The Evolving Fintech Startup Ecosystem

On Demand

Jesse Podell
Senior Vice President at Ally Ventures

Jesse Podell leads the day-to-day fintech activities for Ally Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Ally Financial, a leading digital financial services company.

An active member of the fintech ecosystem, he leads investments and partnerships in alignment with Ally’s strategic priorities. As a member of Ally's Strategy & Corporate Development team, he is involved in aspects of developing and executing the firm's corporate strategy, business development, and M&A opportunities. Jesse is proudly an original founder of TechDay, and he is happy to see its continued success during these unprecedented times.

Podell joined Ally from Citi Ventures where he was responsible for managing strategic growth opportunities for Citi's D10X Incubation program. Prior to Citi, Podell was Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Fintech, a leading global fintech accelerator.

Course Description:

Fintech provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our relationship with money for the better. According to PwC, a large chunk of incumbent financial institutions (88%) believe that part of their business will be lost to stand-alone fintech companies in the next five years. From disruptive threats to enabling partners, fintech has entered a new phase of its evolution. In this talk, Jesse will answer prominent questions regarding fintech, such as what are some of the best practices when considering partnering, pitching, and selling to the financial enterprise, and in what direction we are heading.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:

  • Determine some do’s and don'ts when working with financial institutions

  • Product development and governance tips for less friction

  • Manage the right initial approach to commercialization: Pilot, PoC or other types of commercialization