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Innovating with startups at Citi - Ornit Shinar
‘Innovation is the biggest drive for where we are going to be in 10 years’. In the digital world, especially in the financial sector, many corporations are seeing the value of investing in startups. Whether it’s to develop a technology, foster relationships with existing partners or to make a change for the greater good, Citi is at the forefront of a large number of innovation initiatives. But what challenges does a large corporation face working with startups? What are the benefits of competing but also cooperating? Ornit Shinar, head of External Innovation and Venture Investing with Citi in Israel tells us the role startups play in growing the Citi brand.
AI and Human Ethics - Anna Topol, IBM
AI has changed our world. In doing so, it's started conversations related to human ethics and how we are going to respond to the increasing power of artificial intelligence. With its unique ability to see patterns and connect the dots, AI is an incredible tool. But we must understand its advantages and threats. Anna Topol from IBM takes us on a discussion dealing with the big questions of AI and human ethics. What are the biggest areas affected by AI? Is there a need to protect ourselves against AI? What will be the future of jobs and craftsmanship?
Security and Identity Protection at Revolut - Paul Heffernan, Revolut
Most Revolut users, and digital consumers in general, are not fully aware of the cyber security tech protecting their money and data. Paul from Revolut discusses how the fintech has created rock-solid security that’s completely customisable for the user. Being entirely digital, Revolut is able to make changes to products and services at speeds that traditional financial institutions simply can’t. But what challenges does Revolut face in keeping their customer’s money safe in a heavily regulated industry? Paul Heffernan, Chief Information Security Officer for Revolut discusses the challenges of security and adapting new technologies in the fintech world.
The Future of Payments - Paul Graham, Mastercard Labs
Cash is still king in many places in the world. Mastercard has had a huge impact on this payments ecosystem, developing technologies enabling global commerce and financial services. Paul Graham, the Director of Mastercard Labs, talks about future opportunities in digitization of payments. The real challenge is not in adding new solutions but in unlearning old ones. What are the approaches to innovation within the Mastercard Labs and how this global giant keeps evolving? How to encourage your team to come up with new ideas and develop them during the design sprints? What are the measures of true success of innovation labs?
Agile transformation - Joel Nichols, Merck
At the end of the day we are all in the business of getting results. The challenge of the leader is to help your team get those results in the most efficient way possible. Our conversation with Joel Nichols unpacked for us Agile and the way in which it is helping Merck obtain those results more effectively than ever before. As a process that has allowed Merck to better understand the needs of the customer and adjust in order to better hit their objectives, Agile is an incredible system that can help your team quickly “pivot” and readjust so you don’t waste time reaching an objective that is no longer relevant or creating a product the client no longers wants. How is Merck doing things different as a result and what has been some of the practical ways in which they have implemented agile? How does Agile compare to waterfall? What are the challenges for implementation and making Agile a part of your teams process?
Impact of blockchain on business models - Nitin Gaur, IBM
For many people, blockchain is a buzzword they are still trying to understand. Others have become experts on this incredible new frontier. One of those experts is the IBM Blockchain Labs Director, Nitin Gaur, who also has a passion for educating others and an eagerness to share what he is learning on this episode of The Heart Tech podcast. In our conversation, Nitin tells us the keywords that best sum up blockchain, as well as his take on this global phenomenon, regulation, and some of the most interesting and surprising countries in which blockchain is developing around the world. What is the “art of the possible”? Are corporations able to make money on blockchain? How is blockchain affecting traditional forms of currency such as cash and bonds?