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SHEPPARD MULLIN Four Embarcadero Center, 17th floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5  2017 6:30 PM

Got a FinTech bank facing startup? Book a demo table & get a video of your 3min pitch!

Join us for a panel on how FinTech is changing financial institutions!

6:30pm to 7:00pm Networking

7:00pm to 8:00pm Presentation

8:00pm to 8:30pm Bank facing FinTech startups 3 minute pitches

Michael Gardner is a managing director and head of the Center at the BNY Mellon Innovation Center, Silicon Valley. Mike is responsible for ensuring access to the best and latest Silicon Valley expertise and technology, to supplement other company innovation centers and technologists around the world. Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in software engineering and executive leadership. At Borland, a well-known programming tools provider, he led teams pushing the envelope of databases, compilers, and Java. He co-founded and ran PeachPit Press, an early innovator in the desktop publishing revolution. At Lutris Technologies, he ran a large software engineering consulting practice, and later shipped one of the industry’s first application servers and helped pioneer a commercial business model based on publishing open source software. Mike ran the Search engineering teams at Ebay and ran a very large codebase conversion.

Steve Kirsch is the CEO of Token, a Silicon Valley startup company building the infrastructure components for next generation payments. He has pioneered several core computer technologies (optical mouse, Internet search, spam filtering, and secure identity) and founded 7 high tech companies, two with billion dollar market caps (Infoseek and Frame Technology). He has BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.


Sam Ostler, Venture Analyst at Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. Sam joined the Startup Accelerator Investor Team in 2015 and his responsibilities include facilitating investment activities, portfolio management, and external partnerships. The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is a hands-on program designed to advance startups that create solutions for enterprise customers – inside and outside the financial industry. Prior to Wells Fargo, Sam was a developer for a number of startups and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Computer Security.


CS Lai manages relationships with venture capital firms and connects their portfolio companies to HSBC’s global network, technology investment, and strategic leadership. CS has been working with start-ups for over twelve years. He has a BS in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.


John Stewart is Global Head of Scouting and Research for the Royal Bank of Scotland. John joined RBS in March 2011 and relocated to San Francisco in March 2014 as Head of Silicon Valley Solutions. His role is to lead the global teams that identify new and innovative technologies that improve the way customers interact with RBS and help to progress them through to being live solutions and services. John has held senior roles in financial services since 1987 at TSB Bank, IBM, Barclays and KPMG where he had a lead role in the UK Government Banking Transformation Programme and helped to resolve some of the financial organisations impacted by the global financial crisis. John lives in Marin County with his wife and is enjoying the California weather and wines.


Moderator: Pierre-R. Wolff is Managing Director of ExecConnect, a firm facilitating professional transactional connections. His clients include firms in global financial services and corporate venture capital interested in executing corporate development transactions (specifically investments, M&A, and strategic partnerships), and early stage companies in need of business/corporate development and fundraising strategy assistance. Over the past 3 years he has spent a significant amount of time in the Blockchain ecosystems consulting on various transactions. Pierre currently serves on several advisory boards of blockchain, 3D printing, collaborative communications, real-time streaming and payment system companies. He received his MBA from EDHEC in Nice, France, and conducted his undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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