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Talk FinTech from buyside to sellside. With beer, of course.

  • Sep 3, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • Paypal, 6th Floor, One International Place

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.

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  • Chuck T.

    Good event. It is good to have time at the beginning and end of the talk to network and meet each other. I would agree that brief intros from all attendees (when the events are not too big) would be helpful.

    September 5, 2013

  • Dan R.

    I enjoyed the meetup very much. The Q&A with John Raguin was informative and left me with a few takeaways to discuss and consider with my current & future investments.

    September 4, 2013

  • Damon M.

    It was a great first meeting. A suggestion based on other meetups is that everyone should do a 30 second intro. This allows everyone to find people they may want to speak to. Meetup profiles are not always particularly insightful.

    September 4, 2013

  • Ty D.

    Good for a first meeting. Will improve as membership and attendance expands.

    September 4, 2013

  • John R.

    That was fun. Let's all spread the word so we get more people at successive meetings.

    September 4, 2013

  • Hillary X.

    It was a great meeting. A great speaker.

    September 3, 2013

  • Eric L.

    @Dan: It seems like they moved to Paypal but the place requires a participant list and IDs on entry - might be too late to update the participant list.

    September 2, 2013

    • Eric L.

      I RSVP'ed more than a week ago but it seems I'm not on the list; there was some email sent out about this. I'd try my luck getting in on the actual day if not that I have some distance to travel though, the security might be flexible with it since they know there's a big group of visitors.

      September 2, 2013

    • Eric L.

      Awesome thanks!

      September 3, 2013

  • Ty D.

    OK, we had our main meeting fall through, but I'm tentatively hoping to host it upstairs at Mead Hall near Kendall Sq. in Cambridge. Am in NYC tomorrow, but will post a final location as soon as I know it. Might be a little noisy for a regular place, but for a first meeting it's just fine. Looking forward to meeting you all.


    August 27, 2013

    • Ty D.

      OK--it won't be at Mead Hall, we've been fortunate to obtain space at Paypal, One International Place.

      September 2, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Settled on a location?

    September 2, 2013

  • Ted B.

    Is it too late to attend?

    September 2, 2013

  • Josh J.

    Wish I could attend the first meetup, but I'm already booked for that night. Looking forward to future get-togethers.

    August 10, 2013

  • Ty D.

    The steering committee will be insuring this ain't boring. Stay tuned and welcome!

    August 7, 2013

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