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The Wharton FinTech Podcast is an informative and inspiring podcast that offers valuable insights into the world of financial technology. Hosted by Ryan Zauk, this podcast features a range of guest speakers who are industry experts, including founders, investors, and leaders in fintech. The podcast covers a breadth of topics in a clear and concise fashion, making it accessible to both those on the periphery of the business and those deeply entrenched in the industry.
One of the best aspects of this podcast is the quality of the guest speakers. The hosts do an excellent job of bringing on some of the most interesting and influential individuals in the fintech space. This allows listeners to gain unique perspectives from people who are at the forefront of innovation and change in finance. Additionally, the hosts show great depth in their knowledge and understanding of the industry, making for engaging and insightful conversations.
Another positive aspect of this podcast is its balance between business insights and personal anecdotes. While focusing on industry trends and developments, Ryan Zauk also delves into personal stories and experiences of his guests. This adds a human touch to the discussions and provides a more well-rounded understanding of not only what they do but also who they are.
Furthermore, The Wharton FinTech Podcast has a great format. The episodes are typically around 30 minutes long, making them easily digestible for listeners on-the-go. The hosts ask relevant questions that show they have done their homework on each guest before interviewing them. This preparation ensures that each episode provides impactful content that keeps listeners engaged.
In terms of drawbacks, it's hard to find any major faults with this podcast. Some may argue that certain episodes may be too technical for those who are not already familiar with fintech concepts. However, even for newcomers to the industry, this podcast can serve as an excellent introduction due to its clear presentation style.
In conclusion, The Wharton FinTech Podcast is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in the fintech industry. With its impressive range of guest speakers, clear and concise format, and engaging discussions, this podcast not only informs but also inspires listeners. Whether you are new to fintech or deeply entrenched in the business, this podcast is a must-listen that will provide valuable insights into the future of finance.
Russell Matambo hosts Serigne Dioum, Group CEO of MTN Fintech, an African mobile financial services platform and subsidiary of MTN, Africa's largest mobile network operator. With a footprint of 16 countries, over 69 million customers, and an annual transaction value of over US$220 billion, MTN Fintech is among the largest mobile financial services platforms in Africa. They discuss MTN's ambition to scale Africa's largest fintech platform, the strategic importance of carving out MTN Fintech and its partnership with Mastercard, and much more! About Serigne: Serigne Dioum is the Group CEO of MTN Fintech. Prior to this, Serigne was the MTN Group Executive for Mobile Financial Services. Serigne joined the MTN Group in September 2013, and has since then been responsible for driving MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) and related mobile financial services products and services across the MTN footprint. Serigne is passionate about financial inclusion and is spearheading MTN's ambition to build Africa's largest fintech platform, accelerating economic and social development through digital innovations for the benefit of citizens across the continent and beyond. Prior to joining MTN, Serigne headed Orange Money Skill Centre from 2008 to 2010 where he coordinated the launch of Orange Money in several Orange affiliates. Serigne holds a qualification in Telecommunications Engineering from the French institution ENST Bretagne. -- As always, for more Fintech insights and opportunities to collaborate, please find us below: WFT LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/wharton-fintech-club/ WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Blog: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Home: www.whartonfintech.org Russell's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/russell-matambo-cfa-a5900039/
Zoey Tang sits down with Vinay Nair, founder and CEO of TIFIN, a fintech platform that drives personalization for wealth using AI and investment intelligence. TIFIN operates a collection of fully-owned subsidiaries in wealth and investments that are shaping the future of investor experience. Vinay was also the Founder and Chairman of 55ip, which was successfully sold to J.P. Morgan. As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Vinay was also a former finance faculty member of Wharton. His teaching focuses on venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurship. He is also recognized as an expert in the areas of sustainable and responsible investing and has written “Investing for Change”, a book published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. In the episode, Vinay covers his journey from academics to entrepreneurship, how TIFIN is helping transform Wealth Management for consumers and financial advisors, and how TIFIN is pioneering in the space using Gen AI through partnership with incumbents.
Nate Gee hosts Anthony Scaramucci, Founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, an alternative investment firm with a significant focus on digital assets. In this episode, they cover: - Anthony's partnership with FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried - What led to FTX's 30% stake in SkyBridge, and takeaways from FTX's collapse - Risk-taking, facing criticism, and moving on from mistakes - Insights from Anthony's time as White House Communications Director - Recent performance and the road ahead for SkyBridge - Bitcoin, other digital assets, and the future of money - Anthony's macroeconomic and geopolitical concerns - SkyBridge's SALT Conferences - And much more! About SkyBridge SkyBridge Capital is an alternative asset manager and investment advisor whose holdings include digital assets, public and private equity, and hedge funds. It was founded in 2005 by Anthony Scaramucci, also the founder and chairman of SALT, SkyBridge's venture studio and networking forum covering public policy, finance, and technology. About Anthony Scaramucci Anthony Scaramucci is an investor and entrepreneur whose focus in recent years has included digital assets and related technology at SkyBridge Capital. Scaramucci has also worked in politics, most notably in a brief stint as the White House Communications Director for President Donald Trump in 2017. He was ranked among Cointelegraph's most influential people in crypto and blockchain in 2022, and in 2016, he was listed among Worth Magazine's 100 most powerful people in global finance. Scaramucci has authored multiple books and speaks on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media. Before founding SkyBridge, Scaramucci sold his prior investment business, Oscar Capital Management, to Neuberger Berman in 2001. He began his career at Goldman Sachs and holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University. For more FinTech insights, follow us on: WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Nate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-c-gee/
In today's episode, Kailee Costello hosts David Haber, General Partner at a16z. David focuses on technology investments in financial services.David was previously a senior executive in Firmwide Strategy at Goldman Sachs where he helped lead partnerships, new ventures and M&A. Before joining the firm, David was the Founder and CEO of Bond Street, which aimed to transform small business lending through technology, data, and design. Bond Street was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2017. In this episode you will hear about: - The outlook for fintech: challenges and opportunities - How seeing the world from the perspective of an operator, an entrepreneur, and an investor has shaped David's investing today - David's current investing theses - David's learnings from Bond Street about the importance of “leading with software” - How David's lessons from Bond Street and his time at Goldman Sachs have influenced what he looks for in an investment and a founding team - David's rationale for leaving his VC role at Spark Capital to found a startup - What David liked and disliked about his roles in VC compared to his role as founder and CEO at Bond Street For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
Zoey Tang sits down with Mark Fiorentino, partner at Index Ventures. Founded in 1996, Index Ventures is a global Venture Capital firm with offices in San Francisco, New York City, and London. Index Ventures has previously invested in prominent fintech companies such as Adyen, Plaid, Robinhood As part of the early members of the San Francisco team, Mark is focused largely on fintech and application SaaS. He is especially interested in fintech infrastructure, verticalized payment workflows, and SaaS tools disrupting legacy incumbents. He's currently invested in RevenueCat, Loop, Catch, Pomelo, and Mercantile. Prior to Index, Mark helped build and lead business strategy and finance at Stripe from 2015 to 2019, driving key initiatives for sales operations, global growth, and fundraising. He helped the company assess international product market fit, grow from a couple hundred to nearly 2,000 people, and move upmarket into late-stage and enterprise. Before that, Mark was an investor at GI Partners, focusing on vertical SaaS and insurance marketplaces, including the acquisition of MRI Software. He was also an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and served as a board member of the Stonestown YMCA for three years. In today's episode we discuss Mark's journey into Fintech and venture investing, his investment philosophy for companies in different stages, and his advice for founders in a period of volatility. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Zoey's Twitter: @zoeytang1007 Zoey's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoeytang1007/
In this episode, Blythe Masters reflects on her career that spans three decades within financial services. She discusses pivotal moments, from navigating through major mergers and market upheavals to becoming a mother at an early age. Addressing the evolving landscape of financial services, she delves into the transformative impact of AI and technology on Motive's investment thesis, portfolio companies and day-to-day operations. Her experiences and observations provide a unique perspective on the industry's past, present, and future, making this podcast a must-listen for finance professionals and enthusiasts alike. About Blythe Masters Blythe Masters joined Motive Partners in 2019 and is a Founding Partner. At Motive, Blythe sources and executes investment opportunities with a focus on strategy and growth for Motive portfolio companies, through her extensive experience as a financial services and technology executive. Blythe is Chair of Motive Ventures, the early-stage investment capability at Motive Partners. Prior to joining Motive, Blythe was the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, the leading enterprise blockchain fintech company responsible for the Australian Securities Exchange's ground-breaking post-trade infrastructure replacement project. Previously, Blythe was a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank Operating Committee and firmwide Executive Committee at J.P. Morgan. Her J.P. Morgan career spanned 27 years, fulfilling several roles including head of global commodities, head of corporate and investment bank regulatory affairs, CFO of the investment bank, head of global credit portfolio and credit policy and strategy, and head of structured credit. Blythe is a graduate and Senior Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge where she received a B.A. in Economics. About Motive Partners Motive Partners is a specialist private equity firm with offices in New York City, London and Berlin, focusing on growth equity and buyout investments in software and information services companies based in North America and Europe and serving five primary subsectors: Banking & Payments, Capital Markets, Data & Analytics, Investment Management and Insurance. Motive Partners brings differentiated expertise, connectivity and capabilities to create long-term value in financial technology companies. For more information, please visit www.motivepartners.com For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Rhea's Twitter: @rheaadvani Rhea's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rheaa/
In today's episode, Kailee Costello hosts Nikhil Lakhanpal, Co-Founder at Narmi. Narmi's mission is to offer financial institutions the best digital banking platform in the industry. Narmi does this through an API-driven platform that layers on top of existing banking infrastructure to give these financial institutions access to Narmi's products, including digital account opening, consumer and business digital banking, and an admin platform. In this episode you will hear about: - Nikhil's journey from running a financial institution during his undergraduate years at Georgetown to founding a fintech. - How Narmi integrates with the tech stack for financial institutions to provide a superior customer experience - How Narmi thinks about segmenting and targeting potential customers - How Narmi approaches selling to financial institutions (which have typically been risk-averse and slow to adopt new technologies) - Who Narmi's main competitors are, and how Narmi distinguishes its value proposition from theirs - Outlook for the banking sector, including the impact of FedNow and how banks have recently started focusing more on digital and tech spend - What's top of mind for Nikhil given that 2023 has been a tumultuous year for the banking sector - How Narmi approached developing their suite of products, and whether what Narmi looks like today is what Nikhil envisioned when he started working on the company - Narmi's short-term goals, and where Nikhil sees Narmi 5 years from now About Narmi Narmi offers state of the art digital banking and digital account opening platforms to financial institutions. The platform – built for the enterprise – allows financial institutions to open accounts in less than 2.5 minutes, and then grow that relationship over a lifetime through intuitive mobile and online channels. Every single product at Narmi integrates with leading core banking systems. About Nikhil Lakhanpal Nikhil Lakhanpal is the Co-Founder of Narmi. Prior to Narmi, Nikhil ran a financial institution as CEO and also held roles in Investment Banking at Citi. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
In today's episode, Rhea Advani hosts John MacIlwaine, Co-Founder & CEO at Highnote. They delve into the evolving payments processing space, emphasizing the rise of innovative embedded finance platforms like Highnote. The conversation also unveils insights into Highnote's latest Credit Issuing product. In this episode, you will hear about: The complexities of payments processing and regulatory challenges faced by fintech companies. Highnote's innovative approach as an embedded platform, emphasizing differentiation and flexibility. Insights into Highnote's latest product, the Credit Issuing platform, and its implications for the market. The future of issuer processing, where legacy platforms coexist with cutting-edge solutions like Highnote. Highnote's strategies for navigating the competitive fintech industry and their vision for the evolving market landscape. About John MacIlwaine John MacIlwaine is the the CEO and co-founder of Highnote, an embedded finance company setting the new standard for modern card platform management through differentiated payment experiences. John has over two decades of experience leading in technical and management roles at global financial companies. Prior to founding Highnote, he served as General Manager of Braintree, a leading global payments platform that powers some of the world's most innovative and fast-growing companies, including Uber, Airbnb, and Dropbox. During his tenure at Braintree, John was instrumental in driving the company's global growth and expansion. Before joining Braintree, MacIlwaine served as the Chief Technology Officer of Lending Club, a pioneering online lending platform that connects borrowers with investors. In his role, John laid the groundwork to establish the company's technical foundation while driving innovation across the organization. Throughout his career, John has been committed to helping businesses move faster and innovate more through differentiated payment experiences. He believes that payments are a critical touchpoint in the customer journey and that businesses must deliver seamless, personalized experiences to stand out in today's competitive landscape. About Highnote Highnote is an embedded finance company setting the new standard in modern card platform management. Purpose-built to realize customer loyalty and engagement through embedded card experiences, Highnote's fully integrated tech stack provides every service needed for innovative companies to launch new ways to use card payments. Utilizing the developer-friendly Highnote platform, product and engineering teams at digital enterprises of all sizes can easily and efficiently embed virtual and physical payment cards (commercial and consumer prepaid, debit, credit, and charge), ledger, and wallet capabilities into their existing products, creating compelling value for users while growing revenue and building a unique and differentiated brand. The company has raised more than $100 million from leading investors and strategic partners and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit www.highnote.com. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Rhea's Twitter: @rheaadvani Rhea's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rheaa/
Nate Gee hosts Jeremy Tsui, co-founder and CEO of Finley, which simplifies and streamlines companies' debt capital raise and management. In this episode, they discuss: -Finley's inspiration from innovations in consumer credit and equity capital management -Trends in private credit and Jeremy's original idea for Finley -Jeremy's views on AI in fintech and beyond -The ways Finley helps companies manage their debt -Jeremy's experience with Y Combinator and recent venture capital fundraising -And much more! About Finley Finley creates software that provides companies with a range of tools to better manage their debt capital, from automating operations and digitizing credit agreements to providing analytics and performance tracking. About Jeremy Tsui Prior to co-founding Finley in 2020, Jeremy worked in Goldman Sach's Special Situations Group where he invested across a range of industries. Beforehand, he worked as a strategy consultant for financial institutions at Oliver Wyman. Jeremy grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. For more fintech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Nate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-c-gee/
Kailee Costello sits down with Stacy Greiner, Chief Operating Officer at DailyPay. DailyPay offers an on-demand pay solution that helps employers to improve the financial well-being of their workforce. DailyPay has over 1000 enterprise clients, and over 4 million of these company's employees use the DailyPay platform. In this episode you will hear about: - DailyPay's mission to provide employees with on-demand access to their earnings - Why DailyPay's target market spans across industries, and why DailyPay didn't start by focusing on a specific industry - DailyPay's revenue model - Stacy's perspective on competitive position, and the importance of truly "earned wage" access - The future for earned wage access - The risk for employers that fall behind in the Earned Wage Access movement - The impact of wage compression in healthcare - DailyPay's strategic priorities over the coming years - Stacy's journey from her marketing roles at Dun & Bradstreet and Cisco to COO at DailyPay, and what Stacy's role looks like day-to-day About DailyPay DailyPay is on a mission to build a new financial system for everyone. DailyPay delivers an on-demand pay solution with modern, insight-driven pay strategies that help America's leading employers to activate their workforce and build stronger relationships with their employees, so they feel more engaged, work harder, and stay longer. DailyPay works to ensure that money is always in the right place at the right time for employers, merchants, and financial institutions. DailyPay is headquartered in New York City, with operations based in Minneapolis and Belfast. About Stacy Greiner Stacy Greiner serves as Chief Operating Officer, DailyPay. She most recently served as the General Manager of the Sales and Marketing Solutions division of Dun & Bradstreet, where she was responsible for all Profit & Loss. Her experience spans Senior Executive roles at Cisco, IBM, and Accenture where she led globally-diverse Product, Marketing, Engineering, and Data & Analytics organizations. Trained as an Aerospace Engineer at Iowa State University, Greiner also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. She sits on the board and serves as a member of the Audit Committee of Proto Labs, Inc. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
Rob Straathof, CEO of Liberis - Embedded Finance and Small Business Lending Trevor Prince sits down with Rob Straathof, CEO of Liberis, an embedded finance platform that partners with companies like Klarna, Barclaycard, and Worldpay to empower small businesses with funding solutions. Through analysis of data on its partners' platforms, Liberis provides small businesses with pre-approved funding offers and streamlined access to capital. To date, Liberis has funded over 50,000 businesses with more than £1 billion in funding. In this episode, Rob discusses his path from an aspiring astronaut to leading a global FinTech company, Liberis' platform relative to traditional lenders, as well as business funding options and their impact on small businesses. He also discusses his experience and perspective on working with regulators in financial services, GenAI's applications in business, and much more. About Rob Straathof: Rob has served as the CEO of Liberis for over 8 years. Prior to Liberis, he led Corporate Development at Wonga.com and worked in Tech and FinTech M&A at JP Morgan. Rob's career journey began early on in his family's delicatessen and catering business in the Netherlands. Rob is passionate about creating value and impact for small businesses and their communities. He earned a Master of Science in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and enjoys flying as an instrument-rated private pilot.
Joshua Benadiva sits down with Arad Levertov, founder and CEO of Sunbit, a pay-over-time, point-of-sale financing solution for everyday expenses such as auto-repair, dental care, vet care, and more. Sunbit offers a no-fee credit card, as well as a point-of-sale lending option available at over 20,000 service locations. In-line with Arad's founding vision, Sunbit approves over 90% of borrowers, and the company was most recently valued at $1.1 billion. In this episode, Arad shares how and why he started Sunbit, his vision for the future of the company and the buy-now-pay-later model more generally. He also shares some of his secrets to building a mission-driven company, as well as how Sunbit integrates powerful machine-learning models to maximize value for customers. About Arad Levertov: Arad Levertov co-founded Sunbit, where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. A FinTech veteran, Arad's strong leadership skills come from his background as a Major in the Israeli Navy Seals. Arad holds an MBA degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Previous to Sunbit, Arad was COO of Enova International, where he successfully managed an $800M business and led teams across product, marketing, strategy, HR, and operations. Prior to Enova, he ran Operations and Systems Development at Intel.
Russell Matambo hosts Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi, a member-centric one-stop shop for digital financial services in the US. In this episode you will hear about: - SoFi's trajectory since Anthony took over as CEO 5 years ago - the background to the SoFi stadium naming rights deal - what it will take for SoFi to meet its goal of becoming a top 10 financial institution in the US - how Anthony's upbringing and varied professional experiences have influenced his leadership style - and much more! About Anthony: Anthony Noto is the CEO of SoFi and serves on its board of directors. Since joining SoFi in February 2018, Anthony has led the company to double down on its mission to help people reach financial independence and realize their ambitions, by developing and executing a strategy to make SoFi a relationship financial services company that provides solutions for all of the major financial decisions in a member's life and all of the days in between. The company transitioned to a fully mobile-first full suite of products, launching several non-lending products including SoFi Invest, SoFi Checking and Savings, SoFi Credit Card, SoFi Relay, as well as relaunching Home Loans and introducing college loans. The company has increased its member base from 430,000 members in January 2018 to over 5 million members getting their money right and 8+ million products as of April 2023. Additionally, SoFi has built a financial technology platform business (often called the AWS of Fintech) where it serves over 130 million end-accounts via the Galileo payment processing platform and Technisys Core banking products. Under his leadership, SoFi became a public company in June of 2021 at 3x the value from just three years prior. Before joining SoFi, Anthony served as Chief Operating Officer of Twitter since November 2016, and as its Chief Financial Officer when joining the company in July 2014. Prior to Twitter, Anthony worked at Goldman Sachs from 1999-2007 as a Partner in Equity Research and 2010-2014 as Partner and Co-Head of Global TMT Investment Banking. Before returning to Goldman, Anthony was Chief Financial Officer of the National Football League from 2008-2010. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Anthony also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. ----- As always, for more Fintech insights and opportunities to collaborate, please find us below: WFT LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/wharton-fintech-club/ WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Blog: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Home: www.whartonfintech.org Russell's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/russell-matambo-cfa-a5900039/
Joshua Benadiva hosts Bill Capuzzi, the CEO of Apex Fintech Solutions, a leading provider of custody and clearing services for the financial industry. Apex's powerful brokerage solutions and APIs serve over 300 customers including Betterment, SoFi, and Public.com. Bill is also a partner at PEAK6 Investments, the parent company of Apex Fintech Solutions, and a board member of DTCC, a leading provider of market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. In this episode, Joshua and Bill dive deep into the history and evolution of broker-dealers and trading, from the days of paper tickets and phone calls to the era of digital platforms and APIs. They reveal how Bill leveraged his experience and vision to shape Apex Fintech Solutions, a company that simplifies and streamlines the plumbing of the financial industry. He also shares his insights on the importance of failing fast, taking risks, and making big leaps in your career. Bill gives us a glimpse into his innovation mindset and his passion for wealth-tech, as well as the opportunities and trends he sees in this space. Finally, they look ahead to the future of fintech and what Bill anticipates to see in the next decade.
Zoey Tang hosts Urvashi Barooah, a fellow Wharton alum and Principal at Redpoint Ventures. At Redpoint, Urvashi specializes in early-stage fintech investments, and her portfolio includes ventures such as Dune Analytics, Offchain Labs, XMTP, Flexe, among others. In our conversation, we delved into various aspects of Urvashi's journey. We discussed pivotal moments in her life, including her transition from consulting to venture capital while at Wharton. Urvashi also shared valuable advice for those aspiring to enter the world of venture investment and entrepreneurship. We gained insights into her investment philosophy and her current areas of passion. Wrapping up our discussion, we turned our gaze toward the future, where Urvashi shared her thoughts on her favorite investors and the kind of investor she hopes to become.
“We build the monetisation engine for Google. We build the entire stack that moves money and we do it at Google scale. The reason we have to build it internally is (because) at our scale and with all our different business models and products that we support at Google there is not really one product out there that does it all. You have to piece together multiple different things and some of that is very unique to the way Google runs and its scale and reach… billions of users, hundreds of countries and territories. So that's why we do what we do.” Sonal Goyal and Kareem Itani host Kan Liu, VP of Product for Payments Platform at Google, which provides fast, easy and trusted payment solutions to Google's businesses and their end users. Kan has been at Google for almost two decades where he previously led Google Desktop and Chrome OS. In this episode, they discuss Kan's career journey, everlasting product principles, balancing innovation with regulatory compliance, Google's big bets in digital payments, advice for fintech and product enthusiasts, and much more!
Zoey Tang hosts Kevin Zhang, partner at Bain Capital Venture. At BCV, Kevin partners with inception-stage entrepreneurs at the intersection of business software and financial services, with particular emphasis on finserv enablement, productivity & automation, and data infrastructure. During our conversation, we delved into Kevin's professional trajectory, his initial attraction to fintech, and the transition from operations to investment. We then discussed his specific criteria when it comes to evaluating founders in the early stage, as well as the decision-making process he and his colleagues employ at Bain Capital Ventures. Lastly, our conversation concluded with Kevin's interests outside of work, including his revelation of a political figure with whom he would be eager to share a dinner table. About Kevin Zhang Kevin Zhang is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures, leading early-stage investments in financial technology and developer products. Previously, he has invested in companies including Argyle, Column Tax, Alloy Automation, Hightouch, and others. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Kevin was the first business hire and Head of Product at Fundera, a lending marketplace acquired by NerdWallet (NASDAQ: NRDS). Kevin built the initial content and acquisition marketing efforts, before leading roadmap, user research, and analytics as Head of Product. During Kevin's tenure, Fundera grew from 5 to 65 employees, raised $20M+ of venture capital, and was ranked #69 fastest growing company on the Inc. 5000 in 2018. About Bain Capital Ventures Bain Capital Ventures is the venture capital arm that operates within the larger Bain Capital ecosystem. With a focus on investing in early to growth-stage startups, BCV has built a strong reputation for backing innovative and disruptive companies across various sectors.
Nate Gee hosts Eric Satz, Founder and CEO of Alto, a self-directed IRA custodian that facilitates individuals' tax-advantaged investments in alternative asset classes. With the goal of “alternatives for all,” Alto aims to be the world's premier alternative assets marketplace. In this episode, they discuss: - Eric's career journey and how Alto came about - Why alternative investments as a means of diversification, and why now - Alto's growth in a space of increasing competition - Alto's capabilities with crypto - Expanding access to alternatives - Eric's advice and insights from years as a founder, operator, and investor - And much more! About Alto As a self-directed IRA custodian, Alto launched its original Alto IRA platform in 2018 to simplify the process for individuals to diversify their retirement investments beyond stocks and bonds into a range of assets from private equity and credit to real estate, art, and wine. Supplementary to its original platform, Alto launched its CryptoIRA in 2020 to facilitate tax-advantaged crypto trading. About Eric Satz Before founding Alto, Eric worked as an investment banker, serial entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Among his prior ventures, he co-founded Currenex, which was acquired by State Street for $564M. Eric graduated from Amherst College and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Nate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-c-gee/
Zoey Tang hosts Gary Hoberman, Founder and CEO at Unqork. Unqork provides a codeless enterprise application platform designed for customers in financial services, insurance, health care, government, and others. Throughout our conversation, we explored Gary's career journey and the motivation behind initiating Unqork. Our conversation delved into how Unqork empowers clients through its no-code application platform, expediting development, amplifying customization, and mitigating technical debt. We concluded by examining Gary's insights into the future evolution of the financial services technology landscape. About Gary Hoberman Gary Hoberman is the CEO & Founder of Unqork. Before founding Unqork, Gary was the former CIO of MetLife and spent more than twenty years working in financial services.
Joshua Benadiva hosts Itzik Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of PayZen, a patient financing platform for healthcare. PayZen helps hospitals, health systems, and physicians groups of all sizes to offer affordable payment plans to their patients, while funding providers up-front for all billings regardless of a patient's credit score. PayZen was founded in 2021 by Itzik and his co-founders to fight the healthcare affordability crisis. In this episode you will hear about: - Itzik's journey from being a serial entrepreneur and a tech veteran in lending, healthcare lending, and debt settlement to founding PayZen - The intersection of healthcare and fintech, and the challenges and opportunities in this space - PayZen's unique approach to payments in the healthcare space, and how it leverages data and AI to create individualized patient payment plans that families can afford - The vision and mission of PayZen, and how it aims to make healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone About PayZen: PayZen is a global technology company building the best way to pay for healthcare. PayZen delivers better financial outcomes for patients and providers from day one. Its platform leapfrogs traditional patient financing results, is quick to implement, and integrates well with existing revenue cycle and engagement solutions. PayZen is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. About Itzik Cohen: Itzik Cohen is the president and CEO of PayZen. He is a serial entrepreneur and a tech veteran with experience in lending, healthcare lending, and debt settlement. He co-founded PayZen with Tobias Mezger, and Ariel Rosenthal in 2021 to fight the healthcare affordability crisis. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Josh's Twitter: @josh_benadiva Josh's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbenadiva/
Kailee Costello hosts Matt Streisfeld, General Partner at Oak HC/FT. Oak is a venture and growth equity firm investing in companies driving transformation in healthcare and fintech. Oak was one of the earliest venture investors in fintech, and now has over $5B in assets under management. In this episode you will hear about: - The M&A environment for fintechs - Opportunities in AI and Machine Learning, and how Matt thinks about identifying “winners” in what is increasingly becoming a crowded space - The outlook for digital assets - Matt's personal philosophy on FinTech investing - And much more! About Oak HC/FT Oak HC/FT is a venture and growth equity firm investing in companies driving transformation in healthcare and fintech. Oak HC/FT partners with leading entrepreneurs at every stage, from seed to growth, to build businesses that make a measurable, lasting impact on these industries. Founded in 2014, the firm has $5.3 billion in assets under management. The partners at the firm have had 46 realizations and 35 companies achieving valuations in excess of $1 billion. About Matt Streisfeld Matt Streisfeld is a General Partner at Oak HC/FT. Matt joined the firm in 2015 and focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in FinTech. Matt currently serves on the Boards of AU10TIX, CLARA Analytics, Highnote, Justt, Namogoo and ZenBusiness. He is also a Board Observer at Ocrolus and is actively involved with Blend (NYSE: BLND), Pagaya Technologies (NASDAQ: PGY) and Paxos. His prior investments include FastPay (acquired by AvidXchange), Groundspeed (acquired by Insurance Quantified), Kryon (acquired by Nintex) and Urjanet (acquired by Arcadia). Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Matt was a Vice President with LLR Partners, a middle-market growth equity firm, where he focused on investments in financial services technology companies. Matt was previously a Senior Associate at Lightyear Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market financial services companies. Matt was also an Associate in the insurance investment banking group of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
"Every time we scale, I rethink the problem and how we are solving it…” Listen in as Josh Benadiva hosts Ariel Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of Navan. This episode is a riveting exploration of Ariel's journey in tackling evolving challenges and driving continuous product innovation as his business scales. Ariel shares his unique approach to product development and organizational alignment. He discusses how he and his co-founder initially reimagined enterprise travel management software with a focus driving win-wins for companies and their employees. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Navan, Ariel is focused on the company's growth. This is Ariel's second company he founded with Co-founder and CTO Ilan Twig –– the most recent being StreamOnce, a business multimedia integration platform which was acquired by Jive Software. Prior to StreamOnce, Ariel led Product Management in a senior leadership role at Hewlett-Packard. Ariel earned an EMBA from Northwestern University –– Kellogg School of Management. Navan (formerly TripActions) was founded in 2015 and is the next generation of corporate travel and expense management software that allows users to easily book, view, and manage business travel and expenses. Navan has also recently launched a corporate credit card alongside its travel and expense management technology.
Kailee Costello hosts Harsh Sinha and Steve Naudé from Wise. Harsh is the Chief Technology Officer, and Steve is Head of Wise Platform. Wise has built a leading cross-border payments network and processes £9B in cross-border payments every month on behalf of over 16 million customers. Wise's IPO on the London Stock Exchange took place in 2021. In this episode you will hear about: - Wise's journey from money transfer service to leading cross-border payments network - How Wise have put an API around their cross-border payment infrastructure so that they can offer it to banks and non-banks via Wise Platform - How Wise is able to achieve such low transaction costs - Whether Wise will be able to push prices lower in the future - The friction that still exists in cross-border payments - The role that crypto solutions will play in the future. - How Wise deploys cross-functional teams that operate as a small startup within Wise and are fully equipped as a vertical unit to solve the problem for the customer - Challenges faced in building and growing Wise Platform - Growth opportunities for Wise Platform, and why Wise is expecting Platform to represent the majority of FX volume in the long-term About Wise Wise is a global technology company building the best way to move and manage money around the world. Wise processes £9bn in cross-border payments every month on behalf of over 16 million customers, saving them £1.5bn a year in bank fees. Wise's IPO took place in July 2021. About Harsh Sinha and Steve Naudé Harsh Sinha is the Chief Technology Officer at Wise. Prior to Wise, Harsh was the director of product at PayPal. He led product strategy and development of PayPal's mobile apps and software. Previously, Harsh led various technology functions at eBay. Harsh is also an angel investor, an advisor to early stage start-ups and venture capital firms. Steve Naudé is Head of Wise Platform, Wise's cross-border payments infrastructure offer for banks and non-banks alike. Wise Platform allows financial institutions and major enterprises to leverage the power of Wise's technology and embed solutions that make sending, receiving, and managing money internationally easier than ever for their customers directly into their existing infrastructure. Today, Wise Platform is live with more than 60 banks and financial institutions across the world, including Monzo, Google Pay, Ramp and Bank Mandiri, one of Indonesia's largest banks. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
Nihar Bobba hosts Khalid Meniri, Co-Founder and CEO of Selfbook, a fintech startup bringing modern payments innovation to the world of hospitality. Prior to Selfbook, Khalid built and ran a digital agency, Six, where he and his team combined data architecture, e-commerce infrastructure and digital design expertise to serve clients such as Net-a-Porter, Unilever and Hearst. Today, Selfbook partners with hospitality groups such as Dorchester Collection, Oetker Collection and Auberge Resorts Collection, and includes investors such as Amex Ventures, Tiger Global, Starwood's Barry Sternlicht and Better Tomorrow Ventures. In this episode, you will hear about: - Khalid's journey to America - Why frictionless payments is so important for hospitality - What's next for Selfbook - What Khalid's excited about in Fintech
Joshua Benadiva hosts Chen Amit, the founder and CEO of Tipalti. We deep-dive into Chen's journey, from finding initial success in tech and product management, to his role today as the leader of a billion-dollar company. Chen offers fascinating insights on how to craft the initial solution for significant enterprise problems, and how being an outsider can bring a fresh, innovative perspective. He also speaks candidly about his learnings from starting Tipalti and the critical elements of structuring an early-stage company and hiring the right team. Chen is a veteran high tech executive and repeat entrepreneur. Prior to Tipalti, Chen was CEO of Atrica, a Carrier Ethernet company that Nokia-Siemens acquired. Before Atrica, Chen was co-founder and CEO of Verix, a provider of business intelligence software. At ECI Telecom, Chen founded their ADSL business unit and led it from inception to $100 million in annual sales. He earned a BSc from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
Kailee Costello hosts Annie Delgado, the Chief Risk Officer of Upstart. Upstart is a leading AI lending marketplace, partnering with banks and credit unions to expand access to affordable credit In this episode you will hear about: - How Upstart's use of ML has evolved from a binary decision model to what is now a fully-automated loan process for the majority of their borrowers - Why Upstart decided not to become a chartered bank - How Upstart works to prevent bias in ML algorithms - Competitive advantage in ML underwriting - Annie's role as Chief Risk Officer - How lending processes and credit scores will evolve into the future - And much more! About Annie Delgado Annie is the Chief Risk Officer at Upstart. As part of her role, she has built a data-driven compliance program at Upstart, navigating the regulatory environment associated with the use of AI-powered credit modeling techniques. About Upstart Upstart is a leading artificial intelligence (AI) lending marketplace designed to improve access to affordable credit while reducing the risk and costs of lending for our bank partners. By leveraging Upstart's AI marketplace, Upstart-powered banks can offer higher approval rates and experience lower default rates, while simultaneously delivering the digital-first lending experience their customers demand. Upstart has originated more than $33B loans, and 84% of loans are fully automated. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
Nate Gee hosts Boris Alergant, Ripple's Head of DeFi. Ripple has operated in the crypto space for over a decade and offers a range of blockchain-based solutions for businesses. In this episode we cover: - Ripple's original solution addressing cross-border payments inefficiencies - The XRP Ledger on which Ripple builds its products, and how it differs from other blockchains - How Boris views and defines decentralized finance and his role leading DeFi at Ripple - The development of automated market maker functionality on the XRP Ledger - Central bank digital currencies and other recent industry trends - Pursuing an MBA to transition into fintech/crypto - And much more! About Boris Alergant Boris joined Ripple full-time in 2019 and is now the company's Head of DeFi. Before joining Ripple, Boris earned an MBA and MA at the Wharton School and Lauder Institute. Prior to business school, Boris spent the first seven years of his career in investment banking and sales and trading at JP Morgan and MUFG. About Ripple Ripple Labs, Inc. is a technology company founded in 2012 with a primary focus on digital cross-border payments via a decentralized blockchain, XRP Ledger. Ripple now offers additional solutions to meet enterprises' needs with respect to digital assets. Ripple also works with central banks around the world to issue central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) on the XRP Ledger. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Nate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-c-gee/
Josh Benadiva converses with David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Group, about the evolution of fintech, and his journey in leading a foreign and crypto exchange. A seasoned leader in the derivatives industry, Mercer shares his insights on the essence of continuous product improvement, agility in business structures, and the innovative approaches in Bitcoin and crypto exchanges. Discover how LMAX Group, Europe's leading Multilateral Trading Facility for FX and crypto, is driving transformation in the industry. Mercer provides a sneak peek into the future of crypto beyond the crypto winter and the role LMAX Group will play in this landscape. David Mercer is the chief executive of LMAX Group. He has more than 20 years' experience in the derivatives industry and an extensive expertise in the leveraged FX business. Prior to joining LMAX Exchange, he held senior executive roles at IFX Markets and Saxo Bank (Synthesis Bank) in London, Geneva and Sydney. Mercer started his career at CSFP and Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on fixed income derivatives, primarily as the business manager in the emerging markets division.
Tarang Gupta hosts Samara Cohen, the Chief Investment Officer of ETFs and Index Investments at BlackRock. BlackRock is a global asset manager and technology provider and one of the world's leading providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. In this episode you will hear about: - What Samara's role as the CIO entails - How ETFs have evolved from their early days - Building high performance teams - Different types of investors that invest in BlackRock's ETFs - Increasing participation of self-directed investors in public markets - Samara's outlook on managing personal and professional commitments - And much more! About Samara Cohen Samara Cohen, Senior Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of the ETF and Index Investments (EII) business for BlackRock and a member of the firm's Global Executive Committee. As the first ever CIO for EII, Samara manages the teams responsible for delivering the market quality and investment integrity of BlackRock's 2,700+ index funds and ETFs. She also serves on the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and on the board of the BlackRock Foundation. Samara was named to Barron's 100 Most Influential Women in Finance last year. She earned a BS Econ in Finance from the Wharton School and a BA in Theatre Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. About ETFs and iShares An ETF is a technology that can wrap all kinds of investments. They are a simple way for people to access the world's financial markets in a diversified way. ETFs are similar to mutual funds in that they invest in a basket of securities, such as stocks or bonds. Similar to a stock, ETFs can be traded whenever the markets are open, which makes them different from mutual funds. Ultimately, what ETFs are doing are democratizing investing – providing convenient and affordable access for millions to the capital markets. BlackRock's ETF and index business is about $2.3 trillion in AUM across over 2,700+ funds globally. Worldwide, 120 million people have an average of $50,000 invested in iShares ETF and index funds. In the US alone, 25 million people own an iShares ETF. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
In a collaboration with GGV Capital's "Evolving for the Next Billion" podcast, Joshua Benadiva hosts a fascinating conversation with Hans Tung, widely recognized as one of the best venture investors in the world. Hans is the managing partner of GGV Capital, and has been named to the Forbes Midas List of the world's top venture capital investors for 11 consecutive years. Throughout our conversation, we explore the unique decision-making strategies that have fueled Hans' successful investments. We delve into his distinct perspective on human and technological transformation and discuss how he uses these as data points in his broader investment strategy. Hans Tung is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital, focusing on early-stage investments across the global digital economy ecosystem. He is consistently recognized among the top venture capital investors in the world, having been named to the Forbes Midas list 11 consecutive years from 2013-2023, and has been in the top 10 for the last 5 years. He has also been recognized among the Top 100 Asian Americans by Gold House in 2018-2020. In 2023, Hans and his team launched the Embedded Fintech 50, a list highlighting the rising stars in fintech innovation. Hans oversees the GGV's DE&I initiatives, and he is also the co-host of the popular podcast, “Evolving for the Next Billion” on entrepreneurship around the globe.
Russell Matambo hosts Shivani Siroya, Founder and CEO of Tala, a global technology company expanding access to credit and financial services in underserved markets. They discuss how Shivani's built Tala on the basis of her microlending activity from her own savings, the importance of trust when lending in Emerging Markets, the socioeconomic impact of credit in Emerging Markets, and much more! About Shivani: Shivani is the Founder and CEO of Tala, a global technology company expanding access to credit and financial services in underserved markets. Nearly 8 million people across Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, and India have used Tala products to start and expand small businesses, manage day-to-day needs, and pursue their financial goals with confidence. Tala has been named to the Fortune Impact 20 list, CNBC's Disruptor 50 four years in a row, and Forbes' Fintech 50 list for seven years running. Shivani has been invited to speak on Financial Inclusion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prior to founding Tala, Shivani worked in Investment Banking, Microfinance and for the United Nations Population Fund. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MPH from Columbia University. —--- As always, for more Fintech insights and opportunities to collaborate, please find us below: WFT LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/wharton-fintech-club WFT Twitter: www.twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Blog: www.medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Home: www.whartonfintech.org Russell's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/russell-matambo-cfa-a5900039/
Tarang Gupta hosts Mani Mahadevan, the Founder & CEO of Valur, a fintech startup helping democratize access to the tax optimization and asset protection tools of billionaires. In this episode you will hear about: - Increasing complications in the US tax code - Making tax mitigation strategies accessible through tech - Starting a company during the pandemic - Taking the plunge from corporate roles to entrepreneurship And much more! About Mani Mahadevan Mani is the Founder and CEO at Valur. Prior to founding Valur, Mani was Chief of Staff for Apple Card at Marcus by Goldman Sachs and before that he held product and operation roles at the Remote Year and Medallia. Mani started his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey and holds a Bachelors from the University of Michigan. About Valur Founded in 2020, Valur takes the tax optimization and asset protection tools of the ultra-wealthy and makes them accessible to everyone. Valur democratizes the tax planning tools necessary to grow wealth more efficiently, through technology thereby simplifying them and making them affordable to all. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
In this episode, our host, Josh Benadiva, sits down with Tomer Barel, Chief Operating Officer of Melio. They discuss Tomer's takeaways in his early career from start-ups to PayPal, why he views simplicity and ease-of-use as the core of Melio's product, and the future of B2B payments. Tomer shares his insights on Melio's strategic partnerships, the state of B2B payments, and advice for future operators in the fintech space. Tomer Barel is the Chief Operating Officer of Melio. Before joining Melio, Tomer served as Vice President and COO of Novi, Meta's payments unit and digital wallet. Tomer also spent nine years at PayPal. As PayPal's global Chief Enterprise Services Officer and Chief Risk Officer, he was part of the executive team reporting to the CEO and led financial risk management and compliance as well as global operations including customer service and back-office functions. Barel also served on Melio's advisory board since the company's founding in 2018. Melio's mission is to keep small business in business, helping them to improve their cash flow and workflow, gain more control over their finances, and optimize their business's financial health. Melio was founded by CEO Matan Bar, CTO Ilan Atias, and Ziv Paz in 2018, with headquarters in New York, an R&D center in Tel Aviv, and western U.S. headquarters in Colorado. The company has raised $506 million to date. Melio's smart B2B online payment solution is tailor-made for small businesses' needs. It is a free, simple, and secure solution that allows small businesses and their suppliers to transfer and receive payments quickly and easily.
Tarang Gupta hosts Tanner Hackett, the Founder and CEO of Counterpart, an insurtech startup using AI to offer management and professional liability insurance products and services for small businesses. In this episode you will hear about: - How insuring SMEs can be tricky - Why Tanner chose to focus on specialty insurance - What makes Counterpart's offerings standout - Counterpart's recent $30M Series B raise - The disruption brought about by insurtech And much more! About Tanner Hackett Tanner is the Founder and CEO of Counterpart. Before starting Counterpart, he co-founded two successful ventures including the Malaysian arm of Lazada, which quickly became the largest e-commerce company in Southeast Asia and Button, which has become the world's largest mobile-first affiliate platform, partnering with global brands like Amazon, Walmart, Booking.com, and Uber. About Counterpart Founded in 2019, Counterpart is a Series B insurtech firm offering small business management and professional liability insurance by pairing insurance experts with artificial intelligence. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Tarang Gupta hosts Junaid Wahedna, the Founder and CEO of Wahed, which is a values driven digital investment platform structured in accordance with established Islamic principles and standards. In this episode you will hear about: - What is riba and its role in halal investing - Structuring ETFs that are complaint with Islamic principles - Launch of Wahed's physical bank branch and gold-backed debit card - Junaid's decision to expand globally early-on And much more! About Junaid Wahedna Junaid, a native of India, was educated in Dubai during his formative years. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University along with several certifications in accounting and finance including a CMA, CAIA and CDIF, London, United Kingdom. Prior to founding Wahed, Junaid spent several years working on Wall Street. About Wahed Founded in 2017, Wahed is an ethical and values driven digital investment platform that provides access to diversified portfolios to residents of the US, UK and Malaysia. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Tarang Gupta hosts Giuseppe Stuto, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at 186 Ventures. 186 Ventures is a pre-seed & seed stage VC firm investing across fintech, consumer, enterprise, and disruptive tech. In this episode you will hear about: - 186's investment philosophy and portfolio selection process - Opportunities unlocked by Web3 disruption - Strategically deploying capital in an uncertain market - Anticipated evolution of DApps and Layer 1 chains And much more! About Giuseppe Stuto Prior to co-founding 186 Ventures, Giuseppe was the Co-Founder and CEO of Fam, a group video software company that was acquired by Draftkings. He then served in product & strategy roles at DraftKings leading up to their IPO and was also the COO for Pison Technology. Giuseppe holds a B.S.B.A. from the Boston University Questrom School of Business. About 186 Ventures Founded in 2019, 186 Ventures are early stage technology investors focused on agile teams working on disruptive problems. 186 Ventures is based in Boston and its investors bring full operational & strategic support and an unparalleled network to founders. 186's portfolio currently spans 30+ high growth technology companies. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Tarang Gupta hosts Michele Alt, Co-Founder & Partner, and Jonah Crane, Partner at Klaros Group. Klaros is an advisory and investment firm at the intersection of innovation, financial services, and regulation. In this episode you will hear about: - Sneak peak into the policy making process - Advising fintechs dealing with regulatory uncertainty - Potential M&A opportunities arising from economic downturn - What led to the failure of SVB and its impact on banking and fintech - Their opinion on the resilience of the US economy And much more! About Michele Alt Michele is a Co-Founder and Partner at the Klaros Group and she advises fintech clients on their banking and regulatory strategies by drawing on her prior experience at the Promontory Financial Group and as a senior legal official at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. About Jonah Crane Jonah is a Partner at the Klaros Group and he advises on business and product strategy, regulatory and compliance risk, and regulatory engagement. He has helped neobanks, infrastructure providers, crypto companies, and banks navigate complex regulatory frameworks. Jonah served as a Senior Advisor and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department, and as advisor to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. About Klaros Group Klaros Group is an advisory and investment business focused on the future of financial services. They combine business know-how and deep regulatory expertise to help financial innovators and incumbents navigate financial services regulation while building business scale and momentum. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Tarang Gupta hosts Kevin Greene, CEO and Chairman of Tassat. Tassat is a leading provider of private, permissioned blockchain-based solutions for commercial banks. In this episode you will hear about: - What are private permissioned vs public blockchains - Why focus on minimizing regret when making life decisions - How blockchain is changing the banking industry - Why a business' success depends 95% on testing + execution and only 5% on the idea - Kevin's proudest basketball moment And much more! About Kevin Greene Kevin is the Chairman and CEO of Tassat Group. He joined Tassat in 2017 and was named Executive Chairman in 2019. Previously Kevin served as the Chairman & CEO of Capital Resource Holdings, LLC and founded Bryant Park Capital, a privately held investment bank. Before this he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company. Kevin earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University and an MBA from New York University. About Tassat Founded in 2017, Tassat Group provides blockchain-based real-time solutions to banks, which enables them to provide their customers with instantaneous, secure, real-time payments 24/7/365. Tassat's flagship product TassatPay has processed over $500 billion in secure, real-time transactions to date. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
In this episode, our host, Josh Benadiva, engages in a meaningful conversation with Sankaet Pathak, Founder and CEO of Synapse. They discuss Sankaet's journey from establishing the foundation of embedded finance and banking-as-a-service to scaling the company since its inception in 2014. Sankaet shares his insights on creating a startup within the embedded finance sector, his perspectives on hiring and product development, and strategies for centering teams and company efforts around a cohesive vision. Sankaet Pathak wears the hat of the founder and CEO of Synapse, a leading banking-as-a-service provider. His journey with Synapse began in 2014 during his Master's degree at the University of Memphis and has since blossomed into a remarkable success story. Synapse, a comprehensive banking-as-a-service platform, offers a range of services such as payment, card issuance, deposit, lending, compliance, credit, and investment products in the form of APIs to over 15 million end users. Boasting an annualized transaction volume of $67 billion and $11 billion in assets under management across its platform, Synapse has garnered over $50 million in funding from renowned venture firms like Andreessen Horowitz, 500 Startups, and Trinity Ventures.
Tarang Gupta hosts Stephane Lintner, Co-Founder and CEO of Jiko. Jiko is a bank and broker-dealer with modern trading and ledgering technology that offers real-time programmatic access to Treasury bills, thereby combining the yield and security of T-bills with the flexibility of a bank account. In this episode you will hear about: - Unlocking the power of T-bills for businesses, startups, and consumers - Building a vertically integrated de-levered bank - Why T-bills provide a higher yield than bank accounts - Jiko's $40M Series B raise last year - Stephane's thoughts on disruption opportunity in payments And much more! About Stephane Lintner Stephane is the CEO and Co-founder of Jiko. He graduated from Caltech with a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics and holds degrees in Machine Learning and Computer Science from the Ecole Normale Superieure in France. Prior to founding the company, Lintner worked as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs' Securities Division for almost a decade. During his nearly decade-long tenure at Goldman Sachs, he witnessed firsthand the inequities of the banking system, including threats to the safety of consumer deposits during the 2008 financial crisis. This inspired his mission to modernize the banking system and build a safer, more efficient financial future for all. About Jiko Founded in 2016, Jiko is a revolutionary new financial network, enabling companies – from multinational corporations to startups – to both store and move money, starting with the power of treasury bills, made spendable. Securely stored at the biggest custody bank in the country, cash is put directly into T-bills with on-demand liquidity. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Russell Matambo hosts Dare Okoudjou, Founder and CEO of MFS Africa, a leading Pan-African Fintech company, operating the largest digital payments hub on the continent. They discuss how Dare's telecom networking experience influenced is journey into Fintech, the importance of mobile money in Africa, MFS Africa's role as a connector of mobile money networks, and much more! About Dare: Dare is the Founder and CEO of MFS Africa, a leading Pan-African Fintech company, operating the largest digital payments hub on the continent. The MFS Africa Hub connects over 400 million mobile wallets in Africa, offering unparalleled reach into the growing African digital consumers. MFS Africa was named by Fast Company as one of Africa's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies. Prior to founding MFS Africa, Dare worked at MTN Group, where he developed its mobile payment strategy and led its implementation across 21 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East. He began his career as a management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Paris. Dare holds an MSc in Telecom Engineering from ENST-Paris and an MBA from INSEAD. -- As always, for more Fintech insights and opportunities to collaborate, please find us below: WFT LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/wharton-fintech-club/ WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Blog: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Home: www.whartonfintech.org Russell's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/russell-matambo-cfa-a5900039/
Tarang Gupta hosts David Frank, Founder and CEO at Stonehaven. Stonehaven is a private capital markets FinTech operating system for investment bankers and placement agents to support companies and investors. In this episode you will hear about: - Pivoting a traditional financial services company into a fintech player - Building a capital markets operating system to automate fundraising and deal execution processes - Running a successful bootstrapped business and the right time to seek venture funding - His opinion on what makes a great CTO And much more! About David Frank David founded Stonehaven in 2001 and pivoted it into a fintech business in 2018. Prior to Stonehaven, he worked at Robertson Stephens in San Francisco. David graduated with honors from University of Michigan with a BBA, he is a CFA Charterholder, and holds the Series 7, 24, 31, 66, 79 and 99 registrations with FINRA. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization where he helps lead the Investment Banking Network. About Stonehaven Stonehaven's platform enables affiliate partners, companies, and investors to strategically connect across the globe, leveraging its operating system and collaborative community. Stonehaven, LLC is an SEC Registered Broker Dealer and FINRA Member Firm. Stonehaven is active across real estate, private equity, venture capital, private credit, hedge funds, long-only strategies, direct private placements, secondaries and M&A. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Nihar Bobba hosts Angela Strange, General Partner at a16z. She focuses on Financial Services including fintech infrastructure, insurance, real estate, and increasing financial inclusivity. In the Fintech world, Angela is well known for coining the idea that "Every Company Will Be a Fintech Company"— and idea driven by the influx of new, transformative financial infrastructure tools that enable non-fintech companies to derive a significant portion of their revenue through financial products. Today, Angela serves on the boards of Addi, Casai, Jeeves, Moov, SeedFi, SynapseFi, Tally, and Valon. Prior to joining a16z, Angela was most recently a product manager at Google where she launched and grew Chrome for Android and iOS. And she started her career as a consultant at Mercer. In this episode you will hear about: - Angela's time at Google, and what operating principles she uses in her investing role - Why every company is a fintech company - The state of fintech today, and so much more
In today's episode, Josh Benadiva sits down with Omry Ben David from Viola Ventures to discuss how Omry identifies top entrepreneurs and how to think about investing in early-stage FinTech companies. Josh and Omry delve into the future of embedded FinTech, the next generation of InsurTech, and so much more. Omry is a General Partner at Viola Ventures. He joined the fund in 2017, bringing with him 15 years of technology-focused experience across investment banking, startup operations, and both institutional and private venture investments. Omry's areas of investment at Viola Ventures include FinTech, Enterprise/SMB Software, and Vertical AI. Omry was a Captain and Company Commander in an elite combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Viola Ventures is one of the leading Israel-based funds focused on early-stage investments. With a portfolio of over 90 companies, Viola Ventures has backed a substantial share of Israel's exits to date, including Actimize, RedBend, ECI, Optimal+, Samanage, and more.
Tarang Gupta hosts Stephanie Choo, Partner at Portage. Portage is a global investment platform focused on fintech and financial services with over $2 billion in AUM. In this episode you will hear about: - Stephanie's career pivots that led her to venture capital - Areas in fintech she focuses on and her contrarian views on consumer fintech - What is embedded infrastructure within fintech - How Portage defines innovation And much more! About Stephanie Choo Stephanie has served as a Partner at Portage since 2016, focusing on consumer fintech, crypto/DeFi, and fintech infra. She is passionate about funding the next generation of fintech entrepreneurs and currently serves on the boards of Albert, Atomic Financial and Conquest Planning. Prior to Portage, Stephanie led a team, which built and launched a leading digital advice platform in Canada. Before that she was an early employee at a payments startup – working on mobile banking solutions and a management consultant at BCG. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's from Queen's University. About Portage Founded in 2016, Portage is a global investment platform focused on fintech and financial services. Portage has raised three venture funds since 2016 and expanded to late-stage fintech and financial services through a SPAC in 2021 and Portage Capital Solutions in 2022. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
The Wharton Fintech Conference, held on March 30-31st, brought together some of the most prominent innovators and investors in the fintech ecosystem, including start-up founders, managing partners of VCs, and Bill McNabb, former chairman and CEO of Vanguard. Join Kailee Costello, Joshua Benadiva, and Tarang Gupta as they discuss the highlights and main takeaways from the conference, covering topics such as embedded finance, Chat-GPT, and more. With so much to learn from the top people in the fintech industry, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in fintech innovation. To stay up to date with the latest developments in fintech and to find out about next year's conference, follow us on social media or visit https://whartonfintechconference.com/
In today's episode, Andrew Janssens hosts Alex Johnson, the creator of the Fintech Takes newsletter. Alex has been bringing thoughtful takes and commentary on all topics Fintech for many years, and has most recently been working at FICO, the credit scoring company, and Cornerstone Advisors. Alex publishes Fintech Takes, one of the leading newsletters in Fintech, twice a week, and regularly teams up with Jason Mikula (and others) on the monthly "Fintech Recap" podcast. In this episode we cover a whole host of topics, including: • The growth of the Fintech Takes newsletter • Alex's creative process, and how he dives into new topics • A fintech 2023 rapid fire • How VCs can actually help to promote diversity And much, much more! For more FinTech insights, follow us below: WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Andrew's Twitter: twitter.com/Adhjanssens Andrew's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/andrew-p-janssens/
Tarang Gupta hosts Nick Chandi, Co-Founder and CEO of ForwardAI. ForwardAI provides a full suite of accounting data solutions for banks, lenders, fintechs, accountants, and small businesses. In this episode you will hear about: - Why most SMEs struggle to get funding from traditional banks - How ForwardAI uses data aggregation to predict clients' cashflow needs - State of the fintech ecosystem in Canada - Nick's vision for the next 5 years And much more! About Nick Chandi Nick is the CEO and Co-founder of ForwardAI. Before starting FowardAI, Nick co-founded SlickPie, which provides online accounting software for over 40,000 small businesses. In 2019, Nick had a successful exit from a firm he co-founded called Welcome Networks. Nick has an MBA and a bachelor's in engineering. He is also Co-chair of the British Columbia Tech CEO Scale C-Council and regularly contributes to the Forbes Finance Council. About ForwardAI FowardAI is a Canada-based fintech startup that provides aggregated accounting and business data to help businesses to gain insight and control over their financial information. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
Kailee Costello hosts Jesse Greif, the COO of OneChronos. OneChronos pioneered the technology to run a unique kind of optimization in electronic trading markets; their approach draws from Nobel prize-winning auction techniques and solves for execution quality outcomes rather than just speed. In this episode you will hear about: - How OneChronos ‘takes speed out of the equation' and instead optimizes for what the majority of users define as great trading execution quality. - How the Nobel Prize-winning ‘smart market' concept has been applied to enable traders to express indifference and substitutes in the context of equities trading - The SEC's proposal to increase competition for retail order execution - The challenge of capturing both the supply and demand side of the market to launch a new trading venue - OneChronos' partnership with the NYSE - And much more! About Jesse Greif Jesse Greif is the COO of OneChronos. Prior to joining OneChronos, Jesse spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs, where he most recently was a Vice President. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School and his Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University. About OneChronos OneChronos is a technology company at the intersection of capital markets, machine learning and mechanism design, providing innovative execution venues to those in the electronic trading world. The company was founded by executives from Goldman Sachs, Accenture, and top quantitative asset managers with a common vision to leverage domain expertise and emergent technologies to make electronic trading simpler, more transparent and more efficient for institutional investors and traders. OneChronos is a Y Combinator alum backed by top venture investors in fintech, digital marketplaces and A.I. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Kailee's Twitter: @KaileeCostello_ Kailee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaileecostello/
Tarang Gupta hosts Sachin Kumar, Co-Founder and CTO of Clear Street. Clear Street uses a tech-first approach to provide financial institutions with clearing, custody, execution, and prime brokerage tools and services. In this episode you will hear about: - What is the prime brokerage market - How Sachin went about building Clear Street's tech platform - Sachin's opinion on the rise in retail investing apps - Why he is bullish on embedded finance And much more! About Sachin Kumar Sachin Kumar is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Clear Street. Prior to Clear Street, Sachin was the co-founder and CTO at Tolo Technologies, an international derivatives high-frequency trading firm with global presence in China, Japan, and Australia. Before founding Tolo, Sachin co-founded his first company, QED Trading, where he led the development of a high frequency market making platform. Sachin has a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan University. About Clear Street Founded in 2018, Clear Street is a Series-B fintech startup building technology infrastructure for institutions engaged in capital markets. Clear Street started by offering a cloud-native, prime brokerage platform that improved access, speed, and service for clients. But today, they offer institutions, professional traders, and brokers a plethora of services including clearing and custody, prime financing, active trading, execution, and capital introduction. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang's Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100
In today's episode, Josh Benadiva sits down with Dovi Frances from Group 11 to discuss the future of Fintech and Venture Capital. Josh and Dovi discuss how Dovi sees Fintech hitting an inflection point in the near future, how venture capital is ripe for disruption and more. Dovi Frances is a financial services entrepreneur and the Founding Partner of Group 11, a venture capital firm based in Los Angeles, California. Over the course of his career, Frances has invested over $550 million in some of Silicon Valley's most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies, including Tipalti, Navan (fka TripActions), Next Insurance, Papaya Global, HomeLight, Sunbit, Masterschool, EquityBee, Venn, and Lili to name a few. Group 11 invests in revolutionary software companies that are redrawing the landscape of the financial services industry. As FinTech continues to gain momentum and to disrupt the traditional industry value chain, Group 11 has positioned itself as a partner of choice to provide capital and guidance to entrepreneurs that are creating the world's next generation of financial services industry leaders. Since its inception, the firm has deployed over $550 million in some of Silicon Valley's most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies, including Tipalti, TripActions, Next Insurance, Papaya Global, HomeLight, Sunbit, Masterschool, EquityBee, Venn, and Lili to name a few.