I can't tell you how many times I've been at a developer meetup and some form of the "I've been writing code since COBOL" joke is trotted out. Making fun of banking technology is so ubiquitous it's almost cliche. Having now spent some time up close to this space I understand why it's so easy.
The core banking providers represent some of the most ubiquitous and stable code bases on earth. Anything that monolithic is bound to draw criticism. But what it also draws is smart and talented people who want to solve hard problems. After spending time running up against these systems banking engineers often find themselves in possession of extremely valuable knowledge.
Along with that knowledge comes a desire to share it. While building the Moov community we've seen that banking engineers are keen to not reinvent the same solutions to old problems. We're also seeing a strong desire for the type of open collaboration that other developers get, but in financial services.
In growing this community I've seen startup founders get advice from former CTO's of large challenger banks and lead engineers at headline grabbing fintechs share silly meme's. It goes to show that even in the slow moving heavily regulated world of banking, building a great community can be a powerful force multiplier.