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 www.innovatefinance.com 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 www.tezos.com, 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
https://medium.com/chris-messina/amazon-echo-show-354b93b448b5

As always, if you have a question or a comments, write to us or tweet to us.

Fintech Podcast Episode 135 Understanding Effective Altruism And Why Amazon’s Echo Just Grew Eyes

Episode 135

Brian and Mike back at it for an intense discussion about altruism and how people think about donating money and charity. In the first part of the conversation, Brian and Mike initially discuss their favorite product of the week then spend time on Amazon’s new announcement about the new Echo with a camera. Brian takes a bullish stand on how new Echo will impact the fashion industry which he writes more in detail here. We took a deep dive into the effective altruism – which seeks to answer the simple question: “how can we use our resources to help others the most?”

Brian’s product of the week:
Victor Scheinman -16 year old student invents Emvi, a voice recognition system in the 1950s:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYEhE11gqGw&t=14s

Mike product of the week:
A curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your Startup:
www.Startupstash.com:

This week’s special shout outs are:

Nathan Kontny CEO Highrise
https://m.signalvnoise.com/speed-reading-2ff843053cc6

Chad Grills Founder of the Mission
https://medium.com/the-mission/you-wont-win-until-they-start-betting-against-you-a97a3141690e

Shaunta Grimes How to know what to write about.
https://medium.com/startup-grind/how-to-know-what-to-write-about-bf539223ba32

Show note links:

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/being-good-and-doing-good
https://www.effectivealtruism.org/
http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/26/the-amazon-look-will-transform-the-closet-and-the-fashion-industry/
http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/

As always, if you have a question or a comments, write to us or tweet to us.

Fintech Podcast Episode 134 – MoneyGram Merger, Quora’s successful fund raise and Neural Hooks

Episode 134

This week the trio is back after a long break. Mike, Brian, and Faisal discuss a wide variety of subjects points for this week’s show.  Faisal updates us on his travels to Madrid, attending the IMTC (International Money Transfer Conference) EMEA 2017 earlier in April, and his trip to Istanbul. The conversation then flows in the direction of Ant Financial, MoneyGram and Euronet’s bizarre love triangle. The quest to buy MoneyGram is growing stronger, but don’t be surprised if a third suitor emerges. Brian comments on Quora’s recent raise of US$ 85 million, valuing the company at US$ 1.8 Billion. As both Brian and Faisal are Top Writers for 5 years in a row 2012-2017 – they briefly comment on what is working for Quora and what is not.

Brian then discusses Facebook’s F8 Conference which he attended and discusses in depth how Neural hooks on humans are right around the corner as Elon Musk cites. Brian and Mike both hold opposing viewpoints if they would like neural taps to happen or not.

Article shoutouts:

  1. Gadi Evron: https://medium.com/swlh/how-strong-techies-destroy-startups-and-how-it-can-be-avoided-b633c6a721d9
  2. David Weinberger: https://backchannel.com/our-machines-now-have-knowledge-well-never-understand-857a479dcc0e
  3. Ali Mese: https://medium.com/swlh/build-a-product-vs-focus-on-growth-addc4d8fa7c2

Live Topics:

  1. Ant Financial, MoneyGram, Euronet love triangle. https://www.ft.com/content/de2b5514-231c-11e7-a34a-538b4cb30025
  2. Quora raises $85M at $1.8B:
  3. F8 Updates: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/27/elon-musks-neuralink-wants-to-boost-the-brain-to-keep-up-with-ai/
  4. http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/19/facebook-is-working-on-silent-voice-first-systems/
    1. Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work
  5. Elon’s Neurolace:
    1. Dangers of being hacked
  6. GOOGLE HOME NOW HAS INDIVIDUALIZED VOICE IDENTIFICATION.

http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/20/google-home-now-has-individualized-voice-identification/

As always, if you have a question or a comments, write to us or tweet to us.

Fintech Podcast Episode 133 – Blockchain, The Dark Side of AI and Jeff Bezos Talks About Day 2

Episode 133

Brian and Mike back on the show for another fun thought provoking discussion across many topics. We first covered Brian’s in person presentation to startup founders, investors and payment executives at Propeler VC last week.

This week’s two special shout outs are:

Jason Fiedler VC Investor @ Red Sea Ventures

https://medium.com/@jasonfiedler/the-magic-of-mobile-pay-60136a886f9a

Brett Caine CEO Urban Airship https://medium.com/mobile-engagement/the-question-for-mobile-payments-isnt-when-but-how-c4b45d78cc58

During the conversation, we discuss banks –  the purpose of them in the past vs the future, and how banks will or won’t survive the change on the horizon. We touch on the benefits of writing on paper vs. typing on a computer to retain information as well as whether it is appropriate to take notes on your phone during business meetings.

We next dive into blockchain in healthcare and talk about some opportunities for innovation there. A healthy portion of the conversation was spent covering the Jeff Bezos’s annual shareholder letter which was released this week. This letter was different than years past for one big reason! Lastly, we wrapped up with an always engaging debate about the power of A.I. and the incredible rate of progress. It remains to be seen how quickly A.I. will catch up to all human interaction capabilities, but recent developments are astonishing.

Enjoy and let us know if you have suggestions for guests, topics or special shout outs!

Topics Covered:

  1. http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/blockchain-faces-tough-roadblocks-healthcare
  2. http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/12/jeff-bezos-makes-presents-a-rare-insight-into-amazon-voice-first-ambitions/
  3. Will Knight: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/

 

Fintech Podcast Episode 132 – Bitcoin Blockchain Breakdown with Matthew Mezinskis

Episode 132

Guest Matthew Mezinskis dials in from Latvia where he’s lived for the last 10 years working in banking, finance, and payments. Matthew is the founder of Crypto Voices (https://cryptovoices.com/) an audio blog that focuses on Bitcoin, the blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital ledger technology, and broader FinTech, including all of the benefits and challenges that come with these breakthrough technologies.

 

 

Matthew Mezinskis and Mike Townsend have a passionate conversation about the decisions facing Bitcoin that will make or break the currency. Specifically, the 1MB block limit that says Miners can mine blocks up to the 1MB fixed limit, but any block larger than 1MB is invalid. Whatever happens, this will have huge implications on Bitcoin.

The second major topic touched on was the idea of monopolies and how they affect the surrounding economy. We discussed government controlled monopolies and whether or not there is any role for a monopoly in cryptocurrency.

Matthew has an inspirational story and a unique perspective living in Latvia. Enjoy!

Notes:

Book mentioned by Matthew: A History of Money and Banking in the United States 

Cryptocurrencies mentioned: Dash, Ethereum

Contact Matthew at:

Site: https://cryptovoices.com 

Twitter: @crypto_voices

 

Episode 131: What Is Workflow And Why Did Apple Just Buy Them?

Episode 131: What Is Workflow And Why Did Apple Just Buy Them?

Episode 131

This week Brian Roemmele and Mike Townsend discuss Apple’s new acquisition of Workflow and what it means for consumers, developers and what to expect next from Apple. During this rapid fire episode Brian and Mike dive into a bit of history about scripting and intent domains. We discuss the perception of AI in todays world and wrap up with a unique view on Apple’s other new product “Clips”.

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