17. Bradley Leimer, Vice President, Online/Mobile Strategy, Mechanics Bank, publisher of Discerning Technologist
Brad Leimer, or @leimer as he’s known on Twitter, is one of fintech’s most active advocates. He has attracted 8,300 followers by tweeting breaking financial technology news, engaging with his followers, and providing insightful analysis on his blog, Discerning Technologist. A banker in his own right, Leimer is also an advisor at NextBank.
Financial technology is the intersection of two complex worlds, and few understand this better than James Wester. Wester has been involved in payments for quite some time, working at tech companies like AOL and founding Mobile Payments Today. Wester focuses on mobile and alternative payment methods and understands the limitations tech companies face when they try and disrupt finance. Between his work for IDC and his Twitter feed — usually filled with his thoughts on the fintech — Wester loves to share his thoughts on the constantly-evolving world of financial technology.
Miranda Hill heads up Wells Fargo’s innovation lab, which is an internal group (as opposed to a venture or investment arm) at the San Francisco-based bank. Wells Fargo is known for its methodical rollout of product innovation, and Hill described the bank’s development of an innovation agenda at Bank Innovation 2014 in Seattle. An innovation agenda is essential in the sea of options banks face today, both technological and organizational.