One of the things I still remember as a kid playing in a basketball league wasn't related to how many points I scored or whether we won or lost. It was that I was the only girl on the team. The experience wasn't unlike what I encounter as a reporter covering the fintech industry.

On the beat since 2008, I have interacted with hundreds of CEOs at banks and startups — by phone, email and on Twitter and Skype. I've also attended gatherings that ranged from business idea brainstorming sessions to formal conferences that brought together some of the industry's best and brightest.

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