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 a unique forum for sharing information, reading news, posting blogs, and e-networking with colleagues.
Bank Innovation tracks and encourages innovation in banking and explores the world of bank customer acquisition and retention. We record customer acquisition innovation successes and failures at a site at which bankers of common ilk and dreams can come together to share ideas and insights. Irreverent? Maybe. But our goals are true: to make banking better.
The site includes some of the best blogs from around the internet. See our contributor blogs here.
The 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
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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