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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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Jun 27, 2017
Ishaan Malhi is CEO and Founder of Trussle, the UK's first online mortgage advisor. Trussle uses technology to help homebuyers and existing homeowners select from the over ten thousand mortgage and remortgage options on the market in the UK.
 
Trussle has attracted investment from a range of noteworthy backers, including Zoopla, Seedcamp and the co-founders of Betfair and Wealthfront.
 
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, Ishaan Malhi.
Jun 21, 2017
Danny Gilligan is back for round 2 with Rebank, this time to discuss the future of data.
 
Danny is the co-founder of Data Republic, a company building the rails to support the emerging data industry. Danny is also co-founder and managing partner of Reinventure, an Australia-based, fintech venture capital fund. 
 
Danny joined us in Episode 28 in late February with his Reinventure partner Simon Cant to talk fintech investing, and we promised we'd follow it up with an episode on data at some point. 
 
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, Danny Gilligan.
Jun 13, 2017
Nick Ogden is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ClearBank, the UK's first new clearing bank in more than 250 years. ClearBank offers banking infrastructure, including clearing, to incumbent and startup financial services companies and fintechs. Built on real time technology, ClearBank aims to support increased transparency and competition in the UK banking market. 
 
Prior to founding ClearBank, Nick founded, ran and sold WorldPay, a global leader in payment processing.  
 
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, Nick Ogden.
Jun 6, 2017
Lawrence Wintermeyer (@LWintermeyer) is the CEO of Innovate Finance, an independent membership association that represents the UK's global FinTech community.
 
Founded in 2014, Innovate Finance looks to accelerate the UK's leading position in the global financial services sector by supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators.
 
During our conversation, Lawrence references Innovate Finance's recent sandbox paper, which is available at industrysandbox.org. Innovate Finance itself is very active online at innovatefinance.com, and also supports the global fintech hubs federation, which has a great website at thegfhf.org.
 
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, Lawrence Wintermeyer.
May 30, 2017

Peeling back the banking stack, layer by layer.

This week, we've put together a special show looking at a couple of the biggest topics in fintech.

Rebank is lucky to host some of the most noteworthy figures in fintech. The perspective and insight they provide is often an indicator of where things are going.

One of the trends we've discussed on the show in the past is the move to component front, middle and backend layers to replace proprietary pieces of the financial services technology stack.

Today, we start by taking a closer look at that trend before digging into data analytics, AI and machine learning. We wrap up by looking at the potential for quantum computing to change the way we think about processing for different types of tasks.

If you enjoy today's show, reach out. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.

For more on the topics covered today, check out the full episodes on our website, iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice.

May 23, 2017

Nigel Verdon is the co-founder and CEO of Railsbank, an API-layer connecting fintechs to a wide range of banking and payments services in five lines of code.

Nigel is a pillar of the London fintech community. Prior to starting Railsbank, he founded and ran CurrencyCloud, an API-based FX and payments solution, invested as a venture capitalist at Orange Growth Ventures, advised startups in the UK and Europe and traded FX at Nomura and Swiss Bank.

Banking-as-a-platform is regularly cited as the next phase of financial services evolution, and Railsbank is operating at the cutting edge of that trend.

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, Nigel Verdon.

May 16, 2017

Google Ventures invested $25m in CurrencyCloud earlier this year, buying into one of the most powerful fintech solutions in the payments space.

Today we're joined by Steve Lemon, co-Founder of CurrencyCloud, to discuss the investment, the company and the payments space in general.

CurrencyCloud's API-based payments engine automates B2B payments and FX, powering an impressive range of fintechs, including Klarna, Travelex, Revolut, Azimo, Fidor Bank and, previously, Payoneer, Kantox and TransferWise.

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, Steve Lemon.

May 9, 2017
The Omidyar Network is a high-impact, social investment fund set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Today, we're joined by Ameya Upadhyay, a Principal at Omidyar.
 
Ameya focuses on the firm’s Fintech and Financial Inclusion efforts, investing in organizations that have the potential to create economic opportunity for individuals in Africa, Europe, Myanmar and India. His portfolio includes first movers in India across micro-enterprise lending, digital retail lending, merchant cash advance, and online brokerage. He has been active in Myanmar for the last two years and is closely following the emerging mobile money ecosystem, in addition to making grants to non-profit organizations which are creating sector-wide public goods.
 
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, Ameya Upadhyay.
May 2, 2017

Scott Crowder is the CTO of IBM's Quantum Computing business.

In March, IBM announced the construction of a 50-qubit quantum computer as part of its IBM Q program, an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. IBM Q enables customers to access quantum systems and services via the cloud. The technology sits alongside classical computing solutions, like Watson, IBM's artificial intelligence engine.

IBM's progress in quantum computing mirrors advances by other institutions, all of which will no doubt contribute to quantum computing having a meaningful impact on businesses and consumers in the coming years.

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

Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Scott Crowder.

Apr 25, 2017
UX is a make-or-break component in mobile gaming, and many of the same learnings are being brought to fintech.
 
Today, we're joined by two fintech venture capitalists for an update on investment trends in our industry.
 
Alvaro Alvarez del Rio is Principal at Initial Capital, a mobile gaming and fintech focused venture capital fund. Prior to joining Initial Capital, Alvaro worked in investment banking and private equity.
 
Aman Ghei is Principal at Orange Growth Capital, a London- and Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on high growth fintech and mobile gaming companies. Prior to joining Orange Growth Capital, Aman worked at Facebook and Accel Partners.
 
Interestingly, both Aman and Alvaro have experience in mobile gaming (video games, not gambling). In this conversation, we explore how fintech can learn from customer experience best practices developed in other industries.
 
If you like today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, or your podcast platform of choice, and leave us a review.
 
As always, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
Thank you very much for joining us today. Please welcome, Alvaro Alvarez del Rio and Aman Ghei.
Apr 18, 2017

Penta and Crunch are reinventing banking and accounting for startups and sole traders.

Darren Fell is the Founder and CEO of Crunch, one of the original cloud-based accounting platforms, launched in 2009. Crunch serves thousands of sole traders and small businesses in the UK with an ever-increasing range of accounting and financial services products.

Lav Odorovic is Co-Founder and CEO of Penta, a Berlin-based neobank offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.

Today's conversation explores the convergence of banking and accounting, two closely related and until now separate services for SMEs.

If you enjoy today's show, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or www.bankingthefuture.com.

Apr 11, 2017

Brett King, acclaimed author, speaker, futurist and host of the Breaking Banks radio show joins us to discuss quantum computing and AI following the Innovate Finance Global Summit event in London on April 10th, 2017. 

Apr 11, 2017

Michael Kent is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Azimo, one of Europe's most successful fintechs of recent years.

Michael is also co-founder and a non-executive director of Tandem, a new digital-only bank in the UK. Previously, Michael co-founded Small World Financial Services, a money transmission provider, which he grew to $4.5bn in annual transaction volumes.

Michael is also a startup investor and advisor, working with companies including Curve, a smarter credit card, and ComplyAdvantage, an digital KYC & compliance solution.

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, Michael Kent.

Apr 4, 2017
The OECD is actively working to promote fintech to its member countries.
 
Today, we're joined by Gert Wehinger, a Senior Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In nearly 20 years at the OECD, Gert has worked on subjects including financial market structure and stability, economic policy and regulation, and engagement of the private financial sector.
 
Gert is the author of various publications, including numerous articles on financial markets and a book on high and chronic inflation and stabilization policies. 
 
Currently, Gert is studying the impact of fintech and disruptive innovation in finance, in the context of economic growth, development and stability.
 
In this conversation, we explore the powerful potential of fintech to improve economic and social well-being in both developed and developing countries.
 
Connect with us via TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or www.bankingthefuture.com to continue the conversation.
Mar 28, 2017

Usama Fayyad is the CEO of Open Insights, a US-based data strategy and technology company. Usama also serves as CTO of Stella.AI a Mountain View, CA based, VC-Funded startup, and as Interim Chief Operations & Technology Officer for new, innovation-focused division of MTN, Africa's largest telecommunications provider.

From 2013-2016, Usama was Chief Data Officer at Barclays. He remains active in UK banking as a special advisor to the Board of Nationwide, the world's largest building society.

From 2004-2008, Usama was Chief Data Officer at Yahoo.

Usama has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and holds adjunct professorships and university advisory positions on three continents.

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

Thanks so much for listening today. Please welcome, Usama Fayyad.

Mar 21, 2017

David Brear is one of the most prominent thinkers and doers in our industry. David is focused on addressing one of the biggest challenges in banking: driving technological innovation at large, incumbent organizations.

David is CEO and co-founder of 11:FS, a FinTech consultancy that helps banks become truly digital. He's also cohost of FinTech Insider, a blockbuster podcast about FinTech and financial services. Named among the Top 100 Most Influential FinTech Leaders of 2016, David is one of the most recognized and influential people in financial services. David worked at Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva on large-scale digital transformations and then led Gartner's Global Digital Banking practice before starting 11:FS.

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, David Brear.

Mar 14, 2017

Two Queens of Fintech, Duena Blomstrom and Liz Lumley, join us today for an insightful conversation about bank-fintech collaboration, plus an exclusive announcement from Duena.

Duena headed sales for Meniga, a successful Icelandic fintech startup, from 2010-2015. Duena has been investing in and advising fintech startups since then, especially on commercial and go-to-market strategies.

Liz ran StartupBootcamp Fintech's 2015 London program and then led ecosystem development for the accelerator. She is currently Managing Director for Thought Leadership at Rainmaking, one of the parent companies of StartupBootcamp.

If you like today's show, reach out. Tweet at us @rebankpodcast or at me, your host, @will_beeson. Connect with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or our website www.bankingthefuture.com.

To find out more about Duena's exciting new endeavor, visit www.finwinners.com.

Mar 7, 2017

Eugene Danilkis is co-founder and CEO of Mambu, a banking technology provider based in Berlin.

Eugene is literally a rocket scientist: He led a software engineering team developing NASA-certified software for the International Space Station prior to founding Mambu.

Mambu is a cloud-based technology platform that enables banks and fintechs to rapidly address new market opportunities and reduce the high costs previously associated with software licenses, maintenance and in-house infrastructure. Mambu supports a range of customers all over the world, including OakNorth, a new UK bank we covered in Episode 12, when we sat down with their co-founder Joel Perlman. If OakNorth's early success is any indication, Mambu is a powerful platform. We've touched on core technology in a few episodes recently, which has been a conscious decision.

Even with all the coverage around fintech, it can be tough to get clear, comprehensive insight into one of the most important components of banking & fintech success: core technology.

Please enjoy today's episode with Eugene Danilkis.

Feb 28, 2017
Simon Cant and Danny Gilligan, founding partners of Reinventure, an Australia-based, fintech venture capital fund, join us today for a discussion on fintech investing. 
 
Simon and Danny are entrepreneurs, and they bring that experience and mindset to venture investing. 
 
We cover a number of interesting topics today, including how Reinventure thinks about fintech investing, how best to engage and support startups, where fintech is going in the next decade, the untapped opportunity in data and more.
 
If you like today's show, reach out. Tweet at us @rebankpodcast or at me, your host, @will_beeson. You can subscribe to Rebank on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice.
 
Thanks so much for joining us today. Please welcome Simon Cant and Danny Gilligan.
Feb 21, 2017
Nektarios Liolios is CEO & Co-founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech and Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the leading innovation programs in the financial and insurance industries.
 
The programs provide funding, mentorship and office space in the heart of London, Singapore & New York, along with access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups per class.
 
Nektarios has spent nearly 20 years in fintech, previously with Clearstream and SWIFT, where he ran the Innotribe Startup Challenge. 
 
Today's conversation with Nektarios was a fascinating discussion about a number of approaches to partnership between incumbents and startups. Regardless of the strategy used, there are a few key elements that enable successful collaboration.
 
If you enjoy today's show, please leave us a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. 
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
Thanks so much for listening today. Please welcome, Nektarios Liolios.
Feb 14, 2017
Shazam founder Dhiraj Mukherjee joins the show today. Dhiraj is currently Head of Innovation at Virgin Money, a prominent UK bank and part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
 
After graduating from Dartmouth College and then Stanford GSB, Dhiraj co-founded Shazam, one of the best known apps of all time. Launched in 2002, the platform is alive and well today.
 
Dhiraj is a seasoned digital innovation and experience design professional, launching digital platforms around music, movies, advertising and social networking. He has advised on innovation for Reuters and other large corporates, and now carries the innovation flag at Virgin Money.
 
In addition to his work at Virgin Money, Dhiraj is an insightful thinker in his own right, and it's in that capacity that he's sitting down with us today.
 
If you enjoy today's show, please leave us a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Positive feedback is instrumental in helping others find the show.
 
As always, connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
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Thanks so much for listening today. Please welcome, Dhiraj Mukherjee.
Feb 7, 2017
Sophie Guibaud is Head of European Expansion for Fidor Bank, one of Europe's original and best known digital-only banks.
 
Originally launched in Germany in 2009, Fidor expanded into the UK in 2015.
 
Prior to joining Fidor, Sophie led product strategy and commercialization at Bankable, a white-label banking platform provider. Before that, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet-backed ready-to-cook meal delivery startup.
 
Sophie is regularly mentioned among top fintech influencers, appearing on the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist, CityAM's Fintech Most Influential Powerlist and Women in Fintech Powerlist and many more. 
 
As always, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or on our website at bankingthefuture.com.
 
If you enjoy today's show, please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Overcast, player.fm, or wherever else great podcasts are distributed.
 
Final note: our very first exclusive Rebank update went out to our insider community this week. Sign up at bankingthefuture.com.
 
Thanks so much for listening today.
Jan 31, 2017
Dave Birch (@dgwbirch) is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, a secure electronic transactions consultancy.
 
Dave is an internationally-recognized thought leader in digital identity and digital money. He has been named one of the global top 15 best sources of business information by Wired Magazine, one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by the Financial Brand, one of the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community by City A.M, and more. Dave is perhaps Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments and adjacent subject areas, including digital identity, blockchain and privacy.
 
This episode is a timely follow-on to recent episodes with Pascal Bouvier (Ep 22) and Taqanu founder Balazs Nemethi (Ep 23), both of which raised the topic of digital identity.
 
When it comes to digital identity and the technologies required to support its implementation, few are as knowledgeable as Dave Birch.
 
As always, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Tweet at us @rebankpodcast or @will_beeson.
 
If you like Rebank, please subscribe on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice and consider leaving us a review.
 
Please enjoy today's show with Dave Birch.
Jan 24, 2017
Syrian refugees are facing one of the most difficult challenges humans can experience.
 
Balazs Nemethi, founder of Taqanu, wants to support them in their plight.
 
Taqanu seeks to provide banking to anyone, regardless of background and available documents. One of their first target user groups is refugees displaced by unrest in Syria, but the potential for a solution like Taqanu extends across refugees, migrants, the financially excluded and beyond - to any user group seeking a digital solution to identity and financial services. Combining digital identity, blockchain and a geography agnostic mobile-only interface, Taqanu seeks to revolutionize financial access for the unbanked.
 
Based in Berlin and supported by some of the most recognizable global change organizations, Taqanu is innovating in an area that could create real improvement in millions of people's lives.
 
We recently incorporated a new discussion platform into our website at www.bankingthefuture.com to support our community and an exclusive mailing list for insider access to our show.
 
Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, and tweet at us @rebankpodcast or at me, your host, @will_beeson.
 
Please enjoy today's show with Balazs Nemethi.
Jan 17, 2017
Pascal Bouvier (@pascalbouvier) is a full-time venture capital investor, fintech practitioner and prolific blogger.
 
Before becoming a full-time venture capitalist, Pascal founded and ran startups, worked for commercial and investment banks, and has been at one time or another a CFO, COO, CIO… the list goes on.
 
Pascal is currently Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures. Prior to joining InnoVentures, he built the fintech venture arm of Route 66 Ventures into a top global fintech investor.
 
To anyone hoping to get into venture capital: check our Pascal’s bio for what high energy, proactivity and variety of experience looks like.
 
You can follow Pascal's thoughts on Twitter, LinkedIn and on his must-read fintech blog, finiculture.com.
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