The History of Strategy in Commercial Banking

Ken Wilcox, Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group

Tech companies deposit about seven times the amount that they borrow. And at Silicon Valley Bank, recalls CEO Ken Wilcox, the methodology his venture has used to invest these excess deposits is a micro-history of commercial banking itself. Learn the lessons of the bank’s lending in the 1980’s to 1990’s, and its investment in real estate developers and under-served niche markets. Learn also how these plans failed to provide financial stability long-term.