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A Community Banker’s Perception of the ThinkTECH Accelerator Experience

Dec 30, 2020
In our industry if you’re not moving forward, you’re in danger of falling behind. It’s why we created the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program—to foster community bank innovation.

Community Banking's Finest Hour

Dec 22, 2020
We have had to juggle countless responsibilities this year—to our families, to our businesses, to our communities, to each other. With so many simultaneous demands, we have had to make no shortage of sacrifices.

Know Before You Go: What to Expect from ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 3.0

Dec 11, 2020
As we near the close of 2020, we’re all crossing our fingers and hoping that 2021 brings a stronger sense of stability and normalcy. No matter how we define it, “normal” will differ dramatically from this point forward.

Cryptocurrency Primer for Community Banks

Dec 9, 2020
Bitcoin’s market cap is larger than the economies of some of the world’s smaller nations. The prices of popular cryptocurrencies continue to soar to new heights. Meanwhile, several financial institutions and tech giants announced significant digital asset initiatives.

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Primer

Dec 9, 2020
As you know, there are currently two forms of central bank money in America: paper currency and money held by institutions on deposit at the Federal Reserve Banks. CBDC would be a new, third form — a “digital form of central bank money that is different from balances in traditional reserve or settlement accounts.”

Meeting Customers Where They Are for Today’s Digital-First World

Nov 20, 2020
For community banks, the digital-first nature of today’s world creates an opportunity to forge deeper connections with existing customers, while attracting new customers

ThinkTECH Discussion: Capturing the Innovation Mindset with Avidia Bank

Nov 18, 2020
To think differently, you have to, well, think differently. While that is not a profound concept, it can be alarmingly difficult to execute. Yet, having to meet those check boxes before running with an idea means that sometimes the process limits the potential.

ICBA advocacy push continues during lame-duck Congress

Nov 16, 2020
While the 116th Congress winds down in the coming weeks with its post-election "lame duck" session, ICBA's efforts to pass much-needed economic stimulus measures continue unabated.

How to Grow the Right Cybersecurity Practitioner

Nov 12, 2020
Cybersecurity is an ever-changing, ever-evolving practice. Because of this, the right cybersecurity practitioner will require hands-on experience and continuing education throughout their career to stay current in the field.

The Right Mix: Selecting the Next ThinkTECH Accelerator Cohort

Nov 9, 2020
The experiences of 2020 and our new digital normal have impacted the lens with which we view potential fintechs vying for a spot for next year’s ThinkTECH Accelerator. Much has changed. Here's what you need to know.