Quick update. It’s great to meet Jason Knight of Wesabe.com and hear his thoughts. He spoke of choosing a platform, because no one can afford to develop for everything that exists. He feels that the iPhone is a better platform for them than Facebook. Not that he’ll ignore Facebook, but the ‘always with you’ experience of the iPhone is more compelling to him. Very interesting, I hadn’t thought of those two in the same space, but to him there’s a choice to be made.
BarCampBankSeattle is off to a roaring start. I wasn’t familiar with this Open Space model, but people started by proposing different sessions they were interested in and then started grouping and discussing. Some really impressive thought leaders here, and we’re all mashing up, running ideas.
One session that kicked things off for me was “Credit Financing of International Relief & Development Projects” and we discussed some very interesting and innovative ways to get funding to needed projects in developing countries.
I’ll blog the notes into more of a thoughtful post later. Powerful stuff.
Jim Bruene has a great post on netbanker.com about the rise of financial services on Facebook.
Watching the explosion of content, and users, at Facebook, may be the most interesting thing we’ve seen since the rise of the commercial Web in 1995/1996.
Jim writes about the opportunities that exist for FIs to sponsor Facebook applications like ChipIn. Jim documents how ChipIn works really well using screenshots. Nicely done. It’s exciting to watch this new explosion of financial services within Facebook. It really democratizes how people can access money.
And I’m not just mentioning this because he gave Vancity’s Bike Share a nice plug (although it didn’t hurt).