2017 Benzinga Fintech Award Winners

Last week, Benzinga held its annual Fintech Awards event in Manhattan. The proceedings prior to the actual award presentations included some well known names from both traditional and alternative finance alongside a series of three minute pitch sessions. At the event, representatives from a wide range of traditional finance participated, including; QuickenLoans, JPMorgan Chase, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Ernst, and more.

One of the earlier discussions included a panel on how technology will transform finance. Nikhil Lele from Ernst & Young posed questions to Seth Merrin of Liquidnet, Marc Chaikin of Chaikin Analytic, and Adam Dell of Clarity Money. Asked if big tech (ie Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, etc.) was going to push further into alternative finance, Dell said absolutely – it’s inevitable. This theme has become the generally accepted consensus as big tech positions itself to offer a broader portfolio of financial services.

Gene Munster, former Apple analyst and Loup Ventures founder, joined with Steve Lau of WorldQuant Ventures and David Teten of FF Venture Capital to share how to win the hearts of VC money.

Kathleen Murphy, CEO of Fidelity, received a Lifetime Achievement award for her accomplishments. She told the crowd that Fidelity needs to look more like Silicon Valley than the old finance crowd.

JPMorgan Chase executive Kelli Keough tackled the subject of innovation solving consumer challenges. Ron Suber, of Prosper, explained we were in an innovation super-cycle while referencing Fintech.

TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey explained the challenge for traditional finance in colorful terms. He said scale can be a hinderance to change and you have to “fight the corporate immune system” which wants to kill off innovation (and protect the old ways of doing things).

The event had a special visit from Kevin O’Leary of SharkTank fame.

O’Leary loves Fintech and he announced the launch of his own venture in the space. O’Leary pitched his new ETF product with an eloquence that only O’Leary can muster.

The pitch came just prior to him delivering  a kickass guitar performance. Now that was an awesome experience.

The Benzinga Fintech Winners are Below

Overall Winners

  • Winner: AlphaPoint
  • Second Place: Unison Home Ownership Investors
  • Third Place: WiseBanyan

Category: Alternative Investments

Winner: SAF Platform


Winner: TradingView

Digital Mortgage / Real Estate

Winner: Rocket Mortgage

Education / Personal Finance

Winner: FutureFuel.io

Financial Advisor / Wealth Management

Winner: Orion Advisor Services


Winner: Remitly


Winner: CoverWallet


Winner: Stilt

Prop Tech / APIs

Winner: OpenFin


Winner: Rippleshot


Winner: AlphaSense


Winner: Betterment

Trading Execution / Brokerage

Winner: Finvasia

Trading Recommendation

Winner: Chaikin Analytics


Winner: Ovamba

Blockchain / Bitcoin

Winner: AlphaPoint

Finding Alpha

Winner: PortfolioEffect

Institutional Innovators

Winner: PFITR – Bond Price Validation

Investing in Millennials

Winner: Aspiration

Leveling the Playing Field

Winner: DIY.FUND

Solving Problems through Payments

Winner: PayKey

Lifetime Achievement in Financial Services

Kathleen Murphy – Fidelity

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