Looking Back at 2015’s #hackingfinance Breakfast Series

By January 1, 2016 January 4th, 2017 Blog

Anthemis #hackingfinance Breakfasts are highly curated gatherings of industry leaders from across the financial services spectrum. In these monthly power mornings, held in London, we engage a group of thirty or so executives in stimulating discussions on the hot topics facing our industry, like the impact of regulation, the future of disruption, and gender parity in financial services.

2015 was our first full year conducting the program. Here’s a look back at the topics we covered.


January 2015: A Blast from the Future
Anthemis founder Sean Park kicked off 2015 with a vision of what financial services would look like in 2034. During the discussion, Sean used a case study example to illustrate how various facets of financial services would be incorporated into daily life for a child born in the 2000s.

February 2015: Riding the Wave
February’s breakfast explored the relationship incumbents ought to have with startups. The discussion was led by Greg Rodgers, Executive Director of Techstars and the Barclays Accelerator in London. Greg argued that disruptive innovation originates from an unlikely entry point, usually an underserved, unattractive or non-existant market. This initiated a discussion from the group around what good working relationships can look like between the two parties.

March 2015: A Game of Predictions
Futurist Scott Smith, Managing Partner of Changeist, shared his predictions on the future of financial services from a design perspective. Scott provided an in-depth look at prototyping products for mass distribution. He closed the discussion emphasizing the importance of cross-industry collaboration to ensure innovative outcomes.

April 2015: Disrupting the Stack
April’s breakfast featured Seedcamp founder Reshma Sohoni, who delivered a thought-provoking and insightful analysis into the world of startups. She illustrated their disruptive power to the current stack, identified enablers of the startup revolution and advised on challenges that face incumbents. The discussion provided provocative examples of non-financial services firms that are making a profound impact on the evolving financial landscape.

May 2015: Big Fish, Little Fish, Same Pond
Anthemis founder and CEO Nadeem Shaikh walked the May breakfast audience through the implications of digital financial services for large financial institutions. He used case studies and theories linked to innovation, culture, systems change and the new financial services landscape to illustrate how Anthemis is working toward a very specific future vision.

June 2015: Framing Regulation
The complex nature of regulation remains one of the key obstacles facing the financial services industry. June’s breakfast featured Sue Langley, CEO of UKTI Financial Services, who gave insight on how to navigate government offices and regulators. She shared the benefits and opportunities of engaging withe regulators on policy issues affecting the UK and global financial technology arena.

October 2015: Innovation in the Rear View
Following the summer hiatus, Fidor Bank founder and CEO Matthias Kröner took attendees on a journey looking at the last sixty years of banking innovation. The group looked at the gaps in creativity and development within the space as well as opportunities for development in the future.

November 2015: Making Diversity Count
Closing out 2015, Anthemis founder and President Amy Nauiokas led a dialogue with three of the fintech community’s leading female innovators on the benefits of prioritizing diversity for commercial success. Joining the panel was Reshma Sohoni (Partner and Co-Founder, Seedcamp), Deanna Oppenheimer (Founder, Cameoworks) and Diana Paredes (Founder and CEO, Suade).

If you are interested in participating in a future #hackingfinance Breakfast, we invite you to sign up for our #hackingfinance mailing list or reach out to our Ecosystem team for more information. Look forward to seeing you there!