Dawn of the Data: Future of Consumer Lending

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

  • Jessica Jackley
  • Paul Leonard
  • Douglas Merrill

Saturday 12th March, 2011

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

Technology and mathematics are transforming consumer lending. Historically, it has been nearly impossible for people with bad credit to get loans. Yet, these are often the people who need it most - to buy groceries or pay bills.

Until now, lenders determined who should get loans through a simple underwriting function based on a small amount of credit data. When this data is missing or wrong, banks deny the loan, leaving people to payday loans or pawn shops - very expensive options that put people further in debt.

Millions of people are being denied credit because underwriting hasn’t evolved. Why use only a handful of variables when we have vast amounts of data provided by the customer, the Internet, and social media? All data is credit data and we should use it all to make better underwriting decisions.

Analyzing vast amounts of data, however, requires complex machine learning more akin to search engines than your corner bank. The future of financial services is to become more like a recommendation engine, and less like a place where you stand in line to deposit checks.

The panelists will discuss how to use large-scale data analysis to re-invent underwriting and replace today’s antiquated methods. Better underwriting will open up good credit to people who don't have a lot of good options and materially improve the financial lives of the people who need it most.

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Jessica Jackley
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Ryan Gilbert

Filling gaps in the banking system. CEO @ Billfloat. Advisor @ Square. bio from Twitter

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Paul Leonard
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Douglas Merrill

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Sat 12th March 2011


Salon F/G, Hilton Austin Downtown

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