SXSW Interactive 2015: How APIs are Driving Innovation in SMB Solutions


Are you attending SXSW Interactive Festival 2015? We’re excited to submit our panel session: How APIs Are Driving Innovation in SMB Solutions featuring experts from Yodlee, Kabbage and Concur. Below is a description of what you can look forward to in our panel. Small businesses drive almost 50 percent of US private-sector employment and contend with many of the same issues as big businesses, with far fewer resources. Operating in competitive markets with razor thin margins, many are struggling with a host of financial tasks, including managing cash-flow, collecting accounts receivables, forecasting future funds, managing business travel and expenses, and better access to capital. Due to gaps in current small business banking solutions, non-banking technology providers are answering the call with services like SMB lending, online and mobile payments, electronic invoicing and payments, cash flow forecasting, travel and expense management, and account aggregation. In this panel, we plan to discuss the tremendous opportunity in small business app development featuring Greg Weddell, Small Business Practice Manager at Yodlee, Andrew Badstubner, CTO at Kabbage and John Dietz, VP of Platform Marketing at Concur. SXSW Panelpicker is now live until September 5th, 2014 for public voting. Please support our panel by creating a PanelPicker account, searching for our panel topic: How APIs are Driving Innovation in SMB Solutions, casting your "thumbs up" vote and encouraging your networks to support! The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 13th through Tuesday, March 17th. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of programs showcasing the best new startup ideas. At SXSW Interactive Festival 2014, there were 32,798 conference participants from 82 countries. This included 1,100 sessions, 2,377 speakers and 3,198 media attendees. Click here to find video recordings of last year’s sessions. In 2014, we hosted a FinDat Meetup at SXSW bringing together a number of FinTech networking groups and other FinTech entrepreneurs, founders, accelerators and investors. Special guests included Dave Drach (VP Business Development, Techstars), Robert Schwentker (Startup Relations, PayPal) and Dan Kimerling (Co-Founder, Standard Treasury). During an interactive fireside chat, these experts shared their perspective on hot trends and expected disruptions around finance innovations in 2014. Feel free to see the video recording here. We had an amazing time at SXSW Interactive 2014 and hope you can participate in our session and networking activities next year. Stay tuned for more details!