Wednesday (demo day) was a big day for us. We kicked off with not enough sleep. Then woke up to our press release hitting the newswires in the morning announcing the launch of our mobile banking app at Finovate.
We headed over to the venue, had a quick breakfast and a few meetings before sitting down for some morning demos. Noticeably, there was less buzz and energy in the air… Typical for a day 2.
We had some good conversations during our first break before Roger took the stage in the second session. Luckily, there were still a good number of folks in the audience.
We were all very proud of Roger’s delivery. We were live streaming him to our team back in the east who were cheering him on. His practice obviously helped and soon you’ll be able to view it yourselves via the Finovate archives. (We’ll be sure to post a link here when it’s ready.)
We are all very grateful for the positive feedback and support we received after his performance. And although we fell short of Best of Show, we pride ourselves on bouncing back and will try again next time!
We’re optimistic that we have a good platform to build off of, and that some of our initial conversations with potential partners will pay off via value-added services to our customers. At the end of the day, that’s who we’re working so hard for.
We captured lots of great moments on camera for you (below), enjoy! And don’t forget to download your app if you haven’t already. Until next time :-)
What a great day! We started off with a quick breakfast before settling in for some awesome pitches and demos. Some of our favorites included EyeVerify, TrustEgg, TSYS, Venmo Touch by Braintree and more. Incredible innovation going on in the financial sector!
We also had a blast meeting folks from all walks. From innovators to banking partners to policy advisors to supporters of our mission.. it’s been really great getting to know everyone and seeing firsthand how the industry is evolving.
Some of the most interesting themes for us are international payments, how remote check deposit and mobile bill pay are driving branchless banking, and how big data is transforming traditional processes and customer understanding.
After a great networking session at the end of the day, we headed over to Intuit’s Apprising event. Great people, vibe, drinks and appetizers made this a supreme event. They were also making custom shirts for attendees (cool) and what I liked most was how they were going head-to-head with Yodlee with their “Partner Platform”. Slightly bummed that we didn’t bump into anyone from their tax side (e.g. ProSeries, Lacerte), but not entirely unexpected.
From there, dropped off Roger for a business dinner with lawyers while Daphne and I stumbled upon a soul food / jazz bar called Biscuits and Blues. Great music by a very energetic group, and crispy southern fried chicken. Must check it out. After a long day, headed back to hotel and straight to bed.
Today, we issued our press release and excited to have Roger present. We’re lucky to have some important meetings lined up and excited to meet more folks before flying home tonight.
Stay tuned for our Finovate video to be released soon! And show our cause some love on Twitter or Facebook!!
Last week, we exhibited at the 2nd annual NY Tech Day, a gathering of NY’s finest tech startups at the Westside Highway’s Pier 92. This was our second year attending the event, and it was probably twice as big, if not bigger, than last year’s at the Lexington Armory. We’re amazed by the vibrancy of the NY tech startup community and how it’s thriving.
We had a great time getting our booth and materials set up, including our $100 bill cutout and our foam flooring which were hits. We decided to do away with the standard table setup in favor of a smaller stand to distribute some materials and candy. Like the products and services we offer, we always strive to be unique, functional, and simple. Shout out to all the folks who stopped by to say hello including MasterCard, UK Trade and Investment, American Express, and others.
It was good being on the road again.. our first trade show of the year! Next up: Finovate + Mobile Banking and Underbanked conferences in Miami.
Then, of course, we’ve got some great stuff lined up for our fans at the IRS trade shows. It’s amazing to think back on how far we’ve come in just a year, and we’re hopeful that our hard work and focus will yield further dividends in over the rest of the year.
Here at Refundo, we want everybody to learn about our mission to transition millions of Americans into the financial mainstream. In support of that goal, we decided to create a short video to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our team in action and a sneak peak at the Refundo mobile application, coming soon!