About Us

Best Banking Blog 2013Best Banking Blog 2012

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.

In 2012 and 2013, Bank Innovation was cited as one of the best banking blogs by The Financial Brand editors and by its readers.


The Bank Innovation Team

JJ HornblassJJ 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.

Philip RyanPhil Ryan, Senior Editor

Phil Ryan is Senior Editor of Bank Innovation and Senior Director of the site’s sister accelerator, INV Fintech. Before Bank Innovation, which he joined in the summer of 2012, he worked on Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, a well-regarded quarterly journal where he was Executive Editor. (Bankers and Buddhist teachers are equally difficult interview subjects, he claims.) Phil worked as a web developer for the Fund for the City of New York for six years, helping not-for-profit organizations transition print materials to the web. He was an HTML developer (and messed around a lot in Filemaker Pro) at Ocean-7 Development back in the go-go ’90s. You can see his work on the Alcoa website in the Wayback Machine. 


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