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FinTech Conferences Are Broken

"The conference model is broken," he says, dismissively.

I roll my eyes so hard I think I might have permanently flipped them in their sockets.

It drives me crazy when people say conferences don't work, that conferences no longer work. As if, years ago, there was a more rudimentary conference attendee, a primitive executive whose time was plentiful, whose budget was infinite, or who was simply dumb enough to expect less of a return on his investment of time and money.

The concept of conferences – a gathering of people to deliberate matters of common concern with a view to resolving them – is by no means new. The word comes from the Middle French word "conférence" and has been around for more than half a millennium.

The conference is one of the most ...
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