Bank Innovation, launched in 2009, is produced by Royal Media, a media company that has served the financial services industry since 1995. Bank Innovation was one of the first blogs to recognize the coming wave of digital innovation — and disintermediation — in financial services, and has been at the forefront of tracking the evolution of digital banking ever since. Bank Innovation does not just monitor innovation in banking, but encourages it. We guide innovation professionals to better results, and highlight new technologies that deserve attention.
Today, much our coverage centers on the role of artificial intelligence in creating more prescient offers; design thinking that creates more beneficial products and services; and tools and methods for delivering exceptional customer experience, as well as best practices in innovation at the world’s most forward-thinking financial institutions and startups. Our goal is simple: to make banking and innovation executives better.
Bank Innovation Team
JJ Hornblass, Executive Editor
JJ 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, Bank Innovation’s parent. He founded Royal in 1995 and oversees all aspects of the New York-based information company. Prior to forming Royal, 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.
Suman Bhattacharyya, Deputy Editor
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Suman joined the Bank Innovation team in May 2019 as deputy editor. He previously covered retail for Digiday and fintech for Tearsheet, and has written for Ad Age and The Fiscal Times. Prior to working in media, Suman was a senior adviser at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and an international fisheries adviser at Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Suman enjoys getting to know New York City, running in Central Park and nature hikes. He is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jake Martin, Associate Editor
Jake is an associate editor at Bank Innovation, working out of Royal Media Group’s New York City office. He was previously a reporter at The St. Augustine Record in Northeast Florida, where he covered government, education and, yes, the occasional “Florida man” story. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. He returned to his hometown of New York City in the dead of summer in 2018 and joined Bank Innovation in October of that year. He and his girlfriend live with their lazy cat and mischevious, chubby dog, enjoying life in the city.
Rick Morgan, Associate Editor
Rick is an associate editor working in Seattle at Bank Innovation. Before moving to Seattle, he was an assignment editor on the breaking news desk at CBS4/FOX59 in Indianapolis. He has written for CNBC and Vice. Rick received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He spends most of his off time biking around town, reading new books or watching any Cleveland sports team.
Bill White, Sales
Bill is the Global Account Executive working at Bank Innovation in the New York office responsible for digital advertising and sponsorship sales. Before working at Bank Innovation, he handled digital advertising sales at IQPC and Gannett.Co he has over 10 years of providing digital marketing solutions to education, finance and technology companies. He spends most of his off time trying new restaurants and cheering for the NY Mets.
Bank Innovation is a member of 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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