San Francisco

It’s Spring in San Francisco, so it must be time for the annual Finovate conference. Once again, Eric and Jim have pulled together an impressive group of companies and all my favorite payments geeks are in attendance, eagerly awaiting the start. Up on stage for the kick off Eric tells us this is the biggest […]

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One of my first impressions when joining the Federal Reserve’s Retail Payments Office was that so many of the staff powering the Fed’s ACH network were women. Women are everywhere in electronic payments … well, almost everywhere. Even today women occupy relatively few senior leadership positions in the industry. Of course, I’d be remiss if […]

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Good morning! Gearing up for the two-day typing marathon that is Finovate. We’re at a huge venue this year (same as last year, apparently – someone else from Glenbrook was here then), a cavernous exhibition hall that has plenty of room for the 1200+ attendees; I can remember when there were 250 attendees. Congrats to […]

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Today the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWASF) hosted its annual Scholarship Luncheon. Two undergraduates and six graduate students from six Bay Area schools received a total of $70,000 in scholarships. I am on the FWA board and have been involved in the scholarship program for many years — and each year I am […]

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I was featured in Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWA SF) Winter Newsletter. The Q&A is reprinted here, with permission from the FWA. FWA: What are the current trends in the emerging and alternative payments space? McCune: Well, they aren’t all that alternative or so emerging anymore, for one. In the online domain, emerging […]

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I am honored to be on the board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWA SF). Each year we award approximately $100,000 worth of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate women studying finance and accounting at Bay Area colleges and universities. Graduate students receive $10,000 and undergraduates receive $5,000. This year’s deadline is March […]

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This afternoon I visited the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. I am on the board of the SF Treasury Management Association and every year we organize a tour for our members. The Fed Reserve tours are open to the public and geared toward high school-aged kids. But everyone gets giddy around piles and piles […]

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Last year I attended the original BarCampBank San Francisco and had a fantastic time (I blogged about the experience here.) It is an unstructured, participant-organized, conference on banking/payments/financial services innovation. BarCampBank events have been held in cities around the world and are refreshingly open and informal. If your budget is tight, your company is limiting […]

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I am live blogging from Finovate Startup in San Francisco. Jim Bruene and his team at NetBanker have gathered 40 startups, rebrandings, and company debuts in online banking and finance. Each participant has a brief 5 minutes to demo their product so I’ll be typing as fast as I can. (Please forgive typos!) AFTERNOON SESSION […]

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I am live blogging from Finovate Startup in San Francisco. Jim Bruene and his team at NetBanker have gathered 40 startups, rebrandings, and company debuts in online banking and finance. Each participant has a brief 5 minutes to demo their product so I’ll be typing as fast as I can. (Please forgive typos!) MORNING SESSION […]

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FinovateStartup will showcase dozens of the startups that are innovating at the intersection of finance and technology to an audience of hundreds of press, bloggers, analysts, VCs, industry leaders and banking executives. Come check out demos by these startups: Details here

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I've been intrigued by the idea of a BarCamp – informal, unstructured, participant-organized conferences where people with similar interests share and learn in an open environment – since I read about them in other (mostly technology) blogs. There is an upcoming banking/finance BarCamp in San Francisco (well, actually at UC Berkeley) and I just signed […]

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Spread the word! I'm proud to be co-chair of the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco 2008 Scholarship.  I never cease to be amazed by the women we interview – by their ambition, drive, compassion, and enthusiasm for finance. The deadline crept up on me, otherwise I would have posted this sooner. But if you […]

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It was a fantastic warm, sunny weekend in San Francisco – 80 degrees, clear and not too windy. The type of May weather we locals revel in because we know the summer fog will be with us soon. I took a lawn chair and a big floppy hat to Fort Mason and caught up on […]

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My life used to be dominated by quarters. Parking tickets are an important revenue source for the City of San Francisco and we have vigilent meter monitors. In most areas meters are 25 cents for 6 minutes (yes, you read that right). I'd stockpile quarters (actualy all coins)  just for this purpose. This year San […]

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