Fintech Podcast – Episode 145 – Employment opportunities in the Crypto & Blockchain space

Episode 145

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.

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Fintech Podcast – Episode 144 – During The Next Financial Crisis – Will Bitcoin Be Noah’s Ark?

Episode 144

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 ring, 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.


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Fintech Podcast – Episode 143 – Faster Payments Task Force Report with Jordan Lampe

Episode 143

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 (PDF) & Final Report Part Two: A Call To Action (PDF).

Both these reports were released in July 2017.


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Fintech Podcast Episode 142 – Interview with Scott Robinson of PlugAndPlay Tech Center

Episode 142

This week, Faisal Khan interviews Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial technology focused start-up 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 incubators/accelerator hubs in the world, not to be left out, one of the early adopters of Bitcoin/blockchain.

About Plug and Play Tech Center:

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. We connect startups to corporations and invest in over 150 companies every year. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 22 locations globally giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 6,000 startups and 180 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries.

Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech
Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech

We provide active investments with 200 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and host more than 365 networking events per year. Companies in our community have raised over $6 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound, and Zoosk. For more information, visit


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Fintech Podcast: Episode 141 – Bitcoin Classic vs. Bitcoin Cash – The Fork Ahead.

Episode 141

The duo is back on the air after a short break. This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss the impending hard fork for Bitcoin. The Bitcoin Classic versus Bitcoin Cash. Not many people truly understand why it is happening and what it means for the average consumer/user of bitcoins like you and me. Brian very eloquently explains the whole scenario about the fork and some of the players who are deliberately not cooperating with respect to consumer rights and BCC. Don’t support it, that is okay, but don’t tell your users, you will not give them their due BCC (Bitcoin Cash) coins post hard fork on 1st of August 2017.

Fintech Podcast – Episode 140 Interview with Co-Founder of Innovate Finance Abdul Haseeb Basit

Episode 140

This week, Faisal Khan interviews the Co-Founder of Innovate Finance, Abdul Haseeb Basit. We discuss what Innovate Finance is all about, how they are acting as a catalyst for the UK Fintech scene and above all we hear Abdul’s viewpoint on a recent article which was published in the New York Times. The article cites that as per the numbers published by Innovate Finance, that “Investment in UK Fintech Tops Pre-Brexit Levels in First Half of 2017“. What does this mean for UK and the fintech scene – we will get Abdul’s viewpoint.

About Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance is an independent not-for-profit membership association representing the UK’s global FinTech community. Founded in 2014 with the support of the City of London, Innovate Finance aims to accelerate the UK’s leading position in the global financial services sector by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators, from start-ups to institutions.

Abdul Haseeb Basit, CFO, Innovate Finance UK.
Abdul Haseeb Basit, CFO, Innovate Finance UK.

With over 250+ members, Innovate Finance seeks to address the key barriers and opportunities in the FinTech ecosystem: attracting greater investment, supporting the development of proportionate and effective regulation, engaging in community collaboration, and promoting innovation in financial services, whilst championing an open, inclusive and secular FinTech community. Members range from start-ups to the world’s leading global corporations.

Through Innovate Finance membership they have a single point of access to innovators, investors, regulators, policy makers and commercial partners. Visit for more information.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 139: Civil right to own & hold your own wealth!

Episode 139

This week Brian Roemmele & Faisal Khan discuss the philosophical questions on the right of individuals to hold on to their own wealth. For centuries now, monetary value has been controlled by the Crown/Government. Today, with the disruption in the wealth creation, distribution, storage and payment verticals, a consensus based currency (or currencies) could very well be the de facto method of value transfer in the years forward.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 138: Interview with Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos.

Episode 138

This week, Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos was interviewed by Faisal Khan for Around The Coin. We were very grateful for Kathleen to take time out from her busy schedule and update us on what tezos is all about and its upcoming initial coin offering.

Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. You can follow Tezos through their website at, or on Twitter using the handle @tez0s.

Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter @breitwoman.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 137: The rise, rise and rise of Bitcoin, plus our take on the ICO storm.

Episode 137

This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss the epic rise of Bitcoin. Once termed as a fad or tulip mania, it is fair to say, Bitcoin has reached critical mass and there is no way the genie can be put back into the bottle now. Brian also discusses attending Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) that happened last week. In addition, ICO or Initial Coin Offering is all the rage these days. We briefly talk about what ICOs are (in a very non-technical manner) and discuss some of the pros and cons of this new form of capital raising.


Fintech Podcast – Episode 136 – Coverage of ETA Conference and Amazon’s Echo!

Episode 136

This week Brian, Faisal and Mike are back into the thick of things, discussing payments. Brian covers his epic attendance of the ETA conference and what he saw there.
Mike and Faisal discuss with Brian, the emergence of Amazon Echo and what it means for the masses, both in the developed world and in the developing world. Is Amazon Echo going to be the game changer?

This week’s special shout outs / show notes are:

Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show
So you think Amazon is a tech company? No, you’re wrong

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