The CB Insights Fintech Hall of Fame is an honorary club of fintech innovators and entrepreneurs whose companies or ideas have brought positive advances to technology, product development, business ideals, or consumer benefits to the fintech world.
Time to Vote for the CB Insights Fintech Hall of Fame
There are several articles on the history of fintech that take the position that the first application of fintech was in 1866 when the first transatlantic cable was laid, and that Fintech 1.0 lasted all the way until 1967, when the first ATM was unveiled. Fintech 2.0 included things like online bill pay with CheckFree (1981), online trading with the launch of e*Trade (1982).
The CB Insights Fintech Hall of Fame is going to start off marking things with the rise of the dot-com era in 1995, more than a decade before conventional wisdom marks the start of Fintech 3.0. For the sake of round numbers, we’re going to consider anybody who’s been at it a decade or more eligible for “The OGs” category, meaning any founder who entered the industry between 1995 and 2010.
Here are the top nominees in the three main categories, along with nominees in the media category. (This category wasn’t part of the original plan, but fintech wouldn’t be fintech without this supporting cast.)
Two nominees from each category will be included in the first year of the Hall of Fame. Everyone else will be eligible again next year. Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination. Now get your friends and family back here to vote! Voting ends Oct. 30. (One vote per person please.)
Bergman co-founded Envestnet with Bill Crager on the belief that technology would transform wealth management, and was prescient in his understanding of the importance of data, marked by the Yodlee acquisition in 2015.