With 2009 starting on a bit of a downbeat note, after the crisis of 2008, the Financial Services Club thought: what should we do to cheer everyone up?
You guessed it, we decided to throw a party.
But what's the point of starting the New Year with a party if you're not celebrating anything, so we decided to throw a party for PayPal as it's their tenth birthday.
Wow, only ten years old!
PayPal's origins date back to December 1998 with the creation of a company that has revolutionised the world of payments.
A company that had competitors, and successfully fought them off.
A company that began with just a few guys pushing a thought, but today boasts more than 164 million accounts worldwide in 190 markets and 17 currencies.
To celebrate PayPal’s 10th birthday, the Financial Services Club is throwing a party on the evening of 13th January 2009 in London, and you are cordially invited to attend.
It’s free for qualifying institutions.
There will be many of PayPal's senior European management team in attendance, who will talk about what they're going to be up to for the next ten years.
There will also be some birthday celebrations and a few surprises on the night too, so make sure you bring your party hat.
Meanwhile, I’ve just put together our complete season of events for Q1, 2009.
These may change a bit, but here ya go:
14th January FSClub CEE
The Launch of the Financial Services Club Central & Eastern Europe (FSCCEE)
British Embassy, Jaurèsgasse 12 – 1030, Vienna
- Dr. Daniel Thorniley, Senior Vice President for the Economist Group
- Dr. Karl Sevelda, Board Member of the RZB Group
- Dr. Friedhelm Boschert, CEO of Volksbank International
- Josip Protega, Chairman of the Management Board, Hrvatska Postanska Banka
15th January Supply Chain Forum
21st January FSClub UK
Dr. David Doyle, EU Policy Advisor on Financial Markets
“An update on EU financial services legislation and associated initiatives.”
22nd January Capital Markets Chamber
“This house believes Bankers are bigger polluters than the steel plants of China”
A debate on the green issues facing the industry
2nd February FSClub UK
Brian Thumwood, e-Billing Programme Manager, DHL
A Corporate’s Experience of e-Invoicing.
10th February Capital Markets Chamber
“This house believes that without better standards Europe’s infrastructures will shatter like Humpty Dumpty”
A debate on resilience
17th February Technology Trends
A joint event between the Financial Services Club and Intellect, sponsored by Speechly Bircham
19th February Supply Chain Forum
24th February Government Matters
The Rt Hon John McFall MP, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee
“The UK's economic position in Europe”
24th – 27th February
Media Partner with TradeTech Architecture 2009
Tower Hotel, London
25th February FSClub Ireland
Gilbert Lichter, Secretary General, the Euro Banking Association (EBA) and Pat Mc Loughlin, Chief Executive, Irish Payments Services Organisation
“How Europe’s infrastructural changes impact the Irish economy and banks”
3rd March FSClub UK
David Birch, Digital Money Forum and Consult Hyperion will chair a panel to debate:
“The Future of Money”
10th March Capital Markets Chamber
“This house believes that records and their safe keeping don’t matter”
A debate on record keeping
19th March Supply Chain Forum
19th to 22nd March FSClub Europe
The European Banking Forum (EBF) 2009, Frankfurt
24th March Government Matters
“The EU's Energy & Climate Change package”