Virtual assistant startup hires ex-Twitter exec Stephen Morse

Virtual assistant startup hires ex-Twitter exec Stephen Morse

Canadian financial services virtual assistant startup has become the latest fintech firm to bring in a Twitter veteran, hiring the social media outfit's former head of global financial data partnerships, Stephen Morse.

Morse joins Vancouver-headquartered as head of global strategic accounts, based in New York.

Morse joined Twitter after it acquired his former employer, big data and API technology firm Gnip and went on to oversee the social media company's business with banks, investment managers, fintech partners, platforms, and other financial institutions.

At he joins a startup which recently closed a $3 million institutional financing round and has also secured a deal with Canada's ATB to introduce a virtual banking assistant on Facebook Messenger.

Says Morse: "The rate of adoption of AI technology within financial services and banking is set to soar over the next decade. We are also seeing exponential growth in the personal use of virtual assistants such as Siri and Amazon Alexa - is perfectly positioned to leverage the convergence of these technologies.

"With large bank customers on three continents already in place, the team has proven they can deploy at scale."

Twitter has proved a popular talent hunting ground for fintech firms in recent weeks, with SoFi nabbing COO Anthony Noto as its new chief executive officer and Coinbase hiring former VP Tina Bhatnagar to oversee its customer service operations.

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