You'd never have guessed that the market fell 700 points that day, that an eight percent drop in the Dow would be viewed as same-old, same-old by the more than 400 attendees at the second annual Finovate conference in New York in late October. The show more than doubled its attendance over last year, though only about a quarter of the crowd were bankers, with venture capitalists, other tech players, and all varieties of consultants rounding out the lot.

If you haven't heard of the novel-format show, each of 24 presenters was given seven minutes on stage for a demo-call it speed-dating for online financial services technology vendors. Jim Bruene and his team at Online Banking Report selected the group from more than 200 applicants, so the trends spotted might reflect a bias toward some of OBR's content.

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