Rebank: Banking the Future - Fintech Podcast

Fintech has arrived. Banking and financial services are in the midst of rapid structural change. Fintechs and digital banks are redefining their industry and challenging incumbent organizations for market share. Technology is vastly powerful, creating new industries in response to – or sometimes in anticipation of – changing customer expectations. In an age of increasingly rapid change, important questions, debates and developments are unfolding before our eyes. These ideas, and the choices we make in response to them, will shape our future. Rebank: Banking the Future explores the trends, developments and challenges that define our age and shape the future role of money, banking and financial services.
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Dec 21, 2016

Episode 19 is a special one. We're celebrating the year-end with a long-overdue dive into some of the key concepts that have found their way across multiple episodes to date.

We've interviewed some of the most noteworthy founders, investors, thinkers and doers in fintech & banking innovation over the past few months. Their insight and analysis will see us well into 2017 and beyond, so we're hunkering down over the holiday break to dig into it in detail.

In Part 1 of our exploration, we break down our conversations with:

Jeff Tijssen (@jefftijssen)
Skylar Lyon (@skyyhigh)
Jason Bates (@jasonbates)
Chris Skinner (@chris_skinner)
Faisal Khan (@babushka99)
Alex Tapscott (@alextapscott)
Slava Solodkiy (@slavasolodkiy)
Michael O'Connor
Duena Blomstrom (@duenablomstrom)

We couldn't be more thankful for the wonderful guests we've had on the show so far.

Word of caution: We dug out some of our earliest episodes, so please bear with us on the audio quality. We were still learning!

Let us know what you think @rebankpodcast @will_beeson.

Dec 13, 2016
Andra Sonea is a banking systems specialist. Until recently Lead Solutions Architect within the Innovation & Digital Development Directorate at Lloyds Banking Group in London, Andra is currently pursuing a prestigious Anthemis Fellowship to build on her work in banking systems architecture.
Andra has been involved in fintech for many years and is a keen supporter of collaboration between financial services institutions and start-ups.
Prior to joining Lloyds in 2014, Andra worked for over fifteen years as an international technology consultant with IBM, SAP, EY and KPMG, gaining first-hand experience building and transforming IT architecture at some of the world’s largest banks. 
Today's episode was a fascinating dive into the challenges faced by incumbent banks struggling with legacy systems issues.
Andra is active on Twitter @andrasonea. Definitely check her out.
Dec 6, 2016
We've got a great episode today with Tom Blomfield (@t_blom), co-founder and CEO of Monzo (@monzo), a new, digital-only challenger bank in the UK.
Monzo is seeking to fundamentally change the way banking is done and challenge a lot of assumptions about the way people want to interact with their money.
Tom is a serial entrepreneur, he founded an e-commerce platform for students called while he was in college and later launched GoCardless, a B2B payments company that raised funding from the likes of Accel, Balderton and Passion Capital and went through Y Combinator in 2011.
In 2013, Tom and his GoCardless (@GoCardless) co-founders were named among the top 5 entrepreneurs by the European Commission. Tom got involved in the digital, challenger bank space in the UK relatively early, at the bank now known as Starling before moving on to found Monzo which plans to launch in early 2017.
Monzo has generated a phenomenal following and has a live beta with thousands of active users and an extremely long waiting list.
As a special treat for Rebank listeners and a profound thank you for your support through our first 17 episodes, Tom is offering up a Monzo card giving immediate access to the highly sought after beta for one lucky listener.
To participate, send an email with your name and the title of your favorite Rebank episode so far to We'll draw a winner at 5pm GMT on Friday, December 9th, so get your submissions in.
As always, connect with us on Twitter @rebankpodcast or with Will directly @will_beeson. 
If you like the show, subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or one of the numerous other platforms where we're distributed.
Thanks, and enjoy today's episode with Tom Blomfield.
Nov 29, 2016

Brett King (@brettking) is a bestselling author and was voted Innovator of the Year for 2012 by American Banker. Since 2010 Brett has released 5 Global Bestselling books, including Bank 2.0, Branch Today – Gone Tomorrow, Bank 3.0, Breaking Banks and his latest Augmented. His books have topped bestseller charts for banking in 18 countries and have been translated into 9 languages.

A global thought leader in financial services and customer experience, Brett publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on Huffington Post, Internet Evolution, and Finextra. He has recently been featured on Fox News, Bloomberg TV, BBC, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The Economist.
As if that weren't enough, Brett is the founder and CEO of Moven (@getMoven), one of the first mobile-only banking apps, which was described by Wired, Forbes and the New York Times as a "bank of the future.”
Nov 22, 2016

David Robson leads IBM's Watson business in the European financial services sector.

Perhaps the world's most recognizable AI system (after HAL 9000), IBM's Watson is live across multiple industries and is using artificial intelligence to solve hard, real world problems.

For the uninitiated: Watson is a cognitive computer that can read, understand, reason and engage with humans in support of a broad range of knowledge workers including medicine, banking and insurance.

David has been working with Watson for two years, advising banks and insurance companies on how to deploy cognitive technology within their operations.

For more on Watson, follow them on Twitter @ibmwatson or visit


Nov 15, 2016
Brian Roemmele is the consummate Renaissance man. He is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, thinker and doer. More than anything, I've found Brian to be an observer of the world, asking questions and following his seemingly infinite curiosity to the root of an astounding variety of issues.
Over the long, winding arc of his career, Brian has built and run payments and tech businesses, worked in media, including the promotion of top musicians, and explored a variety of other subjects along the way.
Brian actively shares his findings and observations across fora like Medium, Quora, Twitter and his own podcast, Around the Coin. Brian is one of the most prolific producers of top quality analytical content I've ever encountered. I would highly encourage everyone to follow Brian and actively consume the information he puts out.
Nov 8, 2016

Devie Mohan is a prominent fintech writer, speaker and commentator. Devie is the co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a fintech research company established in partnership with Berlin-based FinLeap. She is also a market strategist and UK coordinator with FinLeap.

Throughout the course of her career, Devie has helped numerous banks, startups, innovation groups and investors understand the trends in fintech, helping them set their corporate, marketing and investment strategies. She is an adamant proponent of a fintech ecosystem in which banks and startups collaborate to drive innovation.

Devie is featured on several fintech influencer lists, including the CityAM FinTech Powerlist and the SWIFT-Innotribe Power Women in FinTech list, to name just two.

Nov 1, 2016

Oaknorth is a startup bank in the UK.

Joel Perlman, Oaknorth's co-founder, is a UK-based serial entrepreneur.

After starting his career at McKinsey, Joel eventually left to co-found Copal Partners, a financial research outsourcing company with his business partner, Rishi Khosla. Over a period of 12 years, they grew the business to almost 3,000 people before selling it to Moody's in 2014.

Subsequently, Joel and Rishi founded OakNorth, a new UK bank focused on lending to entrepreneurs and mid-sized growth companies. From an outsider's perspective, OakNorth seems to approach banking in a pragmatic, entrepreneurial way, seeking cost effective, non-traditional ways to deliver value for customers and outcompete incumbent banks.

Formally launched in 2015, OakNorth is to date the only completely new UK bank to break even, doing so in an amazing 11 months.

Oct 25, 2016
Chris Gledhill is the #1 fintech influencer globally and regularly speaks and writes about fintech, banking and the future of financial services.
Chris was lead mobile architect and led the disruptive innovation labs at Lloyds Banking Group before founding Secco (@seccoaura), a next generation "bank." 
Chris has expertise spanning a wide range of disruptive technologies including Blockchain, AI, APIs, Big Data, Deep Learning, Virtual Reality, Crypto Currencies, Biometrics, Mobile & Wearables.
Chris is a regular blogger and his twitter feed (@cgledhill) has become a ‘must follow’ for anyone in the industry looking to keep up to date with the latest fintech developments around the world.
Oct 20, 2016

APIs and banking as a platform will revolutionize banking.

This week we’ve got a special two part edition, with two guests who represent arguably the future of banking and financial services technology.

Martin Häring is the Chief Marketing Officer of Misys (, a global core banking provider that recently opened its systems to third party development, in yet another sign that the industry is moving toward an API-connected, platform model.

I think Misys is doing revolutionary work, and it’s good to see an established organization–a stalwart of global banking systems–taking the lead with such an innovative move. I think it’s reflective of the way fintech is going, the way banking is going, the way financial services is going, and the way technology is going more broadly.

We’ve also got Myles Stephenson, CEO of Modulr (, a UK fintech building out a robust, plug-and-play payments platform to support corporates and fintechs looking to gain more efficient access to payment systems in the UK, above and beyond what’s offered by the banks. Myles has a really interesting take on where the industry is going in terms of systems architecture and platformification.

I think the two guests, the two interviews, support each other nicely and really reinforce this broad based push toward wholly new systems architecture.

As always, tweet at us @rebankpodcast and tweet at me directly @will_beeson to share your thoughts and continue the conversation.

Oct 12, 2016

Duena Blomstrom is an independent digital banking consultant, entrepreneur, VC, speaker and, in her words, "uncomfortably opinionated blogger."

For the past 18 years, Duena has worked across Telco and Finance on strategy and consulting for sales and marketing, including a 5-year stint as Head of Sales and Marketing for Meniga. During her time at Meniga, the company went from being a tiny Icelandic start-up to a market leader in customer engagement.

Duena works at the intersection of technology and behavioral science. She's passionate about helping banks transition from thinking product set to thinking customer needs. She's a regular guest on blogs and podcasts including Breaking Banks, and we're lucky to have her with us today.

Oct 4, 2016

Michael O’Connor is a fintech & banking advisor and investor with extensive experience analyzing, structuring and investing in banking and financial services deals.

Before going independent earlier this year, Michael was a portfolio manager looking at credit and banking transactions for Arrowgrass Capital Partners, a prominent, London-based, financial services-focused alternative investment fund. Prior to Arrowgrass, Michael was a founding partner at Portman Capital Partners, where he advised UKFI and HM Treasury on alternative disposal strategies for UK government-owned banking assets. Michael has also worked in various senior roles at GLG Partners, Polygon Investment Partners, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.

Michael is a superbly sharp, thoughtful guy with keen insight into where banking and fintech are going and why.

Sep 27, 2016

Slava Solodkiy founded Life.SREDA, a fintech-focused VC fund, in 2012 and has been running it ever since. Life.SREDA 1, which was focused on A-rounds in the US and Europe, invested $40m in 13 companies including Fidor, Moven, Simple, Anthemis, SumUp and Rocketbank.

In November 2014, Life.SREDA launched its second fund, a $100m fund focused on B-rounds in Asia. So far, fund 2 has invested in companies including Fastacash, Mobikon, Lenddo, Ayannah and SoftPay. Life.SREDA also runs a $100m global blockchain fund.

Slava and his team at Life.SREDA also regularly produce amazing fintech reports, including Money of the Future, which I'd highly recommend anyone with an interest in the space check out.

Sep 20, 2016

Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, advocate, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government.

Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. He is the author of dozens of articles featured in publications such as TIME, Harvard Business Review, The McKinsey Quarterly, Forbes, Fortune, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and The Huffington Post.

Alex is the Founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, a consulting firm focused on early-stage high growth companies. Alex is a passionate and vocal advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

Sep 13, 2016

Faisal Khan, a veritable payments & remittances guru, joins us for the show today.

Faisal is a banking and payments consultant providing advisory services to banks, financial services companies and startups. He specializes is cross-border money transfer and all aspects of the value-chain associated with it, across B2B, B2C and C2C. Faisal has extensive knowledge in the design, integration & operation of payment networks and systems for international money transmission.

Two things set Faisal apart in this space in my mind: his practical knowledge, based on extensive, on-the-ground research across the developed and developing worlds, and the depth of his knowledge around licensing, regulatory frameworks, and compliance.

Faisal is extremely active on Quora as well at his own content-rich website He is also on Twitter @babushka99.

Sep 5, 2016

Chris Skinner is one of the world's most authoritative voices on the future of banking.

Chris is a writer, speaker, analyst and commentator covering all things digital banking. Chris has published multiple books on the future of banking and fintech, including most recently ValueWeb, which in Chris's own words explores "the open-sourcing of financial services using apps, analytics, APIs...and blockchain."

Chris is on the Advisory Boards of a number of companies including Innovate Finance, Moven and Meniga. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand, Next Bank, City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance. The Wall Street Journal named Chris one of "The Top 40 Fintech Influencers Globally." If that wasn't enough, Seth Wheeler, Brookings Guest Scholar and Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, called Chris “one of the most authoritative voices on Fintech anywhere.”

Aug 27, 2016

This week, we're joined by Jason Bates, co-founder of 11:FS and the bank formerly known as Mondo.

Banking is becoming digital. In the UK, four digital-only retail banks are poised for roll-out, and the trend extends to Europe, the US, Canada, and much of the rest of the world.

Jason has extensive experience in digital transformation in banking, including co-founding not one but two digital challenger banks, Mondo and Starling.

Join us for a deep dive into the problems digital banks are trying to solve and where banking is likely to go from here.

Aug 24, 2016

Data science is fundamentally reshaping the way businesses operate and customers experience interactions.

In Episode 2, we take a look at what's going on in the world of data science, where recent and coming developments are likely to have a huge impact on customer experience across industries and in turn shape customer expectations for banking and financial services.

Skylar Lyon, Senior Data Scientist at Accenture, breaks it down for us.

Aug 17, 2016

Jeff Tijssen is Managing Principal and Head of Fintech at CAPCO, a fintech consultancy.

Where better to start our fintech journey than with the current state of the banking industry?

Jeff's experience working for and with numerous incumbent banks in Europe and the UK shapes his views on the current landscape and where we're going.