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Think Empathy and Innovation

Tim McAlpineComment

Trevor (not his real name) is a 31-year-old med school graduate with over $500,000 in student loans. He just moved home with his Mom in San Diego while he tries to find a residency to further his medical training. But, just like half of the med school grads in the United States this year, he's been unable to find a hospital to take him on.

Where are the Credit Union People at SXSW?

Tim McAlpineComment

I first attended the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in 2012. "The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery."

APIs Take On Increasingly Important Role As Financial Technology Advances

Amanda SmithComment

APIs provide tools and resources to integrate innovation into existing solutions. It seems like every week some new technology—usually software—is launched that’s designed to completely change the financial services industry. With so many new software and other programs available or on the horizon, how will credit unions keep up with these innovations, and get them into the hands of their members, quickly and cost-effectively?

Just Make Things Better

William AzaroffComment

We have an oven. It came with the house. It’s a decent oven—by no means state of the art—but it works and keeps a consistent temperature. It is, however, the kind of oven that someone might buy right before putting their house on the market and not the kind of oven one might buy to use for 10 years.

Great Innovations of 2014

Denise WymoreComment

You may have seen this email going around that lists some of the greatest innovations of 2014. Stairs with a slide (walk up, slide down), a bicycle helmet that folds up. A movie theater bathroom with screens on the floor in the stalls so you don’t miss a minute of the action.