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Fintech influencers to follow for 2019

Fintech is alive and well in the financial services industry. With so much innovation and digital transformation underway, it can be challenging to stay current with developments. This listing of global fintech influencers is offered as part of a solution to that problem.

Yet, as the global fintech universe continues to expand and morph into more specialized areas – such as paytech, insurtech, lendtech, wealthtech, AI, crypto/blockchain – there are more areas of expertise, more online discussions and many more people engaging in those discussions. In other words, there are other influencers, in addition to the people listed below, that are worth tuning into if you have business interests in any of the above areas.

A few quick words on methodology, a more detailed explanation of which you will find In the FAQs below the lists. These lists are based on data analysis using a commercially available third-party tool. I do not choose people to be on or off the lists (so please don’t lobby me to get on a list or be disappointed with me for excluding you). Rather, people appearing on the lists are ranked according to various scoring criteria.

What’s new this year is that I’ve presented the top influencers ranked by three different criteria: Insider Score, Network Centrality and Emerging Score. As a bonus, I’ve also included 100 of the top organizations (non-individuals) that are fintech influencers.

Finally, these people (and organizations) are all designated as influencers by virtue of their online activity on social networks. They are the most followed, shared and engaged people discussing fintech topics online. In short, if you want to move a message through the word-of-mouth, global fintech network, these are the people who do it best. There are many, many other people who have expertise, insight and influence on fintech topics who are not as active online, therefore they will not appear on any of these lists.

If you want to stay apprised of key developments in this exciting and rapidly changing technological space, these are some great people to start paying attention to!

Fintech Influencers Ranked by Insider Score

insider score

Insider Score is simply the number of other insiders in this network who are following an account (on Twitter). The higher the rank, the more of the over 3000 people and organizations analyzed that follow that person.

  1. Chris Gledhill | @cgledhill | LinkedIn | London, England
  2. Jim Marous | @JimMarous | LinkedIn | Cleveland, OH
  3. Spiros Margaris | @SpirosMargaris | LinkedIn | All Over the World
  4. Sebastien Meunier | @sbmeunier | LinkedIn | New York, USA
  5. Bradley Leimer | @leimer | LinkedIn | San Francisco, CA
  6. David M. Brear | @davidbrear | LinkedIn | London
  7. Brett King | @BrettKing | LinkedIn | New York + 30,000 feet
  8. Chris Skinner | @Chris_Skinner | LinkedIn | London
  9. Elon Musk | @elonmusk | LinkedIn |
  10. Duena Blomstrom | @DuenaBlomstrom | LinkedIn | Global
  11. Nick Bilodeau | @FinMKTG | LinkedIn | Toronto, Singapore and everywhere in between
  12. Anna Irrera | @annairrera | LinkedIn | New York, NY
  13. Devie Mohan | @devie_mohan | LinkedIn | London | Amsterdam
  14. Florian Graillot | @FGraillot | LinkedIn | Paris, France
  15. Simon Taylor | @sytaylor | LinkedIn | London, UK
  16. Simon Cocking | @SimonCocking | LinkedIn | Dublin, Ireland
  17. Andreas Staub | @andi_staub | LinkedIn |
  18. JP Nicols | @JPNicols | LinkedIn | Seattle
  19. Bill Sullivan | @WFSULLIVAN3 | LinkedIn | Wyndham, VA
  20. Ron Shevlin | @rshevlin | LinkedIn |
  21. Minh Q. Tran | @Minh_Q_Tran | LinkedIn | London, Paris, Zurich, Luxembourg
  22. Oliver Bussmann | @obussmann | LinkedIn | ZRH | LON | NYC | SIN | HKG
  23. Steve Tunstall | @TunstallAsc | LinkedIn | Singapore
  24. Nektarios Liolios | @nekliolios | LinkedIn | London
  25. Matteo Carbone | @MCins_ | LinkedIn |
  26. Liz Lumley | @LizLum | LinkedIn | London, UK
  27. Koen Vanderhoydonk | @KVanderhoydonk | LinkedIn | Belgium
  28. Sam Maule | @sammaule | LinkedIn | Jacksonville, FL
  29. Rebecca Lynn | @VCRebecca | LinkedIn | Menlo Park, CA
  30. Susanne Chishti | @SusanneChishti | LinkedIn | London based – Global Passion!
  31. Danielle Guzman | @guzmand | LinkedIn | Brooklyn, NY
  32. Matteo Rizzi | @matteorizzi | LinkedIn | Lisbon, Portugal
  33. Vitalik Buterin | @VitalikButerin | LinkedIn | Earth
  34. Michael Mellinghoff | @Mellinghoff | LinkedIn | London
  35. Imtiaz Adam | @DeepLearn007 | LinkedIn | London
  36. Claire Calmejane | @ccalmeja | LinkedIn | London
  37. Ricardo Vidal | @RicardoVidal | LinkedIn | Hamburg, Germany
  38. Theo Lau | @psb_dc | LinkedIn | Washington, DC
  39. Peter Barkow | @BarkowConsult | LinkedIn | Dusseldorf, Germany
  40. Marc Andreessen | @pmarca | LinkedIn | Menlo Park, CA
  41. Nadja Schlossel | @Ypsilon_Zett | LinkedIn | Hamburg, Germany
  42. Mike Quindazzi | @MikeQuindazzi | LinkedIn | Los Angeles, CA
  43. Antony Peyton | @TonyFintech | LinkedIn | London
  44. Dave Birch | @dgwbirch | LinkedIn | Woking, the last not-Smart City
  45. Steve McLaughlin | @FTPartners | LinkedIn | Silicon Valley
  46. Christophe Langlois | @Visible_Banking | LinkedIn | London
  47. Matt Dooley | @mattldooley | LinkedIn | Hong Kong / London / Melbourne
  48. Yann Ranchere | @tek_fin | LinkedIn | Around the world
  49. Alex Jimenez | @RAlexJimenez | LinkedIn | Silicon Slopes, UT
  50. Sally Eaves | @sallyeaves | LinkedIn | London | Dubai | Bristol
  51. Ronald van Loon | @Ronald_vanLoon | LinkedIn | Netherlands
  52. Eileen Burbidge | @eileentso | LinkedIn | London
  53. Patrick Barnert | @pbarnert | LinkedIn | Zurich
  54. Huy Nguyen Trieu | @Huynguyentrieu | LinkedIn | London
  55. Bryan Clagett | @Clagett | LinkedIn | Williamsburg, VA
  56. Amit Goel | @amitTwitr | LinkedIn | Airplanes
  57. Alex Nech | @FinTechSummary | LinkedIn | London, England
  58. Lars Markull | @LarsMarkull | LinkedIn | Berlin, Germany
  59. Nigel Walsh | @nigelwalsh | LinkedIn | London
  60. Frank Schwab | @FrankJSchwab | LinkedIn | Germany
  61. April Rudin | @TheRudinGroup | LinkedIn | New York City
  62. Anne Boden | @AnneBoden | LinkedIn | London
  63. Kristian Feldborg | @k_feldborg | LinkedIn | London, England
  64. Andre M. Bajorat | @ambajorat | LinkedIn | Hamburg
  65. Marvin Stone | @MarvinStone | LinkedIn | Houston, TX
  66. Rob Findlay | @robfindlay | LinkedIn | Melbourne, Victoria
  67. Andreas M. Antonopoulos | @aantonop | LinkedIn | 56 countries and counting
  68. Sabine VanderLinden | @SabineVdL | LinkedIn | London
  69. David J. Maireles | @davidjmaireles | LinkedIn | BER | MAD
  70. Jules Ratcliffe | @JulesRatcliffe | LinkedIn | London
  71. Timo Dreger | @insurtechforum | LinkedIn | Berlin, Deutschland
  72. Jason Bates | @JasonBates | LinkedIn | London / Rutland
  73. Damien Cabadi | @Damien_CABADI | LinkedIn | Luxembourg
  74. Fred Wilson | @fredwilson | LinkedIn | New York City
  75. Oscar Neira | @NeiraOsci | LinkedIn | Zurich, Schweiz
  76. Nasir Zubairi | @naszub | LinkedIn | Luxembourg, London
  77. Tanya Andreasyan | @TanyaBankTech | LinkedIn | London, England
  78. Philippe Gelis | @Pgelis | LinkedIn | London
  79. Megan Caywood | @MeganCaywood | LinkedIn | London, England
  80. Tamara McCleary | @TamaraMcCleary | LinkedIn | Boulder, CO
  81. Tiffany Hayden | @haydentiff | LinkedIn | Detroit
  82. Thomas Power | @thomaspower | LinkedIn | London, England
  83. Dave Maddox | @thinkpayments | LinkedIn | Atlanta
  84. Brian Armstrong | @brian_armstrong | LinkedIn | San Francisco, CA
  85. Antonio Grasso | @antgrasso | LinkedIn | Europe
  86. Jan Wichmann | @jan_wich | LinkedIn | Munich
  87. Mike Butcher | @mikebutcher | LinkedIn | London
  88. Claire Cockerton | @clairecockerton | LinkedIn | London, UK
  89. Matt Elton | @fintech_matt | LinkedIn | UK | Europe | Canada
  90. Dr. Robin Kiera | @stratorob | LinkedIn | Hamburg
  91. Tom Blomfield | @t_blom | LinkedIn | London
  92. Sascha Dewald | @sascha_dewald | LinkedIn | Berlin, Germany
  93. Michael Fisher | @Fisher85M | LinkedIn | Vernon, CT
  94. Jim Harris | @JimHarris | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
  95. Don Tapscott | @dtapscott | LinkedIn | Toronto, Miami, Airplanes
  96. Barry Silbert | @barrysilbert | LinkedIn | New York
  97. Nick Szabo | @NickSzabo4 | LinkedIn |
  98. Patrick Siegenthaler | @psiegen | LinkedIn | Zurich, Switzerland
  99. Faisal Khan | @babushka99 | LinkedIn | Istanbul, Turkey
  100. Andrea Silvello | @SilvelloAndrea | LinkedIn | Milano
  101. Tim Cook | @tim_cook | LinkedIn | Cupertino
  102. Oscar Williams-Grut | @OscarWGrut | LinkedIn | London
  103. Christian Konig | @finanzprodukt | LinkedIn | Zurich/Ho Chi Minh/Singapore
  104. Jon Matonis | @jonmatonis | LinkedIn | Vilnius, Lithuania
  105. Neira Jones | @neirajones | LinkedIn | United Kingdom
  106. Urs Bolt | @UrsBolt | LinkedIn | Switzerland
  107. Richard Goold | @GooldRichard | LinkedIn | London
  108. Helene Li | @helene_wpli | LinkedIn | Hong Kong, Singapore
  109. Boris Janek | @electrouncle | LinkedIn | Dusseldorf
  110. Xavier Alvarez Forn | @xalvarezforn | LinkedIn | Barcelona
  111. Brad van Leeuwen | @BradvanL | LinkedIn | London
  112. Rodrigo Garcia Cruz | @rgarciadelacruz | LinkedIn | Spain
  113. Paul Graham | @paulg | LinkedIn |
  114. Gemma Godfrey | @GCGodfrey | LinkedIn | London
  115. Oliver Christie | @OliverChristie | LinkedIn | New York
  116. Lex Sokolin | @LexSokolin | LinkedIn | New York
  117. Kilian Thalhammer | @kilian2002 | LinkedIn | Munich
  118. Jochen Siegert | @jochensiegert | LinkedIn | Bonn, Frankfurt & Berlin
  119. Matteo Gamba | @sliver86 | LinkedIn | Berlin, Germany
  120. Christian Meiske | @CMeiske | LinkedIn | Hamburg
  121. Dr Louise Beaumont | @LouiseHBeaumont | LinkedIn | London
  122. Penny Schiffer | @PennySchiffer | LinkedIn | Zurich, Switzerland
  123. Taavet Hinrikus | @taavet | LinkedIn | worldwide
  124. Pierre F. Suhrcke | @PierreSuhrcke | LinkedIn | London – Zurich – HongKong
  125. Christine Duhaime | @cduhaime | LinkedIn | Canada
  126. Dr Leda Glyptis | @LedaGlyptis | LinkedIn | London
  127. Neil Cattermull | @NeilCattermull | LinkedIn | London, England
  128. David Bundi | @DavidBundiRisk | LinkedIn | Switzerland
  129. Marc Hochstein | @MarcHochstein | LinkedIn | Bronx, NY
  130. Joseph Lubin | @ethereumJoseph | LinkedIn | Brooklyn, NY
  131. Roberto Ferrari | @ferrarirobtweet | LinkedIn | Milan – Italy
  132. Matthias Kroener | @Kroener_M | LinkedIn | Munich
  133. Falk Rieker | @FalkRieker | LinkedIn | NYC | LON | HKG | SIN
  134. Tobias Baumgarten | @aboutfintech | LinkedIn | Hamburg, Deutschland
  135. Max Levchin | @mlevchin | LinkedIn | SF, CA
  136. Balaji S. Srinivasan | @balajis | LinkedIn | Stanford, CA
  137. Chris Richards | @finteched | LinkedIn | Canary Wharf, London
  138. Fred Ehrsam | @FEhrsam | LinkedIn | San Francisco, CA
  139. Patrick Coomans | @patrickcoomans | LinkedIn | Antwerp, Belgium
  140. Anna Bennett | @AnnaB_Tech | LinkedIn | United Kingdom
  141. Anthony Schmitt | @BourseetTrading | LinkedIn | Paris, Bordeaux, France
  142. Damir Bogdan | @Damir_Bogdan | LinkedIn | Switzerland and Silicon Valley
  143. Ugo Setti | @ugosetti | LinkedIn | Brussels, Belgium
  144. Markus Gnirck | @mgnirck | LinkedIn | Singapore
  145. Nigel Verdon | @nigelverdon | LinkedIn | London
  146. Paolo Sironi | @thepsironi | LinkedIn | Frankfurt am Main
  147. Georgia Hanias | @GeorgiaHanias | LinkedIn | London
  148. Ralf Heim | @RalfHeim | LinkedIn | Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
  149. Marc P. Bernegger | @marcpbernegger | LinkedIn | Zurich, Switzerland
  150. Jill Castilla | @JillCastilla | LinkedIn | Edmond, Oklahoma

Fintech Influencers Ranked by Network Centrality

2019 Fintech Influencers Centrality

Network centrality ranks a person’s connection to more of the sub-communities within this group and represents an alternative way to look at influencer in the network.

  1. Chris Gledhill | @cgledhill | LinkedIn | London, England
  2. Rebecca Lynn | @VCRebecca | LinkedIn | Menlo Park, CA
  3. Bradley Leimer | @leimer | LinkedIn | San Francisco, CA
  4. Imtiaz Adam | @DeepLearn007 | LinkedIn | London
  5. Tamara McCleary | @TamaraMcCleary | LinkedIn | Boulder, CO
  6. Simon Cocking | @SimonCocking | LinkedIn | Dublin, Ireland
  7. Jim Marous | @JimMarous | LinkedIn | Cleveland, OH
  8. Sebastien Meunier | @sbmeunier | LinkedIn | New York, USA
  9. Matt Dooley | @mattldooley | LinkedIn | Hong Kong / London / Melbourne
  10. Ronald van Loon | @Ronald_vanLoon | LinkedIn | Netherlands
  11. Nick Bilodeau | @FinMKTG | LinkedIn | Toronto, Singapore and everywhere in between
  12. Sally Eaves | @sallyeaves | LinkedIn | London | Dubai | Bristol
  13. Sam Ball | @thesamball | LinkedIn | UK
  14. Spiros Margaris | @SpirosMargaris | LinkedIn | All Over the World
  15. Koen Vanderhoydonk | @KVanderhoydonk | LinkedIn | Belgium
  16. Marc Hochstein | @MarcHochstein | LinkedIn | Bronx, NY
  17. Rodrigo Garcia Cruz | @rgarciadelacruz | LinkedIn | Spain
  18. David M. Brear | @davidbrear | LinkedIn | London
  19. Steve McLaughlin | @FTPartners | LinkedIn | Silicon Valley
  20. Michael Mellinghoff | @Mellinghoff | LinkedIn | London
  21. Matteo Carbone | @MCins_ | LinkedIn |
  22. Marc Andreessen | @pmarca | LinkedIn | Menlo Park, CA
  23. Antony Peyton | @TonyFintech | LinkedIn | London
  24. Yann Ranchere | @tek_fin | LinkedIn | Around the world
  25. Peter Barkow | @BarkowConsult | LinkedIn | Dusseldorf, Germany
  26. Minh Q. Tran | @Minh_Q_Tran | LinkedIn | London, Paris, Zurich, Luxembourg
  27. Marvin Stone | @MarvinStone | LinkedIn | Houston, TX
  28. Oscar Neira | @NeiraOsci | LinkedIn | Zurich, Schweiz
  29. Duena Blomstrom | @DuenaBlomstrom | LinkedIn | Global
  30. Jeff Scott | @jeff77006 | LinkedIn | Montevideo, Uruguay
  31. Steve Tunstall | @TunstallAsc | LinkedIn | Singapore
  32. Brett King | @BrettKing | LinkedIn | New York + 30,000 feet
  33. Thomas Power | @thomaspower | LinkedIn | London, England
  34. David J. Maireles | @davidjmaireles | LinkedIn | BER | MAD
  35. Philippe Gelis | @Pgelis | LinkedIn | London
  36. Amit Goel | @amitTwitr | LinkedIn | Airplanes
  37. Cyril Coste | @CyrilCoste | LinkedIn | London, UK
  38. Ricardo Vidal | @RicardoVidal | LinkedIn | Hamburg, Germany
  39. Frank Schwab | @FrankJSchwab | LinkedIn | Germany
  40. Christophe Langlois | @Visible_Banking | LinkedIn | London
  41. April Rudin | @TheRudinGroup | LinkedIn | New York City
  42. Brian Roemmele | @BrianRoemmele | LinkedIn | transcendence
  43. Ron Shevlin | @rshevlin | LinkedIn |
  44. PJ Hanard | @pjhanard | LinkedIn | London
  45. Jules Ratcliffe | @JulesRatcliffe | LinkedIn | London
  46. Anna Irrera | @annairrera | LinkedIn | New York, NY
  47. Andreas Iten | @pouderi | LinkedIn | Zurich
  48. Megan Caywood | @MeganCaywood | LinkedIn | London, England
  49. Charles d’Haussy | @charlesdhaussy | LinkedIn | Hong Kong
  50. Theo Lau | @psb_dc | LinkedIn | Washington, DC

Fintech Influencer Ranked by Emerging Score

2019 Fintech influencers emerging score

Emerging Score looks at the Insider Score as a factor of the age of their social account (Twitter). In other words, a person who quickly gets a lot of Insider followers will be ranked most emergent.

  1. Sebastien Meunier | @sbmeunier | LinkedIn | New York, USA
  2. Spiros Margaris | @SpirosMargaris | LinkedIn | All Over the World
  3. Matteo Carbone | @MCins_ | LinkedIn |
  4. Michael Fisher | @Fisher85M | LinkedIn | Vernon, CT
  5. Kristian Feldborg | @k_feldborg | LinkedIn | London, England
  6. Simon Cocking | @SimonCocking | LinkedIn | Dublin, Ireland
  7. Timo Dreger | @insurtechforum | LinkedIn | Berlin, Deutschland
  8. Antony Peyton | @TonyFintech | LinkedIn | London
  9. Damien Cabadi | @Damien_CABADI | LinkedIn | Luxembourg
  10. Steve Tunstall | @TunstallAsc | LinkedIn | Singapore
  11. Susanne Chishti | @SusanneChishti | LinkedIn | London based – Global Passion!
  12. Alex Nech | @FinTechSummary | LinkedIn | London, England
  13. Nadja Schlossel | @Ypsilon_Zett | LinkedIn | Hamburg, Germany
  14. Sally Eaves | @sallyeaves | LinkedIn | London | Dubai | Bristol
  15. Theo Lau | @psb_dc | LinkedIn | Washington, DC
  16. Devie Mohan | @devie_mohan | LinkedIn | London | Amsterdam
  17. Nick Bilodeau | @FinMKTG | LinkedIn | Toronto, Singapore and everywhere in between
  18. Chris Gledhill | @cgledhill | LinkedIn | London, England
  19. Helene Li | @helene_wpli | LinkedIn | Hong Kong, Singapore
  20. Joost Walgemoed | @joost_walgemoed | LinkedIn | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  21. Antonio Grasso | @antgrasso | LinkedIn | Europe
  22. Anna Bennett | @AnnaB_Tech | LinkedIn | United Kingdom
  23. Matt Elton | @fintech_matt | LinkedIn | UK | Europe | Canada
  24. Bill Sullivan | @WFSULLIVAN3 | LinkedIn | Wyndham, VA
  25. Christian Ross | @c_ross_blanco | LinkedIn | Nederland
  26. Mike Quindazzi | @MikeQuindazzi | LinkedIn | Los Angeles, CA
  27. Regina Schrempf | @SchrempfRegina | LinkedIn | Zürich
  28. Jim Marous | @JimMarous | LinkedIn | Cleveland, OH
  29. Ugo Setti | @ugosetti | LinkedIn | Brussels, Belgium
  30. Ari Paul | @AriDavidPaul | LinkedIn | Antarctica
  31. Pierre F. Suhrcke | @PierreSuhrcke | LinkedIn | London – Zurich – HongKong
  32. Florian Graillot | @FGraillot | LinkedIn | Paris, France
  33. Huy Nguyen Trieu | @Huynguyentrieu | LinkedIn | London
  34. Michael Berns | @AIThoughtLeader | LinkedIn | Europe
  35. Bradley Leimer | @leimer | LinkedIn | San Francisco, CA
  36. David M. Brear | @davidbrear | LinkedIn | London
  37. Michael Mellinghoff | @Mellinghoff | LinkedIn | London
  38. Eric Salzmann | @Salz_Er | LinkedIn | Zurich, Schweiz
  39. Nicolas Lacour | @NicoLacour | LinkedIn | Paris, France
  40. Anthony Schmitt | @BourseetTrading | LinkedIn | Paris, Bordeaux, France
  41. Elon Musk | @elonmusk | LinkedIn |
  42. Oscar Neira | @NeiraOsci | LinkedIn | Zurich, Schweiz
  43. Andreas Staub | @andi_staub | LinkedIn |
  44. Imtiaz Adam | @DeepLearn007 | LinkedIn | London
  45. Brett King | @BrettKing | LinkedIn | New York + 30,000 feet
  46. Tanya Andreasyan | @TanyaBankTech | LinkedIn | London, England
  47. Tiffany Hayden | @haydentiff | LinkedIn | Detroit
  48. Chris Skinner | @Chris_Skinner | LinkedIn | London
  49. Nick Biggam | @nick_biggam | LinkedIn | London and Dublin
  50. Chris Burniske | @cburniske | LinkedIn | New York, USA

Top 100 Fintech Organizations

2019 Fintech influencers organizations

Ranked by Insider Score (see above).

  1. TechCrunch | @TechCrunch | Website | San Francisco, CA
  2. FINTECH Circle | @FINTECHCircle | Website | London based, Global passion!
  3. Finextra | @Finextra | Website | Everything fintech, worldwide
  4. Innovate Finance | @InnFin | Website | London
  5. Finovate | @Finovate | Website | Seattle, WA
  6. Bank Innovation | @BankInnovation | Website | New York
  7. FinTechInsider | @FinTechInsiders | Website | London, England
  8. The FinTech 50 | @TheFinTech50 | Website | Europe … and beyond
  9. Fintech Switzerland | @FintechCH | Website | Switzerland
  10. Sbootcamp FinTech | @sbcFinTech | Website | LDN, NY, SG, MUM, MX, MEL
  11. FinTech Futures | @FinTech_Futures | Website | London UK
  12. Paris Fintech Forum | @ParisFinForum | Website | Paris, Ile-de-France
  13. CoinDesk | @coindesk | Website | New York, USA
  14. FINTECH Innovate | @FTCInnovate | Website | London
  15. Money20/20 | @money2020 | Website | New York & London
  16. FinTech HK | @FinTechHK | Website | Hong Kong
  17. FinTechInnovationLab | @FinTechLabLDN | Website | London
  18. 11:FS | @11FSTeam | Website | Worldwide
  19. Next Money | @nextmoney_ | Website | Global
  20. Level39 | @Level39CW | Website | Canary Wharf, London
  21. FinTech London | @FinTechLondon | Website | London
  22. Holland FinTech | @HollandFinTech | Website | Amsterdam
  23. Fintech Singapore | @FintechSIN | Website | Singapore
  24. Blockchain | @blockchain | Website |
  25. Swiss FinteCH | @finnovationCH | Website | Zurich, Switzerland
  26. The Financial Revolutionist | @Fin_Revolution | Website | Brooklyn, NY
  27. American Banker | @AmerBanker | Website |
  28. FinTech Lab | @FinTechLab | Website | New York, NY
  29. Canvas Ventures | @CanvasVC | Website | Portola Valley, CA
  30. Coinbase | @coinbase | Website | San Francisco, CA
  31. Empire Startups | @EmpireStartups | Website | New York & San Francisco
  32. PYMNTS | @pymnts | Website | Boston, MA
  33. Fintech Germany | @FintechGermany | Website | Deutschland
  34. finleap | @finleap | Website | Berlin
  35. Daily Fintech | @DailyFintech | Website | Decentralized
  36. FinTech Feed | @FinTechFeed | Website | London
  37. FinTech Compliance | @FinTechComply | Website | London, England
  38. France Fintech | @FranceFintech | Website | Paris, France
  39. MEDICI | @gomedici | Website | Charlotte, NY, Bangalore, SFO
  40. FinTech Forum | @FinTechForum_DE | Website | Frankfurt, Germany
  41. Monzo | @monzo | Website | United Kingdom
  42. Railsbank | @railsbank | Website | London
  43. Ripple | @Ripple | Website |
  44. CB Insights | @CBinsights | Website | New York, NY
  45. The FINTECH Book | @TheFINTECHBook | Website | Global
  46. FinTech DC | @FinTechDC | Website | Berlin
  47. Starling Bank | @StarlingBank | Website | United Kingdom
  48. NewFinance | @NewFinance | Website | Global
  49. Breaking Banks | @Breakingbanks1 | Website | New York City
  50. Techstars | @techstars | Website | Global
  51. The Financial Brand | @FinancialBrand | Website | United States
  52. Burnmark | @burnmark_ | Website | London, England
  53. Fintech Finance | @fintechf | Website | England, United Kingdom
  54. Tech Nation | @TechNation | Website | United Kingdom
  55. Bitcoin Magazine | @BitcoinMagazine | Website | Nashville, TN
  56. Insurtechnews | @insurtechnews | Website |
  57. Finance2.0 – FinTech | @finance20ch | Website | Zurich
  58. The Paypers | @ThePaypers | Website | Global
  59. Bitcoin | @Bitcoin | Website | Worldwide
  60. Wharton FinTech | @whartonfintech | Website | Philadelphia
  61. Yodlee Developer | @YIDeveloper | Website |
  62. FinTechStage | @FinTechStage | Website | Barcelona, Spain
  63. N26 | @n26 | Website | Berlin, Germany
  64. Fintech Consortium | @FinTechCo | Website | Singapore
  65. Ethereum | @ethereum | Website | worldwide
  66. mietwise | @mietwise | Website | Munich, Bavaria
  67. Cointelegraph | @Cointelegraph | Website |
  68. BAI | @BAI_Info | Website | Chicago, IL, USA
  69. EU FinTech Community | @FinTechNL | Website | Amsterdam
  70. TransferWise | @TransferWise | Website | Global
  71. Atom bank | @atom_bank | Website | Durham, England
  72. Fintech Worldwide | @FinTechWeek | Website |
  73. IBM FinTech | @IBMFinTech | Website | Armonk, New York
  74. Future Of Money | @fintech_Innov | Website |
  75. BlockchainAge | @BlockchainAge | Website | Worldwide
  76. Revolut | @RevolutApp | Website | London-based
  77. SwissFinanceStartups | @SFS_CH | Website | Switzerland
  78. LendIt Fintech Conference | @LendIt | Website | New York City
  79. Bankstil | @Bankstil | Website | Paderborn/Germany
  80. AXA Venture Partners | @AXAVentures | Website | Hong Kong
  81. BitPay | @BitPay | Website | Atlanta
  82. SAN InnoVentures | @SanInnoventures | Website | London, UK
  83. Bitcoin Foundation | @BTCFoundation | Website |
  84. The Fintech Times | @thefintechtimes | Website | London, England
  85. Hyperledger | @Hyperledger | Website | San Francisco, CA
  86. AltFi News | @AltFiNews | Website |
  87. R3 | @inside_r3 | Website | New York, NY
  88. Fidor Bank UK | @FidorUK | Website | London, England
  89. Funding Circle UK | @FundingCircleUK | Website | London
  90. fintech Portugal | @FintechPortugal | Website | Portugal
  91. InsurTech Rising | @InsurTechRising | Website | London, England
  92. FinTech Connect | @fintech_connect | Website | United Kingdom
  93. ConsenSys | @ConsenSys | Website | Brooklyn, NY
  94. Mobile Payments Today | @MobilePayToday | Website |
  95. EXECfintech | @EXECfintech | Website | Frankfurt on the Main, Germany
  96. Fintech China World | @FintechChinaW | Website | China & the World
  97. PaymentsSource | @payments_source | Website | New York, New York
  98. SwissCognitive – The Global AI Hub | @SwissCognitive | Website | Switzerland
  99. CCN | @CryptoCoinsNews | Website |
  100. FinTech Weekly | @fintech_weekly | Website | Cologne, Germany

Top Fintech companies 2019

FAQs about Influencer Lists

Are influencer lists useful?

Good influencer lists identify people with subject matter expertise who have developed considerable online audiences that follow them. These influencers typically have attracted the attention and earned the respect of other knowledgeable people in their industry.

A good influencer list is very valuable and can be very useful in a variety of ways.

Good influencer lists can function as excellent starting points for tuning into and understanding the best thinking on an issue. Fintech is a perfect example. While we used to rely on trade journals and conferences to keep up to speed on new developments in the fintech space, innovation is moving so fast these days that influencer lists and the curation and sharing that these influencers facilitate is one of the best ways to stay up to date between meetings and live events.

Influencer lists are always going to be the product of objective and subjective analysis, relying on both quantitative data and qualitative observation. Even the choice of what quantitative data we are using to measure “influence” is subjective. And as we each observe a variety of influencers, some of them stand out as more influential to us than others – and this is also subjective. So, in the end, influence is highly subjective and we should not be expecting that anyone else’s list will reflect our own set of preferred influencers.

See: Influencer lists: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Why are influencer lists criticized?

The idea of the influencer list has come under attack over the past years and there are some reasons that might explain this.

Influencer lists are no longer a novel concept. As more lists have appeared, there has been a decrease in their quality and many are published primarily as click bait. There are also more people referencing (and perhaps, in some cases, even overplaying) their ranking on influencer lists as a bona fide credential, while others question the legitimacy of the predominantly quantitative social networking criteria used for most of these lists.

All of this has led to some legitimate public criticisms of influencer lists, and how they are perceived and used. Critics argue that influence is hard to measure and people tend to make too much of appearing and ranking on lists – with which I generally agree.

However, it’s a mistake to dismiss influencer lists because they are still useful tools if understood and used properly. I have previously written a defence of influencer lists and argued for why we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Can you do influencer outreach and engagement without a list of influencers?

No. If you want to systematically reach out to influencers, whether it’s to stay current on industry developments, promote your product or service, find a source for your media story or a speaker for your conference, you need a list to start from.

And that’s a critical point: influencer lists are starting points. They are the product of one person’s perspective or one analytic criterion. By listening to and engaging with an initial list of influencers, you can define who is most influential for your purposes and discover other influencers not found on the list.

What is influence and can it be measured quantitatively?

It goes without saying (yet, I’m saying it) that influence is a far more complex and nuanced concept than something that can be reduced to social media follower counts and engagement statistics. Many real-world influencers are not online, or not as active online as others. And to a degree, in some cases a significant one, online visibility can be the result of “gaming the system” successfully.

To this, I say: “so what?” Influence is a highly subjective concept, whether it’s online or offline. Consensus may emerge within communities around the influence of certain individuals, but such consensus is never universal and always subject to change. While influence has a qualitative aspect, it almost always has a quantitative aspect as well, because a “consensus” implies that there are a good number of people in a community whose agreement confers influence on a person.

And this is a key point: Influence cannot be declared but must be conferred upon a person by others.

People who have cultivated good reputations with large online audiences have leveraged the online system to the benefit of their online visibility. They have attracted relatively larger numbers of followers or followers who themselves have large audiences, who read their content and share it with others. Their influence and reach are indeed focused online, and in some cases limited to the online sphere, but it’s still a form of influence – and it’s an increasingly important one.

Is ranking the most important aspect of an influencer list?

No, absolutely not. When influencer lists get published, every person on the list wants to see where they are ranked. While this is a natural, human response, it would be a mistake to conclude that ranking is the most important aspect of any list.

Ranking is highly subjective, taking into consideration a variety of quantitative measures that are weighted according to the author’s or analyst’s algorithm. Who’s really to say whether a person’s total number of Twitter followers is more or less important than who is following and paying attention to what that person says? Is it more valuable to have an audience of 50,000 Twitter users or to have an audience of 500 of the most influential of those Twitter users?

Influencer lists are collections of thought leaders with specific knowledge, a geographic home base and a unique set of interests. Depending on your objectives, some influencers on this (or any) list will be more important to you than others.

Plus, the value of any influencer list should be seen, not only in terms of the first-degree connections (who’s on the list) but the broader second-degree connections (who’s in the networks of the people on the list). Every person on this list is a node connecting you to their own network of connections and influencers.

A good influencer list is only a starting point for discovery and engagement. 

How can influencer lists be helpful to you?

Good influencer lists have many benefits for many people. Here are some ways to use this list of Fintech Influencers to Follow in 2019:

  • Anyone can follow these people on Twitter to stay on top of developments in fintech.
  • Journalists and reporters can find experts for articles and news stories.
  • Event planners can find potential speakers for events. (But don’t assume someone is a good speaker, just because they’re on a list.)
  • Business leaders in fintech startups can use this list to network with other industry leaders.
  • Marketers and public relations professionals can find industry experts that might be interested in knowing about their clients’ products and services.
  • Influencers note on this list themselves can increase their visibility, reach and influence by building relationships with people on this list.

Why is influencer outreach and engagement such an important business strategy these days?

Influencer outreach and engagement is, in my opinion, the antidote to declining organic reach in social networks. 

Of course, you can do more paid promotion and advertising as a way to attract attention online – that’s precisely what the social networks want you to do. But, as powerful as paid media can be at the right time and in the right place, it is far better at winning clicks and eyeballs than hearts and minds. And as soon as you stop paying, you stop getting the benefit.

If you want engagement and influence, you need to work through the gatekeepers to your target audiences – the influencers. You need to earn their attention and respect. You need to build relationships and add value for them. That kind of influence has staying power.

Hence, the growing importance of influencer outreach and engagement as a necessary component of B2B digital strategies in recent years.

Methodology for creating this list

As in previous years, this list was developed using a commercially available social media analytics tool (Little Bird, now part of Sprinklr) which offers a powerful engine for crunching large volumes of social media data. The software compiles a list of online influencers that frequently communicate on topics related to “fintech” and then looks at the inter-relationships among these accounts. The software scores influencers in a variety of ways and three of those scores have been used to rank fintech influencers: Insider Score, Network Centrality, and Emerging Score.

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  1. Hi, just went through your list and found some influencers from Frankfurt, which made me very happy, BUT “68. RegTech News | @RegTechNews | Website | NYC | London | Frankfurt” seems to be inactive since August 2018. Do you know why they are on the list?

    1. The list is only a starting place. Anyone tuning into online discussions about fintech, particularly as it bears on the wealth management industry, would find your contributions to the online discussion and deem you a top influencer, no doubt, Craig. Thanks for reaching out.

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