Prosecco not required
I was at a networking event this week (unusual, I know).
It was run by those nice people at Bottomline Technologies. It was held at the same swanky location as our Emerging Payments Awards this Thursday, the Intercontinental O2. I left feeling particularly mellow.
This may have had something to do with the copious quantities of Prosecco I enjoyed. But there was something else that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
Maybe it was the in depth conversation I had about the material and life-changing damage being caused by fraud on consumers up and down the land, and what we are going to do about it.
It could have been the enthusiastic conversations about our DIT-supported trade mission to Asia, building a bridge between payments people in the developed and developing world.
Or maybe it was the excited conversations about the payments-related transformations expected under ‘open banking’, that we are exploring in our forthcoming syndicated white paper*.
It could have been the sense that the collective voice of the EPA is being heard and listened to by the people that matter.
But then I realised that, while all these things make payments an amazing place to work, the most wonderful thing about payments is the people whose hands I shook, whose jokes I enjoyed and whose ambitions I shared.
There are few industries in which the people involved are genuinely here for each other. People who are truly concerned about this community they have created and the journey we are on to create a better world through payments.
So when you head out today, talking and meeting other passionate payments people, remember that you are part of something significant and world-changing.
It’s the natural fizz of the payments industry. And prosecco is not required.
Emerging Payments Association
* For more information on joining our White Paper Syndicate, Banking on Open Payments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.