Around The Coin

By Faisal Khan and Mike Townsend | Glassbox Media

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Around The Coin is an award-winning top fintech podcast. Co-Hosts Faisal Khan and Mike Townsend to discuss all things in the world of crypto and payments, from the trading of shells to bitcoins and everything in between!

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Alan Chiu, Co-founder and CEO of Enya Labs
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Alan the co-founder and CEO of Enya Labs, a core contributor to Boba Network. With more than 20 years of experience in building and investing in enterprise and fintech startups, he leads the efforts at achieving Boba Network’s goal of bringing Ethereum to the next billion users worldwide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2022
Jack Vinijtrongjit, Co-Founder and CEO at AAG
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Jack Vinijtrongjit the Co-Founder and CEO at AAG. Jack is a serial entrepreneur, avid investor, and advisor to global Web2 & Web3 tech start-ups. Tech enthusiast with an extensive background in enterprise software architecture and development. He created platforms for scalable applications in omnichannel retail (XY Retail), content management (TOOVIA), and real estate (CozyBid). Jack is a TIBCO alumnus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
Miles Paschini, CEO of FV Bank
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Miles Paschini, CEO of FV Bank, a global digital bank providing fintech and blockchain companies with integrated banking, payments, and digital asset custody services. An investor and serial entrepreneur, Miles has built numerous innovative financial services businesses. He was awarded seven patents related to payment processing services during the development of EWI Holdings, acquired by Blackhawk in 2006. In addition to developing the industry’s first cryptocurrency-linked debit cards implemented worldwide. Miles and FV Bank co-founder Nitin Agarwal are the first in history to be awarded a U.S. patent for the development of stablecoin instruments to be backed by sovereign debt and on-chain KYC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
Zach Resnick, Founder and CEO of Unbounded Capital
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In this episode, Mike Townsend, speaks with Zach Resnick, Founder and CEO of Unbounded Capital. He co-founded Unbounded Capital with Dan Rosen in 2018. He is also a founder of poker education and content company Just Hands Poker and of discounted biz/first class flight concierge service FlyFlat. During his early 20s, Zach made a living from playing cash games and investing in other poker players, providing a unique understanding of risk management that is largely shaped through leveraging volatility to outperform others in the high-risk high-reward situations of poker. In 2016 Zach made his first personal investment in Bitcoin and began a disciplined due diligence process for investing in crypto assets. He then began managing founding partner Dan Rosen’s capital and the continued success investing gave them the confidence and capital to start the firm in the SF bay area, officially launching in August of 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Sergej Kunz, Co-Founder of 1inch Network
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Sergej Kunz the Co-Founder of 1inch Network, a distributed network of decentralized protocols that enable the fastest, most lucrative, and protected operations in major blockchain ecosystems. Numbers-wise, they have 2.7M+ wallets, $194B+ in trading volume, and $55B+ in available liquidity. They also recently raised $175M in Series B funding at a $2.25B valuation. Sergej has been in the crypto space for 10+ years. He and his Co-Founder Anton Bukov created the 1inch Network MVP in 18 hours at the ETHNewYork hackathon in 2019. Before founding his company, Sergej worked as a software engineer. His resume includes Mimacom consultancy and Porsche. He also co-hosted the YouTube show CryptoManiacs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Trevor Bacon, CEO, co-founder of Parcl
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Trevor Bacon the CEO and co-founder of Parcl, a blockchain-based platform that allows users to invest in a digital square foot of physical real estate in neighborhoods around the world. Trevor has seasoned experience as a portfolio manager at several hedge funds focused on the technology sector — specifically software, payments (where he was introduced to blockchain 5 years ago), and internet. Previous to Parcl, Trevor was a Portfolio Manager at Force Hill Capital Management, where he managed a portfolio of over $500M focused on growth technology. He was also a Portfolio Manager & Senior Analyst at Millennium, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. Trevor has an MS in Finance from Villanova and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Simon Jones, CEO & Co-Founder of Voltz Labs
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Simon Jones, CEO & Co-Founder of Voltz Labs, believes in a transparent, equitable, and community-driven future, where technology provides equal economic opportunities to all. Simon has been involved in three financial technology startups - twice as a founder and once as an early employee. Simon completed his Executive Education at Stanford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Omri Mor, CEO of Routable
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviewed Omri Mor the co-founder and CEO of Routable, responsible for the company’s overarching vision and business strategy In addition to his fintech expertise – bolstered by over five years building finch infrastructure for marketplaces – Mor is also a serial founder, previously founding Down App, Inc. and Ziibra. He approaches every business decision with a customer-first mindset, and is committed to providing tangible value for Routable’s customers. Omri is a seasoned expert in the fintech industry. Prior to Routable, he spent more than five years building fintech infrastructure for marketplaces in order to improve consumer check-out conversion rates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Timothy Nuy, Founder and CEO of Finclusion
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sat down with Timothy Nuy the Founder and CEO of Finclusion Group, which is working to enhance the lives of Africans through simple, convenient, and appropriate financial services. Since its inception in 2018, Finclusion’s proven credit-scoring modules have led to the distribution of 310 million in loans to 240,000 customers across five countries. Prior to creating Finclusion, Nuy founded Fractal Labs in January 2020, creating a unique risk and AI modeling framework to the financial market. Nuy received his Bachelor of Science, International Business Economics from Maastricht University in 2008, also completing a program at Cal Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2011, Nuy became the Director of the African Development Corporation, an investment holding focusing on the financial services industry. In March of 2015, Nuy became the Deputy-Chief Executive Officer of MyBucks, a company that operated financial institutions in Africa, Europe, and Australia. In March of 2019, he moved into the role of Chief Executive Officer, paving the way for the founding of his current companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Willie Pang, CEO of Limepay
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Willie Pang, the CEO of Limepay, an Australian-born fintech that's revolutionizing payments through its interoperable tech stack that allows brands to seamlessly embed financial services, such as Buy Now Pay Later installments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Alex Behar, CIO of Zotapay
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In this episode, Mike Townsend spoke with Alex Behar, CIO of Zotapay, a global payment service provider that facilitates online payment processing solutions for emerging markets worldwide, supplying innovative and secure technology. Alex is a visiting lecturer on Cyber Defense and Crisis Management at the University of National and World Economy, Department of “National and Regional Security”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Hartej Sawhney, CEO and Founder at Zokyo.io
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In this episode, Mike Townsend spoke with Hartej Sawhney, who is the founder and CEO of Zokyo, a blockchain cybersecurity venture studio that secures, builds, and funds Web3 businesses. He is also the co-founder of Hosho, ranked #1 Smart Contract Auditor in 2019 by Forbes. Hartej is an investor, advisor, and operator, with a strong knowledge of crypto/Web3, blockchain cybersecurity, blockchain engineering, decentralized finance (DeFi), and Web3 Gaming. As an industry pioneer, he has played a key role in elevating standards in the digital asset ecosystem and introducing products and services that set the industry benchmark for security, transparency, and compliance. His efforts have been recognized as paving the way for the ongoing institutionalization of the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Nelson Chu, Founder and CEO of Percent
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Nelson Chu the founder and CEO of Percent, the platform powering the future of private markets. He is a 3x startup founder with several years of experience at leading investment management firms, including Bank of America and BlackRock. Prior to Percent, Nelson founded a strategy consulting firm specializing in helping companies build products and raise capital for growth, creating over $1B in equity value. He currently serves as an advisor to an ultra-high-net-worth family office and is an active angel investor, with notable investments including BlockFi, Cadre, Care/Of, Clover Health, dv01, Eden Health, Plentina, Tala, and Uala. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Stefan Rust, CEO and Founder of Truflation
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Stefan Rust, CEO and Founder of Truflation - an independent economic and financial data in real-time on-chain. From the early telecom and mobile industries to growing Bitcoin.com as its CEO, Stefan Rust is a recognized global leader in early-tech entrepreneurism. In recent years, Rust has focused on the blockchain industry, founding Laguna Labs and helping to launch decentralized finance startups trustednode.io, truflation.com, and nuon.fi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Geoffrey Thompson, Chief Blockchain Officer at Roofstock onChain
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Geoffrey Thompson, Chief Blockchain Officer at Roofstock onChain - Real-world homes on blockchain that you can buy with one click. Geoff built his career at top-tier law firms practicing in the areas of capital markets, banking and credit, structured finance, private equity, and cross-border transactions. Geoff’s prior role at Roofstock was as General Counsel where he advised on partnerships, product innovation, fundraising, deal structuring, real estate matters, securities law, international expansion, and all other legal and compliance matters. Before joining Roofstock, Geoff served as General Counsel at ApplePie Capital, where he was instrumental in helping the company originate over $500 million in small business loans in 3 years. He previously practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, White & Case, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Geoff has an undergraduate degree from The American University of Paris and a Masters in International Economics from SDA Bocconi in Milan. He earned a JD and LLM from the Duke University School of Law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Zach Bradford, CEO and President of CleanSpark
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Zach Bradford, CEO and President of CleanSpark - a publicly traded Bitcoin mining company. Zach has acquired over five companies, doubled revenue and quadrupled CleanSpark’s workforce since becoming chief executive officer in 2019. He was CleanSpark’s chief financial officer from 2014 to 2019 before taking on his current role as chief executive officer. Since 2013, he has been a partner in a public accounting and consulting firm in Henderson, Nevada. Zach holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Southern Utah University. He enjoys building teams, strategic thinking, and mountain biking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Kyle Ellicott, Partner at Stacks Ventures
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Kyle Ellicot who is a Partner at Stacks Ventures. Kyle is also a Co-Chair of Bitcoin Odyssey, a Partner at Intersect VC, and an active Blockchain & dApps analyst. He is also a noted TEDx and global keynote speaker, strategist, published author, & technologist with over 15 years of experience at the cornerstone of digital transformation between industry and technology.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Vlad Panchenko, CEO and Founder at DMarket.com
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Vlad Panchenko, CEO and Founder at DMarket.com - a marketplace and infrastructure for Web3 companies to join a global metaverse. He is a video game and technology entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience. His cosmopolitan life views have formed his business approach of a world without borders through gaming and interactive entertainment companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Gab Columbro, Executive Director of FINOS
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sat down with Gab Columbro, Executive Director of FINOS - Fintech Open Source Foundation. Gab is an open source executive and technologist at heart, having spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gab grew FINOS from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster through open source collaboration. Gab holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation, and advises open source startups. He’s a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur and special needs dad, and advocates wannabe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Charles Rosenblatt, President of PayQuicker
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Charles Rosenblatt, President of PayQuicker — the payments technology leader in global payouts. A seasoned innovator in the payments industry, Charles has held executive leadership positions at major global banks (Capital One and Chase) and prominent FinTech organizations. He has been on the management teams that led to the sale of Hyperwallet to PayPal and Payoneer going public.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Max Kordek, Co-Founder and President of Lisk
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Max Kordek, Co-Founder and President of Lisk. Max is a globally recognized cryptocurrency entrepreneur who founded Lisk, a platform for blockchain applications written in JavaScript. Together with his co-founder, blockchain industry veteran Oliver Beddow, Max raised over 14,000 BTC for Lisk's ICO in 2016. Within the same year, Max founded Lightcurve, a leading blockchain development studio based in Berlin. Max's ambition for entrepreneurship and technological innovation can be traced back to his teenage years when he created his first app at just 14 years old.  Since co-founding Lisk, Max has become increasingly involved in the global crypto community, speaking at some of the top blockchain conferences in the world. Today, Max is working relentlessly to help the industry gain traction with Lisk's easy-to-use Software Development Kit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Bryan Gross, Steward of ICHI
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Bryan Gross who is the Steward at ICHI, a DAO which designs protocols that help other crypto projects to participate in DeFi more efficiently. ICHI’s core technology enables other crypto projects to create new, more sustainable liquidity programs called Vaults. ICHI works with leading DeFi projects including ShapeShift, Fuse and 1INCH. Prior to working with the ICHI DAO, Bryan led blockchain projects at IBM. He was also previously a manager at Amazon and led the launch of Amazon Lending in Europe. He currently serves as an advisor at Dapper Labs. Bryan Gross is one of the inventors of ICHI’s protocols. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Hany Rashwan, Co-founder and CEO of 21Shares & Amun
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Hany Rashwan the Co-founder and CEO of 21Shares and Amun. He is a serial entrepreneur and Forbes 30 Under 30 alum. He previously founded social commerce company, Ribbon, and enterprise fintech company, Payout. Hany was born and raised in Egypt and the United States and attended Columbia University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Elena Nadolinski and Craig Timm, CEO and General Counsel at Iron Fish
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Elena Nadolinski, CEO at Iron Fish and Craig Timm, General Counsel at Iron Fish, a layer-1 project building ZKP-based privacy for many assets across many chains.  Elena was previously an avid hackathoner and software engineer at Airbnb and Microsoft. Craig Timm is General Counsel at Iron Fish. Iron Fish is building a Layer 1 blockchain to become the universal privacy layer for all of Web3. Prior to joining Iron Fish, Craig was an AML executive at Bank of America. While at Bank of America, he spent time as the designated AML Compliance Officer for Merrill Lynch and led strategic initiatives related to financial crime, including participation in the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group, 314(b) information sharing initiatives, and the Wolfsberg Group as well as managing the day-to-day liaison with FinCEN, the U.S. Treasury, senior financial crimes policy officials at the OCC and Federal Reserve Board, key law enforcement agencies, and the U.S. Department of Justice.   Prior to Bank of America, Craig was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice leading the Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit in what was then the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (now Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section) in the Criminal Division at headquarters in Washington, DC. Before moving to headquarters, Craig was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Arizona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Locke Brown, CEO and Founder at NuID.io
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Locke Brown, CEO and founder at NuID, who believes that the future of the internet belongs to the user, and NuID’s decentralized identity architecture was designed to support that future.  Locke's passion has always been pursuing greater efficiency in a society's most elemental interaction: exchange. It's what drove him headfirst into mining Bitcoin in 2013, and to join the trading desk at Bill Gates' private investment office, BMGI, in 2014. While obtaining a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics and an M.A. in Finance from Claremont McKenna College, Locke developed software at Google and served as a managing director to a multi-asset class emerging market fund in Mongolia. He went on to co-found the blockchain working group internal to BMGI, which ultimately led him to recognize digital identity as the key area for foundational improvement necessary to usher in the next paradigm of global exchange. Go to Blinkist.com/ATCOIN to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Sandi Bitenc, CEO of 3air
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Sandi Bitenc, CEO of 3air, the world's first blockchain platform that enables individuals and businesses to thrive on Web3 by providing broadband internet connectivity. Sandi is a serial entrepreneur and a computer geek. His professional computer career started already in his teens when he was part of a hosting and domain registrar startup company that went to become the biggest in the Adriatic area and branched to software development and a fully-fledged marketing agency. He has leading experience in the gaming industry and the health industry. He is part of many blockchain communities and devotes most of his time to the industry. As a WR holder in 24-hour apnea diving, he is well goal oriented and relentless in his pursuit. Go to Blinkist.com/ATCOIN to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
John Lunn, Founder and CEO of Gr4vy
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with John Lunn, the Founder and CEO of cloud payment orchestration platform Gr4vy. He is a technology and fintech entrepreneur with 21 years of experience working and investing in financial services, commerce enablement, e-payments, data, security, and infrastructure.  In 2006, John joined PayPal as the fourth employee in the UK (now over 2,000), where he built and grew PayPal’s first Developer Relations team. John was part of the team that launched PayPal Ventures, the venture capital arm of PayPal, a $350m fund where he was a board observer for Dosh, Arkose, Raise, Acorns, Toss and many others. Go to Blinkist.com/ATCOIN to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Bruce Pon, Founder at Ocean Protocol
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Bruce Pon the Founder of Ocean Protocol, a blockchain startup focused on bringing data and AI together since 2013. Previously, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm that helped to build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan, a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and has given guest lectures at Oxford, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, and the European School of Management & Technology. In addition to being in the 2020 full-length documentary Cryptopia, Bruce was featured in Oxford University and Saïd Business School’s online Blockchain course as a guest expert and in ARTE’s The Digital Future. He’s given invited talks at World Economic Forum, MOBI Connect, CNBC, KuppingerCole, and more. Go to Blinkist.com/ATCOIN to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Adam Dell, CEO of Domain Money
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Adam Dell, CEO of Domain Money. Adam is a serial entrepreneur, most recently a partner at Goldman Sachs where he served as Head of Product at Marcus by Goldman Sachs. There he built foundational products like Marcus Invest, Marcus Checking, and the market-leading mobile application Marcus Insights. Prior to Goldman, Adam founded four companies, including Clarity Money, acquired by Goldman Sachs (GS); MessageOne, acquired by Dell (DELL), Buzzsaw, acquired by Autodesk (ADSK) and Civitas Learning, acquired by Francisco Partners. Adam served as an adjunct professor at both the Business School at Columbia University and the University of Texas School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Tulane University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Go to Blinkist.com/ATCOIN to start your 7-day free trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Nick Baum, Co-Founder and CEO of Tremendous
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Nick Baum who is a Co-founder and the CEO at Tremendous. He started Tremendous in 2010, turning it from a small gift card company into a service used by millions around the world. He's responsible for the overall direction of the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Domagoj Rozic, CEO of Minka
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Domagoj Rozic, CEO of Minka, an open network that enables organizations to move money in real time. He is a technologist that had the chance to participate in the internet, the mobile, and the bitcoin revolution over the last 20 years. Dom co-founded his first startup at the age of 20 and worked on then more than 50 IT projects in 10 countries around the globe. Built the Latam presence for the first Croatian Unicorn, Infobip, and founded Minka in 2018. He is a Bitcoin enthusiast and hacker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Caleb Avery, CEO & Founder of Tilled
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Caleb Avery, CEO & Founder of Tilled. With experience in the payments industry for over a decade, Caleb Avery was often asked to help software companies who were looking to monetize their payments. Unable to find a solution that didn’t require his clients to compromise on either technology, user experience, or economics, he decided that he needed his own solution. That led him to build Tilled and create PayFac-as-a-Service. Caleb first started working in the payments industry while in college, co-founding a credit card processing independent sales organization, or ISO, with a few of his friends. Beginning with very traditional credit card processing customers including restaurants, salons, liquor stores, and other brick-and-mortar businesses, Merchant Services Done Right later expanded into processing services for e-commerce businesses, and software companies and now operates in 22+ states across the country. Over the years, he also consulted for larger software companies processing anywhere from $100 million to over a billion in annual payments volume. These clients needed a payments expert to help them negotiate agreements, develop new pricing models, and maximize their revenue from credit card processing. It was while working with these businesses that Caleb had a realization: software companies wanting to optimize their integrated payment processing solution were looking for two key things. One is an instant digital sign-up experience for their customers. And two, to maximize the revenue they could earn. Tilled’s revolutionary PayFac-as-a-Service platform allows software companies to enjoy all of the benefits of becoming a PayFac without any of the upfront investment or ongoing overheads, all while capturing the lion’s share of the economics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Matt Medved, Co-Founder & CEO of nft now
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Matt Medved, the co-founder, CEO and EIC of nft now, the premier web3 digital media platform for NFT coverage and curation. Under his leadership, nft now has become the most trusted source in NFT media and made history as the first-ever digital media publication to curate a major auction house sale with Christie’s. Prior to nft now, Medved founded Billboard Dance and scaled the vertical into the leading dance/electronic music publication in North America. He subsequently ran SPIN magazine as Editor-in-Chief, where he directed the iconic music and culture title's 2019 rebrand, and served as the SVP of Content at lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
James West, CEO of Globe
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews James West, the CEO of Globe, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. James is a technologist, digital assets pioneer, and former trader and investor. He led the quantitative team at a hedge fund for four years, growing it from a small family fund to $300m assets under management with incredible risk-adjusted returns.  He earned his Ph.D. just across from DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis, and his research has now generated nearly 1,000 citations. He studied algebraic geometry at Cambridge University under 2018 Fields Medallist Birkar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
Merit Valdsalu, CEO and Co-Founder of Single.Earth
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Merit Valdsalu, CEO and Co-Founder of Single.Earth, building a nature-backed economy to save the world. She’s an early employee at the unicorn company Pipedrive, a passionate environmentalist, and an avid equal rights supporter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Rand Hindi, CEO of Zama
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Rand Hindi, CEO at Zama, a startup building homomorphic encryption solutions for web2 and web3 applications. Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and investor. Prior to Zama, Rand was the CEO of Snips, an AI company acquired by Sonos. He is an investor in over 50 startups, ranging from blockchain to semiconductors to psychedelics. He holds a degree in computer science and a PhD in bioinformatics from UCL in London.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Sean Bennett, Co-founder and CTO of Stronghold
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Sean Bennett, co-founder of Stronghold, a leading financial infrastructure company that provides fast, secure, and accessible financial services through a simple API. Stronghold, recently named as Forbes Fintech 50 company, works with businesses like IBM and Lyft to make payments quicker and easier while maintaining regulatory compliance and interoperability between payment systems. Sean is a renowned technology expert in the digital currency space, having designed and executed some of the first distributed cross-border transactions of sovereign currencies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Oleg Fomenko, Co-Founder at Sweatcoin
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Oleg Fomenko, Co-Founder of Sweatcoin, a virtual currency rewarding physical activity. Oleg is a serial entrepreneur who has launched a number of successful businesses, including a music subscription service that grew to 1.3 million registered users. Oleg played a key role in defining Sweatcoin as a health currency, driven by his extensive experience and knowledge of the behavioral change. Oleg believes that technology can positively impact a user’s health habits by leveraging human biology and sustainably altering behavior.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Edul Patel, CEO and Co-Founder of Mudrex
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Edul Patel who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mudrex, the smartest way to invest in Crypto. Edul comes with over a decade of experience in finance, entrepreneurship, and building tech-driven applications. Prior to Mudrex, Edul was the Co-Founder of Niffler and served as Product Head of Tapzo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Tom Tirman, CEO of PARSIQ
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Tom Tirman the CEO of PARSIQ, a high-speed data solutions powering the backends of dApps & protocols. Tom has extensive experience in business and finance, having worked in both traditional banking institutions and fintech companies as well as being an entrepreneur. Tom holds a law degree from TalTech University. As a co-founder of blockchain companies PARSIQ and IQ Labs, he focuses his business on bringing disruptive next-gen technologies to the masses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Brooker Belcourt, CEO of Covey
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brooker Belcourt, CEO of Covey, an investment community open to all, powered by the smartest analysts in the world. Brooker is a former Hedge Fund analyst at Citadel, Coatue, and a Tiger Cub. He is also an avid investor, building a place to track his ideas, share them and learn from others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Alan Vey, Founder of Aventus Network
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Alan Vey who is the Founder of Aventus Network. Alan is a Forbes 30 under 30 winner (2021) for his work as the founder & Chairman of the Aventus Network. Prior to Aventus, Alan worked at Deloitte in the Entrepreneurial Business Department, as well as macro hedge fund Brevan Howard. He completed his Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London in 2016. His Master’s thesis focused on blockchain technology, looking for a use case around event ticketing and he conceived a business plan for what became Aventus, for which he successfully raised over $20m in 2017. Alan is continually looking at solving real-world problems using his knowledge of Maths, Economics, and Computer Science. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Sean Sanders, Founder and CEO of Revix
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sean the CEO and Founder of Revix. He comes from an entrepreneurial and investment banking background. He founded 3 businesses and successfully exited 2 prior to starting Revix including Sataya, a proprietary trading firm, Blocktree Capital, a digital asset advisory firm, and Application Portal, a multi-purpose online university application system. Sean led the technology investment team at Draper Gain a London-based family office, was a lead investment associate at Knife Capital one of South Africa’s leading VCs and managed a >$100m fixed income and technology portfolio at Sabvest, a JSE listed specialist investment group. Sean is a CFA Charterholder and graduated Magna Cum Laude when completing his Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) in Finance at the University of Cape Town Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Scott Lawin, CEO of Candy Digital
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Scott Lawin, CEO of Candy Digital. As CEO, Scott oversees all aspects of Candy Digital, the next-generation technology company. Launched in 2021, Candy Digital designs and develops officially licensed, premium digital collectibles that connect people to their passions.   Candy Digital is an official digital collectible partner of Major League Baseball, Getty Images, the Race Team Alliance, and the WWE. Candy operates digital collectible ecosystems where fans and collectors are able to purchase, trade, and share authentic digital collectibles to deepen their love of the sports, media and culture. Prior to Candy, Scott founded Parametric, LP, a private investment and advisory firm focused on early-stage opportunities in blockchain, fintech, art and real estate. From 2010-2017, he was Chief Operating Officer of Moore Capital Management, a $15 billion global alternative investment management company. Lawin has also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Liquid Markets business at Fortress Investment Group following a 12-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Saeed Aldarmaki, CEO of Sheesha Finance
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Saeed Aldarmaki, Founder and CEO of Sheesha Finance. Saeed is the Special Advisor of CasperLabs and Co-Founder of Alphabit Digital Currency Fund. He was nominated as Investor of the Year by AIBC summit UAE in May 2021. He is one of the board members of entities such as DEX, RealEx, MENA Fintech Association, BeMobi, Jahani & Associates, LEAD Ventures, Royale Finance, Artha, TeraBlock, and Kenzi Wealth, to name a few. Saeed is a fixed-income specialist working for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for Traditional Finance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2022
John Tait, Global MD of Payments Market at TNS
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with John Tait who is the Global Managing Director of the Payments Market Business at Transaction Network Services (TNS), a worldwide provider of payments solutions to global companies in the most mission-critical industries. In his role, John is responsible for identifying and driving growth across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions and is focused on meeting the unique requirements of its customers.   His executive experience includes business development, operations, customer service, strategy, distribution, and sales leadership. He has been responsible for the creation of Australia’s first non-bank-owned merchant acquiring the business and the establishment of a joint venture across 11 markets in Asia for merchant acquisition. He also played a critical role in leading the establishment and introduction of the Cashless Debit Card trial with the Commonwealth Government of Australia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Dawn Newton, COO and Co-Founder of Netki
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Dawn Newton, COO and Co-Founder of Netki. An operation professional with 30 years of experience managing technical teams and growing innovative companies, Dawn Newton has successfully positioned herself as one of the premier operations executives at the forefront of emerging technical industries. From the early days of the internet to the booming blockchain industry, Dawn’s work has had a formative effect on today’s leading tech companies. Today, Dawn is the COO of Netki, the first and largest KYC/AML technology provider purpose-built for blockchain. Dawn’s work at Netki is driven by her desire to increase global access to crypto assets in a sustainable, secure, and equitable manner. At Netki, Dawn has contributed to the development of OnboardID, which facilitates identity verification and onboarding for custodial wallets, and TransactID, which is the only fully compliant blockchain native solution to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Travel Rule regulations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Nimit Sawhney, CEO of Voatz, Inc.
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Nimit Sawhney, the Co-Founder and CEO of Voatz, Inc, an elections platform that uses remote identity proofing, biometrics, and blockchain technology to enable end-to-end verifiable and accessible remote voting via smartphones and tablets. Voatz has run more than 90 elections serving 2+ million voters in partnership with major political parties at the state level, as well as with state/county governments, towns, cities, universities, and professional organizations including the first ever mobile app-based voting project in the US with the State of West Virginia in 2018. Nimit is a winner of multiple coding/security hackathon competitions including the SXSW ‘Hack to the Future’ Hackathon in 2014 and the Vantiv Challenge at the Money2020 Hackathon in 2016. Nimit’s background is in mobile security and software development, previously serving as Director of R&D at Oberthur Technologies (now IDEMIA), and prior to that, as Director of R&D at MoreMagic Solutions. Nimit holds a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Business Management and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s YALP (Young American Leaders Program) Class of 2019. In his spare time, Nimit actively participates in the development of security tools to help detect and prevent human trafficking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Morgan McKenney, CEO of Provenance Blockchain Foundation
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Morgan McKenney, the CEO of Provenance Blockchain Foundation, the leading public open-source blockchain for financial services, leveraged by over 50 financial institutions and operating at scale today with billions of dollars of digital financial assets transacted across lending, payments and marketplaces. Prior to Provenance, McKenney spent nearly twenty years at Citi in a range of senior executive operating roles globally, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for Global Consumer Banking. With a career leading large payments businesses in the institutional business globally in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, McKenney partnered with banks, corporates, and governments to help them operate their business and enable real-time commerce. McKenney also successfully implemented two blockchain projects with NASDAQ and with Alibaba and Ant Financial, and managed Citi's innovation lab in Singapore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Jon Lerner, Co-Founder and CEO of CoinTracker
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Jon Lerner, the co-founder and CEO of CoinTracker, the market leader in portfolio tracking and tax compliance for cryptocurrency. At CoinTracker, Jon has had a relentless drive to create a strong, mission-driven company that has a culture of trust, transparency, a long-term mindset, and a high-quality bar. With Jon’s leadership, CoinTracker has emerged as a foundational product in crypto that enables users to track their portfolio and be tax compliant as they transact with crypto - seamlessly and accurately. Before CoinTracker, Jon co-founded and acted as CTO at TextNow, the largest provider of free phone service in the U.S. Jon was recognized by Ernst & Young in 2012 as an Entrepreneur of the Year in the “Young Entrepreneur” in Ontario, Canada. Jon was also a software engineer at Google for several years, and in 2008 helped build and launch the initial Android platform that now powers 2.5 billion mobile devices around the world. Jon received his BASc degree with honors in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Adi Ben-Ari, Founder & CEO at Applied Blockchain
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Adi Ben-Ari, the Founder & CEO of Applied Blockchain, a fast-growing company of blockchain and cryptography experts founded in 2015 and based in London, UK, and Porto, Portugal. The company has developed and deployed dozens of blockchain applications from NFT marketplaces for famous artists to sophisticated DeFi protocols and Web3 dApps for clients ranging from Shell and Barclays to Chainlink and Algorand. The company is also building two blockchain products, one called SilentData, a privacy-preserving data oracle for off-chain data, and another called London Bridge, a hardware-secured bridge between Algorand, Ethereum, and other EVM chains for cross-chain asset transfers. Prior to this, Adi worked for 20 years as an enterprise architect and technology lead for companies, including Lloyds Banking Group and Vodafone. Adi graduated in Computer Science from the University of Bristol and has an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. Adi is considered a thought leader in blockchain and data privacy and is regularly invited to present to C-level executives and international events, has presented blockchain at the UK Parliament and House of Lords, and lectured at University College London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Andrew Hoag, Founder and CEO of Teampay
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Andrew Hoag, Founder and CEO of Teampay, the first purchasing software built for modern, tech-enabled businesses. Prior to founding Teampay in 2016, Andrew Hoag founded or co-founded five companies, including urbantag, which tackled the trillion-dollar online-to-offline commerce market and was acquired in 2012. In addition to these entrepreneurial and leadership roles, he has served as an angel investor and advisor to various other companies, helping them raise venture capital and design product strategy. Before that, he held management roles in customer engineering, product management, internationalization, business development, and marketing at VeriSign. He has also connected and built supercomputers for NASA. Hoag loves to code; in fact, he created the first prototype of Teampay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Michael Pearl, Michael Pearl, COO of Kirobo
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Michael Pearl, COO of Kirobo - the safety net for DeFi. Michael is a fintech and blockchain executive with over a decade of experience managing teams and projects. A qualified attorney and former content chief at both Finance Magnates and Natural Intelligence, Michael has driven client outreach, acquisition, and retention in the fields of trading, personal finance, online banking, and blockchain technology. Michael eats, sleeps, and breathes financial technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Gabriel Gruber, Founder of Exactly Finance
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Gabriel Gruber, Founder of Exactly Finance. Exactly is building an open source, non-custodial protocol on Ethereum, that will bring fixed-income solutions for lenders and borrowers. Prior to Exactly Finance, he was a Co-Founder and CEO of Properati (acquired by OLX Group). He ran the Real Estate Startup for five years, launched in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Joel Lin, Contributor at CitaDAO
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Joel Lin, Contributor at CitaDAO - a marketplace for tokenized Real Estate. Joel is a Real Estate industry veteran with more than 12 years in institutional real estate and structured over $2 billion of deals. He is determined to bridge the real estate world into web3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Ken Kruger, Founder & CEO of Moon
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ken Kruger, the founder and CEO of Moon, a crypto challenger bank and banking as a service platform. Prior to starting Moon, Ken ran a software consulting company that helped New York-based venture-backed startups build products. Previously he worked at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer and product manager on classified military projects. Ken has engineering degrees from Columbia University and Cornell University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Michael Messele, Co-Founder and CEO of Pillar Project
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Michael Messele, a co-founder and CEO of Pillar Project, the leading open source, non-custodial, and community-owned crypto wallet that facilitates seamless access to markets, DEXs, and provides storage for crypto assets across multiple chains. The wallet is powered by Etherspot - Pillar Project’s native SDK. Michael is an experienced campaigner within the technology space of the Financial Services industry coupled with a previous start-up exposure, and he has devoted the last few years to leveraging innovations built on the decentralized economy. Michael has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Sonny Alves Dias, CTO of Pixelmatic
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sonny Alves Dias, CTO of Pixelmatic, a video game studio currently developing the title “Infinite Fleet” published by Exordium Limited. Infinite Fleet is an MMO strategy game set in space where players take command of a fleet of spaceships and play in cooperation against an alien race controlled by AI. The game also has crypto elements such as a cryptocurrency powering player-to-player trades and NFTs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Sergey Gorbunov, CEO and Co-Founder of Axelar
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sergey Gorbunov, CEO and Co-Founder of Axelar, delivers secure cross-chain communication for Web3. Sergey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo (2016 - present). He is interested in building cryptographic primitives, protocols, and systems that enable new applications in untrusted and distributed environments. He received a Ph.D. from MIT, where he was a Microsoft Ph.D. fellow and MSc and BSc from UToronto. His Ph.D. dissertation was on designing cryptographic tools for the cloud using lattice-based cryptography for which he received the Sprowls Doctoral Thesis Award for best thesis in CS at MIT. He was on the founding team of Algorand where he was involved in various business and technical aspects of the company and led the cryptography group. He also spent some time at IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Justin Banon, Co-Founder & CEO at Boson Protocol
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Justin Banon, co-founder and CEO of Boson Protocol, the decentralized network on which the future of commerce will run. Boson Protocol enables anyone to sell physical products in the metaverse as NFTs within the Decentraland space Boson Portal. He previously blitzscaled the Priority Pass Group to a $1Bn per annum revenue global rewards platform. With an academic background in physics, digital innovation and crypto, Justin applies first principles thinking to solve human problems with technology. By combining cool tech with deep tech, he imagines a future where commerce is open, fair, and equitable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Matt Cutler, CEO & Co-Founder of Blocknative
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Matt Cutler, CEO and Co-Founder of Blocknative, the leading real-time infrastructure for monitoring pre-chain data, optimizing gas spend, and predicting transaction settlement. Matt has founded multiple technology startups, including Web analytics pioneer NetGenesis, which went public in 2000 at the height of the Web 1.0 boom. His most recent startup, the mobile collaboration platform Collaborate.com, was acquired by Cisco in 2013. Along the way, Matt has consistently made meaningful contributions to emerging technology ecosystems, including serving as chair of the first-ever Webmasters Guild, co-authoring the award-winning E-Metrics Whitepaper, championing AdWeek’s Viral Video Awards, establishing Cisco’s global Design Thinking initiative, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Jack McDonald, CEO of Standard Custody and Trust
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Jack McDonald the CEO of PolySign, Inc., and Standard Custody and Trust, a qualified custodian for digital assets licensed by the state of New York. Prior to joining PolySign, Jack McDonald was CEO of Conifer Financial Services for a decade. Jack was named one of the ‘20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds’ by Institutional Investor Magazine and inducted into Global Custodian's 'Legends of The Industry’. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Julian Liniger, CEO of Relai
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Julian Liniger who is the co-founder and CEO of Relai, Europe's easiest Bitcoin App and one of the fastest growing Bitcoin Startups in Europe. Julian is a young serial entrepreneur in the fintech and crypto space based in Switzerland. He is into Bitcoin and Crypto since 2015 and has raised more than $5M in Venture Capital so far, before even turning 30 years old. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Justin Newton, CEO of Netki
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Justin Newton, CEO of Netki. Justin Newton is an early internet pioneer and a startup veteran - a serial entrepreneur, thought leader, and innovator with a reputation for driving companies to unicorn valuations while exemplifying the ideals that defined the internet revolution - free speech, anonymity, decentralized ownership, open infrastructure, and permissionless innovation.  As a tech executive, Justin led four consecutive companies to $1B+ IPOs. In 1998, Justin helped take AboveNet, a leading Internet Infrastructure company, public, followed by NetZero, the world’s largest free ISP, in 1999. Justin was then EVP of IT for Demand Media, now Leaf Group, where he prepared their technology platforms and IT infrastructure for the stress tests and audits required in advance of their public filings. Additionally, Justin applied all of this technical expertise to the financial services industry as CTO of Blackline systems, developing software that was instrumental in ensuring financial stability in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Since co-founding Netki in 2014, Justin has brought his incredible experience in tech to the blockchain world. Netki has pioneered new digital ID validation solutions for onboarding, KYC/AML, and Travel Rule compliance for a variety of blockchain platforms, helping wallet providers, exchanges, banks, fintech, governments, and any company using blockchain technology comply with Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) guidance while maintaining the principles of privacy and autonomy upon which blockchain and digital assets were founded. Netki has been a highly sought-after participant in government-led initiatives on digital identity by the US Treasury, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Central Bank of Aruba, the government of El Salvador, and other global agencies and institutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Chris Swenor, CEO of Reach
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Chris Swenor, CEO of Reach. Chris Swenor managed technical teams across the globe for over 15 years before leading the blockchain development platform to a $48 million valuation in May of 2021. With multiple exits under his belt, Swenor serves as mentor at Harvard Business School, TechStars, and MassChallenge. Reach has amassed over 6,000 developers as of March, 2022, with many exciting new developments underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Michael Bentley, Co-Founder and CEO of Euler
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Michael Bentley, co-founder and CEO of Euler, a non-custodial lending protocol built on Ethereum that allows users to lend and borrow almost any crypto asset. Deployed on mainnet last year, Euler offers a new approach to lending and borrowing markets due to its tiered risk management framework.  Prior to founding Euler, Michael was a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Oxford, where he studied evolutionary game theory and dynamical systems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Thijs Maas, Founder and CEO of Onramper
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Thijs Maas, Founder and CEO of Onramper. Thijs went from studying law to teaching to helping blockchain start-ups to founding his own startup. With Onramper, he provides wallets, exchanges and web3 parties with easy access to fiat on-ramps. He's on a mission to make access to crypto as easy as possible.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Fred Thiel, Chairman and CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Fred Thiel, Chairman and CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings. Prior to serving as Marathon’s chief executive officer, Thiel co-founded and served as chairman of Sprocket, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and financial services company whose mission is to reduce the risk and friction of cryptocurrency trading across marketplaces, regions, and exchanges by establishing a federation of exchanges that together create a single aggregated global trading marketplace with large scale liquidity, rapid execution, minimal counter-party risk, and price transparency. Prior to that, Thiel served as chairman and chief executive officer of Local Corporation, an $80 million Nasdaq-listed leader in online local search and digital media, mobile search monetization, and programmatic retargeting markets with over 240 million unique annual visitors.  During his career while holding the title of CEO across multiple companies, Thiel successfully created in excess of $750 million in shareholder value, efficiently raised more than $150 million through both public (IPO and secondary offerings) and private capital sources, led multiple successful corporate transformations resulting in highly accretive exits, built high output agile product development organizations, and established corporate innovation groups resulting in the creation of new product businesses that generated significant new revenues in their first year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
David McDonough, Founder and CEO of Commonstock
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with David McDonough, the founder and CEO of CommonStock, a social investment platform designed to amplify the knowledge of the best investors, thereby improving the world’s overall financial health. He became interested in investing after graduating during the 2008 financial crisis when he started an investment club. David fell in love with investing and realized its power when it is social, accessible, and fun. A self-taught coder and web designer, David joined Google as an engineer. While at Google, he started coding a side project to discuss trades, share knowledge, and invest with friends, the groundwork for CommonStock. When the site exploded in popularity, he left Google to build CommonStock full time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Jonathan Silver, CEO of Engage People
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Jonathan Silver, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engage People. Jonathan is responsible for managing all facets of the business. He leads the long-term corporate strategy, marketing, and sales at one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Canada, according to Profit Magazine. Jonathan has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving growth in the loyalty and technology industry. Prior to Engage People, Jonathan held numerous senior positions in the loyalty sector and was Chairman and Co-owner of MyAxs and CEO and Co-founder of Access (formerly LRG Rewards). His passion is the customer space where he focuses on developing innovative solutions that drive tangible results. Jonathan is a member of the leadership team and board of directors at Engage People. He earned an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Peter Zhou, CEO of Rutter
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Peter Zhou, who is the co-founder and CEO of Rutter, a Universal API for eCommerce platforms, marketplaces, accounting systems, and payment processors. Rutter has raised $30M from investors like a16z, the CEO of Plaid, BasisSet Ventures, Haystack, Comma Capital, and more. Peter met his co-founder Eric at Yale University and they went through Y Combinator in 2019 for a separate idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Sergey Jakimov, Managing Partner of LongeVC
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sergey Jakimov who is a founding partner of LongeVC, a crypto-friendly venture capital firm backing visionary biotech. Sergey is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded 3 deep-tech ventures and raised more than $25 million in venture funding. He has advised several other startups in the therapeutics space on fundraising, IP protection, and clinical trial strategies. He is also a Visiting Lecturer to several universities on venture capital and intellectual property rights and co-authored a master’s program in Technology Law for the Riga Graduate School of Law. Since 2018, Sergey has led SaaS startup Longenesis, a cutting-edge company that uses blockchain to unlock the hidden value of biomedical data to accelerate novel drug treatment & discovery. Sergey holds a BSc in International Affairs from Rīga Stradiņš University and an MScs in Political Science and Government and Law and Finance from Central European University and Riga Graduate School of Law, respectively. He was named as a Forbes Latvia 30 Under 30 in technology and healthcare in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Kirill Gertman , Co-Founder and CEO of Conduit
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Kirill Gertman, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Conduit. Conduit is building an API that connects businesses with decentralized finance products. Prior to starting Conduit, Kirill led Product at Eco and at BRD, before it was acquired by Coinbase.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Sean Moss-Pultz, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitmark Inc.
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sean Moss-Pultz the co-founder and CEO of Bitmark - a startup working to extend traditional property rights to the digital age by creating tools that give individuals control over their own digital assets and data. His passion is developing technologies that empower humans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Benedetto Biondi, CEO of Folks Finance
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks to Benedetto Biondi the CEO of Folks Finance -one of the most exciting and relevant DeFi projects on Algorand. He is an Engineer and Blockchain Project Manager with 3 years of experience at the Italian software house Blockchain Italia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Kenton Prescott, CEO of Sense Finance
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Kenton Prescott, who is the Co-founder & CEO of Sense, a decentralized permissionless  fixed income protocol, where teams can build and develop new yield primitives for DeFi, such as fixed income assets and yield curves. Kenton comes from MakerDAO where he was a part of its integration team and graduated from the University of Florida in Aerospace Engineering. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Mike Cagney, CEO and co-Founder, Figure
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Mike Cagney is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Figure, where he leads corporate strategy and development. Mike brings decades of experience in the financial industry to his leadership of the company, previously serving as CEO, chairman and co-founder of SoFi, a leading marketplace lender providing student loan refinancing, mortgages, and personal loans, as well as a range of wealth management services. He is also co-founder and managing member of Cabezon Investment Group, a global macro hedge fund, in addition to serving as a non-executive chairman of ReFlow. Before Cabezon, Mike founded was CEO and then vice chairman and chief architect of Finaplex, a leader in wealth management software that was sold to Broadridge (NYSE: BR). Prior to Finaplex, Mike was Senior Vice President and head trader for the proprietary trading and financial products group at Wells Fargo Bank. Mike holds an M.S. management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He also holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Cruz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Simon Yu, CEO and Co-Founder of StormX
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Simon Yu, CEO and Co-Founder of StormX, a mobile app and browser extension that allows anyone to earn Crypto Cashback when they shop online in the form of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, DAI, and StormX's native token (STMX). Simon is an entrepreneur and crypto expert who has 10+ years of experience building products in the crypto industry. His entrepreneurial journey started when due to financial constraints he, unfortunately, had to drop out of college, where he started a Korean Taco business to make ends meet. Eventually, after graduating from the University of Washington in 2014, he participated in the Berkley Blockchain Xcelerator held by the University of California in 2020. He co-founded StormX in 2014 and has raised $30M+ to date, from notable investors such as Plug and Play Ventures. The StormX app and extension are free to use and have over 4.5M installs worldwide and to date have paid out USD 5.6M+ rewards in crypto.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Darren Camas, CEO of IPOR Labs
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Darren Camas who is the CEO of IPOR Labs. Darren has been a blockchain entrepreneur since 2011 across exchanges, payments, protocol, and investments in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He was formerly Sr. Advisor for the Cardano blockchain venture wing Emurgo and led business development for one of the world's first multi-currency crypto exchanges TradeHill in 2011. He is also an active advisor and angel investor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Leon Lee, Founder of Only1
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Leon Lee is the founder of Only1 - the first web3 social platform on Solana, backed by Alameda Research and Animoca Brands. He was a genetic engineer and have entered the blockchain space since 2017, now he aims to revolutionise the creator economy through NFTs and DeFi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luke Johnson, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer
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Luke was responsible for building the products that now supports enterprise business. He spends his time working with clients and stakeholders gathering critical feedback that can improve HFD's products and message. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Ganesh Swami, CEO & Co-founder of Covalent
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Ganesh is a co-founder of Covalent – a blockchain data indexing company. Covalent is indexing all of the world's blockchain information and making it queryable via a simple API. Ganesh is a serial entrepreneur and has over a decade of experience in big data analytics. He started his career in building protein simulation algorithms to solve cancer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
Deepak Nuli, Founder and CEO of Kresko
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Deepak is on a mission of Building long-term investing tools for mission-oriented degens. He is a rare combination of Web3 native, community builder, and cybersecurity expert -- all traits that are essential in building a successful DeFi platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Joe Roets, Founder and Architect of Dragonchain
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Joe has over 20 years of experience in software architecture focusing on security and scalability. He has created and led multiple technology startups since the mid 1990s. He is a visionary and thought leader in blockchain technology having led or contributed to projects in the space since 2010 at companies such as Overstock, Coinbase, Lockheed Martin, & the Walt Disney Company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Sebastian Bürgel, Founder of HOPR
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Sebastian builds technical solutions that empower the individual. As founder of the private data exchange infrastructure HOPR, he contributes to establishing full stack privacy for the web3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
Mark Paul, CEO of Itheum
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Mark has over 20 years of experience building large-scale data, AI, blockchain, and distributed software initiatives for the government, enterprise, and tech startup sectors. He founded Itheum 2 years ago to build technology that empowers personal data sovereignty with a focus now on making Itheum the core personal data protocol for the Metaverse era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Suji Yan, Founder of Mask Network
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Suji Yan, founder, and CEO of Dimension & Mask Network. Dropped out of UIUC (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Computer Engineering Department to start a business. Former independent reporter of Qdaily & Caixin Media, former engineer of the autonomous driving company; currently a mentor of RadicalxChange Fellowship; co-authored articles by amateur and “Radical Market” / RadicalxChange, and other economists and legal scholars; once published by Wired, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and so on. At present, individuals mainly focus on open source, encryption, and privacy protection (product: mask.io ). (for company logo: https://dimensiondev.github.io/Mask-VI/ ) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Mance Harmon, Co-Founder of Hedera & Swirlds Labs
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Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-founder and CEO of Hedera. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder and CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at the US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
David Hanson, CEO of Ultra
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David Hanson is the founder and CEO of Ultra, a next-generation gaming and entertain platform powered by blockchain. David has decades of experience founding companies, including operating as CEO for a 100+ million dollar game console project that was later acquired by Kingsoft. His latest project, Ultra, has been in development since 2017 and the platform has been designed to bridge the gap between blockchain capabilities and the mainstream games industry. Ultra's ecosystem is made up of various apps that allow players to enhance their gaming experience at every turn. Notable apps in the ecosystem include Ultra Games, a games distribution platform, the Uniq Marketplace, an advanced NFT marketplace that offers zero transaction fees, and the Ultra Wallet, Ultra's very own cryptocurrency wallet. Ultra is partnered with the likes of AMD, Ubisoft, Atari, and more to provide players and game developers with the tools to widen their gaming experience like it has never been done before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Andrew Gazdecki, CEO at MicroAcquire
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Andrew Gazdecki is a 4x founder with 3x exits, former CRO, and founder of MicroAcquire. Gazdecki has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as prominent industry blogs such as Axios, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Sergej Kotliar, CEO of Bitrefill
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Bitrefill is the largest store in the world for people to buy things with their coins. Bitrefill sells gift cards that let you shop at all the top e-commerce sites in 100 countries, and a few weeks ago Bitrefill announced availability of Bill Payments. Now you'll be able to pay your credit card bills, mortgage, utilities, even taxes with crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Monty Metzger, CEO of LCX.com
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Monty Metzger is CEO and Founder at LCX, the Liechtenstein Cryptoassets Exchange Monty is an internet veteran and serial entrepreneur - he found his first Internet company back in 1998. He studied at Universities in Switzerland and at Harvard Business School. Monty has been attending the famous World Economic Forum in Davos for more than 10 years and is actively involved in shaping crypto policies worldwide. Before launching LCX he was an active Venture Capitalist for many years. He was General Partner at a regulated VC firm - investing in technology companies in Silicon Valley and Europe. One of their portfolio companies Revue was acquired by Twitter for example. In his current role at LCX he is building the next crypto unicorn bridging the gap between the old financial world and the new blockchain industry. LCX is operating a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, a DEX aggregator, a compliant token launchpad and the leading NFT platform for real-world diamonds - all available at LCX.com Please welcome Monty to the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Roger Khoury, Founder and CEO of Market Forecasting Academy
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Roger is the Founder and CEO of Market Forecasting Academy, a training and mentorship program for market participants looking for low risk, consistent, market-beating performance. He is most known for developing an innovative, industry-first methodology that eliminates the uncertainty, inconsistency and large drawdowns traditionally experienced in the financial markets. He calls it Demand Imbalance Arbitrage™, which is the only method guaranteed to consistently identify and take advantage of frequent, very low risk pockets of imbalance between demand and price . . . and profit from them 80-90% of the time. This enables new and experienced market participants to: * Confidently forecast what's going to happen next in any market or time-frame with 80-90% accuracy. * Identify 80-90% of the trade opportunities that look good and would normally be taken, but are in fact likely to struggle and fail, eliminating 80%-90% of what otherwise would turn into losing positions (so they can reliably avoid giving back important gains) Roger achieved financial independence 11 years ago using the method he developed. He never intended to teach this, but members of his community asked him to share his knowledge after realizing his method gave him a lot of free time to socialize and serve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Anji Ismail, CEO of Finnt
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Anji is the co-founder and CEO of Finnt, a DeFi app built for families around the world. Prior to starting Finnt, Anji founded and ran DOZ.com, a Marketing SaaS during 8 years; and also built Varanida, a personal data wallet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Rafael Cosman, Co-Founder and CEO of TrustToken
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Rafael Cosman is the CEO and a co-founder of TrustToken, developers of the decentralized lending protocol TrueFi. Prior to TrustToken, Rafael helped build StreetCode, a nonprofit that teaches East Palo Alto youth technical skills, and worked at Google Brain (Google’s AI research division), Palantir and Kernel. Rafael graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. In his free time, you’ll find Rafael reading or meditating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Harsh Rajat, Founder of Ethereum Push Notification Service (EPNS)
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Harsh Rajat is the Founder and Project Lead of Ethereum Push Notification Service (EPNS). He has over 11 years entrepreneurial experience in various spectrum of tech; including architecting, development and design in different tech fields (Mobile, Web Services, SaaS, Blockchain). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Alex Shevchenko, CEO of Aurora Labs
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Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, working in a blockchain since 2015 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Ben Turner, President and CEO of Verituity
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Ben is President and CEO of Verituity. He is an entrepreneur and senior executive with a proven track record of building unique digital products and businesses that address scalable challenges. He has extensive experience in P&L management, product management, customer experience, and data productization, and has served 25+ years as a technology executive across a variety of markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Alf Gunnar Andersen, Founder and CEO of Horde and Bustad
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Founder and CEO of Horde, Norway's most popular personal finance management app. He is a well-established figure in the Norwegian fintech community and a regular speaker on all things fintech. Alf Gunnar started Horde with a simple goal, to remove the unnecessary complexity inherent in personal finance management by connecting people with actionable data and insights and combining this with innovative financial solutions. Having built a solid foundation in Norway, the goal is to expand across Europe in the next few months. Alf Gunnar is also the founder of Bustad, an innovative blockchain project that he first started to formulate while studying for his master's degree. Bustad's mission is to help property owners access capital by converting a percentage of their property into a stable coin. The token is then made available for investors who wish to enter the lucrative and stable Norwegian property market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Uri Klarman, CEO of BloxRoute Labs
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Uri Klarman is the Co-Founder and CEO of bloXroute Labs. He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Northwestern University with a focus on interdisciplinary networks research. His work encompasses innovative uses of Computer Networks, disruptive blockchain networking schemes, alternative content distribution networks, trustless peer coordination, and security. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Giorgi Khazaradze, CEO and Co-Founder of Aurox
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Giorgi is a Dallas-based entrepreneur leading one of the few fast-growing companies that is navigating the burgeoning world of DeFi trading. Aurox is an all-in-one desktop cryptocurrency trading terminal that integrates data with tailored tools and strategies to help make better trades. Think Bloomberg Terminal for crypto trading. Prior to Aurox, Giorgi served as CEO of WhichAdsWork and Advertising Consultants Inc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO of Unocoin
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Sathvik Vishwanath, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, is now a successful entrepreneur and has always put his heart into innovative & disruptive technology! His journey started in 2008 with VentureNext offering scripting services in a virtual world called SecondLife. After being acquainted with bitcoin in 2013, he launched a bitcoin buy/sell service called Unocoin which has now evolved into a Super App for Crypto. The company now serves 2M customers & operates an exchange with 80+ cryptos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Nick Saponaro, CEO of The Divi Project
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Nick Saponaro is a software developer, Speaker, Musician, and blockchain personality. He is the Chief Information Officer and Co-founder of The Divi Porject. He is also a frequent speaker at blockchain conferences. Nick is an entrepreneur, crypto enthusiast, and keynote speaker who is regularly featured in the media talking about crypto-related issues. Media appearances include Cheddar, CNBC, Quartz, Investing.com, Nasdaq.com, and CoinTelegraph. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Joe De Pinto, Co-Founder of Haste Arcade
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Joe De Pinto was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After spending 4 years playing professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox farm system, he co-founded his first venture, Barpay, in 2015 with Daniel Wagner. In January 2021, along with Wagner, he co-founded Haste, the world’s first Instant Leaderboard Payout arcade. De Pinto’s vision for Haste is to have the platform serve as a fun and entertaining visual representation of micro transactions, and how they can empower new business models. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Michael Kong, CEO, Fantom Foundation
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Michael Kong is the Chief Executive Officer of Fantom. He has a background in Finance and Information Technology from the University of Sydney, where he published papers on smart contract security. He worked as the first full-time engineer for Block8, a blockchain development company in Sydney, and later founded one of Australia’s first funds in digital assets (now Trovio Group). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Martin Froehler, CEO of Morpher
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Martin Froehler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Morpher. He is a mathematician, veteran quant, and former hedge fund manager. Prior to Morpher, Martin was managing director of a quantitative research firm in Zürich and CEO of a decentralized quantitative hedge fund in Silicon Valley. Martin experienced the numerous inefficiencies of the trading industry first-hand and founded Morpher to democratize investing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Gabriele Musella, CEO Co-Founder of Coinrule
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Entrepreneur and C-Level Product Lead with over 20 years experience in Digital Innovation, Business Design, Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Fintech, Future of Money, Team Leadership, Venture Creation, Growth, CxO, C-Level, Strategy, UX, Agile, Lean, Data, FCA. ✔ Serial Entrepreneur, Y-Combinator Alumni, 3x fundraiser, leading teams of 30+ ✔ Mentor at Google, Startupbootcamp, Zilliqa, TechItalia, Virgin - Advisor at Harvard ✔ International professional experience in UK - Finland - Italy - Hungary - Czechia - US ✔ Facilitated conferences at MIT - TEDx - DMI - UC Berkeley - OECD ✔ Featured Interviewed on Forbes, Guardian, Business Insider, Evening Standards, etc ✔ Guest Lecturer at the Business Schools: ESADE (Spain) - ESCP (France) Expertise ✔ Startups, PRODUCT leadership, Growth, VENTURE creation, PMF, product STRATEGY ✔ Business design, INNOVATION, customer mapping, HCD, Design, PM, Datavis ✔ Team leadership, C-Level, CxO, Stakeholders management, OKr, AGILE, Scrum, Lean Notable companies I worked with include Vodafone, Lloyds Banking Group, IBM, Nokia Siemens, HSBC, MoJ, British Government, Native design, Mirum, Coinrule, PayPal, Halifax, WPP, Harvard, Publicis, MIT, Public Health England, NHS, Aviva, MKB FintechLab, UBS Bank Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2022
Markus Levin, Co-Founder at XYO
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Markus Levin is the Co-Founder of XYO, the world’s first blockchain geospatial oracle network backed with cryptography that anonymously collects and validates data with a geographic component. Markus has more than 15 years experience in building, growing and selling companies in hyper-growth industries around the globe. Markus focuses on maximizing institutional potential through the implementation of innovative data-driven solutions. Markus mined his first Bitcoin in 2013 and has been captivated by blockchain technologies ever since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Arjun Bhuptani, Founder of Connext
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Arjun is one of the founders of Connext, the interoperability protocol for L2 Ethereum. Connext enables moving value and calldata between EVM chains without introducing trust assumptions. It is also leveraged by infrastructure networks like the Graph for ultra-scalable microtransactions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Alejandro Gutierrez, CEO of Defactor
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Alejandro has more than 20 years of experience in the supply chain management space and lately has been working in the Trade Tech space and Supply chain finance space. In 2019, Alejandro joined Consolfreight as co-founder, and in 2020, Consolfreight became one of the pioneers of the digitisation and collateralisation of Real World Assets using De-Fi as a main source of funding for factoring and trade finance services. Within a year Alejandro became pivotal to close important partnerships with big hitters in the industry like Centrifuge and Maker and achieved $7.5M+ in transactions funded. Currently, he is the Cofunder and Operations Lead of the Defactor a project focused on bridging the gap between DeFi liquidity and real world asset originators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Mike Weiksner, Founder & CEO of Pocketful of Quarters
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An avid business leader, Michael Weiksner is the founder and CEO of Pocketful of Quarters (POQ. He has invested in multiple unicorns, including previously as General Partner at Rostrum Capital, where he helped invest in early stage tech companies. Endowed with an entrepreneurial spirit, he also founded EndlessTV and E-thePeople.org. He is currently leading POQ’s product and technology development as the company looks to unleash the power of gameplay with one universal, interoperable game token on the blockchain for players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Milana Valmont, CEO of Kira
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As a fintech professional, Milana offers targeted experience in blockchain, in addition to a combination of expertise in venture capital and financial technology. Throughout her career, Milana has helped organizations enhance results by utilizing strategic processes and motivational leadership to drive consistent growth across new markets. She has demonstrated the ability to secure 7-figure funding from top industry investors to drive business growth across Blockchain and Fintech. As Founder and CEO of KIRA (Kira Core), Milana developed the software development company from the ground up, building a full-stack, decentralized fintech ecosystem. Skilled at fostering relationships with strategic and cross functional team members, she ensures the successful execution of strategic and tactical plans. As a leader, she has been recognized for tackling situations from different perspectives and providing innovative solutions to business challenges. She aims to improve overall success while leaving a lasting impact on her organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Neta Rozy, CTO and Co-Founder of Parametrix
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Neta developed a cutting edge system which monitors SaaS, PaaS and IaaS systems around the globe for downtime events, such as cloud outages, network crashes, and platform failures. The millions of data points that the system collects every day are the basis for the company's insurance products which are the first to incorporate the parametric model into tech insurance. Neta has a background in developing enterprise software and robust monitoring systems, driven by a passion for creating innovative solutions that are powered by new technologies to solve tough problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Rohit Mittal, Co Founder and CEO of Stilt
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Rohit Mittal is the co-founder and CEO of Stilt. A YC-backed fintech company that provides loans to new immigrants and the underserved. Over the past 5 years, Stilt has disbursed hundreds of millions in loans to immigrants from 160+ countries. Stilt has also launched Onbo. An API for companies to launch credit products in weeks. The company has raised $375M in equity and debt since its founding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Cormac Kinney, CEO of Diamond Standard
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With innovations cited in nearly 4,000 U.S. Patents, Cormac Kinney has founded four startups acquired by public companies. He is a quant finance pioneer who invented heatmaps, designed more than 100 institutional trading systems, and perfected sentiment analysis, using it to manage $500 million for Tudor and Millennium. Now, as founder of Diamond Standard, Cormac has solved the challenge of creating a standardized diamond commodity. Transacted on the blockchain, it is the first physical and digital asset, forming a decentralized reserve to asset-back any digital contract. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Sam Falic and Dov Falic, Founders of BlockBar
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Dov Falic Dov Falic, co-founder and CEO of BlockBar, Inc., was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Panama City, Panama. As part of the next generation of the Falic Group, owners of the largest duty-free operation in the Western Hemisphere, Dov has been immersed in the luxury and retail industry from a young age. Having started in the warehouse ten years ago, Dov went on to serve as the Global Spirits Director and Executive Vice President of the LATAM division. In partnership with his cousin Samuel, in 2021, Dov founded BlockBar, the first global direct-to-consumer NFT platform for wine and spirits. Within the business, Dov oversees operations and brand relationships. Samuel Falic Samuel Falic, co-founder and COO of BlockBar, Inc, was born and raised in Miami, Florida. As part of the next generation of the Falic Group, owners of the largest duty-free operation in the Western Hemisphere, Samuel found interest in both finance and law. After completing his bachelor's degree in Accounting at University of Miami, Samuel continued his education at Cardozo School of Law in New York, completing his J.D. Following that, Samuel went on to join Duty Free Americas, and his background in finance and law allowed him to pursue a variety of positions within the company. After initially working in the legal department, he transitioned into the role of Director of Business Development. In partnership with his cousin Dov, in 2021, Samuel founded BlockBar, the first global direct-to-consumer NFT platform for wine and spirits. Within the business, Samuel oversees the overall business development and strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Matthew Liu, Co-Founder of Origin Protocol
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Matthew is the co-founder of Origin Protocol, a blockchain project founded in 2017. Origin’s mission is to bring NFTs and DeFi to mainstream audiences. Matthew is a serial entrepreneur and has founded several companies previously. He served as co-founder of PriceSlash (acquired by BillShark) and as co-founder and CEO of Unicycle Labs. Earlier in his career, Matthew was an early employee and one of the earliest Product Managers at YouTube (acquired by Google), leading multiple products on the consumer, partnership, and monetization teams. Later, he was VP of Product at Qwiki (acquired by Yahoo) and VP of Product at Bonobos (acquired by Walmart). He has a MS and BS from Stanford University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Alex Vilhena, CEO of Plug Pagamentos
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Alex is co-founder and CEO of Plug Pagamentos, a LatAm payments platform. For the past 12-years, he's worked with startups around the globe — living in cities such as San Francisco, New York, London, and Madrid. Previous to starting Plug, Alex managed southern Europe for Braintree — a PayPal company, where he saw his best clients attempting integrating multiple PSPs. When not talking about payments or LatAm startups, Alex can be found surfing or training jiu-jitsu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Will Rush, CEO & Founder at Stack
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Over the past twelve years, Will has worked with seven different billion-dollar banking and securities companies. During that time, he witnessed long-time industry incumbents lose market share to FinTech unicorns, as products democratized access to financial markets and minted millions of new investors overnight. Will felt that the industry had prioritized access over education, and in the process failed to appropriately equip new investors with the knowledge to succeed. Will built Stack to teach the youngest generation foundational finance principles so that they could build habits that last a lifetime. By leveraging the zeitgeist of digital assets and web3, Will (via Stack) wants to make learning about finance fun, social, and rewarding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Chris Tse, Founding Director of Cardstack
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Chris is a technologist and designer focused on improving the usability of decentralized applications, with the aim of making Web3 available for the masses. In 2014, he founded Cardstack, where he leads a team of open-source contributors to build the collaborative OS for Web3. He previously built the first NFT platform on the Bitcoin blockchain. He also pioneered the use of distributed-ledger technology to create media registries. Chris has more than a decade of experience leading R&D and innovation teams for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Phil Ingram, CEO of Lepricon
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Chief marketing officer of blockchain gaming company Lepricon. Phil has over 30 years of experience across a variety of industries including video games and blockchain. Originally from London, he was worked in the UK, USA and Hong Kong for organisations as diverse as Cable & Wireless to his own start up web development agency which he hold to a publicly traded US corporation. His specialities are strategic marketing, operations, process management, people and performance management, strategic direction and strategy implementation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Jake Udell, Founder and CEO of Metalink
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Jake is the founder and CEO of Metalink, where he leads company strategy and brand innovation. Prior to starting Metalink, Jake served as head of activation for Community.com, a software company enabling celebrities and high profile entities, ranging from Barack Obama to White Claw, to directly reach their fans and customers text messages. Udell also founded music management company TH3RD BRAIN, developing business for artists such as Krewella, ZHU, Gallant, and Grace VanderWaal. Udell was recognized on Forbes' 2016 30 Under 30 list and Billboard’s 2018 40 Under 40 list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Sushil Prabhu, CEO of Dropp
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Sushil Prabhu is the CEO and Chairman of Dropp, a pay-per-use transaction platform designed to make it easy for consumers to purchase small-value goods and services via micropayments, securely and without signups. Sushil has been a technology leader, innovator and entrepreneur in the tech field for the past 30 years, with a demonstrated history of assisting enterprise and startups in building digital platforms and leading them to profitability using cutting-edge concepts and technologies like BlockChain and data analytics. As past CEO and current Chairman of OpenCrowd, Sushil dedicated a significant amount of time consulting his clients on ways to best leverage advanced technologies to produce economic results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Eran Haggiag, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of ClearX
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Eran has over 20 years of experience founding and managing software-related companies in the fields of financial trading, insurance, and advertising, with 5+ years in the blockchain ecosystem. Previously, Eran was the CTO of Israel Direct Insurance and co-founded and served as the CEO of an algorithmic trading company. In 2014, he co-founded Meme Video, an algorithmic media tech company (acquired by TASE: Somoto), where he served as CEO for 3 years. Eran sits on the advisory board of JFrog (5B$+ valuation) and Venn (total funding $100M). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Joshua Goldbard, Founder & CEO, MobileCoin
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Joshua Goldbard is the founder and CEO of MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency technology company, and a founding partner at Crypto Lotus, a cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund. He really likes sound amplification devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Patrick Kann, CEO & Co-Founder at Papaya
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Patrick Kann is the CEO and co-founder of Papaya, a mobile application that uses computer vision technology to pay any bill in a matter of seconds. Prior to Papaya, Patrick worked at the New Ventures Group at idealab. He previously worked at World Bank, was a Private Equity Executive at Macquarie Group, and held the position of Director of Corporate Development at eSolar. Patrick is originally from Brazil where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering. He then moved to the United States where he received his MBA at Stanford University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Karn Saroya, CEO of Cover
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Karn is responsible for operations, business development, and investor relations at Cover. Before entrepreneurship, Karn was a management consultant, and he went on to complete his Masters at MIT where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. His first company, Stylekick, was acquir-hired by Shopify in 2015. The first company Karn co-founded was a mobile e-commerce marketplace called Stylekick, which was acqui-hired by Shopify in 2015. Before entrepreneurship, Karn was a management consultant with the financial services advisory practice, Oliver Wyman. With more than 7 years of experience building intuitive mobile products, Karn is now applying his expertise towards making insurance accessible and affordable for underserved customers. Cover has approximately 130 employees across offices in San Francisco, Toronto and Los Angeles. Cover currently sells its own auto insurance products in Texas, where it functions as an MGA, while the original brokerage business continues to thrive by serving customers across the U.S. and comparing over 30 carriers to find customers the best coverage for them. Karn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University where he graduated with Distinction, along with a Master of Finance from MIT where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He is also a Y Combinator Fellow and YC Alumnus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Jorge Garcia, CTO & CoFounder of Hello Iconic
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Jorge leads the areas of product strategy, design, engineering, and research at Hello Iconic. He has 20+ years of experience launching successful global products with companies like Disney, ABC, AMC, The Walking Dead, Syfy, FX, Suma Wealth, Cyvatar and The Coca-Cola Company. Jorge has also helped early-stage and venture-backed startups with their development needs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Phil Blows, CEO of AQRU PLC
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Entrepreneur Phil Blows is behind the decentralised finance and crypto platform AQRU, which went from early stage investors to being sold to institutional investors within 10 months. Philip Blows is on a mission to normalise earning interest on crypto. Where many investors let their investments sit in their account in the hope that the value of the currency will increase, AQRU enables simple access to interest yields available in DeFi, all in one transparent, insured and regulated platform. AQRU has been launched with some regulatory exclusions. Phil wants to not only help people get crypto savvy, but has long been passionate about improving the world's financial health, and is the author of the book The Money Triangle, helping people achieve financial freedom. He has spent the last 15 years building and scaling Fintechs, initially working as a trader and investment manager, and went on to lead teams tasked with scaling retail platforms to mass market adoption in both the B2B and B2C space. Phil graduated from the University of Leeds and went on to gain an MBA from the University of Geneva. He holds several internationally recognised financial certifications and qualifications, including an Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Institute and has been certified a Blockchain Expert by the Blockchain Council. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Federico Baradello, Founder and CEO of Finalis
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Federico Baradello is Founder and CEO of Finalis, a venture-backed NY- and San Francisco-based company building the world’s largest private securities brokerage platform. Federico has an extensive background in M&A. As an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Federico managed M&A deals for blue-chip private equity firms and strategics from term sheet negotiations and auction bids to closings. Previously, as an associate at a London-based private equity firm, Federico supported cross-border deals in Europe and Australia. Federico is an L.P. of Alaya Capital Partners, among the most prominent early-stage venture funds in South America. He is also a Professor of Law & Business at Hult International Business School, where he teaches courses on U.S. corporate law, regulations, and disruptive technology trends. Federico holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Princeton University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Corey Ashton Walters, CEO of Here
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Corey Ashton Walters is the Founder & CEO of Here, a revolutionary online marketplace that enables anyone anywhere to invest in vacation rentals online and earn passive income—without ever lifting a finger. Prior to founding Here, Corey, a seasoned entrepreneur, brand builder, and college dropout, has founded multiple successful companies over the last 15 years. Most recently, Corey co-founded Homeworthy, a venture-backed first-of-its-kind fully remote cloud real estate brokerage that served homeowners located in over 900 cities across the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Nicolas Cary, Co-Founder of Blockchain.com
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Nic is the Co-founder and Vice Chairman at Blockchain.com where he is responsible for ensuring we continue to bring new adopters into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. In 2015, Nic was named the European Digital Leader of the year. Nic is the Founding Commissioner of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development and Co-Authored The Future is Decentralised. Nic is trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He’s also the Co-Founder and Chairman of SkysTheLimit.org, the leading non-profit digital business accelerator. Prior to Blockchain.com, Nic was a founding Partner at PipelineDeals.com where he focused on product development and management. Nic is a proven leader, investor, public speaker, and brand ambassador. He’s deeply focused on designing performant cultures that persevere in adverse markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Greg Beard, CEO at Stronghold Digital Mining
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In this episode, Mike Townsend, speaks with Gregory A. Beard who is the CEO and Co-Chairman of Stronghold Digital Mining. During his career, Mr. Beard sourced and managed some of the most profitable deals in the energy private equity sector. He was previously the Global Head of Natural Resources and Senior Advisor at Apollo Global Management from 2010 to 2020, overseeing Apollo’s investment activities in the energy, metals and mining and agriculture sectors. Prior to his time at Apollo, Mr. Beard was a senior Managing Director at Riverstone Holdings, an energy, power and infrastructure-focused private equity firm. He began his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he played an active role in energy-sector principal investment activities. The funds where Mr. Beard held these senior leadership positions have invested billions of dollars in natural resources related investments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Rahul Sood, CEO of Irreverent Labs
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Rahul who is the CEO of Irreverent Labs, a venture-backed gaming studio with a mission to build insanely fun, highly intelligent, hundred year entertainment experiences on blockchain. Irreverent Lab’s first release, MechaFightClub is described as a hilarious fighting game in which advanced, artificially-intelligent non-player characters battle, breed and live on the blockchain as NFTs. Prior to founding Irreverent Labs, Sood was the co-founder and former CEO of Unikrn, which developed itself as the leader in esports and video game wagering from 2014 until it was acquired by Entain PLC in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Stephan Meyer and Daniel Killenberger, Co-CEO and CTO of FQX AG
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with the Co-CEO Stephan D. Meyer who is one of the leading Swiss tokenization experts and the CTO Daniel Killenberger who studied Computer Science with a focus on AI, specifically Classical Planning Algorithms. Co-CEO Stephan D. Meyer He wrote the first Swiss PhD dissertation on tokenization (received the famous Issekutz price) He is leading the blockchain law education program at University of Lucerne, and teaches at ZHAW & HWZ He is attorney and counsel with MME’s crypto team He is active in international bodies and associations like UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies and thinkBLOCKtank He is Co-Founder of FQX, a SIX-financed, fast growing Swiss DLT startup Besides tokenization, his main field, he is working together with some of the leading DeFi companies on bringing legal governance layers into DAOs. CTO Daniel Killenberger He worked in Startups during ICO times to build the backend service for the ICO page Worked at Swiss contractor to deliver prototype for the SBB and deliver features for the banking module product He started coding at the age of 12, and got into crypto as a revolutionary idea back in 2012 He joined FQX back in 2019, and is now the CTO Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Tyler Spalding, Co-Founder of Flexa
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Tyler Spalding is co-founder and CEO at Flexa, a cryptocurrency payments network making real-world payments more efficient, accessible, and affordable for everyone. Tyler has been founding and investing in various blockchain projects since 2011. He was previously the CTO of Raise, co-founder of two e-commerce startups, and an engineering lead with the United Space Alliance, US Air Force, and NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He holds two Masters degrees from MIT and UIUC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Amitej Gajjala, CEO of Stader Labs
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Amit is the CEO and co-founder of Stader Labs. He has over 8 years of experience in Strategy, business transformation and start-up strategy across a variety of businesses. Most recently, he worked as Special Project Head at Swiggy, where he spearheaded organization transformation and strategic process implementation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2022
Jeff Winner, CEO of Happy Money
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Jeff Winner is CEO of Happy Money, a financial technology company on a mission to bring people greater happiness through financial tools and services. Prior to his appointment in August 2021, he was Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Engineering, Member Experience, Operations, Product, Science, and Technology. He joined the company in 2020 as Chief Technology Officer and has helped drive business performance during a period of rapid growth, increase operating leverage, and begin productizing the company’s proprietary science. Prior to joining Happy Money, Jeff spent two years at Goldman Sachs as the CTO of Marcus, where he led the team building the Apple card and pioneered the first cloud-based Goldman Sachs product. Previous to that, he led engineering teams at a series of Silicon Valley companies, including Stripe and Twitter. He holds advanced and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Ryan Lee, Founder & CEO of Nautical Commerce
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ryan Lee, Founder & CEO of Nautical Commerce, the marketplace enablement platform. Ryan has an extensive background in payments, logistics, and commerce. He led the Apple team in launching Apple Pay international and held leadership roles at Visa, Turvo, and ModoPayments. Ryan is skilled at developing and driving a full-stack cloud technology vision and strategy to increase revenues, grow the client base, and achieve efficiencies in a collaborative results-oriented way. His company, Nautical, enables companies to do just that using its multi-vendor marketplace technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Roneil Rumburg, CEO and Founder of Audius
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Roneil Rumburg, Co-founder and CEO of Audius, a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music. Audius is fully decentralized, owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world. Founded in early 2018, Audius serves millions of users every month, making it one of the largest crypto applications ever built. Prior to Audius, Roneil most recently co-founded Kleiner Perkins' early-stage seed fund, KPCB Edge. At KP, he was responsible for seed investments into Blockchain and AI companies, including Lightning Labs. Roneil attended Stanford University and previously co-founded a Bitcoin peer to peer payment company called Backslash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2022
Will Graylin, CEO of OV Loop & Indigo Technologies
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Will Graylin, Founder and CEO of OV Loop, Inc., a Universal Wallet and Commerce Messaging platform for frictionless commerce experiences everywhere. He is also CEO of Indigo Technologies, an Electric Mobility company with breakthrough affordable EVs for fleets & drivers. Prior to OV Loop, Will was the Global Co-GM of Samsung Pay, and Founder of LoopPay (acquired by Samsung), ROAM Data (acquired by Ingenico), WAY Systems (acquired by Verifone), and EntitleNet (acquired by BEA Systems/later Oracle). Will holds two Masters from MIT and serves on the Board of Directors for Synchrony Financials (the largest private label credit card issuer in the world) and Global Unites (a non-profit organization to help youths around the world become local leaders through conflict transformation.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Ozan Özerk, Founder of OpenPayd
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Ozan Özerk, founder of OpenPayd. Ozan is a serial fintech entrepreneur. Trained as a medical doctor, Ozan’s entrepreneurial career seeds were sowed in the late 1990s during which time he successfully built and sold multiple tech businesses.In 2015, Ozan made the shift to the fintech industry which also marks the founding of OpenPayd, which provides businesses with easy access to banking and payment solutions to help them grow globally. As a pioneer of the fintech industry, Dr. Ozan Özerk frequently shares his thoughts and projections on the future of fintech through interviews and opinion pieces. He is excited by the innovation cryptocurrencies are bringing to the industry and often speaks and writes on the topic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Dan Raju, Co-Founder and CEO of Tradier
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Dan Raju, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Tradier. Dan has the overall responsibility of Tradier and the company’s strategy and direction. Under his leadership, Tradier has grown rapidly from an innovative product to an essential infrastructure fabric that powers 200 plus investing platforms globally and serves some of the most active traders in the market. In his 25-year plus career as a technologist and entrepreneur, he has launched many successful online retail and financial products. Prior to founding Tradier, Dan was the Chief Information officer of Tradeking(now Ally Invest). Prior to that held senior executive level positions for large companies like Associated Press, Borders Book Stores, Charming Shoppes, and NCR. Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from JN Technology University in India and a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi, USA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Teddy Woodward, Co-Founder of Notional Finance
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Teddy Woodward, Co-Founder of Notional Finance. Notional is a decentralized protocol on Ethereum that enables users to lend and borrow crypto at fixed interest rates. Before starting Notional, Teddy was an interest rate swap trader at Barclays Investment Bank. He got into crypto in 2018 and has been hooked ever since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Sean Rach, Co-founder of hi
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sean Rach, Co-Founder of hi. He was the founding Chief Marketing Officer of Crypto.com, leading the charge to create the FinTech startup’s first 3 million customers across the globe.  A Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Warwick Business School, Sean has also served in executive marketing roles for a number of top global companies including Prudential Corporation Asia, OgilvyOne Hong Kong, and the Mobile Marketing Association. He has led the development of several innovative digital platforms, including Cha-Ching (financial literacy), Safe Steps (with NatGeo and Red Cross), and earlier helped launch Hallmark.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Andy Bromberg, CEO of Eco
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Andy Bromberg CEO of Eco, a consumer financial app creating a single place for your entire financial life — giving you market-leading rewards on saving, spending, and more. Eco has raised more than $90 million from an array of leading investors, including L Catterton, Activant Capital, a16z Crypto, Founders Fund, and others. Prior to Eco, Andy was Co-founder and President of CoinList, a leading platform for token sales, trading, and other financial services for the best digital asset projects that has processed more than $1B in transactions. Andy is also a founding board member at FreeWorld, a non-profit seeking to end institutionalized poverty in the United States by providing access to living-wage jobs for people with criminal histories. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Stanford University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Snehal Fulzele, Founder & CEO CION Digital
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In this episode, Mike Townsend chats with Snehal Fulzele, Founder & CEO of CION Digital. Snehal is a successful technology entrepreneur, investor, and innovator in the financial services industry.Prior to founding CION Digital, he co-founded Cloud Lending Solutions, a global lending technology platform used by leading financial institutions globally. As the CEO, he led the growth and talent strategy of the business from inception to its acquisition by Q2 Holdings (NYSE: QTWO). As the General Manager of its lending vertical, he continued his work at Q2 to bring digital lending experience for some of the most recognizable banks, credit unions, and FinTech companies globally.Snehal also serves on the board of various high-growth early-stage technology start-ups in the Financial Services and Healthcare industries.He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon and has previously worked with big-tech software firms including Oracle and Adobe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Matt Oppenheimer, Co-founder and CEO of Remitly
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Matt Oppenheimer, Co-founder, and CEO of Remitly. He co-founded Remitly in 2011 and in addition to being CEO, he is also a member of the board of directors. Prior to co-founding Remitly, Matt worked for Barclays plc, a multinational bank, and financial services company, from August 2009 to May 2011. He has served on the board of directors of BECU since 2018. Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Ioannis "Yanni" Giannaros, CEO & Co-Founder of Wyre
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ioannis Giannaros, CEO and Co-Founder of Wyre. Ioannis has been involved in the management and growth of Wyre since founding the company in 2013. He has led the company through multiple fundraising rounds and has overseen all accounting, foreign exchange operations, risk management, banking, and compliance operations at Wyre since early 2013. Ioannis has created long-lasting banking and currency exchange relationships which have allowed the company to grow to one of the largest blockchain infrastructure companies in the market.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2022
Abdul Akel, CEO and Co-founder of T-CETRA
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Abdul Akel, CEO and Co-founder of T-CETRA, a leading financial technology enabler that converts cash payments into secure, auditable, cashless transactions at over 10,000 retail locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that primarily serve cash preferred customers. Its payment solutions bridge the digital divide for these underserved communities and are used by Fortune 500 companies within various sectors, connecting them to the 84.8 million un/derbanked individuals in the U.S.  T-CETRA’s expansion into new verticals is reshaping the prepaid payment ecosystem.   Akel conceptualized VIDAPAY, T-CETRA’s proprietary cloud-based payment portal, that enables these retailers to increase sales, mitigate risk, and manage customer accounts in real-time within a safe, secure payment transaction framework.  Akel is a proven, experienced industry disruptor, entrepreneur, and growth-oriented CEO. He was recently inducted into Columbus Business First’s Class of 2020 “40 Under 40” as well as Columbus CEO's "Future 50."   Additionally in 2020, Akel co-launched the T-CETRA Foundation which addresses the needs of the underserved from a charitable point of view.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Brian Bondy, CTO and co-founder of Brave Software
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brian Bondy, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Brave Software. Prior to Brave, Brian worked at Khan Academy where he focused on developing the interactive learning environment for the programming section. Previously, he worked at Mozilla on the Firefox browser. Before joining Mozilla, Brian co-founded two companies in the backup software space: Robobak and VisionWorks Solutions. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with Honors from the Faculty of Mathematics at Waterloo University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
John Hargrave, CEO of Media Shower
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Sir John Hargrave, CEO of the media and communication company Media Shower. His company publishes the blockchain investor website, Bitcoin Market Journal which reaches 100,000 blockchain investors monthly. He is the author of the bestselling investing book Blockchain for Everyone (Simon & Schuster, 2019), as well as Blockchain Success Stories (O’Reilly, 2020), which has been called “The Bible of Business Blockchain". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Bryce Deeney, Founder and CEO of equipifi
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Bryce Deeney, Founder, and CEO of equipifi, which is modernizing the way consumers interact with their money. equipifi’s mission is to support banks and credit unions’ ability to deliver experiences that help foster growth and engagement for existing and new customers.equipifi provides seamless white-labeled integrations for banks and credit unions to offer Buy Now, Pay Later for their members. Shoppers have instant access to the cash needed to afford the purchases they want, all without disconnecting from their bank. Bryce has extensive experience in banking and payments and a passion for entrepreneurship. Prior to founding equipifi, Bryce was the Vice President of Payments for Alaska USA FCU, a $10B+ financial institution with more than 700,000 members. Previously, Bryce was Vice President of Payments for APS Payments, now REPAY. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Ahmed Siddiqui, Chief Payments Officer of Branch and Author of "The Anatomy of the Swipe"
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ahmed Siddiqui, Chief Payments Officer at Branch, where he spearheads product innovation, development, and strategy. Bringing nearly a decade of payments experience, he also leads Branch’s strategic partnerships with major financial services and technology providers including Mastercard, Visa, Evolve Bank & Trust, and Marqeta.Ahmed has held a wide range of leadership and product management roles prior to returning to Minnesota from the Bay Area to join Branch. He most recently served as one of the earliest Product Managers and a VP of Product at Marqeta, where he helped build the modern card issuance platform from the ground up without using any legacy technologies. In addition to building the next wave of fintech startups, Siddiqui is the author of the best-selling book, The Anatomy of the Swipe: Making Money Move, which has been adopted by a number of technology companies, institutions, and universities to help the next generation of fintech leaders better understand payments. He has spoken at a number of universities and conferences, including the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, University California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of Georgia Law School, and Money2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Ivan Smirnov, CTO, Cofounder of Elude
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ivan Smirnov, Co-Founder, and CTO of Elude. Prior to founding Elude, Ivan was a software engineer at Google, leading projects to improve their core “Search” feature along with Google Ads, Google Assistant, and Google Cloud.Ivan is a builder, problem solver, and engineer passionate about creating code-based solutions to technological problems. While working at Google, Ivan spent his time sourcing through people’s problems on GitHub lending his invaluable expertise to strangers who need his help. In fact, sometimes he even admits to dreaming in code. He strives to make life easier for people, be it a niche time-saving script or an exciting new product that millions will love, and believes that there are endless possibilities for improving this world. Ivan received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and Computer Science and received his MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Rami Essaid, CEO and Co-Founder of Finmark
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder of Finmark. Rami is a three-time startup founder and passionate entrepreneur, has been building companies for over a decade. He was the founder and CEO of Distil Networks, acquired by Imperva in 2019, before starting his latest venture Finmark, financial modeling software for startups. At Distil Networks, he saw firsthand how difficult and time-consuming financial modeling can be, and built Finmark, so that anyone, not just finance pros, can easily make and update a financial model without having to spend weeks laboring over complicated spreadsheets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
Arnab Naskar, Co-Founder of STOKR
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Arnab Naskar, Co-founder of STOKR, the EU’s pioneering digital marketplace for alternative assets, where smart investors connect with and fund forward-thinking founders. Arnab oversees STOKR’s business strategy and is dedicated to promoting open and decentralized capital markets. He is a regular speaker at major blockchain conferences and webinars in Europe. Coming from a legal background, Arnab has a passion for the intersection of law and tech and has led and contributed to blockchain policy discussions as a member of INATBA, an association focused on advising lawmakers and regulators with regards to their blockchain strategies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2022
Jack O'Holleran, CEO / co-founder SKALE
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 In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Jack O'Holleran, CEO/Co-Founder Skale. Jack is a veteran entrepreneur with a deep background in machine learning, AI, security, and blockchain. Prior to co-founding SKALE, Jack was a founder at multiple Silicon Valley based enterprise technology companies including IncentAlign, a digital currency platform, and Aktana, the leading Machine Learning Analytics platform for the Life Science Industry. He also held an executive role at Good Technology which was acquired by Motorola for ~$500M and subsequently held executive positions in Motorola. Jack has been actively involved in cryptocurrencies and decentralization as an investor since early 2013 and began working full-time in the space in early 2017. Jack holds a BS from the University of Nebraska and calls the Bay Area his home.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Liran Zelkha, Cofounder and CTO of Lili
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Liran Zelkha, Co-Founder and CTO of Lili, the all-in-one banking app designed for freelance workers. He has over 20 years of tech industry experience, including as a freelancer, which inspired him to create a solution for independent workers’ unique pain points. From strategic management to hands-on coding, Liran specializes in turning lofty ideas into functioning businesses. Prior to founding Lili, Liran served as CTO and VP, Research and Development for Pepper, the first and only challenger bank in Israel. Liran was also CEO and CTO at tech consulting firm Tona and owner / co-CEO of Aluna, Israel’s leading Java and service-oriented architecture (SOA) consulting firm. Liran received bachelor's degrees in computer science from Universitat Ben Gurion Ba-Negav and The Academic College of Tel-Aviv. He is based in Israel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
Sohaib Zahid, CEO of Railz Financial Technologies Inc.
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sohaib Zahid, Chief Executive Officer at Railz. Sohaib is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of successful experience in building teams, products, and companies. He focuses on Sales and Marketing. Prior to founding Railz, Sohaib founded Vanhawks, where he led product, sales, and operations. Vanhawks was acquired in 2016. Originally from Pakistan, Sohaib dropped out of medical school to pursue entrepreneurship and is a strong believer in open access to data. Outside of work, Sohaib enjoys time with his family, and nerds out on air-cooled engines.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2021
Tron Black, President of Ravencoin Foundation
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Tron Black, President of Ravencoin Foundation. Tron is a freedom advocate, crypto developer, entrepreneur, and founder of two startups that were sold to publicly traded companies.  Tron holds a BS in Computer Science and a Master's of Business Administration.  Since early 2013, Tron has been working in the cryptocurrency space as a miner, developer, investor, and trader. He was one of the first five employees of t0 (tZero), and helped issue the first publicly traded SEC acknowledged parallel crypto-equity for Overstock.com, and issued the world's first crypto bond offering. He worked for ANX International, a crypto-fintech company located in Hong Kong. Tron was a Principal Developer for Medici Ventures which invested in a portfolio of blockchain companies including TZero, Bankorus, Bitt, Voatz, Minds, Chainstone Labs, Ripio, SettleMint, Vinsent, and Spera.  Tron has given away crypto-currencies to hundreds of people in order to increase awareness of how value now moves as easily as e-mail. He's written articles about Bitcoin, Monero, Dash, Financial Regulations, Security Tokens (STOs) and Ravencoin, and has been featured on many crypto-currency podcasts. He's the inventor of a number of patents in the crypto space and regularly gives talks on crypto-currency topics worldwide.  Along with serving as the President of the Ravencoin Foundation, Tron is also an advisor to TZero, TUSC, Realio.fund, EquaStart, and supporter of RVN which is both a top cryptocurrency and a leading crypto-asset platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Richard Groome, CEO of ALT 5 Sigma
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Richard Groome, executive chairman, and CEO at ALT 5 Sigma. He leads the firm’s global business and support to clients worldwide including financial institutions, institutional investors, and corporate clients. After 36 successful years in the securities industry, starting two leading securities firms from scratch, completing over 600 financings raising over $4 billion, and sitting on 30+ boards, today Mr. Groome is applying his expertise to grow companies seeking to make a difference in the world. He believes this is achieved through innovation, perseverance, and good governance scaled to a global level.He is a market disrupter across a variety of industries including technology, agriculture, food and beverage, medical and biotech, new mineral discoveries, and electric vehicle metals.His past experience includes:  Started two securities trading and underwriting houses from scratch each achieving best in class status within 3 years, one traded publicly on the TSX. Managed and participated in over 600 financings representing some $4 billion of small-cap deals. Several of Mr. Groome’s companies have succeeded in becoming billion and some multi-billion-dollar companies. Past Director of the CDNX, predecessor of the TSX-Venture Exchange. Mr. Groome is known as one of the preeminent financiers in Canada for small and medium-sized emerging growth companies over the last 36 years. His previous firms were sold and taken over by Desjardins and Dundee respectively. Served on over 30 board of directors of junior and mid-sized emerging growth companies; very well versed in corporate governance and early start-up situations. Mr. Groome was born and raised in Montreal. He graduated from McGill University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s in Economics. He keeps very busy with numerous activities including watersports and barefoot skiing. He enjoys reading about innovations, world leaders and economics. He supports charitable causes for underprivileged children, wildlife and natural habitats. He and his wife enjoy traveling and learning about local cultures and traditions. Mr. Groome has been married for 30 years and has two adult children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Michael Weisz, Founder & President, Yieldstreet
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Michael Weisz, Co-founder and President of Yieldstreet, the only multi asset alternative investment platform for retail investors. As a seasoned Alternative Investments expert, Michael has created access to investments spanning art, real estate, private business credit, litigation and marine financing, structured notes, and more previously only available to ultra high net worth individuals and institutions. At Yieldstreet, Michael has led the company’s investment strategy and product development as well as the strategic vision of Yieldstreet from inception to 325,000 members on the platform, with more than $2.2B invested and $1B returned to investors in principal and interest. He has held a variety of positions across the specialty finance spectrum including founding Soli Capital and American Medical Concierge. Previously, Michael was Vice President at a New York-based credit opportunities hedge fund with $1.2 billion under management.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Weiwu Zhang, CTO of Smart Token Labs
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In our latest episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Weiwu Zhang, CTO of Smart Token Labs. Zhang has over 9 years of experience in blockchain technology, alt currency design and trading algorithms. He has served as blockchain architect for CBA (largest Australian bank), held the R3 global architect office, and also architected 3 altcoins and 7 ICO projects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Toby Russell, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Shift
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Toby Russell, Co-CEO of Shift, the platform to make buying and selling cars simple and accessible to everyone. Previously, he was Managing Vice President of Digital at Capital One, where he led the bank’s consumer technology transformation, including building the mobile capabilities that drive the majority of Capital One’s new customers and interactions. In 2007 Toby co-founded Taxi Magic, the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology. He also led a $12 billion renewable energy and efficiency investment program for the US Department of Energy and has been a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. He has a Doctorate from Oxford University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Brad Levy, CEO of Symphony
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Brad Levy, CEO of Symphony, the leading financial markets’ infrastructure and technology platform. A driven and dedicated leader with decades of experience in the financial services industry, Brad has played an integral role in the growth of Symphony, and particularly in establishing Symphony’s platform as critical market infrastructure in financial services, in an unprecedented time. Under his leadership, as well as that of former CEO David Gurlé, Symphony saw record growth as the company swiftly supported the world’s leading financial institutions in their transition to remote work without interrupting their operations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Ben Jorgensen, CEO and Co-Founder, Constellation Network
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ben Jorgensen, CEO, and Co-Founder of Constellation Network, the first scalable decentralized base layer zero infrastructure built for speed, security, and economical and technical scalability. Constellation Network is a framework that allows everyone to build and conduct a business on the blockchain. Their focus is to be the first decentralized ecosystem that enables developers to build web 3.0 applications with added security to data transportation and security. Existing blockchain technology does not support the speed, scalability, and economic incentive needed to build applications with robust business logic. Constellation is its own ecosystem, comprising Hypergraph-a feeless network with a reputation-based consensus mechanism, the peer-to-peer Stargazer Wallet, and a decentralized finance platform called Lattice Exchange. Constellation's L_0 state channel token standard is an evolution of smart contracts that defines the rules of any business while tapping into Constellation's Hypergraph, powered by rewards. $DAG is the native cryptocurrency that runs on the Constellation Network. Ben is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and originates from Fort Wayne, IN. His focus is to develop sustainable and scalable businesses while optimizing human creative innovation. With an academic background in Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science he weaves a humanistic cultural perspective with economic viability throughout his visions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Andrew Jamison, CEO & Co-Founder at Extend
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Andrew Jamison, the CEO, and Co-Founder of Extend, a fintech that provides digital payment infrastructure for financial institutions to enable modern card experiences. Prior to Extend, Andrew was the head of B2B Corporate Payments Products at American Express with a mandate to drive digital payment innovation and adoption. Over the course of six years at Amex Andrew doubled B2B payment volumes by launching and scaling new capabilities and platforms.  Prior to American Express, Andrew spent eight years managing global SAP deployments for large multinational corporations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Brett Goldstein, Co-founder Launch House
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brett Goldstein, Co-Founder of Launch House, a community for founders and creators. Prior to Launch House, Brett was a Product Manager at Google, where he worked cross-functionally with engineering, design, marketing, machine vision research, and art as well as served as an M&A strategy analyst for the CEO of Google. He then took the role of Senior Product Manager at Clearbit where he was responsible for Platform (APIs & Infrastructure) and Integrations teams. Here, he took two products from concept to launch that drove 90% retention for >60 enterprise customers accounting for over $1.5M ARR and streamlined product development processes such as improving bug triage efficiency 5x, introduced product critiques, and built UX research process. Brett then co-created Accenture Ventures where he launched and operationalized an early-stage venture capital and corporate innovation team.In his free time, he writes a newsletter called Social Studies. It has two parts: monthly roundups of news and discussions from Tech Twitter and analysis using principles from the (social) sciences. Brett has also been writing, producing, and mixing music as Monte Del Monte for over a decade. Along the way, Brett has taught music to kids in refugee camps and was a Computational Cognitive Science researcher at UC Berkeley. He believes that graph theory, game theory, and group psychology can be used to understand just about everything (in the world and in business).He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science & Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2021
Oded Zehavi, CEO & Co-founder at Mesh Payments
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Oded Zehavi, the Founder & CEO of Mesh Payments, and board and advisory board member of several Israeli FinTech companies. Previously, he served as Payoneer's Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to Payoneer, Oded served as the business development director for PayPal, where among other responsibilities he led the inception of the PayPal services in the Middle East and Africa. He also held leadership roles at several technology, banking and software companies, focusing on sales and customer relations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Steve Berneman, CEO of Blueprint Title
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Steve Berneman, the CEO and Co-founder of Blueprint. He is a former practicing attorney and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to starting Blueprint, Steve was the Co-founder and CEO of Overdog, a gaming company acquired in 2016. Steve formed the thesis for Blueprint while an Entrepreneur in Residence at Vanderbilt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2021
Paul Garibian, President of Nota
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Paul Garibian, President of Nota. Fintech expert, entrepreneur, and executive Paul has spent nearly 20 years helping financial institutions drive product development and grow revenue and market share. Nota is an innovative legal industry fintech solution powered by M&T Bank that adds value through increased productivity and decreases compliance risk. Built primarily for small law firms and solo attorneys, Nota helps simplify trust account management, making it seamless and efficient for attorneys to adhere to accounting requirements. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Brenda Loya, CEO and Founder of Tellor
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brenda Loya, the CEO and one of the founders of Tellor. She's an economist and a self-taught solidity developer. Previously, she was an economist and supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, developing and leading teams to develop statistical software for principal economic indicators. She joined the space initially by helping to develop a derivatives protocol, Daxia, which had an oracle problem. We couldn’t find one that was decentralized so we built one and it became Tellor! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global, one of the most reliable and secure cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Stephen has spent his entire 25-year career working in financial markets in London and New York. He left the traditional world of finance to get involved in the crypto and blockchain industry.Prior to Bittrex Global, Stephen joined the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Stephen advised executives, entrepreneurs, and foundations on all items of economic impact to their balance sheet. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he advised some of the world’s most sophisticated investors as a Partner and US CEO at Brevan Howard, Head of the New York office at Winton Capital, and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management.Prior to this, Stephen worked as a Managing Director in Fixed Income Sales and Trading at JPMorgan, and in Mergers and Acquisitions. Stephen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University. He has served on several public companies and non-profit boards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Joshua Tobkin, CEO and Co-Founder of SupraOracles
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with the architect of the Supra BFT Consensus Algorithm. Blockchain Designer & Developer, Joshua Tobkin is a Meta-Game Theorist behind projects such as Unitychain.io's venture projects and more recently SupraOracles.comA lateral thinker, creative, and curiously dyslexic, Josh has been building SaaS companies for the last 10 years. Josh is a well-known distributed ledger technology architect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Trent Sorbe, Founder of Central Payments
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Trent Sorbe, President and Founder of Central Payments & Co-Founder of Falls Fintech. He is an architect of Central Payments’ Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace. With more than 28 years of debit, credit, and prepaid payments experience, Trent is responsible for products garnering nine Paybefore Awards, three of which garnered Best in Class or Category. He is also the inventor on 14 patents related to consumer financial services. Trent previously held senior positions at three nationwide payment card issuers and the FDIC. In 2016, Trent was named to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council and chaired the agency’s Cards, Payments, and Deposit Markets Committee. He hosts the Fintech Brews & News podcast and sits on the Board of Directors for the Central Bank of Kansas City. Central Payments provides payment technology and solutions through its Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace, one of the only true bank-as-a-service payments platforms and the technology responsible for Central Payments’ rise to the fastest growing prepaid card issuer since 2015.* Along with its fintech accelerator program, Falls Fintech, Central Payments produces a podcast called Fintech Brews & News where you can find unique perspectives on how to bridge the gap between banking, startups and the entire fintech industry. In 2019, Central Payments created Falls Fintech, a custom, 12-week program designed to accelerate market readiness for early-stage financial technology startups. Falls Fintech is the only fintech accelerator in the U.S. brought to you by a market-leading, full-scale, digital payments bank that concludes with a bank partnership and access to the payments ecosystem through Central Payments and its Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Vivek Krishnamurthy, Principal at Commerce Ventures
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Vivek Krishnamurthy, Principal at Commerce Ventures, an early stage FinTech, InsurTech & RetailTech focused fund based in San Francisco. The Fund's investments include Marqeta, Bill.com, MX, Socure, Forter, and +90 others. At Commerce Ventures, Vivek primarily focuses on vertical FinTech applications, core financial services enablement technologies and insurance data & infrastructure platforms. Prior to CV, he was a member of the investment banking team at Financial Technology Partners where he worked on private placement and M&A transactions for growth and late-stage FinTechs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Matt Spoke, CEO and Founder of Moves
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Matt Spoke, the Founder and CEO of Moves, a social finance product for independent 'gig' workers across the U.S. Matt founded the company on a belief that the gig economy isn't working for its workers and by building a product that solves their systemic financial challenges, millions of independent gig workers can come together to improve and own the future of the gig economy. Founded in August 2020, Moves has rapidly grown to become one of the leading financial products for gig workers in the U.S with members across all 50 states with over 15 supported gig platforms. As CEO of Moves, Matt spearheads the mission of the company and inspires a team of 35 world-class designers, engineers, product managers and growth marketers to build a better gig economy for its workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. He leads the Thryv product and engineering teams and is responsible for the vision and execution of platform improvements and enhancements in alignment with corporate strategy.Ryan joined Thryv after working with N2 Publishing leading their product effectiveness and scaling improvement efforts. Prior to his tenure at N2 Publishing, Ryan served as Vice President/GM at hibu, where he led the explosive growth of a new community-focused product to over $50M ARR in under 18 months.Before joining hibu, Ryan worked as a general manager for Apple, where he assisted with the launch of the first iPhone and iPad. He has also held leadership positions at AOL and Target.Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York and his MBA from Clarkson University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Spartak Buniatyan, Founder and CEO of PayEngine
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Spartak Buniatyan, Founder & CEO of PayEngine where he oversees the business and development operations. Spartak has been in the technology development field for over 20 years with heavy emphasis on developing technologies for large-scale vertical software-as-a-service enterprises with a particular focus on payments infrastructures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Ran Goldi, CEO of First DAG
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ran Goldi, CEO of First Digital, where he has been creating blockchain-related products and services since 2017, focusing on payment acceptance for stablecoins and CBDCs. Prior to establishing First, Goldi co-founded and managed an algorithmic trading company, acted as VP in a company he took public in the London Stock Exchange, and acted as the head of IT investments for a private equity fund.First Digital enables merchants to succeed in expanding globally and growing revenue through an innovative, global digital payments platform. From Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC), stablecoins, Diem, and more we are the first platform to provide reliable and interoperable payment means and trading rails for the evolving cross-border ecommerce market. For more information, please visit: https://www.firstdag.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
G. Scott Paterson, Executive Chairman of FutureVault
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews G. Scott Paterson, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of FutureVault. Mr. Paterson, 57, is a prolific entrepreneur, financier and investor focused on technology and media. He is also the Chairman of QYOU Media (TSXV:QYOU), and Lead Director of Giftagram.  Mr. Paterson began his career as a financial advisor in 1985 becoming the head of Dominion Securities Pitfield’s President’s Club (the top producer of all advisors in their first three years in the business). Mr. Paterson was later recruited to Yorkton Securities where he built the company, initially as Executive VP then as Chair & CEO, into Canada's leading technology, biotechnology and media investment bank and grew revenue from $15 in his first year to $244 million five years later.Mr. Paterson was the second investor in Lionsgate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF.A) when the company was founded in 1997. He served as a Board member for 21 years. Mr. Paterson co-founded JumpTV in 2005, and as Chairman & CEO orchestrated the company's 2006 $71 million IPO led by Morgan Stanley. NeuLion (renamed from JumpTV) was sold to Endeavour Group (NYSE:EDR) in 2018 for $325 million. In 2014, Mr. Paterson co-founded and serves as Board Chair of Los Angeles-based QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV:QYOU), whose principal asset is Mumbai-based The Q India media brand. Mr. Paterson is also Lead Director of Giftagram Inc., a rapidly growing e-commerce mobile gifting app and technology based corporate gifting platform. In 2015, Mr Paterson co-founded FutureVault Inc., a Fintech leader in the evolving digital Personal Life Management and Business Enterprise Management spaces, where he serves as Executive Chair of the Board.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Nader Al-Naji, Creator of DeSo
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Nader Al-Naji, creator of DeSo. His interest in crypto began in 2012 when he mined approximately 23 Bitcoins on free campus electricity while studying computer science at Princeton. After that, Al-Naji worked in high-frequency trading at D. E. Shaw and as an engineer on Google Search prior to raising $133 million for Basis, his previous company, which was building a decentralized dollar. After Basis, Al-Naji set his sights on decentralizing social media. He created BitClout, a high-profile social app. BitClout was an early prototype that allowed Nader to test and iterate on the DeSo blockchain before launching it publicly. BitClout showed that you can build truly mainstream social apps on blockchain tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2021
Carl Memnon, COO and Co-Founder of Grain
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Carl Memnon, the COO, and Co-Founder of Grain. Previously, Carl worked at Goldman Sachs, KCG Holdings, and, most recently, as Associate General Counsel at Virtu Financial, a global market-making and execution services firm. Carl's practice focused on Securities, Corporate Finance, and Commercial Transactions in Capital Markets, Technology, and M&A. Carl is passionate about new innovations in fintech that provide inclusivity. In his spare time, he likes to go on runs and take trips to the park with his wife and two kids. He also binge-watches sci-fi shows. Carl earned his B.S. in Government with a concentration in Law and Society at Cornell University and his J.D. with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Securities at New York Law School. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Chris McCann, General Partner, Race Capital
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Chris McCann, General Partner at Race Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including Binance, Solana, Serum, among others.Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder and CEO of StartupDigest – of the earliest technology-focused publications – which he grew from zero to over one million subscribers before being acquired by Techstars. He was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University. He also writes a newsletter covering the fintech & tech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors on a weekly basis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Pat White, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitwave
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Pat White, Co-founder and CEO of Bitwave, the world's first Enterprise Digital Assets Platform bringing cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other digital assets to the world's largest companies. Bitwave helps with accounting, taxes, AR / AP, secure DApps, and more.Pat was formerly a principal engineer and chief architect on Cisco Spark. Formerly, he was the CEO of Synata, a San Francisco startup that provides enterprise search software to cloud-enabled businesses. Pat has spent the last decade building software at companies such as Intuit, Microsoft, Ally Software, VistaConnect, S3/Diamond Multimedia, Fortify Software (now HP Security), and CyberArts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Ekaterina Romanovskaya, CEO and Founder of A.ID
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ekaterina Romanovskaya, CEO and Founder of A.ID, an Identity & Compliance platform with a focus on high-risk customers. She has previously co-founded Nimb, a ring with a personal security system embedded into it.Before diving into entrepreneurship Ekaterina had been doing marketing communications, then started in a retail bank as a PR manager, and a few years later ran Public and Investor Relations in a private equity fund. She assisted key IPOs, co-founded a successful satirical project on Twitter (persona @kermlinrussia) but never stopped exploring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2021
Kendall Cole, Head of Product at NEAR Protocol & Co-Founder of Proximity Labs
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Kendall Cole, Head of Product at NEAR Protocol, a base-layer blockchain designed to provide the ideal environment for dapps by overcoming some of the limitations of competing systems—such as low throughput, low speeds, and poor cross-compatibility. Kendall is in the process of transitioning out of his current role with NEAR to co-found Proximity Labs, a private incubator and research firm focused on the ecosystem of the NEAR Protocol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Matthew Schultz, Chairman of CleanSpark Inc
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Matthew Schultz, Chairman and Director of CleanSpark. He served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2014 through October 2019 and has been involved in many capacities with several publicly traded companies. He served as the President and CEO of Amerigo Energy, Inc., creating multiple syndicated offerings of developmental oil production programs, as well as overseeing the operations from permitting through production. Since 1999, he has assisted numerous development and early stage companies to secure financing and experience significant growth. As the President of Wexford Capital Ventures, Inc., he was instrumental in funding companies both domestically and abroad. While serving as the Chairman of Pali Financial Group, Inc., he assisted in the market development of dozens of public corporations. He was a founding member and the Vice President of the Utah Consumer Lending Association. A native of Lander, WY, he studied management and finance at Weber State University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Dan Martell, CEO/ Founder of SaaS Academy
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Dan Martell, CEO, and Founder of SaaS Academy. Dan is a serial entrepreneur having built several multi-million dollar technology companies starting at the age of 17. He's also an award-winning angel investor, having invested in companies like Intercom, Udemy, Hootsuite, Unbounce. Today he's an executive coach focused exclusively on B2B SaaS working with the founders from ClickFunnels.com, Proposify.com, Carrot.com, and many others to help scale their businesses. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with his wife, Renee, and two boys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Micha Benoliel, CEO and Co-Founder at Nodle
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Micha Benoliel, the CEO and Co-Founder of Nodle, a privacy-first, decentralized wireless network for connecting Internet of Things devices and sensors to the Internet, and Coalition Network, a non-profit foundation that provides open-source, secure exposure notification solutions for governments and enterprises to protect their citizens during pandemics. The Coalition App, the open-source Whisper Tracing Protocol, and the award-winning Nodle M1, a social distancing wearable device, were developed by Micha, the Nodle team, and a few independents. Previously, Micha enabled Skype to launch Skype In And Skype Out and built several ventures and products in the space of telecommunications, networking, and the Internet: Open Garden; FireChat App, which was (10M+ downloads) a peer-to-peer Bluetooth-based messaging technology used to stay connected and communicate in areas without internet access, including during the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution; Replika.ai and PiperChain (Sold to RightMesh). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Matt Marcus, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder of Modern Treasury
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Matt Marcus, Chief Product Officer & C0-Founder of Modern Treasury. Matt was responsible for building the payment operations system at LendingHome, which has funded over $3 billion in mortgage loans. When they really started to scale, the number of payments we made exploded — from hundreds to tens of thousands per month — and that’s when they started uncovering the many issues that we now call “payment operations.” Realizing that thousands of companies build similar, often under-supported systems, Matt and two friends (Dimitri Dadiomov and Sam Aarons) launched their company, Modern Treasury.In operation since 2018, Modern Treasury’s payment solutions automate the full cycle of money movement—from payment initiation, through approvals, to reconciliation—and are accessible through web application or API.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Marcus New, CEO of InvestX
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Marcus New, CEO of InvestX. Marcus New has an accomplished career in the private and public financial markets that spans over three decades and is a pioneer in the pre-IPO asset class. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of InvestX Capital, a trading platform that delivers access and liquidity to the growth equity asset class and empowers the sell-side to invest and trade in institutional-quality private equity. InvestX's investment portfolio includes Palantir, Airbnb, Sofi, Lyft, Uber, Pinterest, Spotify, Dropbox, DocuSign, 23&me, and other global category leaders. Through Mr. New’s family office, he has led more than 200 private placements into early-stage private and public companies.Marcus is also the Founder and Chairman (and previously the CEO) of Stockhouse Publishing – one of North America’s leading online financial communities and a global hub for accredited investors. Prior to launching Stockhouse, Marcus built Stockgroup Media, an online information company whose client base consisted of the top Canadian brokerage firms, global institutional sales desks, and hedge funds.Marcus is passionate about entrepreneurship and has made it his life’s mission to be at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the financial markets. He has served as the past President of the Vancouver Chapter and Canadian Conference Chair for the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Pacific Region. Marcus is an alumni of MIT’s “Birthing of Giants” program and holds a B.A. with a Business Major from Trinity Western University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Victor Zhang, CEO of AlphaWallet
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Victor Zhang, the CEO of Alphawallet. Alphawallet is the maker of AlchemyNFT, an attestation and remixing protocol for NFTs. One of its first iterations is AutographNFT.io, a platform where anyone can request a verified autograph, authenticated via Twitter profile. The technology that makes this happen is TokenScript, which transforms NFTs by adding utility so that anyone can remix, combine or otherwise iterate NFTs. Investors include Mark Cuban, Crypto.com Capital, Framework Ventures and Mechanism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2021
Charlie Silver, CEO of Permission.io
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Charlie Silver, CEO of Permission.io. Charlie is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and exited 5 startups in technology, media, and finance. He co-founded Onramp Invest, Blockforce Capital, and Reality Shares which created 7 publicly traded ETFs including the first Blockchain equity ETF(BLCN). In the dot-com era, he built RealAge which was successfully sold to Hearst for over 9 figures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Pat Duffy, Co-Founders of The Giving Block
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Pat Duffy, Co-founder of The Giving Block. Pat along with Alex Wilson created The Giving Block in 2018, developing the leading solutions that charities, universities and other nonprofits use to fundraise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. They quickly established themselves as the leading crypto fundraising experts through the explosive growth of their programs at Save the Children and United Way Worldwide. Over the last four years, The Giving Block has turned cryptocurrency into the fastest growing donation method, founding the industry’s giving pledge, giving days and crowdfunding platform. Today, Pat, Alex, and their team are honored to be building Crypto-Philanthropy programs for hundreds of nonprofits raising millions each month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
Alex Adelman, CEO & Co-founder of Lolli
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Alex Adelman, CEO & Co-founder of Lolli, a rewards application that lets people earn bitcoin when they shop online from 1,000+ top merchants. Alex was previously the CEO & Co-founder of Cosmic, the leading e-commerce gateway, which was acquired by PopSugar in ’15 and then by Ebates in ’17. Alex positioned Cosmic and Lolli as high growth, high value, and industry-leading technology companies, establishing strategic partnerships with key partners in e-commerce. Alex was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Retail & E-Commerce. His work has been featured on WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, TechCrunch, Cheddar, MarketWatch, and Digiday and he’s presented at Advertising Week, Fashion Tech Forum, TechCrunch Disrupt, Tech Cocktail, Money 20/20, and Technori. Alex holds a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Shmulik Fishman, CEO and Founder of Argyle
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Shmulik Fishman, the founder, and CEO of Argyle, which provides a universal, trusted platform for accessing employment records with worker consent. He started Argyle in 2018 after experiencing the complexity of work verification for his previous venture STRATIM. Shmulik is a published author and has an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College where he studied philosophy, as well as a degree in business from Columbia University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Wagner Ruiz, Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of EBANX
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Wagner Ruiz, the Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of EBANX. Wagner focuses on risk management, strategic partnerships, and regulatory operation, which are the essential pillars in the growth of the fintech company. Prior to being CRO, Wagner served as EBANX's Chief Financial Officer for almost nine years, since its founding in 2012. As CFO, he designed all of EBANX's cross-border payments infrastructure and all financial architecture linking EBANX to the world. Wagner studied Economics at Mackenzie University in Brazil and is a specialist in fintech finance regulatory systems, risk and compliance, and business opportunities in times of crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Gershie Vann, Founder and CEO, Magma Capital Funds
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Gershie Vann, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Magma Capital Funds. Gershie provides vision to the broader organization and implements strategic investment decisions in accordance with Magma’s investment approach and philosophy.Gershie has previous professional experience utilizing data analytics and process design. Gershie holds a BS in Finance from Touro College and can be found running, reading The Economist, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Craig J. Lewis, Founder/CEO of Gig Wage
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Craig J. Lewis, the Founder and CEO of Gig Wage, a venture capital backed SaaS company that’s raised $16.45 million to-date to meet the demands of the future workforce and to build modern payment tools for it. Investors have included Steve Case (Founder of AOL) and his Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Venture Fund, Foundry Group, Green Dot Corp. (NYSE: GDOT), and more. In an industry where forward thinking is a rarity, Craig’s vision for innovation has pushed an antiquated industry to modernize by designing a service that meets the demands of on-demand workforces. “Simple. Fast. Easy.” Prior to building Gig Wage, Craig was a professional basketball player across Europe before returning stateside and becoming an expert in payroll technology, selling over $10 million in payroll related software for the likes of ADP and others. He was the Chief Strategy Officer of Kairos, a venture-backed facial recognition and emotion detection startup that has been named one of the “Top 20 Startups” by The Wall Street Journal, was selected to participate in the first ever Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, and has reached a $130M valuation. As a Black tech entrepreneur with significant business and growth results throughout his career, he understands the importance of work ethic, teamwork, and the sacrifices required to accomplish the impossible. Embodying the motto, “Go for it,” has been the creed which has propelled him. Notable accomplishments include authoring The Sport of the Sales; being a contributor to Forbes, the American Payroll Association, PayTech Magazine and Thomson Reuters; sitting on the boards of Visit Dallas, the Friends of Fair Park, and Marketplace Risk; and is a Founding Member of Forbes’ Dallas Business Council. As an evangelist of technology and its capacity for wealth creation and therefore its ability to improve lives, Craig’s ultimate mission is to help millions of businesses and everyday people in the gig economy by providing innovative software, unique business models, and a path to financial success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Brian Shniderman, CEO of Opy, CSO of Openpay
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brian Shniderman, CEO of Opy and Chief Strategy Officer of Openpay. With over 30 years focused on payments of every kind, between all types of parties, and in almost every major country, Brian has been a frequent contributor to banking journals, has published numerous white papers addressing trends, threats, and strategic opportunities in banking and payments, and has been published and featured in Forbes, Fortune, CNN, The Business Standard, Dow Jones, HBR, Wired, CIO, Bloomberg, Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Robert Materazzi, CEO of Lukka
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Robert Materazzi, the CEO of Lukka. Prior to joining Lukka, he served as Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in large risk, regulatory, and cybersecurity-driven technology implementations for traditional financial institutions and foreign banking organizations. Robert also led the PwC Advisory Veterans Recruiting and Mentorship Initiative. Prior to PwC, Robert served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years as an Officer and AH-1W Super Cobra Pilot.Founded in 2014, Lukka serves the largest crypto asset institutions with middle and back-office data & software solutions. Lukka solves the very unique complexities of crypto (and blockchain) data for businesses so that they can adopt digital assets into their businesses. Its customers include Crypto Asset Exchanges and Trading Desks, CPA & Accounting Firms, funds, fund administrators, fund auditors, and Financial Auditors, Miners, Protocols, individuals, and any business that interacts with crypto transactions. All of Lukka’s products are created with institutional standards, such as AICPA Service and Organization Controls (SOC), which focus on data quality, financial calculation accuracy & completeness, and managing technology risk. Lukka is a global company, currently headquartered in New York City.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
James Simpson, Founder, mStable
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In this episode, Tegan Kline interviews James Simpson, the founder of  mStable, a stablecoin automated market maker on Ethereum and Polygon. Before founding mStable, James was the first employee at Australian crypto hedge fund Apollo Capital, worked as a management consultant at KPMG, Shanghai, and later as a data analyst at KPMG, Melbourne. James studied foreign policy and economics at the University of Melbourne at Fudan University, Shanghai. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
Steven Chan, Senior Director of Government Relations, Asia-Pacific at PayPal
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Steven Xavier Chan, the senior director and regional head of government relations, Asia-Pacific, for Paypal Inc. Based in Singapore, he leads government advocacy, strategy, and outreach efforts in the region. Steven has more than 20 years of combined government and industry experience in international trade and public policy. Prior to joining Paypal in August 2018, he was the managing director and regional head of regulatory, industry and government affairs for State Street’s businesses in Asia Pacific. Steven also served as Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He previously held various positions in the US government as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State with overseas and domestic assignments in Mexico, China and Washington D.C., and as Deputy Director for China and Mongolia Affairs with the Department of Commerce. He also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting supporting change management and enterprise transformation projects for large organizations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2021
Arthur Breitman, Co-founder of Tezos
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Arthur Breitman, Co-founder of Tezos. Arthur is an early architect of the Tezos protocol. Prior to becoming involved in Tezos full time, he worked at X and Waymo on self-driving cars. In his earlier career, he worked as a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2021
Thejo Kote, Founder/CEO of Airbase
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Thejo Kote, the Founder/CEO of Airbase. He was Co-Founder & CEO of Automatic, and of NextDrop. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate at Primera Capital. He served as Senior Engineer at Netcore Solutions and was the Software Engineer at Infosys Technologies Limited. He holds a Master’s degree from the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Raullen Chai, Founder and CEO of IoTeX
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Raullen Chai, Founder & CEO of IoTeX. After stints in cybersecurity and blockchain at Uber and Google, Raullen is now CEO of IoTex. He leads a global team of cryptologists, blockchain experts, and IoT specialists in building the Trusted Internet of Things.Founded as an open-source project in 2017, IoTeX is building bridges across the Connected World, leveraging blockchain technology and in-house hardware devices to provide secure and interoperable pathways for the machine-to-machine economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Hart Lambur, Co-founder of UMA
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In this episode, Tegan Kline sits down with Hart Lambur, the co-founder of UMA, a decentralized financial contracts platform built to enable Universal Market Access. Hart studied computer science before working as an interest rate trader at Goldman Sachs through the financial crisis. In 2013 he co-founded Openfolio, a personal finance tracking platform that was acquired in 2017 by a financial planning firm. He now leads a team of financial contract and oracle design researchers at UMA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2021
Brendan Asselstine, CTO of PoolTogether Inc.
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In this episode, Tegan Kline speaks with Brendan Asselstine, the co-founder of PoolTogether, a prize savings game built on Ethereum.  Prior to that, Brendan ran an Ethereum dev consultancy and has been building products for over ten years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Ricardo Pero, CEO of SellersFunding
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ricardo Pero, Chief Executive Officer of SellersFunding. Ricardo received an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and has 20+ years of experience in Corporate Treasury and Wealth and Asset Management. He has previously held positions at Citi, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and most recently served as an Executive Director at JPMorgan from 2010 to 2016. As an investor and advisor to companies in the U.S. and Latin America, his company is helping start-up e-commerce businesses of all sizes to achieve success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Sergey Savastiouk, CEO and Founder of Tickeron
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In our latest episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sergey Savastiouk, the CEO and founder of Tickeron, an artificial and human intelligence platform delivering unparalleled trading insights and analysis for market traders. Sergey is a thought leader in financial technology, specializing in artificial intelligence. Sergey was raised in Russia and entered the AI space when he earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics, moved to the Silicon Valley area, and began teaching at Santa Clara University. He began working with a few different startups, developed his own trading algorithms, and then founded Tickeron in 2013. He is a very successful entrepreneur and is an expert in all things AI, cryptocurrency, market trends, blockchain technology, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
Bryan Myint, Co-Founder of Republic Crypto
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Bryan Myint, the co-founder of Republic Crypto. Republic Crypto is the first vetted, compliant, and inclusive blockchain financing and investment platform. Bryan is also a Venture Partner at Outliers Fund and Founding Partner of Taureon Capital, a digital asset hedge fund. As an investor, he has seeded early DeFi projects such as 0x Protocol, REN, and Ethlend (now AAVE). Bryan is also an active mentor and advisor to Near Protocol's Open Web Collective, Consensys' Tachyon Accelerator, Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, and Blockchain Founders Fund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Maryanne M Morrow, CEO 9th Gear Technologies
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Maryanne M Morrow, CEO of 9th Gear Technologies. Maryanne brings more than 25 years as a corporate veteran in the financial, marketing and advertising industries to her role as founder and CEO of 9th Gear Technologies where she is responsible for leading corporate strategy, scaling the company and investor relations. She is a mutual funds specialist, launching a family of funds and architecting fee-based asset management platforms for banks, broker dealers and insurance firms. Maryanne previously served as CEO of SurgeXLR, a boutique accelerator she founded that focused on a faster path to monetization. She was involved in two successful exits (to Standard & Poor’s and BNP Paribas), and also consulted on the custom content and advertising efforts of many financial firms while working at The Wall Street Journal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
William Li, CEO, Akulaku
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with William Li, the CEO and co-founder of Akulaku, a leading financial technology company improving the quality of life in Southeast Asia through advancement of digital financial services. Akulaku offers customers a full suite of financial services, including consumer financing, e-commerce, digital investments, digital banking and insurance brokerage. Previously, William served as CEO of Silvrr E-Commerce. William holds a B.A. in Law from Tsinghua University and a M.A. in law from Washington and Lee University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Chris Cox, COO of Apiture
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Chris Cox, the Chief Operating Officer of Apiture. Chris oversees all aspects of business operations. Previously, Chris was the General Manager of First Data’s digital banking business. He also led mobile payment product development efforts at First Data. Prior to joining First Data, Chris was a Principal Consultant at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and a Staff Consultant at CSC Consulting. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in banking, payments, mobile commerce, product innovation, and technology strategy. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Miami University in Ohio, and an MBA from Duke University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Sean De Clercq, CEO of Kickfurther
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Sean De Clercq, Founder Kickfurther. Sean founded Kickfurther when he had to deal with the inventory finance problem with a previous merchandising company.  Now he's solving that problem for other entrepreneurs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Arjun Bhuptani, Founder of Connext
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In this episode, Tegan Kline speaks with Arjun Bhuptani, one of the founders of and project lead at Connext. Connext is building a network for fast, frequent interactions between chains that is growing rapidly and is being used by top tier projects like the Graph, Polygon, and Arbitrum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2021
Nigel Walsh, MD, Insurance at Google Cloud
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Nigel Walsh, the Managing Director for Insurance at Google Cloud, responsible for leading the firm's approach to Insurance, leveraging the best in market capability from Google's Cloud proposition, addressing mission critical Insurance challenges, from claims and underwriting to leveraging the company's AI and ML know-how - driving better business outcomes. Nigel also works with the broader Alphabet companies to bring their experience and insights to partner with the existing insurance customers. Prior to this, Nigel was a Partner in Deloitte Digital where he led on a number of areas for the firm including Global Future of Insurance and InsurTech.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Matthew Beecher, Matthew Beecher, CEO of Neocova
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Matthew Beecher, CEO of Neocova. Matt is an entrepreneur, business-builder, and investor with a 30-year track record of success in both public and private markets. From founding and driving growth and scale in fintech and financial services to leading companies that have realized returns of $1 billion.  Prior to Neocova, Beecher served as CEO of Austin-based fintech, Vault. Before Vault, Beecher was co-founder and President of Redstar Ventures, a venture capital firm that pioneered the venture studio model by taking business ideas from conception through early-stages of funding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Doug Petkanics, Founder, CEO at Livepeer Inc.
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In this episode, Tegan Kline speaks with Doug Petkanics, the Founder and CEO at Livepeer, where he focuses on protocol research and software development. Livepeer is building an open-source video infrastructure platform, which leverages decentralization to drive down costs and meet the needs of developers building video streaming applications at scale. Prior to Livepeer, Doug was the founder and VP of Engineering at Hyperpublic (acquired by Groupon) and Wildcard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Denelle Dixon, CEO of Stellar Development Foundation
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Denelle Dixon, the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered. Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for net neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control.Born and raised in Gilroy, California, Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Davis and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She currently sits on boards for Wyre, a leading infrastructure provider in crypto, Airtm, a blockchain and bank-connected digital wallet and peer-to-peer exchange platform, and Interstellar, a fintech company revolutionizing international payments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
Kevin Hart, Founder and CEO at Green Check Verified
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Kevin Hart, the Founder & CEO of Green Check Verified, a compliance technology, and services company enabling banks and credit unions to safely, efficiently, and profitably offer banking services to cannabis-related businesses. Kevin brings four decades of enterprise software experience as part of his founding vision for Green Check. He has worked in the C-Suite for a variety of software companies with global clients and partners, and he has led two companies to successful exits with publicly traded companies, as well as another to an IPO. With decades of experience at the helm of venture-backed companies, Kevin has brought together an unmatched team to help him lead Green Check to its leading position in the cannabis financial services market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Matt Midson, CEO of CPQi North America
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Matt Midson, the CEO for North America at CPQi. Matt has over 28 years of senior IT leadership experience, consulting, business development, and leading diverse teams in the Americas, Europe, and Asia within Financial Services. Matt has demonstrated he can manage all aspects of technology and business in Global Banking, Commercial Banking, Global Capital Markets, and Asset Management sectors of large global banks. He is known as a transformational leader and has led CPQi’s USA entity with strength and innovation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Amanda Jacobson, Chief of Staff at Oyster Financial
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Amanda Jacobson, Chief of Staff for Oyster Financial, a digital financial platform for small- and medium-sized businesses. Oyster Financial is co-headquartered in Mexico City and San Francisco. Prior to joining Oyster’s executive management team, she invested in a portfolio of nine fintech startups for Fiinlab, the innovation lab of Gentera, focused on generating sustainable solutions for financial inclusion. She also led the Latin American expansion of Village Capital, supporting 50 ventures and investing in eight startups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Adam Jackson, Founder & CEO of Braintrust
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In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Adam Jackson, Founder & CEO of Braintrust. Adam believes that the way we work is broken. In fact, it’s been broken for a long time now, which is why he founded Braintrust, the world’s first user-controlled talent platform-- one that aligns incentives, removes expensive middlemen and gives value and control back to Talent and Organizations. Braintrust’s unique business model allows talent to retain 100% of their market rate and enables organizations to spin up flexible teams and make their budgets go 2-3x further by cutting out the middlemen.Adam is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor and has spent his career creating and deploying capital into software systems that make complex tasks simple and intuitive. He has founded 4 VC-backed companies and an asset management company over the last 16 years.In August 2017 he co-founded Cambrian Asset Management, a blockchain asset management company.  In 2012, he also co-founded and served as CEO of Doctor On Demand, a healthcare service that provides Video Visits with board-certified physicians and psychologists. Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health systems, health plans, and directly to consumers and has raised $165M in VC.His previous business, DriverSide was founded in 2007 and was acquired by Advance Auto Parts in September of 2011. Adam's first venture-backed business, MarketSquare, founded in 2004, was the first online local shopping destinations on the Internet. It was acquired by Intuit in September of 2006.Jackson is an angel investor in 100+ companies/projects, including Eco, Collective, Ethereum, Bolt, Placer, Aktana, Skale Labs, Protocol Labs, JCTurbo, Apero Health, Rapportive, MyTime, Automatic, Womply, Superhuman and Zenefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
Bobby C. Lee, CEO of Ballet
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In our new episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Bobby Lee, CEO of Ballet. Bobby is among the leading and most recognizable figures in the cryptocurrency space. His startup, Ballet, provides a more user-friendly physical wallet for storing cryptocurrency. He is the co-founder of BTCC, the longest-running Bitcoin exchange and leading financial platform worldwide. Before founding BTCC, Lee was vice president of the technology of Walmart. Previously, Lee was a software engineer at Yahoo!, where he led the development of the earliest online communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Amrit Santhirasenan, Founder and CEO of Hyperexponential
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In our latest episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Amrit Santhirasenan, Founder & CEO of Hyperexponential. Amrit is fast becoming an influential figure in the world of fintech. He's founder and CEO of hyperexponential (hx), a cutting-edge fintech startup that's transforming the world of insurance. Amrit is actively engaged in tackling the broader challenges faced in the finance industry by looking to develop better pricing solutions in an increasingly data-driven and technological world. The idea for hx was borne out of Amrit's frustration with the software available to actuaries in the task of modelling, analysis and making difficult judgements with little data. hx developed innovative software to solve these problems which are having a profound effect on the financial industry. Due to its growing success, the startup is currently closing its Series A funding round.Amrit is also a proud father and the host of the Startup Dads podcast. A show navigating the highs and lows of running a business whilst also raising children, along with expert guests from the startup world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Abigael Titcomb, Community Lead at Radicle
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In our new episode, Tegan Kline interviews Abbey Titcomb, Community Lead at Radicle, a decentralized network for code collaboration. Abbey began her career in venture capital at Underscore VC, an early-stage firm investing across the stack in enterprise open-source, AI/ML, blockchain, and more. Since then, Abbey has been building in the Ethereum ecosystem, working with venture studios and startups building decentralized technologies. At Radicle, Abbey cultivates the project's open-source community and manages partnerships to support the growth of the Radicle ecosystem.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
William Quigley, Co-founder of Tether and WAX
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with William Quigley. Mr. Quigley is a Managing Director of Magnetic, a crypto focused investment fund. He was the first institutional investor in Paypal and has over 25 years of experience as a technology focused venture capitalist. Mr. Quigley has incubated and invested in more than 30 bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency-related investments. Mr. Quigley co-developed the first crypto derivative used to trade pre-release Ethereum. He co-founded many other transformative crypto companies including Tether, the first fiat-backed stablecoin and world's most traded cryptocurrency and GoCoin, a pioneering crypto payments processor. He also co-founded WAX, a blockchain built for video game and NFT virtual item trading.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Mariya George, Co-Founder and President of Cleareye.ai
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In this episode, Faisal Khan sits down with Mariya George, the Co-founder and President at Cleareye.ai, a leading fintech platform transforming banks into hyper-agile organizations using advanced AI techniques. Previously, Mariya worked for nearly 15 years at UST Global, a US-based digital technology and IT services provider. Most recently, she served as the Head of Banking and Insurance at UST where she was responsible for the industry group’s overall vision, strategy, and investment priorities. Before that, she led multiple consulting engagements with a focus on bridging business demand and technology solutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2021
Maya Pochiraju, VP of Product at Payability
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In this episode, Min Kim interviews Maya Pochiraju. Maya is the Vice President in Blackstone’s Innovations Group driving firm-wide strategic technology programs across investor experience, fundraising, new-business regulation, and cloud computing. Maya’s work is based on her belief that technology should be leveraged to propel growth by providing unique business insights along with faster innovation, scale, and efficiency. Maya is deeply committed to mentoring and unlocking potential in others. She has been volunteering with StreetWise Partners since 2017 as a mentor and lead volunteer. Maya joined the Program Committee in 2018 before joining the Board in 2020.Maya received BAs in both Economics and Information Science from Cornell University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Danny Shader, CEO & Founder, PayNearMe
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Danny Shader. Danny founded PayNearMe in 2009 and is driven to do right by customers, employees, and investors. Prior to PayNearMe, Danny led Good Technology, Inc., a wireless software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2007. Danny previously co-founded Accept.com, one of the first person-to-person payments providers, which Amazon acquired in 1999. Danny earned a BS from UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. Outside of work, you’ll find him trying to improve his terrible backstroke with a group of middle-aged swimming dads called The Mermaids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Alexander S. Blum, Managing Director of Two Prime
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Alexander S. Blum, managing director of Two Prime. Alexander bought his first bitcoin for $9 in 2012 and has been professionally involved with the industry ever since. Two Prime offers an actively managed BTC and ETH long fund, focusing on wealth preservation and a secondary focus on growth. He previously founded digital investment group Atomic Capital, worked as a technology advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and as an economic development specialist for the Peace Corps. Alexander is a Fellow at University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies and Chair of the Nexus Global Lab on Blockchain and Systems Change. He graduated from Tufts University, Arizona State, and MIT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Brian Dammeir, President, North America at Adyen
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brian Dammeir, President, North America at Adyen. As the President of North America for Adyen, Brian Dammeir is focused on bringing the company’s global payments solution to major retail, tech, platform, and hospitality companies - including McDonald’s, Uber, Spotify, Subway, Postmates, and Gap. He oversees all North American operations including sales, account management, marketing, product development and operations. Committed to helping merchants meet changing consumer expectations, Brian keeps a pulse on Adyen’s merchants around the globe to understand their unique needs and pain points, logging over 125 flights last year. Brian previously led product strategy as Adyen’s Head of Product and has extensive experience working across APAC, Europe, and the Americas. He honed his product mindset with earlier stints at Airbnb and Google before joining Adyen in 2015. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Aaron K., Head of Listings, CoinMarketCap
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In this episode, Min Kim interviews Aaron K, Head of the listings team at CoinMarketCap, the world's leading cryptocurrency data aggregator. Aaron was employee #16 (out of 30) at CoinMarketCap and had a front-row seat to the events leading up to the acquisition. An ex-central banker, Aaron was a founding employee at the FinTech & Innovation Group at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and spearheaded initiatives that have cemented Singapore's position as a globally renowned FinTech hub. Aaron started his career as a trade diplomat and had stints in AdTech and Venture Capital.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2021
Matthew Zipkin, Lead Developer for Handshake
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Matthew Zipkin, Lead Developer for Handshake. Zipkin joined Impervious in 2021 to contribute full-time to Handshake, which is an alternative DNS root zone secured by proof-of-work. Impervious is a team of developers contributing open source core software for Handshake and Bitcoin. The Handshake full node software is a fork of bcoin (an alternative implementation of the Bitcoin protocol written for nodejs) which Zipkin contributed to as an employee of Purse.io from 2018-2020. He provides non-stop technical support to the Handshake developer community and is a maintainer of the Handshake organization on GitHub, where the full node and light client codebases are under constant development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Hossein Azari, CEO of Cmorq
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Hossein Azari, CEO of cmorq. As the Founder and CEO of cmorq, Hossein Azari has set out to level the world’s financial playing field.After his first fintech startup, Clarity Money was acquired by Goldman Sachs, Hossein began his journey to build a data management platform that allows everyday consumers to access blockchain information through an easy to use interface. With experience at Harvard, Google and Goldman Sachs, Azari is at the forefront of data science and computational economics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Jay Shah, President of Personal Capital, an Empower Company
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Jay Shah, President of Personal Capital, an Empower Company. Jay, as founding executive member and current President of Personal Capital, shaped the pioneering digital wealth management company into what it is today. With more than 20 years of experience scaling businesses with technology and data, he has grown Personal Capital from a Silicon Valley startup to a tech-enabled advisory business managing more than $17 billion in assets. The company now has visibility into over $1 trillion in linked account values on their free, financial tools dashboard where people consolidate and see all of their financial accounts securely in one place.Jay's focus remains on building & running consumer-direct FinTech entities that have redefined the banking, credit and wealth management landscape.  Prior to joining Personal Capital, Jay served as CIO of E-LOAN, Inc., a multi-billion dollar consumer lending platform, where he facilitated the company’s acquisition by Banco Popular and led the build-out of the consumer-direct banking platform. Earlier in his career, he served as CTO and CIO at Myers Internet, a B2B SaaS enterprise platform for mortgage and real estate companies, and as Director of Technology, National Risk Management Services at PwC, where he created a strategic software practice for the firm’s emerging consulting businesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
Billy Libby, CEO of Upper90
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In this episode, Michael Townsend sits down with Billy Libby, CEO and Managing Partner of Upper90. Prior to starting the fund, he was the Head of Quant Execution and Market Making Sales, Goldman Sachs and Managing Director, Knight Capital. Upper90 provides non-dilutive growth capital to innovative companies that can demonstrate predictable future revenue or other forms of collateral. Upper90 typically starts with a $2-$10M credit facility with the ability to scale to $25-$50M+ for Seed to Series B businesses.  Launched in June 2018, Upper90 began making founder-friendly credit investments often as a flexible alternative to equity (to protect founding teams and early investors from excessive equity dilution). One-third of their new $195M fund is focused on fintech and they have already invested in Clearbanc, Octane Lending and Fig as well as the first investor in Thrasio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Aaron Kaplan, Co-CEO of Prometheum
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Aaron Kaplan, the founder and co-CEO of Prometheum, Inc., a NYC based fintech company building a Federal Securities Law compliant, blockchain native, public market infrastructure servicing the entire digital asset lifecycle. Aaron is also of counsel at Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum, where since 2013 he has focused his practice on the applications of distributed ledger technology in the securities industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Chad Liu, Co-Founder of Tidal Finance
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In this episode, Min Kim speaks with Chad Liu, Co-Founder of Tidal Finance. Chad is a Wharton MBA grad who has spent his time prior to founding Tidal Finance as an investment associate at AU21 Capital, a leading DeFi fund. Previous to that, Chad served in Business Development and Engineering functions at top Oil & Energy companies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Andreas Fletcher , Project Manager of the Trustlines Network
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In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Andreas Fletcher. Andreas is a project manager of the Trustlines Network at Brainbot. He has a background in finance and has been in the Blockchain Space since 2013. After supporting the development of the enterprise blockchain solutions for the biggest stock exchange in Europe, including pilot projects with the German Central bank, he decided to join the more revolutionary space of Ethereum.In 2018, Andreas joined Brainbot, a blockchain development studio. Brainbot is one of the main contributors of the Trustlines Network and on behalf of it, Andreas is leading the project development.The Trustlines Network is a community project that empowers people to create their own money and make digital payments. It aims to provide a complimentary financial alternative to unbanked and underbanked people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Kenny Li, COO of Manta Network
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In this episode, Min Kim interviews Kenny Li, the COO and co-founder of Manta Network. Manta network is the plug-and-play privacy protocol for the entire DeFi stack. Kenny is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience in scaling startups. He started mining Bitcoin in 2013, and has worked on crypto projects. He received his MBA from MIT Sloan, and was a teaching assistant for several blockchain courses. We are super excited to have him on our show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
Kory Hoang, Founder of Stably
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Kory Hoang, Founder of Stably. Prior to founding Stably, Kory was a Private Equity Data Analyst for PitchBook in Seattle. Kory is also a quant who has consulted for money managers, hedge funds and CTAs on many subjects ranging from VIX derivatives to cryptocurrencies and algorithmic trading.Kory holds a BBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Washington – Bothell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Zack Seward, Managing Editor at CoinDesk
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In this episode, our co-host, Min Kim speaks with Zack Seward, managing editor in charge of CoinDesk's business desk. Previously, Zack was the editor-in-chief of Technical.ly, a network focused on local tech communities on the U.S. East Coast. Prior to that, Seward worked as a reporter covering business and technology for a pair of NPR member stations, WHYY in Philadelphia and WXXI in Rochester, New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Peter N. Ackerson, General Partner at FinVC
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In this episode, Kinsa Durst interviews Peter N. Anderson. Peter is a General Partner at FinVC, where he is responsible for sourcing investments and adding operating value at the portfolio company level. Prior to FinVC, he was CFO and Partner at SymphonyAI, a $1 billion early-stage investment and incubation platform, where he held investing, operating, and board member roles in several AI technology companies across the Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Media verticals. Peter has also worked with McKinsey & Co’s early and mid-stage SaaS practice; at Wells Fargo’s Technology Equity Research group (including working on the Facebook, Workday, ServiceNow, and Marin Software IPOs) and at Merrill Lynch in their investment banking division.He is passionate about the commercialization of frontier technologies and the disruption of legacy markets and business models. His professional experience includes co-founding several technology companies as well as roles in investment banking, corporate M&A, consulting, and early and mid-stage growth companies.Peter holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, where he was elected for the Raven Society and a BBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary.Tune in to this exciting show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Charlie Delingpole, CEO ComplyAdvantage
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In this episode, our co-host Kinsa Durst speaks with Charlie Delingpole, Founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on wiping out financial crime using Machine Learning. As CEO, Charlie leads the product development and growth of the company. His passion for the issue came from his time as the MLRO of a previous startup he founded when he realized how inefficient processes around money laundering are. Tune in to find out how Charlie got into the niche of compliance, AML and RegTech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
Ugochukwu Aronu, CEO of Xend Finance
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Ugochukwu Aronu is CEO of Xend Finance and he was one of the first blockchain meetup organizers in his region of Nigeria. He created a widely used ERC20 and BTC wallet used by exchanges and launched Xend Finance as one of the first Binance Smart Chain projects, backed by Binance Labs and Google Launchpad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Ally Medina, CEO of Paloma Pay
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Ally Medina is the former Mayor of Emeryville and Director of the Blockchain Advocacy Coalition. She has used her regulatory expertise to develop a compliant solution for cannabis businesses to use crypto for contactless payments and launched Paloma Pay in January of 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Tegan Kline, Founder of Edge & Node (prev. The Graph)
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Tegan Kline is the founder of Edge & Node. Previously she was business lead for The Graph, an indexing and query protocol organising the world’s open blockchain data and making open data a public good. Tegan helps leaders and innovators connect more deeply with stakeholders across the blockchain ecosystem.Tegan Kline is the former International Business Development Manager and OXT Relations Lead for Orchid, an A16z and Sequoia backed blockchain company that created tools and protocols for users to obtain digital freedom and an open and accessible internet. Tegan successfully helped to launch Orchid at a 400m valuation on Coinbase. Tegan's professional experience has been with Fortune 500's and startups, prior to Orchid, Tegan was the Executive VP of a patent marketplace powered by blockchain, analysed by AI. She began her career in Investment Banking at BAML and, prior to discovering blockchain, worked in Sales and Trading at Barclays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2021
George Gvazava, CEO of CryptX Wallet
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George Gvazava brings diverse finance expertise from his roles at Deloitte, Galt & Taggart (the largest investment bank in Georgia), and, as the CFO at Brokers.IO, a group of fintech companies. Most recently, he became a CEO of CryptX, an easy-to-use Crypto Wallet with institutional grade security. George also loves sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation and is a Visiting Lecturer at several universities in Georgia and France. He is also an ACCA member and a CFA Level III candidate. He has advised companies in the technology, energy, oil and gas, and banking sectors, with total assets ranging from $10 million to over $1 billion. George was nominated by Forbes Georgia in “30 under 30 – Finance”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2021
Denko Mancheski, Founder and CEO of Reef Finance
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Today we interview Denko Mancheski, founder and CEO of Reef Finance (reef.finance). Denko has been in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry for around 6 years as a developer - working with many notable technologies including NXT blockchain, Bitshares, Steem as well as EOS. He now runs Reef Finance, a hub for Decentralized Finance running on Polkadot. Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Geoff McCabe - CEO of The Divi Project
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Today we interview Geoff McCabe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffmccabe) - CEO of The Divi Project (diviproject.org). He also owns businesses in virtual reality, gaming, two hotels, and a blockchain-based media company, LightingWorks.ioSponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Dov Marmor, COO of Railsbank in North America
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Today we interview Dov Marmor, COO, Railsbank N. America. Dov led two of the top FinTech platform businesses in banking and international payments. Formerly GM and Head of BaaS at Green Dot, Dov grew that business 3X over 2.5 years, launching enterprise programs including Intuit TurboCard, Uber Debit/Money, Stash Banking, Wealthfront Debit, and many others. Prior to that, he launched the US business of Currencycloud, building over 20 new programs and expanding the teams and operational processes for scale.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Albert Saniger, Founder and CEO at Nate
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Albert Saniger is the founder and CEO at nate. An experienced coder at a young age, Albert worked through school by teaching students to code – some going on to win national competitions under his guidance. While expanding his knowledge of computing systems, these early teaching experiences also inspired an interest in furthering human potential and empowering personal achievements.After getting his MBA at London Business School and working at Amazon, Albert set out to explore how intelligent automation could facilitate human-driven decisions. In 2018, Albert founded nate and worked with a young team of engineers to develop the app and its AI technology – introducing the first product to automate the mobile checkout process at any online retailer on behalf of a customer. By April 2020, nate had closed the largest series seed round for a consumer software company of the year and launched to the public that summer.Albert’s desire to foster individual potential extended to his approach to building his team, valuing character over experience and hiring early talent. Furthermore honoring the support he received from mentors in the beginning stages of the company, Albert established the nate career accelerator to offer students and early graduates management experience, opportunities for individual media exposure and contribution to high level brand strategy and execution.Albert has been vocal on the topics of workforce transformation, inclusive work culture and leading a new social age of ecommerce and has been featured as a speaker at Brown Entrepreneurship Program and Dive In podcast, Yale’s Elmseed Enterprise Fund, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, and other distinct communities and institutions including NYU, Wharton, Fordham, Stanford Business School, Syracuse University’s iSchool, Rutgers, and others.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
Edmund Lowell, Founder and CEO of KYC-Chain
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Kinsa Durst interviews Edmund Lowell, founder and CEO of KYC-Chain, and an advisor to SelfKey Foundation. Originally from the United States, graduating from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts where he studied law, finance and technology, Edmund Lowell is a serial entrepreneur living in Asia since 2011, innovating at the crossroads of finance, technology and legal fields. Edmund has built a number of Fintech and RegTech products during this time including Incorporations.io, KYC-Chain.com, Passports.io and SelfKey.org The SelfKey foundation raised 21m USD during an 11 minute public sale for the sale of the native KEY utility token. The SelfKey software has processed KYC for over 150,000 identity owners and over $200m USD in transaction volume since Q4 2017. Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Prashant Fluoria, CEO of Fundbox
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Kinsa Durst interviews Prashant Fuloria, CEO of Fundbox. Prashant became CEO of Fundbox in 2020, after serving as COO and CPO. He joined Fundbox in 2016 from Yahoo, where he was SVP of Advertising Products. Prashant came to Yahoo through the acquisition of Flurry, then the world’s largest mobile analytics platform, where he was CPO. Before Flurry, he was Senior Product Director at Facebook, responsible for advertising products and monetizing the Facebook platform. Prior to that, Prashant was an early product leader at Google where he built the company’s global billing and payment network and ran all products for the APAC region. Prashant holds a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, where he was the President’s Gold Medalist. He also holds a Ph.D. in Business with a Minor in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research, an MA in Business Research, and an MS in Statistics, all from Stanford University.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
Ray Youssef, CEO and Co-founder of Paxful
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In this episode, Faisal Khan gets a chance to sit down with Ray Youssef, CEO, and Co-founder of Paxful to learn how he got started with the idea of Paxful and what his company is doing to eliminate "financial apartheid" as he calls it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Clay Wilkes, CEO of Galileo FT
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In this episode Faisal Khan interviews Clay Wilkes, who is the founder and CEO of Galileo Financial Technologies. Galileo FT is a company that has been around for 20 years and is pretty much the go to company for the world most innovative fintechs. Galileo offers, what I would call a super API, one unified API that connects to it all and offers all sort of banking solutions including regulatory coverage in multiple markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2020
John Colthart, SVP Sales at MindBridge
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Kinsa Durst interviews John Colthart. John has made clients successful in every major market worldwide during his 17-year career in technology leading world-class sales and professional services organizations. This started after his departure as a corporate finance and accounting practitioner in 2000 so he could grow a startup to +425 employees and exit to IBM with a role of VP Sales Operations in 2010. During his stay at IBM, John held global roles running sales enablement, offering management and design leadership within the IBM Analytics division. He strives to lead clients to effectively use analytics to change the course of theirbusiness.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.DeFi Code www.defi-code.comGo-to-market agency for cryptocurrency companies. Make your project stand out and gain maximum impact in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Roham Gharegozlou, CEO at Dapper Labs
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Mike Townsend interviews Roham Gharegozlou. Roham is the CEO of Dapper Labs and the founder of Axiom Zen, the award-winning emerging technology venture studio behind Dapper Labs. Dapper Labs is the creator of CryptoKitties, the world’s most popular consumer blockchain experience, with over 3M transactions on the Ethereum network – more than any smart contract that’s not a cryptocurrency exchange.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Kayvan Alikhani, CEO of Compliance.ai
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Mike Townsend interviews Kayvan Alikhani. Kayvan is the CEO and co-founder of Compliance.ai. Kayvan has more than 25 years of experience in hi-tech, Kayvan leads operations, strategy, sales, and marketing for Compliance.ai. Most recently, Kayvan led the identity strategy at RSA, and represented EMC on various industry alliances such as the FIDO board. A serial entrepreneur as well, Kayvan was the co-founder and CEO of PassBan (acquired by RSA), a company focused on mobile identity assurance. He also led strategy at LiteScape (as CTO and later as CEO), creating security and mobile identity solutions for VOIP based networks. He was co-founder and CTO at BeNotified, a cloud mobile communication service provider. Prior to that, Kayvan co-founded AVIRNEX, a cloud-based enhanced fixed and mobile communication service provider.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
James Gillingham, CEO of Finxflo
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Mike Townsend interviews James Gillingham. James is the Co-Founder and CEO of Finxflo, the world’s first hybrid aggregator and cryptocurrency brokerage firm. Under his leadership, Finxflo has embarked on a new partnership with leading blockchain luminaries, Tron and JustSwap, to build the world’s first DeFi protocol aggregator. During his 15 years’ of experience in financial markets, FinTech and entrepreneurship, James has managed over $4 billion worth of funds. An accomplished entrepreneur, he was the force behind the building of JageroFX, a trading algorithm start-up that he built up and led through a successful buy-out.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
Kinsa Durst, Partner at DeFi Code
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Mike Townsend interviews Kinsa Durst. Kinsa is the founder of DeFi Code, a consulting firm for developing and executing global go-to-market strategy for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. Coming from a diverse cultural background, he leverages his extensive experience working with companies in the U.S., China, and Korea to help companies establish their unique value and presence in the industry. He has always been passionate about bridging multiple cultures, and loves connecting with new people and learning about their perspective of the world.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
Daniyal Inamullah, Head of Capital Markets at Cred
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Mike Townsend interviews Daniyal Inamullah. Daniyal is the Head of Capital Markets at Cred and Co-Founder for the Glitter of Hope Foundation. Daniyal has spent his career specializing in mergers & acquisitions for energy companies at EY and Houlihan Lokey before he focused his career on democratizing financial services by leveraging blockchain technology.In his current role at Cred, Daniyal works on optimizing Cred's capital markets through facilitating partnerships and product ideation. Cred's mission is to provide digital asset hodlers the tools to access financial services at the micro level and take control of their financial future.Daniyal graduated from Emory University and obtained his MBA from the University of Houston. He is a CFA Charterholder. You can find more of his blog posts at financechai.com.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Moaz Hamid, CEO of MvmtAi
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Mike Townsend interviews Moaz Hamid. Moaz is a mission-driven technologist and strategist, solving for the future of jobs and medicine, and the role of Robotics and AI. He is mvmtAi, a health tech startup, founder and CEO. Advisor for SoftBank Robotics, and serves on, and Robotics WG member, for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).Moaz is also advisor and mentor for seed stage startups for Yellow (accelerator) by Snap Inc., and early stage startups and chair of the advisory board for Startup Boost (pre-accelerator), as well as, LA underserved youth entrepreneurship program, embarcLA.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu
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Mike Townsend interviews Ned Phillips. Started his Fintech journey with E*TRADE as one of the very first online brokers and now an entrepreneur, Ned Phillips is the founder and chief executive officer of Bambu. Ned had the opportunity to experience the first dot-com boom with one of the original FinTech companies as well as was a consultant to 8Securities when they launched the first robo-advisor in Asia.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Joe Bayen, CEO of Grow Credit
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Joe Bayen is CEO at Grow Credit. Over the past decade, Joe has specialized in underwriting, credit score improvement, user acquisition, and monetization.Grow Credit helps consumers establish or build credit using a MasterCard designed to exclusively process subscription payments. The platform enables consumers with thin credit or no credit files to seamlessly establish a credit history using a Netflix, Pandora, or Xbox live account.Joe previously founded at ICS Mobile Inc, the developer behind Free App A Day, a mobile application marketing platform with 12M users worldwide that was bootstrapped to $18.3M in total revenue. Notable clients included Disney, Electronic Arts, Groupon, and Kabam.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Jareau Wade, Head of Growth at Finix
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Mike Townsend interviews Jareau Wadé, a payments entrepreneur and recovering engineer based in Atlanta, GA. He currently runs growth and marketing at payments infrastructure company, Finix. Prior, Jareau lead commerce and visual search business development for Pinterest and co-founded Balanced, a payments API company that exited to Stripe in 2015. Jareau was also the first employee and head of data acquisition at Milo.com, a local shopping search engine acquired by eBay in 2010.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem www.redeeem.com- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Xiaohan Zhu, CEO of Meter.io
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Mike Townsend interviews Xiaohan Zhu, CEO of Meter.io. Xiaohan Zhu is an engineer by training, he was born and raised in Chine, and moved the US to go to graduate school at UC San Diego, and eventually got his MBA at Wharton before working as an engineer at Microsoft and Motorola. In 2016 he became fascinated with cryptocurrency and global finance and started ZMT Capital investing in Blockchain, and ICOs. In 2018 Xiaohan started Meter.io to further enable of the crypto community by using the cost of production and the minor's behavior and the proof of work system as the key piece of feedback that enables stable pricing of their Meter token. Learn more about what makes Meter special on the deep dive interview!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2020
Sunayna Tuteja, Head of Digital Assets TD Ameritrade
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In this engaging interview Mike Townsend interviews Sunayna Tuteja, Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade. With more than ten years of diverse global experience, she has a proven record for building new ventures from scratch and leading the kind of change that is critical in shaping the future of business. In her current role, Sunayna is responsible for building a scalable blockchain and crypto practice within TD Ameritrade. This rapidly growing practice is inclusive of partnerships, investments and products to harness the growing power of blockchain technology. Through partnering with the Stanford Innovation Lab, she works closely with the start-up and VC communities helping to advance public and corporate innovation. Outside of work and school, you can find Sunayna adventuring the skies in her Cessna.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2020
Kyle Samani, Founder at Multicoin Capital
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Kyle Samani and Mike Townsend sit down and chat about how cryptocurrency will influence the US and global economy over the coming years. Kyle gives us the down low on companies and crypto projects he's excited about, and how he thinks about making investment decisions. Kyle Samani is a co-founder and managing partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven investment firm that invests in cryptocurrencies, tokens, and blockchain companies. Prior to Multicoin Capital, Kyle founded Pristine, a health IT startup that was later acquired by Upskill. Kyle holds degrees in Finance and Management from NYU, and is widely recognized in the crypto ecosystem for his writing and system-level analysis.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.We promise you'll learn a lot on this show, tune in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Interview with Alex Bouaziz, CEO of Deel
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Alex Bouaziz, the founder and CEO of Deel. Alex is a true international entrepreneur, having been born and raised in Paris, France, he then went to undergraduate university in Tel Aviv, Israel, studying civil and environmental engineering. We chatted about his time getting a master degree at MIT, and starting on his PhD researching water treatment. The conversation moved quickly into the future of remote work, how companies are hiring now, what countries have the best and worse employment laws, and what a long term vision for Deel could look like to improve the international standard for employment. The world looks a lot different today than it did 50 years ago and it will look just as different 50 years in the future, learn what those differences are and more on the show!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
Interview with Chris McAlary CEO of Coin Cloud
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In this show Mike Townsend interviews Chris McAlary, the CEO of Coin Cloud, the world’s largest network of two-way digital currency kiosks. From his early days as a Bitcoin miner to now, he is a pioneer in the cryptocurrency industry. When Robocoin installed the world’s first Bitcoin ATM in Vancouver, BC, in 2013, McAlary wondered why not the US. After much research and collaboration, he installed the first Coin Cloud BTM on the Las Vegas Strip in 2014 – built by Robocoin, branded by Coin Cloud, and serviced by McAlary himself.Today, Coin Cloud is the largest Bitcoin ATM company in the nation, with over 800 machines (and growing constantly), all of which allow two-way transactions of Bitcoin and 29 altcoins. Coin Cloud’s first international expansion is Brazil, offering that country the first opportunity ever to purchase digital currency with cash.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Interview with Ljuba Youngblom CEO of Hometown
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Ljuba Youngblom, the co-founder and CEO of Hometown, an early stage startup reimagining local news from the ground up. Prior to that, Ljuba co-founded the connected car startup Automatic Labs, which was acquired by SiriusXM in 2017. He’s a UX designer, mentor, and pragmatic do-gooder living in Oakland, California. In the show we go into depth on local politics, what motivates people to vote, to contribute to their local economies, and what fascinating new techniques Hometown is using to improve democracy on a local level.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.Tune in and share if you enjoyed the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
Interview with Jason Butcher, CEO of CoinPayments
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Jason Butcher, CEO of CoinPayments. Jason took over as CEO after running HODLtech, a crypto consultancy. He now leads CoinPayments which is most known for being a leader in facilitating cryptocurrency payments for businesses. CoinPayments has over 1800 crypto options, over 100,000 merchant customers, processing over $100M per month, which has increased over 30% since the Coronavirus hit. We talked about why crypto companies incorporate off shore to the Cayman Islands or Malta, and all the pros and cons that go along with that decision. We talk about the governmental policies regarding crypto and what we should be thinking about now that will prevent mistakes down the road. We also dive into what crypto opportunities he sees on the horizon and much more!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Interview with Nelson Chu CEO of Cadence
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In this show Mike Townsend interviews Nelson Chu, founder and CEO of Cadence. Nelson is a 3x startup founder with several years of experience at the top investment management firms, including Bank of America and BlackRock. Prior to Cadence, he founded a strategy consulting firm specializing in helping companies build products and raise capital for growth, creating over $1B in equity value. He currently serves as an advisor to an ultra high net worth family office and is an active angel investor, with notable investments including BlockFi, Cadre, Care/Of, Clover Health, dv01, Tala, and Uala. This was a highly educational podcast, as Nelson explains how the highly complex market of business lending works, from the small business loans, personal loans, and all the way up to the banks and governments. Nelson gives us his thoughts on how the 2008 financial crisis changed the way money flows throughout the system now.We hear that Cadence has $1.6 issuance volume and $40M in securitization, and self-proclaimed shortest duration, highest yield (30%) flexible cheap growth capital... give it a try and decide for yourself! As always, reach out if you'd like to be on the show, or have guest recommendations.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Interview with Felix Feng Cofounder/CEO of Set Protocol
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Felix Feng, founder of Set Protocol.He previously worked at 21.co (acquired by Coinbase) and Radius, and graduated from UC Berkeley. We learn how Felix came up with the idea for Set Protocol and how how raised money and grew his team. Set Protocol basically allows you to buy and sell crypto management strategies for the average person, similar to how an ETF works on wall street. Check it out at Set Protocol.In the show we talk about what Set Protocol, which is a ERC20 token of crypto assets that automatically rebalances based on the strategy, who is using it, who's benefiting. We discuss why in 2017 lots of ICO’s were returning nearly 100x and it made sense to diversify, but in 2018/19 the long tail fell out of favor. There is a great article, How Set Protocol Works Under the Hood that explains more in detail about Set Protocol. We promise you'll learn a lot on this show, tune in!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
Interview with Mark Thomas founder of ZenSports
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Mark Thomas, CEO and founder of ZenSports. ZenSports is a mobile peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace where anyone can create and accept sports bets with anyone else in the world, without the need for a centralized bookmaker. Mike and Mark uncover the history of betting, discuss the future of sports coming out of Coronavirus, and talk about what the strategies that the best sports betters use to win 55% of their bets. We also learn about the history of betting regulation and other high potential cryptocurrency companies.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2020
Interview with Chris Maurice founder of Yellow Card
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Chris Maurice, CEO and co-founder of Yellow Card, a cryptocurrency exchange operating across Africa. In high school, Chris started an SEO consulting firm which helped optimize over 140 websites on Google, including Prezi.com. In college, he started a manufacturing and supply chain logistics company producing clothing and shoes out of a factory in Pakistan. As a boy from Southern Louisiana who had been on a plane four times before founding Yellow Card, he then flew to Nigeria on two weeks' notice to build a company bringing Bitcoin to everyone. Hear the story of how Chris launched a bitcoin business in Africa, and how he met Jack Dorsey, (CEO of Twitter and Square), in Africa.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2020
Interview with Greg Kolodziejzyk
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In this interview, Mike Townsend interviews Greg Kolodziejzyk, founder of AlgoLab. In his 20's Greg quit his job at a local oil company based out of Calgary Albert and started his own business as a freelance graphic designer. In 1994 his company, Image Club, was purchased for millions, and Greg became financially independent.With plenty of time on his hands, Greg shifted his focus to endurance training and completed 12 Ironman Triathlons, and multiple 100 mile run races in Alaska. Unlike most people, Greg has an insatiable appetite for pushing the limit, and so naturally the next goal became to do something that had never been done before... breaking world records!We discuss Greg's adventures breaking multiple Guinness World Records including the farthest distance traveled in 24 hours by human power on land and separately on water.In the last 30 minutes of the show, we shift gears and learn about how Greg built AlgoLab, one of the best performing algorithmic futures trading platforms on the market. Greg talks about how he came up with the idea, why futures are an especially great investment category, and some of the reasons AlgoLab is doing it better than anyone else out there.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Interview with Jack Nikogosian CEO of ARYZE
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Today, ARYZE is passionately led by Jack and is successfully establishing itself in the industry. The values ‘inclusivity’, and ‘transparency’ are embedded in the company’s culture and show what ARYZE is truly about.The company is working towards solving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Numbers 9, 10, and 16. It does so by building a secure financial platform that is accessible to the financially excluded, and where costs are brought to near zero.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2020
Interview of Ethan Austin of Techstars Western Union Accelerator
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In this interview, Mike Townsend interviews Ethan Austin, who oversees all operations at the Techstars & Western Union Accelerator. This Techstars program focuses on investing in startups looking to shape the future of money. Ethan and Mike talk about the history of Western Union, which is now about 170 years old and dominated the American telegraph industry in both the 19th and 20th centuries.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2020
Interview with Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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In our latest edition, Nako Mbelle interviews to whom we refer to as the brand ambassador or Bitcoin evangelist: Andreas M. Antonopoulos.Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a critically-acclaimed best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent—effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2020
Interview with Andrée Simon President and CEO of FINCA Impact Finance
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You can't seem to pick up any Fintech aka banking & payments magazine or blog without the mention of the word, 'financial inclusion'. Depending on whom you talk to, the number of financially excluded population is anywhere from 2.5 Billion people to 1.5 Billion. World Bank Group defines financial inclusion as individuals (and businesses) that have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs - such as transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance - delivered in a responsible and sustainable way. Most of this is done through microfinance banks. These microfinance basically offer a very specialized category of financial services to those who lack access to conventional banking and related services.One such institution that is helping solve this problem of underbanked/unbanked is FINCA. FINCA's network of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks use fintech to expand financial inclusion, offering innovative, responsible and impactful financial services to low-income clients.I'm very honored to have Andrée Simon who is the President& CEO of FINACA Impact Finance, based out of Washington DC.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2020
Interview with Kyle Hill - Founder of Redeeem.com
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In this interview Mike Townsend talks to Kyle Hill, which is a special episode because Kyle and Mike are co-founders of Redeeem (trusted peer-to-peer crypto gift card exchange), and have started 3 startups over the last 8 years together. Previous to Redeeem, they raised $23M for HomeHero, a tech-enabled home care marketplace. They talk about how to work successfully together as a team, the mission and story of Redeeem, as well as a variety of topics related to bitcoin, government regulation, and upcoming exciting blockchain projects.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2019
Interview with Ethan Kravitz, Partner at AGE Crypto Hedge Fund
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In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Ethan, who talks about his journey from CTO of VC funded startup, Overnight, to partner of AGE Crypto hedge fund. Learn about the differences between a VC fund and a crypto hedge fund, as well as how many exist what specific methods hedge funds use to provide returns for their LPs. Ethan walks us through a typical day, researching github projects, talking to developers of tokens, building tools that automate crypto trading, as well as much more.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2019
Interview with Yan Pritzker the author of Inventing Bitcoin
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In this podcast, Nako Mbelle interviews Yan Pritzker the author of Inventing Bitcoin and I discuss what makes bitcoin a revolutionary tech; and why he left his full-time CTO position at his startup to devote 100% of his time to Bitcoin. Yan’s book Inventing Bitcoin is written for non-technical people who want to better understand bitcoin at a deeper level and go beyond the superficial talking points of price and profit.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2019
Interview with SFOX Team
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In this episode Mike Townsend visited the offices of SFOX to interview Founder George Melika and Head of Growth Danny Kim in their offices in Playa Vista, California. SFOX raised $23M in VC from Y Combinator, Social Capital, Tribe Capital among others to build the easiest tool to access the digital cryptocurrency market.We discussed exchange trading, how crypto companies can successfully work with banks, and underrated projects and people working in crypto. Hope you enjoy the conversation and let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for our next episode.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
FATF: Creating Gold Standards and Paper Realities?
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This show focuses on the FATF, the Financial Action Task Force. We discuss why the organization – that remains unknown to many finance and payments professionals and even to AML/CFT compliance specialists, is so powerful and important. We discuss the basics: why was it created? What are FATF’s goals? What are the down sides or unintended consequences of the standards it sets? We discuss the effects of non-compliance on countries and the inner workings of the mutual evaluation process that countries go through. Finally, we touch upon the questions of political influence, organizational overreach and even bullying through FATF decision making.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2019
Interview with Bitcoin critic David Gerard about everything he finds wrong with Bitcoin
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Nako interviews David Gerard, a Bitcoin critic. They talk about the technological superiority complex of some Bitcoin maximalists; Bitcoin's energy inefficiencies and whether crypto mass adoption is a pipe dream or closer to becoming a reality because of the Lightning Network.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2019
The birth of AML/CFT
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This week Faisal Khan sits down with Dr. Mara Wesseling (our newest co-host) and we discuss the world of compliance. This show offers a first introduction to AML/CFT compliance (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism). It touches upon what compliance stands for and who needs to do it. How big and relevant is today's compliance industry? What to make of the unhappy marriage of placing AML and CFT under one legal umbrella? The show also looks into the history of the AML/CFT legal framework and what makes it important now. By reflecting upon the past 30 years of AML regulation and almost 20 years of the War on Terrorism Financing, the effectiveness question remains on the table and the call for a new approach - AML/CFT 2.0 - becomes louder.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
Understanding the Lightning Network
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In this episode of Around The Coin, Faisal & Nako get on the air to continue with their BTC (Behind The Coin) series. We discuss the very basics of the Lightning Network and what it means for normals folks like you and I (not to mention Bitcoin enthusiasts). We try to cover this without getting technical. Let us know how we did?Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2019
Back to basics - Financial Inclusion
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In this episode, Faisal and Malini discuss financial inclusionbeyond its basic definition, and talk through the fundamentalbuilding blocks required for a more financially 'inclusive'world.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2019
Economic Literacy Crash Course
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This week the trio is back on the air. Brian and Mike discuss what does capitalism and socialism mean in today's world? (Faisal unfortunately, dropped out due to technical reasons). We discuss the role of centralized governments and economic frameworks in areas such as healthcare, education, and much more. A wide-ranging high paced conversation that could have lasted for hours!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2019
Interview with Marc Bhargava - Founder of Tagomi
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Description: Mike Townsend sits down with Marc Bhargava. Marc is the founder of Tagomi, the first electronic agency prime brokerage in the digital assets space. We discuss why now is the perfect time to be building in crypto, what Marc's most contrarian crypto views are, and other thought-provoking ideas in the space. Tune in and enjoy!Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2019
The Great Depression
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The Great Depression: How the Great Depression impacted our modern financial world. Mike and Brian dissect events that played a major role in the Great Depression such as the telephone, prohibition, food subsidies, bank closures, wage laws and more. We reflect on how each of these policy changes shaped the world we live in today and how you can predict the future by understanding cycles of the past.Links: https://www.thebalance.com/the-great-depression-of-1929-3306033https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/great-depression-historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_R._DeweySponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
Interview with Jack Jia of Wyre
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This week Mike Townsend sits down with Jack Jia of Wyre. Jack is the founding employee at Wyre and in this show we talk about the inspiration for the idea which largely came from a PayPal hackathon in 2015. We talk about how Wyre uses bitcoin behind the scene to enable much faster and cheaper foreign exchange. We also spoke about Jack's experience living and doing business in China and how he sees the crypto landscape unfolding in the US and globally.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2019
A Story of Credit Cards
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An in depth look at the history of the credit card companies that run our global financial networks. We touch it all, from the founding of American Express in 1850 to charge coins, money orders, traveler's checks, diners club cards, the first credit card US Patent, and the formation of Visa and MasterCard. The origin stories of the financial industry carry lessons that will inspire anyone working to make a change in the world.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2019
Unblocking the Unbanked
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The unbanked are often overlooked due to their inability to integrate into the global economic engine. In this episode, we look at who they are, what their life is like, and what obstacles stand in the way for them to join the financial system. Could blockchain based startups like Bloom, Civic, and Spring Labs provide a reliable decentralized credit infrastructure and unlock the economic potential of the unbanked? Find out in this week's episode.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2019
BTC - Behind The Coin - Ep 5 - Interview with Tyrone Ross of NobleBridge Wealth
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This week Behind The Coin Host Nako Mbelle sits down with Tyrone Ross of NobleBridge Wealth. Tyrone has more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry.Tyrone has worked for large wirehouse firms like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch where he gained investment management and financial planning experience leading him to break away and become an independent investment advisor. Currently, he works as a financial advisor to early-stage startups and has in-depth knowledge of blockchain and crypto assets. Tyrone is also an established speaker having addressed employees at Etsy, Spotify, Uber and Wyndham as well as students at Columbia, York College, Seton Hall, and Montclair State University. Tyrone is a graduate of Seton Hall University and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. This year Tyrone was recognized by Wealth Management.com as a top ten advisor set to change the industry.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2019
Interview with Andy Bryant COO bitFlyer Europe
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In this episode, we get a change to sit down and have a chat with Andy Bryant, who is the COO of bitFlyer Europe. bitFlyer is a licensed cryptocurrency exchange in Japan and holds additional licenses in Europe and the United States. We talk with Andy where we stand today with respect to crypto exchanges and what might we see in the coming months/years as cryptocurrency trading evolves more into mainstream.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2019
Is Speech Too Dangerous To Be Free?
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Faisal, Mike, and Brian jump right in the deep end debating the decision of tech giants like Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook to ban people for spreading the wrong ideas. We talk about how ancient civilizations dealt with free speech, and how special and unusual free speech is today. The discussion which was very dynamic and engaging wrapped up with 10 minutes at the end mentioning the top payments and crypto conferences to look for in 2019.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2019
How Our Collective Myths Shape The World
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In this show, the hosts give a special thanks to listeners Kevin McKernan, Scott Dueweke, and Shahid Sharif for their ongoing support. The first topic of discussion seeks to expose the listener to the complexity of our global banking system and how many insiders don't appreciate the big picture of history. From there we debate ideas in cryptocurrency regulation, get a better understanding of the innovation in Baltic countries, and end on Brian's "most important life message".List of country debts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_public_debtThesis, antithesis, synthesis by Friedrich Hegel:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesis,_antithesis,_synthesis Richard Feynman lectures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMFPe-DwULMSponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2019
The Story of Knowledge - How Science, Psychedelics, and Ancient History shapes the World
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This week, the trio talk about: Hegelian dielectric (Dialectical materialism), Ted David Christian 2011 History of our World in 18 minutes, Julian Jaynes Breakdown of Bicameral Mind, The impact of psychedelics back into Western Medicine, The global political waves impacting life today, Calcite microcrystals in the pineal gland of the human brain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12224052) and After On podcast - Harvard astronomy department chairman Avi Loeb https://after-on.com/episodes-31-60/040Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2019
The Rabbit Hole of Currency
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The trio, Brian Roemmele, Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan are back on air, starting season four of Around The Coin. This week we discuss: Thoughts on why currency evolved, how it shaped the world around us, and the inevitable future direction it will take.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2019
The Decentralized Economy - Interview with CEO of Radar Relay Alan Curtis
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In July, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, shared some choice words for centralized cryptocurrency exchanges, hoping they “burn in hell”. These exchanges are some of the most powerful players in the digital currency market, acting as the middleman between buyers and seller, however, according to JPMorgan, one-third of centralized crypto exchanges have been subject to hacks. Over the past year, decentralized exchanges that don’t hold custody of funds and allow buyers and sellers to directly exchange tokens have been growing in popularity, gaining attention across the industry segment.Now imagine a decentralized trading platform for ERC-20 compliant tokens the runs on the 0x protocol. Users are able to trade tokens wallet-to-wallet with other traders via the Ethereum blockchain without giving custody of the tokens to an exchange or smart contract. This improves both the speed, security, and safety of peer-to-peer trading compared to a centralized exchange.Once such startup doing exactly that. Changing the world, one user at a time in a decentralized manner. That company is called Radar Relay and I recently had the chance to interview the CEO Alan Curtis.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2018
Ep 159: The Oligopoly in American Banking That No One Talks About
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To kick things off for Season 4, I'd thought I'd interview someone peculiar. Aaron Silva and I got in touch in which he told me of a very unique story in the banking world, that people don't talk about. To put it bluntly, the oligopoly of the three large CBS (Core Banking System) providers in the United States, i.e. Jack Henry, FIS Global and Fiserv. Amongst these three giants, they pretty much dominate (read: control) the core banking system and allied services market in the US. So what's the problem? Well, they say the devil is in the details. 1000s of banks sign away these contracts with the big 3, not knowing what they have given up, as far as the freedom, flexibility and independence of purchasing these systems go and what happens to the ownership of the bank's data.Without any further delay, we will speak to Aaron Silva of Paladin FS to shed light on this very dark subject.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 158 - The Fragmented World of Payments
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This week Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan discuss the topic that has been on everyone else’s mind, but we hardly speak of it. The fragmented world of payments and how broken the system is. We discuss with simple examples of why the cross-border money transfer system is broken and how it represents a multi trillion dollar opportunity.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 157 - Pulse Check on the Crypto Payments World
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The Original Crew: Brian Roemmele, Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan get back on the air. This time we discuss all what is going in the world of payments, especially crypto based regulation.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2018
BTC - Behind The Coin - Ep 4 - Terms of Endearment in the Crypto World
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On this week's podcast, we discuss why common terms like addresses, wallets, pre-mines and forks confuse newcomers and observers in the space. We clear up common misconceptions which is costing many crypto traders millions BTC and ETH. Learning this one "not-well known" recovery process can help you get back any BTC or some alt-coins you may have lost. Lastly, we talk about some of our favorite crypto lingo: HODL.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 156 - Interview with the Co-Founders of Kora
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Around the Coin got a chance to sit down with both the Co-Founders of Kora, Dickson Nsofor (CEO) and Maomao Hu (COO).Kora is a blockchain company that is focused on bringing low-cost access to financial services to as many people as possible. They are building a blockchain network and embedding into it functionality where it can be accessed by anyone, and helping people access the blockchain without internet by going through telecom networks. They are investigating betas this year around solving the problem of financial infrastructure, including payments to Nigerian farmers, trade financing to Colombian coffee exporters, and core systems for a Bangladeshi co-op.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 155 - Interview with Evgeni Mitkov COO of Everex
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Everex is a blockchain technology provider offering global money transfer, payment and currency exchange solutions to financial and non-financial institutions worldwide.Everex technology enables its partners to usher individuals and SMEs, with or without access to banking services, into the new global economy with real-time fiat payments using distributed ledger technology. Fiat currency transactions are powered and governed by smart contracts in compliance with existing regulations. Everex payment ecosystem brings the best of banking and blockchain together.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 154 - Bitcoin Challenge with Amelie Arras
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In a quest to best demonstrate the real-world challenges of everyday transactions, using nothing but bitcoin, Amelie’s challenge is to purchase everything from food to travel to accommodation during the five-day race, beginning in Hong Kong on 10th March 2018. Amelie must complete a series of daring challenges on route to win points along the way; competing with more traditional payment method including, mobile payments, gold, cash and plastic card, the person with the most number of points when they cross the finish line at Money20/20 Asia in Singapore is the winner.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2018
BTC - Behind The Coin - Ep 3 - Interview with Thomas Euler
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For the past 10+ years, Thomas worked with countless clients – global corporations, SMEs, and startups – on their digital strategy and transformation efforts. His main subjects are internet business models and antifragile organizations. Due to his long-standing interest in decentralized systems, he researched the blockchain space from early on. These days, Thomas is working in the blockchain space with the Untitled INC network, doing consulting and developing independent projects.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2018
BTC - Behind The Coin - Ep 2 - Why We Believe in Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
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It's just as important for us to discuss the reasons WHY we believe Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain as it is to discuss HOW to participate in it. The WHYs are the only reason you'll be able to withstand the huge volatility in the market. The goal is to shed some light on the world of crypto for you to understand the WHY and the HOW (to participate)Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Money On The Move - Episode 3 - The $10 Trillion Problem Of Moving Money
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In this episode, we talk about the tens of trillions of dollars of problems faced in moving money around the world by the banking system. What is the challenge with money moving through the banking system today. Why is it so expensive to do a wire transfer today. How complex does it get? How might Ripple solve this problem and will it be successful?Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2018
Crypto Podcast - BTC Behind The Coin - Pilot Episode
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Behind The Coin (BTC) in a brand new weekly podcast series that is focused towards the world of crypto! Be it bitcoin or an Alt-coin you've not heard of, from mining to trading to proof of stake. From ICOs to how-tos, the aim of this podcast is to cover it all. Let's not forget the movers and shakers from the crypto world we intend to interview!This pilot episode, sets the stage was to what you can expect of us.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Money On the Move - Episode 2 - Behind The Figures
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In this episode we decode the often quoted figure of $600 billion annual remittances in 2017, to understand where this number comes from and how it’s calculated. We also cover the informal money transfer industry or ‘hawala’ system and discuss how to interpret the global cost of remittances.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Money on the Move: Pilot Episode
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Pilot Episode of a new series called "Money on the Move" on Around The Coin.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Ep 153 Interview with Lawrence Richardson CEO of ZeroSum Markets
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Take game theory, throw a lil' bit of real-money, add the stock markets of the world, squeeze some incentives and don't forget a pinch or two of the crypto-world and shake it (or stir it) - what do you get? You get daily fantasy trading! Trade against your peers and not the professionals. Listen to our interview with Lawrence Richardson, CEO Founder of ZeroSum Markets.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2018
Fintech Podcast - Episode 152 - Is Bitcoin A Bubble Or Is This The Real Deal
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This week the three co-hosts, Brian Roemmele, Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan are back on the air, discussing what is proverbial $64 Million Question: Is Bitcoin A Bubble? (or is this the real deal?) For the last couple of years bitcoin has seen almost no sharp rise, until this year, from August onwards, the price of bitcoin has been sky-rocketing. Famed economists tell us we are in a bubble. Investment experts tell us we are in a bubble. But are we in a bubble. Tune in and listen to three different view points on the Bitcoin & Bubble argument.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 151 - Crypto-Economics as explained by Dr Chris Berg
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Our guest today holds a Ph.D. in economics from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, better know as RMIT University (Australia) His thesis was titled "Safety and Soundness: An Economic History of Prudential Bank Regulation in Australia, 1893-2008", and offered the first comprehensive history of the politics and economics of prudential bank regulation in Australia.Fair to say, my guest knows his financial regulations. Dr. Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom, and civil liberties.Our talk with him today will be around "Crypto-Economics".Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 150 - Discussing Segwit & Segwit2X with Ryan X. Charles
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Bitcoin recently experienced a hard fork which resulted in Bitcoin classic if you will and Bitcoin Cash. This was because of Segwit. Now there is Segwit2X coming up and the possibility to have perhaps another form of bitcoin - i.e. there will be 3 different versions of bitcoin out to trade and use.To explain all this, we needed to bring an expert in. Ryan Charles is the Cofounder and CEO of Yours.org. Ryan's been involved in the blockchain industry since 2011. He's has worked as an engineer at BitPay and BitGo as well as he was the Cryptocurrency engineer of Reddit from 2014-2015. As as proponent of Bitcoin Cash, Ryan explains to us the intricacies of what's happening with Bitcoin.To help us with that, I've invited Nako Mbelle who is one of our new co-hosts and she will be having this illuminating chat with Ryan.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 149 - ICO Mania - Equifax Hack & Apple
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The duo is back: This week Faisal Khan & Brian Roemmele are back together on the air after a brief break. We discuss the gold-rush behind ICOs and the move by China to ban ICOs (or Token Sales) and what impact will that have on the ICO industry. Will it get worse before it gets better or will we see a strong regulation clamp down? In other news the recent breach at Equifax, of the three leading credit scoring agency, where possibly millions of records on Americans consumers have been compromised. What does this mean? What effect can it have on the economy and the whole credit rating system itself? Will the playbook be rewritten? Lastly, we discuss what will happen on 12th September when Apple possibly releases the new iPhone, being dubbed as iPhone X by Brian Roemmele.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 148 - The Smart POS - Interview with AEVI CEO Nelson Holzner
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If you think the point of sale terminal is just this static old machine through which you swipe your card, well, I've got news for you. Times-a-changing. On this show we have Nelson Holzner CEO of AEVI from Germany and he is here to tell us, the new POS is not your grandfather's POS anymore. Innovation has come knocking on the merchant's door.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 147 - Interview with Mike Jones CEO of Science Inc
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It is not every day you get to interview great people. Mike Jones who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Science Inc., a very successful VC firm based out of Los Angeles. We get to talk to Mike about his past success (Dollar Shave Club, Famebit, HelloSociety to name a few), and how the idea behind Science came about and what is it that they do differently. Also, we have Mike open up a bit about their upcoming Science ICO.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 146 - Bitcoin - Segwit and Segwit2X
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This week co-hosts Faisal Khan and Nako Mbelle interview CEO of Prasos, Henry Brade who is has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2011 to get his take on Segwit and Segwit2X, what is the difference between the two? What does it mean for the rest of us.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2017
Employment opportunities in the Crypto & Blockchain space
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In this episode of Around The Coin, Faisal Khan and one of our new co-hosts Nako Mbelle discuss the world of crypto and blockchain, specifically from the employment point of view. Nako is the CEO/Founder of Fintech Recruiters based in Toronto, Canada and she has first hand experience on all things employment in the bitcoin, blockchain, ethereum, crypto-coin space. We ask Nako what is working (and not) with respect to job opportunities in the space, how to position yourself for employments and what to look out for in the coming years.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2017
Fintech Podcast - Episode 144 - During The Next Financial Crisis - Will Bitcoin Be Noah’s Ark?
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Brian Roemmele & Faisal Khan are back on the air this week. With the meteoric rise in the price of bitcoin and the added fear of an economic correction that is due, we discuss the power of Bitcoin and how it can be an avenue where wealth could get parked in the next financial crisis. Whether it will happen or not, remains to be seen. Brian does dwell on the dystopian society that we might be heading towards, and when the alarm bells rings, will we find solace in the driftwood (or ark) known as Bitcoin, for a common person like you and me. Consider this, that during the financial crisis of 2008, Bitcoin was not there. How it will play out this time around, poses an interesting dilemma for both governments and the financial industry in general.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2017
Faster Payments Task Force Report with Jordan Lampe
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This week Faisal Khan interviews Jordan Lampe who is the Head of Strategic Projects at Dwolla. Dwolla is payments related financial services company in Des Monies, Iowa. Dwolla also is one of the members of the Federal Reserve Task Force on Faster Payments initiative. We had interviewed Jordan earlier on this (See Episode 113). Reconnecting again with Jordan, we ask him on the Faster Payment Task Force Reports that come out (two of them actually): Final Report Part One: The Faster Payments Task Force Approach & Final Report Part Two: A Call To Action. Both these reports were published in July 2017.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchange that lets you save 15% or more on gift cards using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2017
Fintech Podcast Episode 142 - Interview With Scott Robinson Of PlugAndPlay Tech Center
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This week, Faisal Khan interviews Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial technology focused startup innovation platform in partnership with BNP Paribas, Santander, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, Sberbank, USAA, Mitsubishi, Capital One, Sumitomo, Intuit and many more global financial institutions. Listen to how a UCLA History major finds his calling and establishes one of the most successful incubator/accelerator hubs in the world, not to be left out, one of the early adopters of bitcoin/blockchain.Sponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter.Redeeem https://redeeem.click/qdza- Redeeem is a decentralized peer-to-peer exchang