Articles by: JJ Hornblass

Tech Spending at Amex Continues to Climb

Tech Spending at Amex Continues to Climb

by July 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm 0 comments

While the headline out of American Express‘s earnings yesterday was the $1 billion of gain from the sale of its Costco Wholesale Corp. credit portfolio, the underlying story — at least from an innovation perspective — was the continued increase in technology spending at the payments giant. Amex records itsRead More

Regions to ‘Refresh’ Digital Offerings as Avant Comes Online

Regions to ‘Refresh’ Digital Offerings as Avant Comes Online

by July 20, 2016 at 11:24 am 1 comment

Regions Financial Corp. is using its upcoming Avant deployment as an opportunity to “refresh” its digital offerings. The bank’s CEO, Grayson Hall, said yesterday during the company’s earnings call that the Avant loan application service will go live next month. The Regions-Avant partnership was announced last April. “[W]e’re in the process evenRead More

Details on the FDIC Security Breach by Chinese Spies [VIDEO]

Details on the FDIC Security Breach by Chinese Spies [VIDEO]

by July 14, 2016 at 10:35 am 1 comment

How Chinese spies hacked into computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2010 until 2013 — and American government officials tried to cover it up.

Open Letter to the OCC: Make Real Innovation Possible

Open Letter to the OCC: Make Real Innovation Possible

by July 7, 2016 at 11:20 am 3 comments

A trifling blogger on banking innovation writes to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, despite its historically apathetic view on such matters.

Is ‘Buy with Facebook’ Finally Coming?

Is ‘Buy with Facebook’ Finally Coming?

by July 6, 2016 at 11:34 am 2 comments

Whatever happened to the “Buy with Facebook” button? Back in 2014, Stripe confirmed that it was working with Facebook on a “Buy” button for the social media giant. From Recode: Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within the News Feed in July [2014], and payments startup Stripe has been taskedRead More

Citi Appears to Be Pursuing Deal with Square Cash

Citi Appears to Be Pursuing Deal with Square Cash

by June 29, 2016 at 10:51 am 5 comments

Is Citigroup going to partner with Square to offer the startup’s peer-to-peer payments service to Citi customers? That’s the implication from a recently published article in Fortune. Square Cash was launched by Square in 2013 for P2P payments. The service is available in the U.S., and for both personal orRead More

Brexit  Jolts Fintech, Launches Era of Banking Uncertainty

Brexit Jolts Fintech, Launches Era of Banking Uncertainty

by June 24, 2016 at 10:45 am 2 comments

In a stunning vote, British citizens decided to leave the European Union, and the so-called Brexit has not just profound implications for fintech, but creates massive uncertainty for global financial services. “How can we be so stupid?” tweeted Eileen Burbidge, a partner at Passion Capital and FinTech Envoy of HMRead More

Finovate Has Been Sold to Corporate Giant Informa

Finovate Has Been Sold to Corporate Giant Informa

by June 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm 2 comments

The Finovate Group, the fintech event and information venture, has been sold to Informa Plc. The sale closed in April, but has not been publicly disclosed. Terms of the deal are not known. Jim Bruene, owner of The Finovate Group, confirmed to Bank Innovation that the company has been sold. RedwoodRead More

Stop Working on Your App Immediately

Stop Working on Your App Immediately

by June 21, 2016 at 11:25 am 3 comments

NEW ORLEANS — Banking apps are out. That’s the word out of Digital Banking 2016 here, where bankers outnumber entrepreneurs (but not vendors). The mobile banking app traces its roots to SMS banking back in 1999. Since 2012, it has been the fastest growing technology in banking. But it comes withRead More

Bank Innovation Launches BankBoost App to Answer Fintech Questions

Bank Innovation Launches BankBoost App to Answer Fintech Questions

by June 15, 2016 at 10:42 am 3 comments

Bank Innovation today officially launches BankBoost, a new app that fosters information discovery in the fintech industry. BankBoost is an “answerbase,” which means it is an app for getting questions to your fintech questions. Users can post on any fintech topic and seek answers from the Bank Innovation community. Think ofRead More