Our Mission

Hacking Finance explores the big issues impacting financial services to raise attention and create action. We look to adjacent fields and cultures to inspire new ways of experimenting to help us invent a better future. Anyone who goes hard and fast at the problems that block innovation is #hackingfinance.

How We Do It

Make it fun.
Create connections.
Inspire action.

How We Got Here

In 2010, a small group of fintech founders, investors, bankers, academics and regulators rocked up to Méribel, France at the invitation of Sean Park. The ask? Get to know one another. Eat cheese. Sit on bales of hay. And imagine how the financial services industry might align, regroup and reinvent itself for the Information Age.

The inaugural 2010 Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat in Méribel, France

Seven years hence, the Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat has seen a few hundred such participants bring bold ideas and connections down from the mountaintop and into their “real lives.” The spin-off Anthemis Hacking Finance breakfast series, started in London in 2015, gave the greater Anthemis Ecosystem an opportunity to get involved.

But it’s not enough. We need more voices, more stories, more ways to connect, vent, scheme, and mobilize to solve the problems facing financial services around the world. This can only happen if we drop the groupspeak, get real, and invite people from other sectors to join us.


Hacking Finance offers opportunities for those aligned with our mission to contribute stories, essays, interviews and other relevant content for publication on this website and via our two email newsletters: If You Read One Thing, a weekly curated email featuring a single worthwhile article to ponder, and Hacking Finance Monthly, a round-up of our best original content.

To find out more about what we’re looking for and how you can get involved, read this post on our submissions policy.

The Hacking Finance events series re-launches in early 2018. If you are interested in attending, speaking, or suggesting a top, sign up to learn more. You can also apply to attend the next Anthemis Hacking Finance Retreat.


Sean Park

founder, editor emeritus

Leslie Campisi

vocals, harmonium

Riki Shepley

guitar, backing vocals, tambourine

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Adrian Rorheim

is a researcher and editor at the Effective Altruism Foundation, Berlin.

Alex Mayall

has a Masters in Cybernetics from the University of Reading with a focus on terahertz technology. He’s a keen futurist and has produced a wide variety of content on the subject.

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Charity Mhende

has a passion to develop and leverage the skill set of young Africans for the betterment of the continent. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing the carnival spirit across the globe.

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David Galbraith

is a designer and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years Internet experience in London, San Francisco & New York.

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Francesca Minerva

Francesca Minerva is a philosophy postdoc at Ghent University in Belgium.

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Khary Septh

is a fashion designer and the editor of The Tenth Magazine.

Leslie Campisi

is a Brooklynite by way of South Louisiana. She has spent her career helping entrepreneurs tell their stories while telling a few of her own, too.

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Riki Shepley

is a Michigan native and Peace Corp alumni. She has produced documentaries for the BBC and several award-winning television companies.

Sean Park

combines a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, investment and corporate experience and is widely recognized as a leading independent thinker on the future of financial services.

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Subrena E Smith

is assistant professor in philosophy at the University of New Hampshire.

W. Ben Hunt

serves as Chief Investment Strategist at Salient Partners and looks at markets through the lenses of game theory and history.