Net.Finance Day Four – the big day!

Today was unequivocally the best day of the conference, and I’m not just saying that because my presentation went so darn well.

I got to hear how prosper.com works straight from the CEO, Chris Larsen. This would be such a great business for Vancity to get into. I could see it as a separate spin off with its own discreet P&L. I’d be happy to run it, by the way, in case anyone in the C-Suite is reading this.

My new favourite colleague Shari Storm was fantastic. So much of the specificity of last year, the relevance, the results, the strategies that have been missing this year were there in force as Shari described why they started blogging, how they keep it going and what they get out of it. Great job Shari.

I was third up, and I’ll let others describe how it went, but I’m really pleased and proud. I got a lot of great feedback and I know I had the full attention of the room. I couldn’t get a break because so many people wanted to ask me questions.

Next up was Mickey Mencin from Key Bank, who spoke about podcasting. Last year I was really inspired listening to Mickey in a panel discussion and this year she had a whole presentation about what she’s up to at Key. It’s interesting to hear from the FIs who are willing to invest a little discretionary spending into innovative projects that don’t have to rigidly prove their ROI. As Michael Seaton said so perfectly, “What’s the ROI of a business lunch or a golf trip with a client.” Sometimes you gotta have a little pocket money to try out new things.

I also enjoyed hearing from zecco.com CMO Gabriel Dalporto. Between them and propser.com I feel like I learned about business models that decentralized heavily centralized industries. People looking to start starfish organizations to attack the big bank spiders.

But my highlight of the day was hearing Colin Henderson. First off, he’s a hell of a nice guy, and he’s just so knowledgeable about this space. Great to finally put a face to a name, both for him and Jim Bruene, who should have been a speaker for sure.

Last year it was all about the amazing presentations, but I didn’t meet a whole lot of people. This year it was all about the networking. Meeting people from across Canada and into the States who are doing interesting and innovative things.

Okay, I’m done. Ned and I are going to spend an extra day down here relaxing and seeing some sights. Let the vacation start…