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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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Oct 16, 2018
Today, we have the honor of connecting with Azeem Azhar, the brain behind the Exponential View newsletter and podcast.
 
How to describe Azeem... Thinker, writer, advisor, technologist and former founder. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, Azeem has pursued a career spanning journalism, venture investing, machine learning, natural language processing, entrepreneurship and advisory.
 
In addition to his work on the Exponential View, Azeem is an advisor to the CTO of Accenture as well as a number of AI companies, including Onfido and re:infer, both of which we've had on the podcast. He's also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Digital Economy & Society and an investor and advisor through Anthemis and Kindred Capital
 
In 2009, Azeem founded PeerIndex which processed social data using machine learning to identify novel, actionable signals. The company was acquired by BrandWatch in 2014. 
 
I'd highly recommend everyone subscribe to Azeem's insanely insightful newsletter, the Exponential View. He also runs a podcast by that name which has featured some incredible guests, including author Yuval Harari and economist, investor and former Warburg Pincus Vice Chairman Bill Janeway.
 
Check out Azeem's work at exponentialview.co.
 
If you enjoy today's episode or find it valuable in any way, I humbly request that you give it a quick rating on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, to help us expand our distribution. That simple step can have a massive impact on our ability to connect with interested listeners.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Azeem Azhar.
Oct 9, 2018
Scott Sage is a Partner at Crane, a Venture Capital fund focused on complex enterprise software, much of which incorporates AI. Abhirukt Sapru is the Chief Revenue Officer of Tessian, an AI-powered email security company. Tim Pullan is the Founder and CEO of ThoughtRiver, a legal tech company offloading contract work to artificial intelligence, and Ed Challis is the CEO and Co-Founder of re:infer, a company leveraging artificial intelligence to extract sentiment and insights from vast quantities of corporate information, including email.
 
I was clearly out of my depth in a room full of PhDs and advanced computer scientists, but wow, what a fascinating topic.
 
We cover everything from funding and growing enterprise software businesses to where is society artificial intelligence is likely to have the greatest impact.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Scott Sage, Abhirukt Sapru, Tim Pullan and Ed Challis.
Oct 2, 2018
Michael Kent is the founder and CEO of Azimo, a fast-growing money transmission business.
 
Michael first joined us a over a year ago, in episode 34, and it was fun to connect again.
 
As the founder of Azimo, and before that of Small World FS, another money transmission business, Michael is extremely well placed to talk about the founder's journey.
 
In the second instalment of our Founder's Sessions series, we explore the first few months of Azimo, from idea to product to traction, in what I think is a highly insightful discussion.
 
As always, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Michael Kent.
Sep 25, 2018

Martin Mignot is a Partner at Index Ventures, one of Europe's leading VC firms.

Martin focuses on startups which operate in large markets (food, transportation, finance, healthcare) through the development of must-have products that get exponentially better with each additional user.

He has worked with companies including Bird and BlaBlaCar and serves on the board of DeliverooRevolut and Trainline.

Prior to joining Index, Martin was in the TMT team at UBS Investment Bank and co-founded the beauty subscription business Boudoir Prive (acquired by Joliebox/Birchbox).

If you enjoy today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Martin Mignot.

Sep 18, 2018
This week, we're joined by Harry Franks, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Zego, an on-demand insurance platform founded by former Deliveroo employees. We're also joined by Nigel Walsh, Partner at Deloitte and insurtech specialist.
This is an interesting conversation about how changes in the way people live and work impact their requirements for traditional financial services. Lots to think about here.
 
You can check out the report Nigel and his team recently conducted on the gig economy, in conjunction with Lloyds of London, here.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Harry Franks and Nigel Walsh.
Sep 14, 2018
Hello and welcome to Rebank. I'm your host, Will Beeson.
 
Or should I say, I'm your guest, Will Beeson. Today's episode is different. The mic got turned on me this time to discuss CivilisedBank, the SME opportunity and the future of fintech more broadly.
 
The host is Carlos Espinal, Partner at Seedcamp, one of the most active seed funds in Europe. This conversation originally aired earlier this week on Carlos's podcast, This Much I Know, which everyone should totally check out.
 
Hope you enjoy the role reversal. 
 
Be back next week with another regular episode.
Sep 11, 2018
Today we’re joined by Lex Sokolin, head of Autonomous Next, the disruptive technologies arm of research firm Autonomous
 
Topics of conversation today include Amazon vs Google vs Facebook for financial services disruption, the shortcomings of open banking and what the past few months in crypto tell us about what’s next. 
 
In the conversation, we make reference to the newsletter Lex writes and to his recently published crypto report, both which you can find at next.autonomous.com
 
Let us know what you think of today’s episode @rebankpodcast on Twitter or in the comments section on the website. 
 
Thank you very much for joining us today, please welcome, Lex Sokolin.
Sep 4, 2018
This is part two of a two-part episode. We published part one on August 21st as Rebank episode 99.
 
We recently participated in an event with PIMFA, the UK Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association, on the subject of Millennials and Financial Services, as part of a research project they're undertaking.
 
The research looks at how people in their 20s and early-30s think about life, work and the future, and how that influences their financial decisions.
 
We spoke with a range of guests at and around the event, ranging from incumbent investment managers to fintech startups to millennials themselves and stitched those conversations together into this two-part episode.
 
In part one, we heard from PIMFA's CEO, Liz Field, and Head of Research, Gary Sunderland, as well as Sally Allan of Wealthify and Ellie Duncan of the FT.
 
In part two of the episode, we sit down with Nina Mohanty of fintech marketplace platform Bud and Sophie Winwood, formerly of Innovate Finance and soon to be with Anthemis, for a deeper dive into the way Millennials think about life, work and money.
 
A huge thanks to PIMFA for coordinating the event and facilitating our involvement.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Nina Mohanty and Sophie Winwood.
Aug 28, 2018
In today's episode, we catch up with Marieke Flament, Chief Marketing Officer of Circle, one of the most noteworthy crytpo companies.
 
Circle was the first company to receive a BitLicense from the State of New York and the first virtual currency business to receive an e-money license from the British government.
 
Circle has raised over over $246 million since 2013, including a $50 million round led by Goldman Sachs.
 
Earlier this year, Circle acquired crypto exchange Poloniex for $400 million, with leaked documents suggesting an aspiration to make Poloniex America's first regulated crypto exchange.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Marieke Flament.
Aug 21, 2018
Hello and welcome to Rebank. I'm your host, Will Beeson.

This is part one of a two-part episode.
 
We recently participated in an event with PIMFA, the UK Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association, on the subject of Millennials and Financial Services, as part of a research project they're undertaking.
 
The research looks at how people in their 20s and early-30s think about life, work and the future, and how that influences their financial decisions.
 
We spoke with a range of guests at and around the event, ranging from incumbent investment managers to fintech startups to millennials themselves and stitched those conversations together into this two-part episode.
 
In part one, we'll hear from PIMFA's CEO, Liz Field, and Head of Research, Gary Sunderland, as well as Sally Allan, Chief Marketing Officer of Wealthify, a roboadvisor, and Ellie Duncan, Deputy Content Editor at FT Adviser.
 
In part two of the episode, which we'll release in the coming weeks, we'll hear from Nina Mohanty, Business Development at fintech marketplace platform Bud, and Sophie Winwood, formerly of Innovate Finance and soon to be with Anthemis, a Venture Capital firm, for a deeper dive into the way Millennials themselves think about life, work and money.
 
A huge thanks to PIMFA for coordinating the event and facilitating our involvement.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Liz Field, Gary Sunderland, Sally Allan and Ellie Duncan.
Aug 14, 2018
This week, we look at the massively important topic of fintech for small businesses. Joining us are Edward Berks, Head of Fintech at Xero, a cloud-based accounting platform, Caroline Plumb, Founder and CEO of Fluidly, a cash flow forecasting tool, and James Haycock, Founder and Managing Director of Adaptive Lab, now Idean, following their recent acquisition by Capgemini.
 
These three guests bring a wealth of experience solving problems for sole traders and small businesses and are excellently placed to explore today's topic.
 
During the conversation, James mentions a report his team did on SMEs, which you can find here.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Edward Berks, Caroline Plumb and James Haycock.
Aug 7, 2018
Today, we're launching Founder Sessions, a new series looking at the entrepreneurial process through the experiences of some of the most noteworthy fintech founders around the world. We've connected with a phenomenal selection of entrepreneurs over the years on Rebank, and we wanted to create a dedicated place to share their insights.
 
Each episode of Founder Sessions will take the form of a short, focused discussion of the most important insights, lessons and advice our guests have to offer around startup success, based on their own first-hand experience. We'll mix Founder Sessions into our regular episode release schedule, so watch your feed.
 
To kick things off, we connected with Husayn Kassai, founder of Onfido, one of the world's premier regtechs, specializing in customer authentication.
 
Let us know what you think of the new format on Twitter @rebankpodcast, and feel free to send any guest ideas to rebank@bankingthefuture.com.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Husayn Kassai.
Jul 31, 2018
This week, we're joined by Husayn Kassai, Founder and CEO of Onfido, and Christian Faes, Founder and CEO of LendInvest.

Onfido uses machine learning in customer authentication, validating users' identity documents and comparing them with facial biometrics. LendInvest is a property lending and investment platform which has originated over £1bn of loans since launch.
 
Both companies are regularly named among the top European fintechs and show no signs of slowing down.

As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
Jul 17, 2018

This week, we're joined by Philippe Gelis and Steve Lemon.

Philippe is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kantox, a B2B FX company. Steve is the Co-Founder and VP of Corporate Development at CurrencyCloud, a wholesale FX and payments provider.

We discuss a wide range of topics in today's conversation, including Monzo's recently published financial results, Banking Circle's $300m sale to EQT, Airwallex's $80m fundraise and much more.

As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.

If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Philippe Gelis and Steve Lemon.

Jul 10, 2018

Today we're joined by Dan Hegarty, Founder and CEO of Habito.

Habito is a digital mortgage platform helping homebuyers makes sense of the more than 10,000 mortgage offers available in the UK.

Habito is backed by some of the biggest names in venture capital including Mosaic, Ribbit and Atomico.

As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.

If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today, please welcome Dan Hegarty.

Jul 3, 2018
Aman Ghei is a Principal at Finch Capital, a Venture Capital firm with offices in London, Amsterdam and Singapore. 
 
Nigel Verdon is the Co-Founder and CEO of Railsbank, a banking utility layer giving fintechs access to banking services in five lines of code. 
 
Aman and Nigel are two extremely insightful guys. We explore a range of subjects in today’s conversation, including open banking, proptech, insurtech, platform banking and more.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Aman Ghei and Nigel Verdon.
Jun 26, 2018
Today, we're joined by two excellent guests to discuss recent developments and new opportunities in emerging markets fintech.
 
Ameya Upadhyay is a Principal at Omidyar, an impact fund that has deployed over $1.3bn over the past 10 years. Asad Naqvi is Managing Director of Apis, a growth stage private equity fund focused on Emerging Markets.

We originally connected with Ameya in Episode 39 in May 2017. If you like today's episode, check that one out too at www.bankingthefuture.com.

In this conversation, we discuss the importance of cash and human touch points as a part of the innovation equation in Emerging Markets, why fintechs are overvalued, how raising a series C round is similar to turning 40, where the most recognized players in cross-border payments fintech have fallen short and much more.

As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Ameya Upadhyay and Asad Naqvi.
Jun 19, 2018

Today we have an epic line up to discuss the ever evolving topic of Open Banking.

Formally implemented as law in Europe in January as PSD2 in Europe and Open Banking in the UK, we're still in the very early days of what will be a transformational change in financial services.

Joining us to discuss current developments in Open Banking and where we're headed from here are Louise Beaumont, Co-Chair of techUK's Open Banking & Payments Working Group and a member of the Open Banking Implementation Entitiy Working Group, Megan Caywood, Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, a UK digital bank differentiating through Open Banking, and Jamie Campbell, Head of Awareness at Bud, a fintech leveraging Open Banking to create new revenue streams for banks.

In the episode, Jamie mentions the book Bud have published on Open Banking, available here.

You may have noticed that we've recorded the last few episodes in the offices of Saxo Payments Banking Circle, a new utility layer for banking. I was recently involved in a report they coordinated on Open Banking and other trends, and how they're reshaping the industry, which I'll link to in the show notes.

As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.

If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today, please welcome Louise Beaumont, Megan Caywood and Jamie Campbell.

Jun 12, 2018

Today, we're thrilled to be joined by four entrepreneurs working with data to change the world. 

Julian Ranger is the Chairman of digi.me, a platform that allows users to take back ownership of their data currently spread around the web and use it to their own benefit.

Aneesh Verna is the Founder and CEO of Aire, a new breed of credit bureau improving access to credit.

Charles Bradley and Hannah Leach are from Adapt, an advisory firm helping companies build strategies and governance around data.

What more topical subject right now than data, with GDPR still brand new and the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica saga still fresh in mind.

We talk about how people and companies should think about data, what's still missing from the data equation, the ethics of data and its capture, retention and processing, the tension between commercial and privacy concerns and much more.

Connect with us on Twitter @rebankpodcast, on Facebook, LinkedIn or on our website at www.bankingthefuture.com.

If you enjoy today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Aneesh Verna, Charles Bradley, Hannah Leach and Julian Ranger.

May 29, 2018
Today, we’re joined by two entrepreneurs making credit more understandable and accessible for people.
 
Freddy Kelly is the Founder of Credit Kudos, a new model credit bureau making better data available to lenders. Matt Ford is the Founder of Pariti, an app built to help consumers improve their credit and qualify for new products. Pariti was recently acquired by UK challenger bank Tandem, who we've had on the podcast before.
 
To help people get oriented, Freddy’s voice is the one you’ll hear in response to my first question about how credit scores traditionally work.
 
We’ve got a number of group episodes lined up over the course of the summer. Let us know what you think of the format. Connect with us on Twitter @rebankpodcast, or on LinkedIn, Facebook or our website at www.bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you like today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Freddy Kelly and Matt Ford.
May 22, 2018
Gab Columbro is the Executive Director of FINOS, the fintech open source foundation.
 
FINOS is creating an open source movement in banking and financial services the same way open source technologies like Linux, Firefox, Wordpress, Hadoop, NodeJS and many more have done for tech. Born out of Symphony, the open source platform launched to rival Bloomberg, FINOS has expanded to cover a range of technologies.
 
In this conversation, we get into the benefits of transparent code, the challenges of governance by consensus, tension between open source and profit maximization, and where the platform model is likely to go.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Gab Columbro.
May 7, 2018
Dan Ramsden is the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer of StockTwits. 
 
StockTwits is a social media platform designed for sharing ideas between investors, analysts and traders. Founded in 2009, the company has been called one of the "50 best websites" by Time Magazine and one of the "top 10 most innovative companies in finance" by FastCompany. StockTwits has 3 million monthly active users, who spend an astonishing 51 minutes per day on the platform, on average. 
 
I thought this conversation was fascinating. Dan is an extremely insightful and eloquent guy with broad intellectual interests and years of experience in markets. 
 
The discussion covers a range of topics, including network effects, the impacts of the real-time, free flow of information, behavioral economics and social networks and human nature. 
 
 
Connect with us on Twitter @rebankpodcast or on LinkedInFacebook or YouTube.
 
If you like today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Dan Ramsden. 
May 1, 2018
This episode is different. It’s part of a conversation I had with three smart and experienced entrepreneurs and thinkers, who all happen to work in fintech. Maybe I’ll released the extended version of the discussion at some point, but today I wanted to focus on a part of it. 
 
Artificial intelligence and automation are becoming powerful forces of change in the world today, and the impacts of these technologies will shape the next few decades at least. 
 
Charlie Delingpole is the Founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a data company leveraging machine learning to identify bad actors and feed that information to bank anti money laundering and compliance teams to prevent crime. Ricky Knox is the Founder and CEO of Tandem, a UK bank using data to provide personalized financial guidance to customers, and Lex Sokolin, the former Founder and CEO of NestEgg Wealth, a roboadvisor that was acquired by AdvisorEngine in 2014. Currently, Lex runs the emerging tech business for Autonomous Research, a buy-side research firm. 
 
Lex and his team recently published an excellent deep dive on artificial intelligence, which is available at: https://next.autonomous.com/augmented-finance-machine-intelligence.
 
Lex also publishes one of the best fintech newsletters, which you can subscribe to at: http://bit.ly/autonomousnext.
 
We pick the conversation up in full swing. Buckle your seatbelts, it gets serious fast. 
 
I’m going to publish an accompanying article with a number of the talking points that inspired this discussion at www.bankingthefuture.com/artificialintelligence.
 
I’d love to share more of these types of conversations, from meet ups and private events and the like, if people find them interesting. Let me know what you think on Twitter @rebankpodcast or by email at will.beeson@bankingthefuture.com
 
The first voice you hear after mine is Lex’s, followed by Charlie's and then Ricky’s. 
 
Thanks very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Lex Sokolin, Charlie Delingpole and Ricky Knox. 
Apr 24, 2018
Robin Tombs is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Yoti, a digital identity platform enabling secure onboarding anywhere online or in-person.

Prior to Yoti, Robin co-founded Gamesys, one of the world's leading online gaming operators. He is also an angel investor in a handful of technology companies and a trustee of Future First.
 
Today's conversation is a fascinating glimpse into what the future of data, privacy and identity might look like.
 
Connect with us on Twitter @rebankpodcast or on LinkedInFacebook or YouTube.
 
If you enjoy today's episode, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
Thanks very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Robin Tombs.
Apr 17, 2018
Today's topic is corporate culture: what works, what doesn't, what needs to change and how. We're joined by three extremely qualified guests to dig into this hairy topic. Duena Blomstrom is the author of Emotional Banking, a book looking at culture in banking specifically. Sharon O'Dea is the former Head of Digital Communications at Standard Chartered and current communications strategy consultant. Alessandro Hatami is the former Group Digital Director at Lloyds Bank and currently advises Tier 1 banks on digital solutions.
 
This conversation was a bit experimental, in terms of both format and subject. Let us know what you think of the group discussion.
 
I'm not sure we reached a conclusion, per se, dealing with a topic as broad as culture, but I think we surfaced some interesting considerations. What did we miss? Let us know on Twitter @rebankpodcast or in the comments section of the episode page at www.bankingthefuture.com/culture.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Duena Blomstrom, Sharon O'Dea and Alessandro Hatami.
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