I could not believe it when my sister, Emily, told me that she wanted to buy her first home. I remember when we used to play with our Barbie Dreamhouse and build forts together in the backyard! I was so excited for her, as this is such a major life milestone, but when she started explaining the financial process, I realized I had no idea how competitive the housing market is and how important it is to have a strong line of credit.
Austin’s such a great place to explore the latest trends and innovations – and that was definitely true at the Capital One House @ Antone’s in the heart of SXSW where I spent a day immersed in learning about some of the latest digital, tech and design innovations in banking. I left the House to get some additional equipment twice and had a hard time getting back in – the true sign of a successful event! If you weren’t able to make it to Austin, I’ve put together a roundup of some of the best financial innovation highlights that were announced on location as another year of SXSW wraps up!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I take my loyalty programs very seriously. From Starbucks® to CVS®, I love finding digital tools to help me save money. Being conscious about money is smart and the way that I was raised. I remember sitting with my mom on Sunday mornings where we combed through the newspaper, cut out coupons and then arranged them in an accordion folder. Somehow my mom would manage to take me and my three older sisters to the grocery store and save us money at the same time!
Meet ENO, the first SMS chatbot from a U.S. bank created by Capital One and announced at SXSW. Katie Linendoll chats with Audra Koklys Plummer and Steph Hay on the character development and design that allows you to text a chatbot real-time questions on your finances.
I remember when I was little and my mom needed to deposit a check at the bank. My three sisters and I piled into the car and drove to the center of town. Once we got into the bank we all stood around the counter as my mom filled out the deposit slip. Then we lingered in the long line that wound around the lobby to wait for our turn at the window. If we were lucky we got a free sucker from the lady at the counter. It is amazing to think, in a different era how much time and effort it took my mom to complete just one banking transaction!
As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our everyday lives, it has helped us achieve greater connectivity and productivity – giving us more time to focus on what we love. It is not only reshaping how we relate to the world, but is also making significant advancements in a number of industries.
If it wasn’t for tech, my New Year’s resolutions may already be toast. According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly 80 percent of resolutions are usually broken by mid-February. But as my Google calendar turns in that direction, I’m still going strong, and I credit apps and gadgets for making the whole “new year new you” thing easier than ever.
It's my favorite time of year, where I play Santa's Little Helper! Find out how I personally and professionally stay organized over the crazy holiday season. :)
Finances can get pretty dry and boring, but I can’t live without a budget! Budgets help me stay on track so I know how much I have to do what I love. However, with everything I have going on, organizing my budget is not my favorite thing to do.
Now, if you’re a Capital One customer, you can manage all of your accounts – from credit cards to bank accounts to home and auto loans – using nothing but your voice with the Capital One Skill for Alexa. Talk about banking reimagined!
One of my mottos is “Be an IT girl” – and by IT I mean information technology. With that said, as a proud graduate of RIT with a degree in Information Technology New Media, I am constantly being asked by parents and executives – how do we get more girls involved in STEM (science technology engineering math) and more specifically into computing and code?