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Banker Turned Author Makes a Difference in the World

Are you a millennial looking to get financially savvy while also contributing positively to society? You need to read David Reiling’s new book Fintech 4 Good.
Reiling is passionate about “showcasing ideas, companies [and] innovations that fascinate me,’ and writing, he says, gives him the ability to share information he thinks should be seen by others. As a successful banker and entrepreneur, Reiling saw his opportunity to use his platform— you guessed it— for good. Under Reiling’s leadership, Sunrise Banks became the first Minnesota bank certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the first Minnesota B Corp, the first Minnesota bank to join the Global Alliance of Banking on Values and one of the first Minnesota Benefit Corporations.
As a result, Reiling himself has been recognized by Trust Across America as one of Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business four years running. He has also been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Finance & Commerce’s Innovator of the Year, received Minnesota Business Magazine’s Good Leader award, earned the Corporate Citizenship Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and won a Stevie Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Phew!
But that’s not all. Reiling’s new book Fintech 4 Good is far from his first foray into the world of the written world. He has been published extensively in places like Green Money Journal, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Philanthropy.com and paybefore.com, as well as being a finance contributor to Grit Daily News. It makes sense that a book would come next. 
So, what is Fintech 4 Good about? Good question. This book is here to motivate you to get financially savvy, while improving the world around you. As Reiling tells us, ” Fintech4Good was inspired by fintechs around the country that are helping to make financial products and services more accessible and affordable. Fintech is changing the financial landscape, and allowing traditionally underserved consumers to take control of their finances through credit-building products, financial literacy and payday advance products.”
The blurb reads:

 

Get inspired:

Through the power of financial technology (Fintech), doing well and doing good are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, they are combining forces to exponentiate success across the board. Helping others is just as important of a metric as making money- and we can now achieve both at the same time. These 5 fintechs will illustrate that you don’t have to choose between making a difference in your wallet or a difference in the world.

You can dare to be different by picking both.

 

Sounds like something we could all do with reading!

According to an interview with techbullion.com, Reiling wrote the book “to highlight how certain trailblazers in the financial industry are using technology to solve some important financial challenges and issues.” He goes on to explain that “the book focuses on five fintech entrepreneurs who saw or experienced a financial health challenge and met the challenge head-on by creating solutions that can help thousands of individuals who find themselves in the same boat. These stories are compelling and empowering because most of them are sparked by issues the founders faced.” 

Reiling is also concerned with dispelling certain misconceptions around the world of finance in general, saying “I think the biggest misconception about the industry is that it can’t “do good.” A lot of people see bankers as the enemy – they’re looking for your money and that’s it. But, as I said earlier, there are so many people in the financial industry who truly want to make banking something that’s more accessible and equitable.”

Curious about what these five fintechs are? Reiling outlines each in an article for Grit Daily.

1. Self-Lender

Self Lender is a company that “creates a simple way to establish credit history for the first time.”

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a student loan repayment company, providing strategies for paying back  student loans debt, and helping to answer questions.

3. TrueConnect

True Connect allows employers to offer small loans to their employees, paid off through their payroll system.

4. NOVA

NOVA enables immigrants to carry their credit history from their home country to the US.

5. EarnUp

EarnUp allows you to automate your load payments, and allocates funds to assist you in exiting debt efficiently.

 

These companies are all businesses that can help people get on their feet financially, and this is something Reiling is passionate about. He told us,

I saw first-hand the struggles that low-income and immigrant consumers face when I opened a bank with my dad in 1995. This experience introduced me to the many problems the financial industry had created for underserved populations – it wasn’t accessible enough; it didn’t adequately serve immigrant populations; and it was filled with jargon and nuance that wasn’t understood by a layperson.

It is everyone’s right to become financially healthy. Financial wellness shouldn’t be reserved only for top earners. I’ve made it my goal to create a banking industry that’s more equitable and understandable for everyone. And that is Sunrise Banks’ goal. Our mission is to be the most innovative bank empowering financial wellness.”

Reiling hopes to “inspire other entrepreneurs and technologists to continue to innovate. There is so much opportunity in the fintech space to do good and do well.”

And what’s next for Reiling?

“I’m currently working on my second book, which deals with workplace culture. Creating a sense of belonging and purpose is so important at work, and I try to unpackage what that entails in the second installment of the 4Good series. The book is scheduled to go to print in May.”

Check out more information on Fintech 4 Good below, and don’t forget to grab your copy here!