Varo Bank: The Future of Digital Banks After Silicon Valley Bank Collapse



FEATURING: Colin Walsh, founder and CEO of Varo Bank

In September of 2020, we interviewed Colin Walsh just after Varo Bank became the first challenger bank to receive a national bank charter. So much has happened in banking and the economy over the past two years and especially since the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, impacting both traditional and non-traditional financial institutions.

After a major funding round last year, Varo made a number of major changes to respond to competitive and marketplace challenges, including a reduction in marketing expenses and staff, a refocus on product innovation, and a focus on existing customer engagement.

We revisit Colin Walsh, founder and CEO of Varo Bank on the Banking Transformed podcast. In this episode, Walsh discusses the opportunities and challenges Varo has faced, and provides insight into the future of Varo and neobanks in a world disrupted by the recent events at Silicon Valley Bank.

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In each Banking Transformed podcast, host Jim Marous has candid conversations with the world’s foremost leaders on what it takes to transform financial institutions during an age of digital disruption. His guests discuss technology, channels, innovation, customer experience, leadership, culture and competitive forces that are changing the banking industry faster than ever before.


Jim Marous Profile PictureNamed as one of the most influential people in banking, Jim Marous is an internationally recognized financial industry strategist, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and the owner and CEO of the Digital Banking Report. The Digital Banking Report is a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers.

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