First of many monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Drinks and Schmoozing start at 5:45 (stay tuned for details where), with a 20 minute interview of one of the leading lights in Boston FinTech followed by Q&A. First off: someone who has been on all sides of the fintech table, John Raguin of Devonshire Investors, former CEO/cofounder of Guidewire, the largest Fintech IPO of 2012. (See below for full bio.)
Part 2 will be an informal survey to see what topics we'll want to cover next month and going forward. And during the beers and schmoozing, we'll have a pair of Google Glass available for you to try out.
Bring plenty of business cards!
John Raguin offers a unique perspective on innovation that has been shaped by his experience on all sides of financial services technology delivery—provider, investor, and customer. Currently, he is a Managing Director at Devonshire Investors, a division of Fidelity Investments / FMR LLC. Devonshire, a large and diversified venture capital division, has entities that invest in private companies at various stages of growth with a key focus on the financial services sector and investments in companies such as Eris Exchange (trading platform), iPipeline (insurance), Xoom (international money transfer), and Cortera (credit). Mr. Raguin sits on several boards of directors, including ownCloud, Outside Intelligence, Time Trade Systems, GBTC, and Common Angels and was recently an Executive in Residence at Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in many software sectors. Prior to Battery, he was the CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Guidewire Software (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of core system software to the global insurance industry. Guidewire was the #1 technology IPO of 2012.
Mr. Raguin has expertise in areas such as SaaS software, insurance/financial services software, insurance IT, process and discrete manufacturing IT, ERP, maintenance management software, facilities management software, and procurement software. He has built companies, chosen investment strategies and executed business plans. His comments will both inform and challenge those interested in moving financial services innovation forward.