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47 minutes | 18 days ago
Amrit Santhirasenan, Founder and CEO of Hyperexponential
In our latest episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Amrit Santhirasenan, Founder & CEO of Hyperexponential. Amrit is fast becoming an influential figure in the world of fintech. He's founder and CEO of hyperexponential (hx), a cutting-edge fintech startup that's transforming the world of insurance. Amrit is actively engaged in tackling the broader challenges faced in the finance industry by looking to develop better pricing solutions in an increasingly data-driven and technological world. The idea for hx was borne out of Amrit's frustration with the software available to actuaries in the task of modelling, analysis and making difficult judgements with little data. hx developed innovative software to solve these problems which are having a profound effect on the financial industry. Due to its growing success, the startup is currently closing its Series A funding round.Amrit is also a proud father and the host of the Startup Dads podcast. A show navigating the highs and lows of running a business whilst also raising children, along with expert guests from the startup world.
38 minutes | 19 days ago
Abigael Titcomb, Community Lead at Radicle
In our new episode, Tegan Kline interviews Abbey Titcomb, Community Lead at Radicle, a decentralized network for code collaboration. Abbey began her career in venture capital at Underscore VC, an early-stage firm investing across the stack in enterprise open-source, AI/ML, blockchain, and more. Since then, Abbey has been building in the Ethereum ecosystem, working with venture studios and startups building decentralized technologies. At Radicle, Abbey cultivates the project's open-source community and manages partnerships to support the growth of the Radicle ecosystem.
69 minutes | a month ago
William Quigley, Co-founder of Tether and WAX
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with William Quigley. Mr. Quigley is a Managing Director of Magnetic, a crypto focused investment fund. He was the first institutional investor in Paypal and has over 25 years of experience as a technology focused venture capitalist. Mr. Quigley has incubated and invested in more than 30 bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency-related investments. Mr. Quigley co-developed the first crypto derivative used to trade pre-release Ethereum. He co-founded many other transformative crypto companies including Tether, the first fiat-backed stablecoin and world's most traded cryptocurrency and GoCoin, a pioneering crypto payments processor. He also co-founded WAX, a blockchain built for video game and NFT virtual item trading.
47 minutes | a month ago
Mariya George, Co-Founder and President of Cleareye.ai
In this episode, Faisal Khan sits down with Mariya George, the Co-founder and President at Cleareye.ai, a leading fintech platform transforming banks into hyper-agile organizations using advanced AI techniques. Previously, Mariya worked for nearly 15 years at UST Global, a US-based digital technology and IT services provider. Most recently, she served as the Head of Banking and Insurance at UST where she was responsible for the industry group’s overall vision, strategy, and investment priorities. Before that, she led multiple consulting engagements with a focus on bridging business demand and technology solutions.
33 minutes | a month ago
Maya Pochiraju, VP of Product at Payability
In this episode, Min Kim interviews Maya Pochiraju. Maya is the Vice President in Blackstone’s Innovations Group driving firm-wide strategic technology programs across investor experience, fundraising, new-business regulation, and cloud computing. Maya’s work is based on her belief that technology should be leveraged to propel growth by providing unique business insights along with faster innovation, scale, and efficiency. Maya is deeply committed to mentoring and unlocking potential in others. She has been volunteering with StreetWise Partners since 2017 as a mentor and lead volunteer. Maya joined the Program Committee in 2018 before joining the Board in 2020.Maya received BAs in both Economics and Information Science from Cornell University.
52 minutes | a month ago
Danny Shader, CEO & Founder, PayNearMe
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Danny Shader. Danny founded PayNearMe in 2009 and is driven to do right by customers, employees, and investors. Prior to PayNearMe, Danny led Good Technology, Inc., a wireless software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2007. Danny previously co-founded Accept.com, one of the first person-to-person payments providers, which Amazon acquired in 1999. Danny earned a BS from UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. Outside of work, you’ll find him trying to improve his terrible backstroke with a group of middle-aged swimming dads called The Mermaids.
55 minutes | a month ago
Alexander S. Blum, Managing Director of Two Prime
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Alexander S. Blum, managing director of Two Prime. Alexander bought his first bitcoin for $9 in 2012 and has been professionally involved with the industry ever since. Two Prime offers an actively managed BTC and ETH long fund, focusing on wealth preservation and a secondary focus on growth. He previously founded digital investment group Atomic Capital, worked as a technology advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and as an economic development specialist for the Peace Corps. Alexander is a Fellow at University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies and Chair of the Nexus Global Lab on Blockchain and Systems Change. He graduated from Tufts University, Arizona State, and MIT.
58 minutes | a month ago
Brian Dammeir, President, North America at Adyen
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brian Dammeir, President, North America at Adyen. As the President of North America for Adyen, Brian Dammeir is focused on bringing the company’s global payments solution to major retail, tech, platform, and hospitality companies - including McDonald’s, Uber, Spotify, Subway, Postmates, and Gap. He oversees all North American operations including sales, account management, marketing, product development and operations. Committed to helping merchants meet changing consumer expectations, Brian keeps a pulse on Adyen’s merchants around the globe to understand their unique needs and pain points, logging over 125 flights last year. Brian previously led product strategy as Adyen’s Head of Product and has extensive experience working across APAC, Europe, and the Americas. He honed his product mindset with earlier stints at Airbnb and Google before joining Adyen in 2015.
32 minutes | a month ago
Aaron K., Head of Listings, CoinMarketCap
In this episode, Min Kim interviews Aaron K, Head of the listings team at CoinMarketCap, the world's leading cryptocurrency data aggregator. Aaron was employee #16 (out of 30) at CoinMarketCap and had a front-row seat to the events leading up to the acquisition. An ex-central banker, Aaron was a founding employee at the FinTech & Innovation Group at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and spearheaded initiatives that have cemented Singapore's position as a globally renowned FinTech hub. Aaron started his career as a trade diplomat and had stints in AdTech and Venture Capital.
57 minutes | a month ago
Matthew Zipkin, Lead Developer for Handshake
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Matthew Zipkin, Lead Developer for Handshake. Zipkin joined Impervious in 2021 to contribute full-time to Handshake, which is an alternative DNS root zone secured by proof-of-work. Impervious is a team of developers contributing open source core software for Handshake and Bitcoin. The Handshake full node software is a fork of bcoin (an alternative implementation of the Bitcoin protocol written for nodejs) which Zipkin contributed to as an employee of Purse.io from 2018-2020. He provides non-stop technical support to the Handshake developer community and is a maintainer of the Handshake organization on GitHub, where the full node and light client codebases are under constant development.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Hossein Azari, CEO of Cmorq
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Hossein Azari, CEO of cmorq. As the Founder and CEO of cmorq, Hossein Azari has set out to level the world’s financial playing field.After his first fintech startup, Clarity Money was acquired by Goldman Sachs, Hossein began his journey to build a data management platform that allows everyday consumers to access blockchain information through an easy to use interface. With experience at Harvard, Google and Goldman Sachs, Azari is at the forefront of data science and computational economics.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Jay Shah, President of Personal Capital, an Empower Company
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Jay Shah, President of Personal Capital, an Empower Company. Jay, as founding executive member and current President of Personal Capital, shaped the pioneering digital wealth management company into what it is today. With more than 20 years of experience scaling businesses with technology and data, he has grown Personal Capital from a Silicon Valley startup to a tech-enabled advisory business managing more than $17 billion in assets. The company now has visibility into over $1 trillion in linked account values on their free, financial tools dashboard where people consolidate and see all of their financial accounts securely in one place.Jay's focus remains on building & running consumer-direct FinTech entities that have redefined the banking, credit and wealth management landscape. Prior to joining Personal Capital, Jay served as CIO of E-LOAN, Inc., a multi-billion dollar consumer lending platform, where he facilitated the company’s acquisition by Banco Popular and led the build-out of the consumer-direct banking platform. Earlier in his career, he served as CTO and CIO at Myers Internet, a B2B SaaS enterprise platform for mortgage and real estate companies, and as Director of Technology, National Risk Management Services at PwC, where he created a strategic software practice for the firm’s emerging consulting businesses.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Billy Libby, CEO of Upper90
In this episode, Michael Townsend sits down with Billy Libby, CEO and Managing Partner of Upper90. Prior to starting the fund, he was the Head of Quant Execution and Market Making Sales, Goldman Sachs and Managing Director, Knight Capital.Upper90 provides non-dilutive growth capital to innovative companies that can demonstrate predictable future revenue or other forms of collateral. Upper90 typically starts with a $2-$10M credit facility with the ability to scale to $25-$50M+ for Seed to Series B businesses. Launched in June 2018, Upper90 began making founder-friendly credit investments often as a flexible alternative to equity (to protect founding teams and early investors from excessive equity dilution). One-third of their new $195M fund is focused on fintech and they have already invested in Clearbanc, Octane Lending and Fig as well as the first investor in Thrasio.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Aaron Kaplan, Co-CEO of Prometheum
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Aaron Kaplan, the founder and co-CEO of Prometheum, Inc., a NYC based fintech company building a Federal Securities Law compliant, blockchain native, public market infrastructure servicing the entire digital asset lifecycle. Aaron is also of counsel at Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum, where since 2013 he has focused his practice on the applications of distributed ledger technology in the securities industry.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Chad Liu, Co-Founder of Tidal Finance
In this episode, Min Kim speaks with Chad Liu, Co-Founder of Tidal Finance. Chad is a Wharton MBA grad who has spent his time prior to founding Tidal Finance as an investment associate at AU21 Capital, a leading DeFi fund. Previous to that, Chad served in Business Development and Engineering functions at top Oil & Energy companies.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Andreas Fletcher , Project Manager of the Trustlines Network
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Andreas Fletcher. Andreas is a project manager of the Trustlines Network at Brainbot. He has a background in finance and has been in the Blockchain Space since 2013. After supporting the development of the enterprise blockchain solutions for the biggest stock exchange in Europe, including pilot projects with the German Central bank, he decided to join the more revolutionary space of Ethereum.In 2018, Andreas joined Brainbot, a blockchain development studio. Brainbot is one of the main contributors of the Trustlines Network and on behalf of it, Andreas is leading the project development.The Trustlines Network is a community project that empowers people to create their own money and make digital payments. It aims to provide a complimentary financial alternative to unbanked and underbanked people.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Kenny Li, COO of Manta Network
In this episode, Min Kim interviews Kenny Li, the COO and co-founder of Manta Network. Manta network is the plug-and-play privacy protocol for the entire DeFi stack. Kenny is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience in scaling startups. He started mining Bitcoin in 2013, and has worked on crypto projects. He received his MBA from MIT Sloan, and was a teaching assistant for several blockchain courses. We are super excited to have him on our show!
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Kory Hoang, Founder of Stably
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Kory Hoang, Founder of Stably. Prior to founding Stably, Kory was a Private Equity Data Analyst for PitchBook in Seattle. Kory is also a quant who has consulted for money managers, hedge funds and CTAs on many subjects ranging from VIX derivatives to cryptocurrencies and algorithmic trading.Kory holds a BBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Washington – Bothell.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Zack Seward, Managing Editor at CoinDesk
In this episode, our co-host, Min Kim speaks with Zack Seward, managing editor in charge of CoinDesk's business desk. Previously, Zack was the editor-in-chief of Technical.ly, a network focused on local tech communities on the U.S. East Coast. Prior to that, Seward worked as a reporter covering business and technology for a pair of NPR member stations, WHYY in Philadelphia and WXXI in Rochester, New York.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Peter N. Ackerson, General Partner at FinVC
In this episode, Kinsa Durst interviews Peter N. Anderson. Peter is a General Partner at FinVC, where he is responsible for sourcing investments and adding operating value at the portfolio company level. Prior to FinVC, he was CFO and Partner at SymphonyAI, a $1 billion early-stage investment and incubation platform, where he held investing, operating, and board member roles in several AI technology companies across the Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Media verticals. Peter has also worked with McKinsey & Co’s early and mid-stage SaaS practice; at Wells Fargo’s Technology Equity Research group (including working on the Facebook, Workday, ServiceNow, and Marin Software IPOs) and at Merrill Lynch in their investment banking division.He is passionate about the commercialization of frontier technologies and the disruption of legacy markets and business models. His professional experience includes co-founding several technology companies as well as roles in investment banking, corporate M&A, consulting, and early and mid-stage growth companies.Peter holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, where he was elected for the Raven Society and a BBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary.Tune in to this exciting show!
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