A technology guru, Scott Bales is a global leader in the cutting edge arena known as “The Digital Shift”, encompassing innovation, culture, design, technology and mobility in a world gone digital. A thought leader through and through, Scott thrives on the intersection between cultural and behavioural changes in the face of technology innovations.
The MD of Innovation Labs Asia, Scott worked previously as Chief Mobile Officer for Moven, the world’s first-ever digital everyday bank. Described as a 'Digital Warrior', Scott has found a way to successfully mesh his fascination with people and what motivates them together with a raw enthusiasm for technology.
In a world where technology reigns, you must practice what you preach, and Scott does exactly that. He’s a founding member of Next Bank, mentor to Entrepreneurs across the world on Lean Startup, sits on the Board of Care Pakistan and holds advisory positions at Publishizer, FastaCash, Our Better World, The HUB Singapore and Apps 4 Good. He’s a man on a mobile technology mission to transform mainstream thought processing around conventional business practices.
Scott is one of the up and coming leaders in mobile financial services. He's got an abundance of broad experience in the hottest mobile markets on the planet, and gets the interaction imperative in the payments, banking and handset ecosystem.
The Asian Banking Summit
A true technology innovator and financial services guru
Innovation Director at Next Bank
Scott is the both leading the industry and across every current important movement in mobile banking. His presentations and knowledge make him someone to listen to.
Scott delivered a scintillating presentation for us at our Middle East Banking Forum in Dubai. He ranged far and wide on how innovation in the financial services sector is disrupting traditional ways of doing things and creating exciting new business models, products and services.
Chairman of the Middle East Banking Forum
Scott Bales spoke for a very important event for us and was extremely well received! 97% of attendees strongly agreed that they better understand the modern consumer and can better anticipate and identify signs of disruption in their marketplace as a result of his session. Scott is great to work with and was very well prepared. He's also a breeze to work with on-site!
Kathy Varese, Speakers Bureau Manager at CUNA Mutual Group
Uncover The Competitive Innovation Edge
Innovation Wars dives into the competitive nature of innovation in the modern organisation, to uncover the secrets to driving innovation success.
A decade of technology driven progress has triggered a global shift in leadership practice, driving new demands on organizational capability, culture and design. Leading organizations around the world leverage the power of Customer Centric Design and Lean Startup methods, out pacing their corporate peers in the battle for future markets. Innovation Wars is your guide to market success in the battlefield that is corporate innovation.
Greater than 65% of corporate executives see innovation as the key to unlocking new value, new markets and harnessing the power of new technologies. But not everyone succeeds.
Key Takeaways include:
- Investigation in the competitive battlefield that is innovation. Who talks the talk? and who walks the walk?
- What are the strategic lessons from those that drive success?
- What are the frameworks, tools and key infantry that you will need to drive innovation in your organization?
- Simple practical tools for you to implement immediately
The Future Consumer Is In Front Of You
Over the past decade our everyday life has changed with the rapid adoption of multiple lifestyle evolutions, primarily driven by technological advancement and mastery. Are hundred-year-old industry institutions ready to engage and service the modern consumer?
We take an investigative journey through the eyes of Isaac, the digital native who embodies the generational shift of cultural, behavioral and technological changes that are shaping the expectations of the modern consumer.
Exposing the cognitive zigzags of mind that lead to the formation of consumer beliefs and attachments. Investigating the impacts these have on consumers services, and how institutions in the 21st century need adapt their approach or face the same disintermediation already witnessed in other industries.
- Learn to identify and ask the right questions of the market for signs that are disrupting industries
- In-depth understanding of the realities that shape the modern consumer
Blockchain, Big Data & Bitcoin
We are seeing a number of organisations initiating projects around these 3 ‘B’ words purely for the sake of getting on board the buzzword bandwagon. This is adding a considerable element of risk to their business. Adopting a new technology then trying to find a problem to solve is a dangerous approach which works in the wrong order. We need to start with uncovering problems then finding technologies that are the best fit to solve them, not the other way around.
We will help your organisation to understand Blockchain, Bitcoin and Big Data and demonstrate methods for finding ‘fit for purpose’ approaches to these and other emerging technologies.
Key Takeaways include:
- We now have a world of digital and cryptocurrencies - we will explore these and further forces of disruption fueling the digital transformations in modern enterprise.
- Big Data on its own is meaningless without analytics - we will show you how interpreting and using the data is at the heart of its impact.
- Simple frameworks that help navigate the hype, and a practical opportunity assessment of how emerging technologies such as Bitcoin, Big Data & Blockchain affect your organisation and industry.
Fintech's culture challengeApril 21st 2018
What happens when you transplant the DNA of Silicon Valley into financial services firms?
It’s quite a big leap for a traditional HR division.
The Proptech OpportunityFebruary 15th 2018
Property on the blockchain? Smart contracts and bitcoin-like management of decentralised property ownership is coming. And that's just the start.
Although consumer demand has driven the widespread adoption of online real estate listings, the mechanisms and processes of real estate have gone largely unchanged for decades - or longer.
That's all starting to change.
Financial Services; Curb the Fear and Innovate!July 22nd 2016
Scott Bales is a leading tech innovator. This video-clip covers one of the ideas at the heart behind Scott's newest book Innovation Wars: Unlocking the Secrets of Corporate Innovation.
How do banks and financial services break through the 'fear barrier' to design innovative products and services... and survive?
Is your company mobile ready?
With over 6 billion mobile devices globally, an entire new ecosystem has been created that binds us all together, changing the mindset and behaviour of consumers. The amount of time and money people are spending on mobile devices is growing rapidly and yet many businesses don't understand the mobile consumer. Nor a plan to capitalise on this tectonic market shift.
Mobile is not about the technology. Mobile is about behaviour, context, and utility. When you embrace this, technology as an issue disappears. No longer are you talking about operating systems, hardware, or device features. Instead you’ll focus on the elements of mobile that always supersede the constantly redundant mobile device world. A consumer behaviour centric view of business and markets.
Enjoy the journey into a world without physicality, be more open minded, and learn to embrace the future of your business.
Innovation has become a hot topic in boardrooms with 65% reporting Innovation as a ‘ Strategic Priority’ . Around the globe organizations fight to drive business and market success in the face of nimbler and aggressive competition. Opportunities and threats in industries or markets are quickly snapped up by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs or organizations that have built more agile cultures and capabilities. Applying pressure to business leaders to find new ways to compete.