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Finextra takes on New York - and Sifma TMC

Real-time event coverage and expansion plans in the US: 

It's the Sifma Technology Management Conference in New York next week (as of writing). Maybe it's just me being pedantic, but it's always kind of bugged me that this huge exhibition/small conference event is usually referred to in the fintech space as "the Sifma show", or just "Sifma", even though the Sifma trade association - formerly SIA - runs dozens of different events throughout the year.

Anyway, Finextra will be there in the cavernous Hilton New York, speaking to delegates and exhibitors, doing some video interviews for the site, and generally catching up with the latest buzz in the US markets and technology trends.

While we're there, we will of course be providing our community with all the news and announcements from the show.

We'll also be following through our plans to increase our editorial and commercial presence in the US.

We think we've done a pretty good job in establishing global financial technology industry coverage from our London base. But with the recent interesting developments in US banking and capital markets, we've realised we could benefit from a more close-hand perspective on what's happening across the financial services sector of what is still (for now) the world's largest single-country economy.

I'm looking forward to some interesting discussions.

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Comments: (2)

Elizabeth Lumley
Elizabeth Lumley - Girl, Disrupted - Crayford 12 June, 2008, 15:37Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

What's it like there this year? (not attending this year). SIFMA/SIA TMC has felt a bit depressed the past few years.

Never mind the fact that it regualry has the worst equipted, worst staffed press room in the universe of global trade shows.

Has it pepped up a bit?

Elton Cane
Elton Cane - News Corp Australia - Brisbane 16 June, 2008, 13:19Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

The press room was as dire as ever - a few fixed ethernet internet connections, and one internet-connected PC that couldn't even take a USB memory stick. The backwardness is quite ironic for a "technology management conference".

I think they might do this on purpose. A lot of publications buy exhibition space, rent some furniture and internet connections and work from there.

We did that this year, and it was worthwhile, particularly as we wanted a space to do some video interviews. As for the general buzz of the show, it wasn't as pessimistic as I expected it might be. But I think of the thousands of people to traipse through the exhibition halls over the 3 days, there was a pretty high ratio of promo grabbers, headhunters, exhibiting company salespeople and summer interns.