Podcasts

[podcast] How to build a bank with no branches with Card.com’s Ben Katz

close

Email a Friend

[podcast] How to build a bank with no branches with Card.com’s Ben Katz

Wall Street has been shedding Main Street bank branches of late and it doesn’t appear like it’s letting up any time soon.

Card.com's Ben Katz
Card.com’s Ben Katz

As more financial transactions occur over the web, the purpose of a bank branch is changing and for many banks, they just can’t make them profitable anymore. Upstarts smell an opportunity and they’re stepping in by creating branch-light banking alternatives.

Ben Katz, founder and CEO of Card.com, joins us on the Tradestreaming Podcast. His firm provides most basic banking functions without any physical branches.

When you talk to Ben, he likes to make a simple analogy that drives home how his firm and others are forming an alternative to a bank branch: Just as Netflix is to Blockbuster, Card.com is to Wells Fargo.

We spend the bulk of our conversation discussing how his debit card solution, tied to an affinity or brand his users love, can compete against the branch footprint of some of the largest U.S. banks.

Listen to the FULL episode

Here’s what we discuss in this episode of the Tradestreaming Podcast

  • How branded financial services resonate with customers differently that incubent offerings
  • How, by partnering with non-financial brands that people love, financial services can tap millions of potential customers on Facebook cost-effectively
  • Why banks struggle with the cost-structure required to service retail clients
  • How customer service is handled for financial services that function without physical branches
  • The evolution away from call-center focused service to self-service solutions that can actually provide better and more accurate service
  • Tying proactive telephone service to a user’s app in an effort to proactively identify a user’s service question before he or she begins dialing the 800 service number
  • Whether bank licensing makes any sense for financial services operating outside of lending

More resources

Even more resources

0 comments on “[podcast] How to build a bank with no branches with Card.com’s Ben Katz”

Podcasts, The Green Finance Podcast

The Green Finance Podcast Ep. 3: Banks’ role and responsibility in the climate crisis with Chris Skinner

  • In this episode, we explore the role of banks in the climate crisis – big banks historically supported the global fossil fuel industry, but now they’re being pressured to change.
  • My guest today is Chris Skinner, a financial technology expert, global commentator, bestselling author of multiple books, and owner of the website The Finanser.
Iulia Ciutina | June 24, 2022
Where Credit's Due Podcast

Where Credit’s Due Ep.3: Looking at the future of lending as a service with Amount and Stilt

  • As banks and fintechs increasingly focus on the end customer, lending software companies are coming in to help them improve their underwriting services, giving rise to lending-as-a-service as a new market segment.
  • In this episode, we chat with Adam Hughes, who’s the CEO of Amount and Rohit Mittal, the chief executive of Stilt.
Iulia Ciutina | June 22, 2022
Podcasts

Tearsheet Podcast: Takeaways from this year’s Money 20/20 Europe

  • Taking place on June 9, Money 20/20 Europe is the largest European fintech conference of the year.
  • Tearsheet sent two reporters and this was what they had to say about the show.
Zachary Miller | June 21, 2022
Payments, Podcasts, What's Happening in Payments Podcast

What’s Happening in Payments Ep. 8: Klarna and the future of BNPL, PayZen’s ‘Care Now, Pay Later’, and Mastercard’s ‘Smile to Pay’ system

  • This week, we discuss whether BNPL offers a sustainable business model for providers, and whether it’s even viable as a standalone business.
  • We also talk about PayZen’s ‘Care Now, Pay Later’ offering, as well as Mastercard’s ‘Smile to Pay’ system, and what it tells us about the future of privacy and security in payments.
Ismail Umar | June 17, 2022
Acquire Podcast, Modern Marketing, Podcasts

The Acquire Podcast Ep. 11: Movement as marketing and transformation with StrawberryFrog’s Scott Goodson

  • StrawberryFrog’s founder and CEO Scott Goodson joins us on the Acquire Podcast.
  • We talk about doing marketing with soul and intention, the shifting pyramid of power where the boss is no longer God, and the power of truly taking on corporate responsibility.
Rebecca Cohen | June 14, 2022
More Articles