Opening day at PSCU's 2018 Member Forum was an active one to say the least with keynote speakers former Apple Macintosh marketer turned venture capitalist and now Chief Evangelist of Canva Guy Kawasaki and University of Alabama Head Football Coach and National Champion Nick Saban wowing attendees about their stories of leadership, perseverance, and success. But the big announcement occurred when PSCU President/CEO Chuck Fagan took the stage to announce the CUSO had launched a new company called Lumin Digital -- which caught everybody off guard. Chuck was kind enough to stop by the Studio Lounge after this big reveal to discuss the launch, how long it's been in the making, why they did it, goals, and much more. We also touched on the recent CULedger partnership announcement and what will come of that -- MyCUID seems to be the main topic of interest there right now. And Chuck shared goals, takeaways and expectations for this year's Member Forum in St. Louis.

CULedger Chief Engagement Officer​ Julie Esser stopped by the Studio Lounge just before the Next Big Idea competition to discuss one of the most compelling pieces of technology for credit unions I've seen in a very long time -- and that's MyCUID, the credit union industry’s first global digital identity credential. Julie provides all the details on how this sovereign ID technology works by giving us our own digital ID that can be used anywhere and can't be hacked.

VISA Head of Community Accounts Doug Leighton was on one of the best blockchain panels I've seen ever (CULedger President/CEO John Ainsworth, BCU SVP/CIO Jeff Johnson, and Constellation Digital Partners CEO Kris Kovacs -- facilitated by Finivation CEO/Co-founder Brian Bodell). Fascinating discussion from some of our industry's top minds for sure. But there was one nugget that Doug stated during the panel conversation that stuck with me and I had to ask him during our brief interview: how blockchain can help 45 million "credit invisible" consumers -- and the credit union connection.

CULedger President/CEO John Ainsworth joined us in the Studio Lounge to discuss the current status of CULedger, along with other related topics such as blockchain, the digital revolution, financial inclusion, and Estonia being the digital capital of the world -- yes, Estonia. But what does it all mean for credit unions? Watch and find out.
John also touched on MyCUID, a new consumer-focused global digital identity solution -- CULedger's venture with Evernym. Check it out and let us know your thoughts. Exciting stuff here for credit unions.



New CULedger President/CEO John Ainsworth and CULedger Founding Member Rick Cranston were recently guests on the online video talk show CU broadcast. 

Ainsworth was announced as the new leader of CULedger earlier this month. He comes to the distributed ledger technology company from MasterCard where he was executive vice president of North America Markets.  

When asked by host Mike Lawson why he joined CULedger, Ainsworth said: “I was think of about doing something entrepreneurial and disruptive, especially in the credit union space. If you look at all the attributes of CULedger, this was a perfect opportunity within in the credit union industry.” 

Cranston, who serves as vice president of innovation for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, cited Ainsworth’s talent and depth of knowledge as key reasons why he was hired for the job. “In addition to that the relationship that John brings to the table both inside our industry and outside our industry are important to us, Cranston said. 

Ainsworth said the next step for CULedger is “to become live and executional.” Cranston called CULedger “a launchpad for innovation.”