FinTech Connector is the first exclusive online membership community that connects local fintech entrepreneurs and start-ups (Innovators) with global professionals, thought leaders, and investors (Enablers) and provides the platform, resources, and tools to help drive cutting-edge fintech innovation.
FinTech Connector is based on four key components:
Community: A truly borderless and exclusive fintech community is driven by a common purpose — to disrupt and innovate financial services around the globe.
Enablers: Experienced business, finance, technology, and investor professionals offer experience, networks, and services to Innovators.
Innovators: Fintech entrepreneurs and start-ups with cutting-edge ideas will disrupt and innovate financial services.
Connector: Tools and resources connect fintech Enablers and Innovators for cross-regional and global networking, collaborating, investing and innovating.
Meet the Founding team and Master FinTech Connectors
Angel Lorente (CMC — Vision & Strategy)
Angel Lorente is the Chief Master Connector of today’s fastest growing global fintech network — FinTech Connector. Angel is an alumnus of MIT’s FinTech: Future Commerce and Big Data & Social Analytics where he evolved a vision to lead the fintech market segment. Angel’s storyline connects every dot from MIT to the future of financial technology.
Angel is continuously cultivating an exclusive community of Enablers (thought leaders and subject matter experts) and Innovators (fintech entrepreneurs and startups) that come together in their local communities to share ideas, learn from each other, and drive fintech innovation and disruption forward.
Throughout his career Angel has shaped and articulated a vision and strategy for global financial institutions, supported key business lines, and evolved as an expert in financial products, reporting, risk management, and treasury services.
He has built a reputation as a collaborative influencer who excels within highly competitive environments where leadership and teamwork are keys to success.
Angel commented, “We are still in the beginning stages of this great initiative that will, in my opinion, drive key market innovations in fintech. I believe FinTech Connector will soon be viewed as a global powerhouse of thought leaders, innovators, and subject matter experts.”
Erick Caceres Morrobel (COO – Organization & Operation)
Erick Caceres Morrobel brings strategic depth and operations savvy to FinTech Connector. He is a consummate business development strategist, lead project manager, and strategic partnership facilitator.
Erick is positioning and distributing fintech products and programs while also establishing a fast-growing footprint in the Latin American fintech market. He is a market trend analyst, organizational expert, writer, and a serial entrepreneur, having helped found Caceres & Co, The Annexis Group, and the Next Generation Financial Partners, as well as FinTech Connector.
Erick is an expert on creating and aligning innovation and growth. He draws on his unique view of market trends and experience managing strategy development. He launches new markets and competitive business transformations with consummate project management skills and is a trusted collaborator from vision to beta to deployment to analytics.
Erick says, “It’s exhilarating working with a group of talented professionals! We’re connecting local fintech communities around the world and giving them access to a global network of Innovators and Enablers.”
Syed Husain (CTO – Technology Strategy & Execution)
Syed Husain gained immeasurable respect and admiration for his financial technology acumen among the MIT FinTech cohorts, leading to his role as CTO of FinTech Connector. Syed is a highly regarded thought leader and future technology strategist. He is building a multifaceted, agile, and dynamic web environment for FinTech Connector, enabling the global organization to engage, share, and scale rapidly.
Syed is a co-founder and Principal Architect at Adarsa Services, a role crucial to the process of making technology support his client’s digital transformations.
According to Syed, “We are innovating and disrupting financial services.”
Mary Olson (CBTO – Chief Brand Transformation Officer )
Mary Olson pivoted her strategic design and business innovation firm to support fintech innovators, build new brands, introduce new narratives, and establish new markets. Mary began collaborating with Angel Lorente and the co-founders of FinTech Connector to help them turn their conceptual framework into reality.
Mary, a consummate communicator and an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, is skilled at framing and designing founders’ concepts and visions. She is focusing on building brand equity for FinTech Connector through strategic design and applying new innovations to drive value, growth, and influence in the innovation economy.
According to Mary, “The process of co-creating FinTech Connector disrupts the entire traditional business development process through trust, transparency, and innovation.”
FinTech Connector’s story
By Angel Lorente – Chief Master Connector
In June, 2016 I created a weekly social networking event at Hurley’s Saloon in NYC for NY-area based MIT/GetSmarter Fintech online course cohorts. I am a firm believer that nothing is more valuable than face-to-face interactions.
Every week I participated in the online forum of the MIT FinTech course and let everyone know that I would be at Hurley's Saloon grabbing a beer and talking fintech. The first week two people showed up. By the time the course was over 12 weeks later we had anywhere from 20 to 30 people show up. The NY cohorts, the GetSmarter team, and one of the senior MIT instructors who met me in NY told me that I had created something special with the weekly networking events and that I should continue doing it...SO I DID.
I set up a NYC Meet-up page in September, 2016 and referred to ourselves as the MIT FinTech Connector Cohorts. I kept doing the Hurley's Social Networking but also added events like Fireside Chats with CEOs of start-ups and investors to understand their journey, a tech education series with my colleagues at Blockgram (the first was “A Day in the Life of A Bitcoin Transaction”) and FinTech Pitch Presentation Night where cohorts could present their ideas or start-ups, get feedback, and meet enablers that could help them take their fintech idea to the next level.
My focus was to create an exclusive community of enablers and innovators that could connect, share ideas, learn from each other, and help drive fintech innovation forward for all people.
I soon began getting requests from people outside the MIT/GetSmarter FinTech course to join so I changed our name to FinTech Connector and opened it up to other fintech enthusiasts. New enthusiasts had to have relevant business, technology, finance, or consulting experience as an Enabler, and a clear idea or fintech business in startup mode as an Innovator.
I met so many wonderful people from the events that saw value in what I was doing. Some of them have joined me on the journey to expand and create FinTech Connector globally...see The Founding Team above!!!
I also received encouragement from my international MIT FinTech Cohorts to partner with them in establishing local FinTech Connector communities and connecting them globally to encourage networking, collaboration, and innovation. This led to creating the Community Partners — Master FinTech Connectors for their cities/countries — and to help plan and execute events, encourage collaboration and innovation locally, and invite fintech Enablers and Innovators to join the exclusive, global FinTech Connector community.
FinTech Connector is still in the beginning of this great initiative. I believe the community will drive a number of key innovations in the years to come and will be viewed as a global powerhouse of fintech thought leaders, subject matter experts, and investors.
I hope that you will join me as we connect the fintech dots for Enablers and Innovators around the world, helping them disrupt and innovate financial services for all people.