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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 p…
 
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 …
 
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 oversee…
 
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 a…
 
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 s…
 
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 …
 
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 g…
 
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 r…
 
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 …
 
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.…
 
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 wit…
 
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…
 
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 B…
 
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 stati…
 
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, operat…
 
In this episode, our co-host Kinsa Durst speaks with Charlie Delingpole, Founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on wiping out financial crime using Machine Learning. As CEO, Charlie leads the product development and growth of the company. His passion for the issue came from his time as the MLRO of a previous startup he fou…
 
Tegan Kline is the founder of Edge & Node. Previously she was business lead for The Graph, an indexing and query protocol organising the world’s open blockchain data and making open data a public good. Tegan helps leaders and innovators connect more deeply with stakeholders across the blockchain ecosystem. Tegan Kline is the former International Bu…
 
George Gvazava brings diverse finance expertise from his roles at Deloitte, Galt & Taggart (the largest investment bank in Georgia), and, as the CFO at Brokers.IO, a group of fintech companies. Most recently, he became a CEO of CryptX, an easy-to-use Crypto Wallet with institutional grade security. George also loves sharing his knowledge and experi…
 
Today we interview Denko Mancheski, founder and CEO of Reef Finance (reef.finance). Denko has been in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry for around 6 years as a developer - working with many notable technologies including NXT blockchain, Bitshares, Steem as well as EOS. He now runs Reef Finance, a hub for Decentralized Finance running on Po…
 
Today we interview Geoff McCabe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffmccabe) - CEO of The Divi Project (diviproject.org). He also owns businesses in virtual reality, gaming, two hotels, and a blockchain-based media company, LightingWorks.ioSponsors:Otter Labs www.hireotter.com- Hire great and inexpensive developer with staff augmentation through Otter…
 
Today we interview Dov Marmor, COO, Railsbank N. America. Dov led two of the top FinTech platform businesses in banking and international payments. Formerly GM and Head of BaaS at Green Dot, Dov grew that business 3X over 2.5 years, launching enterprise programs including Intuit TurboCard, Uber Debit/Money, Stash Banking, Wealthfront Debit, and man…
 
Albert Saniger is the founder and CEO at nate. An experienced coder at a young age, Albert worked through school by teaching students to code – some going on to win national competitions under his guidance. While expanding his knowledge of computing systems, these early teaching experiences also inspired an interest in furthering human potential an…
 
Kinsa Durst interviews Edmund Lowell, founder and CEO of KYC-Chain, and an advisor to SelfKey Foundation. Originally from the United States, graduating from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts where he studied law, finance and technology, Edmund Lowell is a serial entrepreneur living in Asia since 2011, innovating at the crossroads of f…
 
Kinsa Durst interviews Prashant Fuloria, CEO of Fundbox. Prashant became CEO of Fundbox in 2020, after serving as COO and CPO. He joined Fundbox in 2016 from Yahoo, where he was SVP of Advertising Products. Prashant came to Yahoo through the acquisition of Flurry, then the world’s largest mobile analytics platform, where he was CPO. Before Flurry, …
 
In this episode Faisal Khan interviews Clay Wilkes, who is the founder and CEO of Galileo Financial Technologies. Galileo FT is a company that has been around for 20 years and is pretty much the go to company for the world most innovative fintechs. Galileo offers, what I would call a super API, one unified API that connects to it all and offers all…
 
Kinsa Durst interviews John Colthart. John has made clients successful in every major market worldwide during his 17-year career in technology leading world-class sales and professional services organizations. This started after his departure as a corporate finance and accounting practitioner in 2000 so he could grow a startup to +425 employees and…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Roham Gharegozlou. Roham is the CEO of Dapper Labs and the founder of Axiom Zen, the award-winning emerging technology venture studio behind Dapper Labs. Dapper Labs is the creator of CryptoKitties, the world’s most popular consumer blockchain experience, with over 3M transactions on the Ethereum network – more than any sma…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Kayvan Alikhani. Kayvan is the CEO and co-founder of Compliance.ai. Kayvan has more than 25 years of experience in hi-tech, Kayvan leads operations, strategy, sales, and marketing for Compliance.ai. Most recently, Kayvan led the identity strategy at RSA, and represented EMC on various industry alliances such as the FIDO boa…
 
Mike Townsend interviews James Gillingham. James is the Co-Founder and CEO of Finxflo, the world’s first hybrid aggregator and cryptocurrency brokerage firm. Under his leadership, Finxflo has embarked on a new partnership with leading blockchain luminaries, Tron and JustSwap, to build the world’s first DeFi protocol aggregator. During his 15 years’…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Kinsa Durst. Kinsa is the founder of DeFi Code, a consulting firm for developing and executing global go-to-market strategy for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. Coming from a diverse cultural background, he leverages his extensive experience working with companies in the U.S., China, and Korea to help companies esta…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Daniyal Inamullah. Daniyal is the Head of Capital Markets at Cred and Co-Founder for the Glitter of Hope Foundation. Daniyal has spent his career specializing in mergers & acquisitions for energy companies at EY and Houlihan Lokey before he focused his career on democratizing financial services by leveraging blockchain tech…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Moaz Hamid. Moaz is a mission-driven technologist and strategist, solving for the future of jobs and medicine, and the role of Robotics and AI. He is mvmtAi, a health tech startup, founder and CEO. Advisor for SoftBank Robotics, and serves on, and Robotics WG member, for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).Moaz is als…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Ned Phillips. Started his Fintech journey with E*TRADE as one of the very first online brokers and now an entrepreneur, Ned Phillips is the founder and chief executive officer of Bambu. Ned had the opportunity to experience the first dot-com boom with one of the original FinTech companies as well as was a consultant to 8Sec…
 
Joe Bayen is CEO at Grow Credit. Over the past decade, Joe has specialized in underwriting, credit score improvement, user acquisition, and monetization.Grow Credit helps consumers establish or build credit using a MasterCard designed to exclusively process subscription payments. The platform enables consumers with thin credit or no credit files to…
 
Mike Townsend interviews Jareau Wadé, a payments entrepreneur and recovering engineer based in Atlanta, GA. He currently runs growth and marketing at payments infrastructure company, Finix. Prior, Jareau lead commerce and visual search business development for Pinterest and co-founded Balanced, a payments API company that exited to Stripe in 2015. …
 
Mike Townsend interviews Xiaohan Zhu, CEO of Meter.io. Xiaohan Zhu is an engineer by training, he was born and raised in Chine, and moved the US to go to graduate school at UC San Diego, and eventually got his MBA at Wharton before working as an engineer at Microsoft and Motorola. In 2016 he became fascinated with cryptocurrency and global finance …
 
In this engaging interview Mike Townsend interviews Sunayna Tuteja, Head of Digital Assets and Blockchain at TD Ameritrade. With more than ten years of diverse global experience, she has a proven record for building new ventures from scratch and leading the kind of change that is critical in shaping the future of business. In her current role, Suna…
 
Kyle Samani and Mike Townsend sit down and chat about how cryptocurrency will influence the US and global economy over the coming years. Kyle gives us the down low on companies and crypto projects he's excited about, and how he thinks about making investment decisions. Kyle Samani is a co-founder and managing partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-…
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Alex Bouaziz, the founder and CEO of Deel. Alex is a true international entrepreneur, having been born and raised in Paris, France, he then went to undergraduate university in Tel Aviv, Israel, studying civil and environmental engineering. We chatted about his time getting a master degree at MIT, and start…
 
In this show Mike Townsend interviews Chris McAlary, the CEO of Coin Cloud, the world’s largest network of two-way digital currency kiosks. From his early days as a Bitcoin miner to now, he is a pioneer in the cryptocurrency industry. When Robocoin installed the world’s first Bitcoin ATM in Vancouver, BC, in 2013, McAlary wondered why not the US. A…
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Ljuba Youngblom, the co-founder and CEO of Hometown, an early stage startup reimagining local news from the ground up. Prior to that, Ljuba co-founded the connected car startup Automatic Labs, which was acquired by SiriusXM in 2017. He’s a UX designer, mentor, and pragmatic do-gooder living in Oakland, Cal…
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Jason Butcher, CEO of CoinPayments. Jason took over as CEO after running HODLtech, a crypto consultancy. He now leads CoinPayments which is most known for being a leader in facilitating cryptocurrency payments for businesses. CoinPayments has over 1800 crypto options, over 100,000 merchant customers, proce…
 
In this show Mike Townsend interviews Nelson Chu, founder and CEO of Cadence. Nelson is a 3x startup founder with several years of experience at the top investment management firms, including Bank of America and BlackRock. Prior to Cadence, he founded a strategy consulting firm specializing in helping companies build products and raise capital for …
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Felix Feng, founder of Set Protocol.He previously worked at 21.co (acquired by Coinbase) and Radius, and graduated from UC Berkeley. We learn how Felix came up with the idea for Set Protocol and how how raised money and grew his team. Set Protocol basically allows you to buy and sell crypto management stra…
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Mark Thomas, CEO and founder of ZenSports. ZenSports is a mobile peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace where anyone can create and accept sports bets with anyone else in the world, without the need for a centralized bookmaker. Mike and Mark uncover the history of betting, discuss the future of sports com…
 
In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Chris Maurice, CEO and co-founder of Yellow Card, a cryptocurrency exchange operating across Africa. In high school, Chris started an SEO consulting firm which helped optimize over 140 websites on Google, including Prezi.com. In college, he started a manufacturing and supply chain logistics company produci…
 
In this interview, Mike Townsend interviews Greg Kolodziejzyk, founder of AlgoLab. In his 20's Greg quit his job at a local oil company based out of Calgary Albert and started his own business as a freelance graphic designer. In 1994 his company, Image Club, was purchased for millions, and Greg became financially independent.With plenty of time on …
 
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