Jason is the founder of the FinTech Forge, a managed service provider helping financial institutions build and extend their innovation capacity, and Alloy Labs, a consortium of banks working together to adopt technology and drive innovation. He is also the co-host of Breaking Banks, the world’s largest fintech podcast, and Chairman of FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest. Jason is a frequent speaker on financial innovation, regulation, compliance as competitive advantage, the importance of diversity and the potential for technology to drive financial inclusion. He is on the FinTech advisory boards for the City of Chicago, the AARP, the Center for Financial Services Innovation Lab, and the SXSW Accelerator.
Jason stumbled into financial services in the early 90’s as a manufacturing engineer for Deluxe Corporation. Since leaving paper checks for the digital world, he’s been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and head of strategy implementation for a public company. In 2008, he co-founded PerkStreet Financial, one of the first challenger banks, helping pave the way for new partnerships between traditional financial service firms and startups.
Jason and his wife are active angel investors. They have two investment criteria that is different from most other investors: 1. The world would be a less good place if the company’s product didn’t exist 2. Diversity on the senior management team. While their portfolio is heavy with FinTech companies such as mobile savings, payments, investment management, analytics and back office tools, they also have invested in things like bike sharing and technology for senior health.