It’s high conference season and this Monday, April 26th I’ll be attending The Future of Money and Technology Summit at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. (Get tickets here.) The goal of the conference is to discuss the convergence of cash, commerce and technology, showcase new products, and make deals.
Speakers include leaders from PayPal, Forrester, Intel Capital, Mint.com, Mashable, Founders Fund, Kiva.org, Second Life, Wells Fargo Bank, Second Market, and more. Agenda topics include Funding, Mobile Payments, New Banking Models, Liquidity, Social Capital, Virtual Goods, Comparison Engines, and Micropayments, Currency, Lending.
I’ll of course be seeking the triple bottom line angle in all this.
“The Future of Money & Technology Summit, created in the city that leads the way in innovation and new technologies, is a forum for visionaries to connect, share, discuss, and announce exciting new products,” states Brian Zisk, Executive Producer, “Countless pioneering companies and investors flock to the money technology space, as the advent of flexible and frictionless payment systems offers enormous potential and strong opportunity for growth.”
I would add that the proliferation of mobile technology, increasing expectations of transparency, and innovations in investment, lending and micro-lending within and across borders all mean that there is more than strong opportunity for growth. Rather there is strong opportunity to extend opportunity beyond the wealthy few and empower the individual with financial opportunity regardless of culture or context.
I’ll have my eye out for technologies that extend tangible human benefits beyond Silicon Valley. What would like to see discussed or developed at the intersection of money and technology?