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IBM and Denver-based credit union service organization CULedger, have struck a collaboration deal by which new blockchain-based services will be pioneered to help credit unions provide their members with greater efficiencies and an enhanced user experience. CULedger focuses on delivering “innovative applications” to credit unions via its cross-border global distributed ledger platform.

A progress update has been given on a credit union-backed initiative aimed at creating a global digital identity solution for CU members. Known as MyCUID, the effort is part of CULedger, which was launched in 2016 by the MountainWest Credit Union Association and which has since expanded to include CUNA, with investments in the millions of dollars from approximately 40 organizations.

John Siracusa flew to Hilton Head, South Carolina to attend the AFT Fall Summit where he interviewed prominent members of the association. AFT stands for the Association of financial Technology and its members span the gamut of traditional fintech service providers.  The purpose of the event is to bring together the leaders from the financial technology ecosystem, many of which directly compete with each other. Be sure to listen to the full interview with Julie Esser, Chief Engagement Officer at CULedger.