Bank Innovation, launched in 2009, is produced by Royal Media, a media company that has served the financial services industry since 1995. The site offers industry professionals unique intelligence on innovation in financial services.
Bank Innovation tracks and encourages innovation in banking. We guide innovation professionals to better results, and highlight new technologies that deserve attention. Our goal is simple: to make banking and innovation executives better.
Bank Innovation Team
JJ Hornblass, Executive Editor
JJ previously started the first iteration of Bank Innovation back in 2007, and has been working on it ever since. He also serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Royal Media Group (RMG), Bank Innovation’s parent. He founded RMG in 1995 and oversees all aspects of the New York-based diversified media company. Prior to forming RMG, JJ was on the editorial staff of American Banker, the daily newspaper, and worked as an editor of a business magazine in Hong Kong. As a reporter and editor, he has won journalism awards from the National Press Foundation, Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Foundation, and the Reader’s Digest Foundation. He has a BS in Economics from Yeshiva University and a Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and son. He counts among his accomplishments one New York City Marathon, two New York City Triathlons and the 2010 Father’s Day 5K, the first race he ever ran with his daughters.
Phil Ryan, Senior Editor
Diana Asatryan, Deputy Editor
Diana Asatryan is Deputy Editor of Bank Innovation. Diana joined Royal Media in 2015, and has since written for the company’s various publications, including Auto Finance News, Mobility Finance, and Powersports Finance News; but the fusion of the finance world and technology has always fascinated her the most. She has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a double degree (BS) in Economics and Mass Communication from American University in Bulgaria. She spends more time on Twitter than she can, but less than she should.
Grace Noto, Associate Editor
Grace Noto is Associate Editor of Bank Innovation. She has an MA from the University of Essex, as well as BA in English and a BA in Journalism from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining Bank Innovation in the summer of 2016, she worked on Electronic Products Magazine, an online publication surrounding technology and computer engineering, and has worked for other publications, including the Poughkeepsie Journal. She also writes in her spare time, and really needs more hobbies.
Bank Innovation is a member of the The FinTech Professionals Association. The group’s mission is to bring the traditional financial services world together with new and emerging financial technology companies to expand opportunities, share ideas, network and shape the future of the industry. The FTPA is comprised of FinTech entrepreneurs and professionals from across the globe, representing financial institutions as well as new insurgents.
In May 2017, BI was listed as one of the Top 20 Fintech Blogs and Publications to Follow by Crowd Valley, as well as listed in the top 10 of Feedspot’s Top 80 Fintech Blogs and Websites for Financial Services Professionals.
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