depths of winter, FinDEVr — like many of you — is looking forward to summer. On June 12 & 13, FinDEVr is launching its first international event in London and joining forces with London Tech Week.

With the surge of fintech innovation in Europe and the first FinDEVr London speaker deadline just days away, we’re receiving applications from dozens of awesome organizations. Interested in joining the fray? Read on.

FinDEVr is the only event that brings together the people behind fintech: the developers, CTOs, VPs of engineering, software engineers and architects, UX designers and programmers creating financial innovations.

If you’re working on solutions for the fintech, finance and banking industries, the upcoming FinDEVr London is for you. FinDEVr offers a powerful opportunity for technologists to reach 400+ peers in order to:

  • Drive product adoption of APIs/platforms/SDKs
  • Showcase new and trending technology and the inspiration behind it
  • Establish technical leadership of the industry while educating the market
  • Garner press recognition and gather feedback on innovations

Through 15-minute, TED style presentations, companies showcase their latest innovations, case studies, tutorials and best practices through demos, live coding, slides, and videos. During interspersed networking in an exhibition area, presenters have the chance to connect one-on-one with attendees for a deeper dive. With a limited number of companies selected to participate (a max of 30 each day), the presenter to attendee ratio is excellent.

For more information on speaking, please review the brochure here: london2017.findevr.com/presenterpdf. And then fill out the online application here: london2017.findevr.com/application.

If you have any questions, please email london@findevr.com. And keep the first application deadline this Friday, January 27 in mind.

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FinDEVr London 2017 is partnered with BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Celent, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Empire Startups, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Women Who Code.

Join FinDEVr New York’s Impressive Audience — Save On Tickets Through Friday

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This March, dozens of startup and established organizations will take the stage with fintech tools in hand at FinDEVr New York. Over two days, their CTOs, VPs of engineering, software architects, and development teams will showcase the APIs, SDKs, platforms, cloud services and other technology dominating the financial and banking industries.

Not only is this conference a chance for you to see what’s new and expand how you’re innovating, it’s also an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with your tech-savvy colleagues and stretch yours skills.

As the only event focused on the tech of fintech, FinDEVr brings together a unique combination of people and ideas. Of the more than 400 technologists who will be in the room, an impressive audience is coming together:

  • Software Solutions Architect – Alliant Credit Union
  • Sr. Product Manager – Amazon
  • VP Software Development – BillTrust
  • Reporter – Bloomberg
  • Finance Reporter – Business Insider
  • Sr. Director, Software Engineering – Capital One
  • Analyst – Celent
  • VP, Product Development – Deluxe Corp.
  • Developer Evangelism – Envestnet/Yodlee
  • Sr. Manager – Hitachi Consulting
  • Research Director – IDC Financial Insights
  • Developer – Mantigma
  • CTO – Matrix Applications
  • Reporter – Mergermarket
  • CTO – Metropolitan Commercial Bank
  • Sr. Technology Manager – Mizuho Bank
  • Managing IT Director – Mizuho Securities
  • Editor – Money Crashers
  • Software Developer – Pied Piper
  • Senior VP Operations – Polish National Credit Union
  • CTO – Prodigy Finance
  • Developer Lead – Prudential
  • IT Consultant – PwC
  • Head of IT Department – QIWI Bank
  • CIO – TBC Bank
  • COO – TeamBank
  • Sr. Writer – The Wall Street Journal
  • CTO – Thinking Capital
  • CTO – Trade It
  • CIO – Zapp Systems

Buy your ticket and join them. Early-bird tickets are on sale through this Friday, January 20, after which prices increase by $200. Save money, save your seat, register today.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Empire Startups, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.