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10 FinTech Influencers to Follow if You’re Into Digital Lending

Guest Post | Vit Arnautov | June 5, 2019

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Fintech as an industry got so big that following people who know things about it in general doesn’t cut it anymore. If you’re working in lending software niche, like I do, you need influencers, passionabos and opinion leaders with specific expertise to help you stay on top of all the trends and news of the field.  So I decided to put together a list of people who I regard as the ones being on the bleeding edge of the digital lending technology and who share their expertise with us, the community. Let’s dig right into it.

Chris Skinner

Starting with the big guns. Chris Skinner is widely known on the web as mr.Fintech. And rightfully so, since he’s been around and actively involved with the financial technology for as long as it exists. Now, Chris is on advisory boards of numerous startups and well-established fintech firms. He combines it with being an independent commentator of the financial markets and an author of the bestselling books. The best way to keep up with him is to follow his Twitter and check in on his website, The Finanser, which regularly publishes fresh fintech and lending news.

Dmitry Voronenko

A true opinion leader has to be hands-on, building revolutionary products and working with other top players in the field to build a crystalized vision of the industry's present and future. As the CEO of an all-in-one lending software company, TurnKey Lender, Dmitry Voronenko is exactly like this. At the same time he is often invited to participate at expert panels, speaks at conferences and gives interviews to the topical and mainstream media. The easiest way to stay updated about him is to follow him on LinkedIn.

Jim Marous

For the fintech world, Jim Marous is one of the most well-known and influential people. His enormous experience in everything related to banking led him to advising the White House on the banking policies and got him featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times and The Economist. He’s the co-publisher of The Financial Brand and owner of the Digital Banking Report. You want to follow him if you’re interested in banking innovation, customer experience, lending, payments and digital transformation.

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David M. Brear

David Brear is one of those people who believe that “digitalization of banking is about one percent finished”. And as the CEO of 11:FS, he’s doing his best to digitalize the remaining 99 percent. The best way to keep track of David’s activities is to tune into his popular fintech podcast, FinTechInsider and to follow his Twitter where he shares the significant fintech news and his insights.

Chris Gledhill

Chris Gledhill is also representing the new wave of entrepreneurs and leaders in the fintech industry. He’s well-known for his popular LinkedIn articles devoted to everything fintech. He often speaks and writes about fintech in general and the future of financial services. His expertise in the matter comes from years of both technical work and business development. Other than sharing his knowledge with the community, he’s a founder and a CEO of a fintech startup Secco Aura which aims at converting one’s skills and services into monetary value.

Duena Blomstrom

Duena Blomstrom is an extremely active member of the global fintech community. She’s an entrepreneur, an investor, a mentor to startups, as well as the founder of FinWinners. Over the years Duena helped multiple tier-1 banks go through digital transformation. At the same time she promotes all the spheres of alternative banking, be it lending or payments. Duena is one of the voices definitely worth listening to if you want to stay in tune with the constantly changing world of fintech. Follow her on Twitter or as a top voice on LinkedIn.

Brock Blake

Brock Blake is a frequent contributor to resources like Forbes and Entrepreneur. He’s a huge proponent of lending digitalization. And not just in theory but in practice, as the’s the CEO of Lendio, the largest business lending marketplace in the U.S. The platform works with over 25 lenders and makes the lending process a bliss for its customers. So we can truly trust Brock’s expertise. To stay up to date with news from him, make sure to follow him on Twitter.

Spiros Margaris

Next up we have Spiros Margaris, Onalytica’s #1 fintech influencer. Other than speaking at conferences and expert panels, he’s published a substantial AI white paper, “Machine learning in financial services: Changing the rules of the game”. This white paper is a good place to start  learning about the present and future of AI in fintech from an expert. The paper has been widely acclaimed in the field. Spiros stays active on Twitter sharing insights and knowledge nuggets every day.

Oliver Bussmann

Oliver Bussmann is another great example of a public fintech executive. As an entrepreneur and an adviser to business, Oliver knows the industry from within. He’s known to be among the first to spot new trends and distinguish the ones that have potential. Oliver is the founder and CEO of Bussman Advisory. In the past he has worked as a CXO in high profile companies like UBS, SAP, Allianz, Deutsche Bank and IBM. Oliver is active on social media sharing his insights into the industry with the community on Twitter and during his keynote addresses.

Christian Faes

Christian Faes is a co-founder and CEO of LendInvest. It’s UK’s largest marketplace platform for property finance and one of the country’s biggest non-bank mortgage lenders. His experience and expertise in fintech are combined with his background as a lawyer giving his balanced comments extreme value. Christian has a unique insider view of the lending niche and shares his vision of the lending and fintech spheres with the audiences on Twitter and on Forbes.

Final thoughts

Fintech as a whole and lending in particular grow and evolve staggeringly fast. The people I listed above are the proven influencers with relevant experience and knowledge sufficient to keep you on top of the news.

Do you think any other lending thought leaders should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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