Finovate Fall is one of the most action packed conferences in the fintech calendar. 80 companies and 1,800 innovators, investors, evangelists and enthusiasts are crammed into two floors of the Hilton Midtown in NYC. This year the organizers added a new topic to the agenda — a showcase of accelerators and incubators that specialize in the sector.
It goes without saying that one of the most highly anticipated presentations was to come from the Fintech Innovation Lab. The Lab is extremely well regarded among the accelerators, and has the distinction of being the one that selected untapt last year!
We were incredibly excited when the Lab called and asked if we could join them on the main stage to describe untapt and our experience on the program. We were only given three minutes in the spotlight. We had to make it count.
The entire event was coordinated with insane precision. I think I got a glimpse into what it might be like backstage of show of America’s Got Talent proportions. We were wired up with mics and put in a holding pattern at least an hour before showtime. Then, with various urgent hand gestures, I was summoned / gently pushed on stage.
There was a large clock in front of me counting down fast, so I got to work.
First came a forceful intro that was the inspiration of Gareth Moody, untapt’s COO. “There are 70+ companies at Finovate Fall. What do they have in common? [Short pause.] Technology. What do they all need? [Dramatic pause.] Technologists.”
Next, after covering what we do, I explained our use of deep learning and natural language processing to match candidates and managers using the language on their resumes. We included an animation of the vector space for words in fintech. We use Google’s Tensorflow framework to build our deep learning model, and Tensorflow produced these visualizations.
Finovate Fall is all about demos, so we just had to show off our user experience. I gave a 30 second demo of the experience for a candidate on the platform:
And the same for a manager:
Finally, it seemed only fair to give a sizable plug for the Fintech Innovation Lab! I spent a few minutes describing the program, and how it truly had a multiplicative effect on every aspect of our business. We signed up new clients, we raised capital, we hired people and we even developed a new product line as a direct consequence of the program. We simply can’t recommend it highly enough.
(Sidenote: if you’re a startup and interested in applying, contact me anytime. I’m more than happy to give the inside scoop on the program, and I can help make introductions and referrals).
I remember glancing down after this slide and seeing I only had 3 seconds left on the clock! So the timing worked out great.
We got to meet masses of people at the conference afterwards, including some of our existing clients. All-in-all a high energy, high intensity event that I will definitely attend again next year. And if anyone from the Fintech Innovation Lab happens to be reading – if by some chance you’re presenting again – I volunteer for another 3 minutes of fame!