IFGS 2019 Speaker Spotlight: David Swanson, ArchOver Head of Lending

5th April 2019 | Blogs, ifgs2019, Speaker Spotlight

What is it about IFGS that brings you back every year? OR What is it about IFGS that has brought you to the event this year?
As a member of Innovate Finance, we are supportive of the association and its representation of the UK’s global FinTech community; therefore attending the event was a no brainer. Not only will it allow us to connect with key figures and others in the ecosystem, but it will also allow us to help showcase the strength of the UK FinTech economy. In a time of uncertainty, there is much to celebrate and when it comes to innovation, regulation, business opportunity and investment.

What is the biggest change you have seen in the FinTech industry over the past 12 months?
Change is incremental in FinTech so I don’t see a particular “biggest” change. If anything, I’d say the emphasis is now more on the Fin as opposed to the Tech which is a good thing. The Tech is just the tool to help accomplish the Fin

What do you believe to be the most vital implication of Brexit on UK Fintech?
If by implication, you mean risk, any constraint to the flow of capital would be detrimental to UK Fintech and to finance generally.

What are your go-to reads for industry updates and insights?
P2P News and the FT

If you could be stuck in a lift with 3 people who would it be and why?
If I have to pick, I’ll give a silly answer, one of the Flying Wallendas, McGyver and Steve Martin. Either a Wallenda or McGyver because they could figure a way to get out of the elevator and Steve Martin could make me laugh while waiting.


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