I wrote this a year and a half ago: https://nextbank.org/2014/08/12/whoswho – maybe a list, to me, more of a must-read on Twitter and why. Back then, in the infancy of the FinTech expert inflation, it was pretty comprehensive if intensely personal in categorization. Some people have asked me to do an update. This is still very subjective so save the “what about X?!?” and “you must add Y” protests, please. Re-reading the last piece I was very happy to see most of these names are still around and working hard. This is ultimately why we’re progressing in FinTech, if they had vanished our collective bubble may have burst by now.
I’d remove JJ Hornblass @hornblass not because you should not read him or he is not a titan but because you should read from the overly modest Philip Ryan @philipgryan and their brand account at @bankinnovation as well to hear their whole perspective and it is undoubtedly mandatory FinTech read.
I’d also remove Rob Finday @robfindlay as you’ll find little from him on Twitter but you should catch all he does to move the industry – events but more importantly, more insightful curation than all of us put together, on the Next Bank group on Facebook.
Most of the other categories stay the same as I wrote in the initial article. The Europeans are the same, except we should move Aden Davies @aden_76 up from his Why have they shut up as he’s bound to get vocal these days free from his corporate shakels and they should be joined by the previously missed Roberto Ferrari @ferrarirobtweet, Neira Jones @neirajones, Brad van Leeuwen @bradvanL and the extraordinary Daryl Wilkinson @DarylAndHobbes who are amazing, shape the industry in meaningful ways and were a glaring omission on my part the first time around, forgive me FinTech.
The Americans still rock (the only omission there was the blissfully sarcastic John Waupsh @waupsh), the A-Packers are working hard, the Silent Influencers changed significantly but not in a Twitter-prone way, etc. The one category we need to look at is the New Kids on the Block.
Last year’s list does not hold here – Simon Taylor @sytaylor has moved up in the world and became Mr. Blockchain so a true Titan, Harriet Wakelam @Hwakelam has left banking and is revolutionizing insurance instead and is too much of a name in UX to be in the New Kids category and the same stands for the now classic Yann Ranchere @tek_fin and the man with most knowledge and charisma rapport in FinTech – James Moed @jamesmoed so I think we should use this category to list all the new fresh faces most of which were not even on Twitter or at least surely not on my FinTech radar 18 months ago:
All I’ll say about this section is that some of these people have been an immense win for the industry and having them around enriched the dialogue to no end while some have loads to learn.
Anyone not on either the initial or the updated list – that’s sometimes a blessing, just ask the previously missed ones.
Happy new year everybody, let’s make 2016 supercalifragelisticexpialidociously-FinTechy!