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Welcome to Searching for Mana, the podcast focused on tech innovation in finance - FinTech. I'll be meeting with some of the influencers, leaders and founders in the tech and finance space from unicorn companies to financial disruptors. We'll be gaining insight into how they got into FinTech, what they're currently focused on, what their companies are all about, as well as some of the important trends that they've highlighted in the market.
 
In just a few years Knowledge Graphs have exploded in usage, as has their impact in the world of Artificial Intelligence. Semantic AI has become a significant part of text analytics, search engines, chat-bots and more. And yet, few people outside of niche tech communities are fully aware of how semantic knowledge graphs can be leveraged.In the Podcast "Chaos Orchestra" we will explore how Knowledge Graphs can be applied over the next decade to boost many areas of Artifical Intelligence and a ...
 
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Dr. Stephanie is a Pharmacist turned independent spiritual scientist and entrepreneur. She does deep biochemical research to find natural ways to heal diseases. Her latest book, See True for a Vibrating Life is currently available on Amazon. It explores systems and the atomic composition of the human body by focusing on every angle of human healing…
 
This is quite a story, listen to Zilch CEO and Co-Founder, Philip Belamant, British Entrepreneur of the year 2021, who has taken the business from series A to Unicorn faster than anyone else in Europe has managed with any other company. He and his team still have control of more than 50% of the equity, and their international expansion starts next …
 
On this week’s Searching for Mana Lloyd Wahed CEO of Mana Search met with Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, the co-creators of the Tezos blockchain to discuss the development of the Tezos ecosystem and how it uses creativity, collaboration and a degree of democratisation to evolve this open-source platform. They see themselves very much as match makers…
 
Building anything that is going to survive and prosper requires a solid foundation and that is what Sean Lee CEO of the Algo Foundation described when he met Lloyd Wahed in this week’s Searching for Mana Podcast. The Algo is the native token of the Algorand blockchain, and the Algo foundation helps users solve real-world problems using the Algo eco…
 
Ben Chemla CEO of Shares and Lloyd Wahed of Mana Search met to discuss how Shares is making share dealing a social activity and how Ben has learnt how to grow a company fast in a new market. The idea for Shares came from social investing, seeing friends chatting about their ideas and sharing views, having fun and learning from each other. He saw th…
 
We dive deep to talk about what took place in peoples recollections after the DMT trial study that Rick carried out in New Mexico in the 90's. He recalls peoples accounts of trans-dimensional beings and where this research is headed. www.stationaryastronaut.com www.rickstrassman.com https://www.facebook.com/rick-strassman https://www.youtube.com/c/…
 
On this week’s Searching for Mana podcast, Jason Trost CEO of Smarkets and Lloyd Wahed discussed the evolution of Smarkets and how it is disrupting an old fashioned market in betting, and Jason’s own journey to create and lead this London based business from his early years growing up in the US. Smarkets is on a mission to make betting online easie…
 
The consumer is driving up economic growth at an unprecedented rate around the world, and Claire Gates discussed with Lloyd Wahed in this week’s Searching for Mana podcast how the ease of paying for what you want to buy is a key part of that. Claire is the Chief Commercial Officer at the $1B+ valued PPRO a global provider of payments infrastructure…
 
Treating customers as equals, in simple terms, without talking down to them, is the vital communication strategy that is helping Bux offer it’s affordable and accessible broking services to a new generation of investors across Europe, and it’s going well explains Yorick Naeff (CEO of Bux) in conversation with Lloyd Wahed of Mana Search, so well tha…
 
Lloyd Wahed met with David Jarvis, Founder and CEO of Griffin on the latest Searching for Mana podcast where they discussed the challenges of being the fintech’s OS for embedded finance. Griffin is building a Banking as a Service (BaaS) platform to support the fintech ecosystem, and as a new player it can look forward rather than having to be slowe…
 
In the blink of an eye, Tink has gone from a B2C player in one country in Europe to a B2B solution in eighteen markets, giving them access to more than 250m customers in Europe. Rafa Plantier, Head of UK & Ireland at Tink describes to Lloyd Wahed how Tink is product growth led and their innovation is driving a rapid development in networks and serv…
 
Knowledge Graphs revolutionise the way companies make use of their data. The technology has the potential to turn every digitised piece of knowledge in a company into actionable insights. You can exceed even Google’s Search capabilities by creating an intelligent platform with knowledge graph. Many of us can imagine our idealistic future data dream…
 
Myles Stephenson (Founder & CEO, Modulr) sits down with Lloyd to talk about how his company provides payments infrastructure to the likes of Revolut, Sage, Liberis, iwoca or Salary Finance, enabling them to efficiently automate and embed payments transactions. After receiving a biochemistry degree at the University of Oxford, Myles developed his ex…
 
This week, Bitstamp CEO Julian Sawyer comes back to Searching for Mana to join Lloyd for an enlightening chat about fintech, crypto, altcoins and so much more! A financial veteran with over 20 years’ experience, who previously co-founded Starling Bank in 2015, or later served as UK MD at Gemini, Julian offers incredible insight into both blockchain…
 
Can Knowledge Graphs help to build better Cognitive Models? How will Knowledge Graphs look like in the future and how will we interact with them? Why didn't Knowledge Graphs solve COVID-19-related data problems? How far away are Technocracy and Digital Immortality? Extrapolating from 40 years of Knowledge Graphs and cognitive models with Dr. Jans A…
 
This week, TokenGuard CEO and Founder Kamil Gorski joins Mimi Nguyen, our R&D Head for an enlightening chat about due diligence in blockchain, smart contracts, ICOs and many more! Tokenguard is the first automated rating agency for Ethereum and other blockchains. The technology aggregates the best techniques for ICOs / smart contracts automated ver…
 
This week we are presenting a very special Fireside Chat as part of Fintech Week London 2021 broadcasted live from Barclays Rise. Joining Lloyd Wahed, we’ll have special guests from PensionBee and Blackrock explaining different strategies to encourage green finance: excluding fossil fuel producers from investments, engage with fossil fuel producers…
 
Speculations, hypes, doges, icos, nfts aside.. what’s next for blockchain in financial services? How can this underlying technology disrupt the banking system? This week we are presenting a very special panel session as part of Fintech Week London 2021 broadcasted live from Barclays Rise. We’ll have Chris Skinner, author of the Finanser, Marcus Tre…
 
This week, Luno’s UK Country Manager Sam Kopelman joins Ollie Brown, our Blockchain Associate Director for an enlightening chat about crypto, entrepreneurship, career progression and so much more! After graduating UCL, Sam joined Rocket Internet, building their operations in Minsk from employee zero to later become a Regional Head in Eurasia. Since…
 
Graph Neural Networks are very effective in dealing with complex network data structures to perform label and link predictions. They can process typological and structural information from social networks to protein pathways. But can they also work with multi-dimensional and dynamic data models of Semantic Graphs? What information loss does one hav…
 
Mojo Mortgages CEO and co-founder Richard Hayes tells Lloyd Wahed how he went from a studying music to founding a leading UK online mortgage broker, that disrupts the sector through its hybrid of smart tech and human mortgage experts. After their Series A funding of £7.6 million, mojo has excelled, recently being the finalist at the British Bank Aw…
 
Chris Eastwood, co-founder and co-CEO at Penfold, sits down with Lloyd to talk about how his digital-based pension platform for self-employed workers and SME’s. After entering the industry as a consultant with the Big Four, Chris leads now a UK-based fintech company that reached in 18 months 25,000 users with £25m of assets under management. The co…
 
This week, Lord Holmes, MBE joins Lloyd in this special episode, within the Fintech Week London 2021, for an enlightening chat about fintech, financial inclusion, crypto and so much more! Lord Holmes is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Groups on Fintech, AI, Blockchain and 4IR. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and…
 
Carlos Tanner is the founder of the Ayahuasca Foundation located just outside Iquitos, Peru. Here, with the help of Dr. Simon Ruffell, they completed a study that was just published - concluding that Ayahuasca does indeed significantly, and statistically rewrite the expression of SIGMAR1 - a gene most known to be involved in how traumatic memories …
 
This week, Kraken’s Managing Director Jakub Zakrzewski joins Lloyd for an enlightening chat about crypto, fintech, angel investment, career progression and so much more! A Forbes 30 under 30 superstar, with experience at companies like Rocket Internet and Revolut, Jakub offers incredible insight into both blockchain and fintech. Kraken is one of th…
 
We have never been closer to knowledge democratisation and collective intelligence. However, the enabling technology is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Fake News and Filter Bubbles dominate the spread of information in social networks and search engines, influencing our personal trust chains and constantly directing our perspective on the …
 
Nick Mills, CircleCI GM EMEA, joins Lloyd to discuss the future of tech and software engineering. The company, which is a software delivery platform automating development workflows and IT operations, has just reached a $1.7 billion valuation, after the recent $100 million Series F. And Nick has a unique perspective on the subject. Since 2008, he j…
 
Mark Mullen (CEO anad co-founder of Atom Bank) joins Lloyd to discuss the state of UK fintech, mortgage and SME lending and what it takes to disrupt UK banking. And he should know. Throughout his 30 years long career, Mark built his banking experience in a major incumbent bank - HSBC, and later resigned from the CEO position of first direct - one o…
 
Wikipedia, Google and social networks transformed the way of knoweldge aggregation and spread - but can we make all of humanty's knoweldge machine-readable? Are Knoweldge Graphs enough to achieve that? What technological and social challenges come with Knoweldge democratization? Inspiring and thought provoking conversation with Denny Vrandečić, Hea…
 
We’ve got startup lending on the brain this week as serial VC Andrew D’Souza sits down with Lloyd to talk working capital, angel mentorship and so much more. As Founder and CEO of Clearco, Andrew made his name raising hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital and is an adviser and investor to companies such as WealthSimple, Properly, and T…
 
Ontologies are a way to represent and communicate knowledge, understandable to both - machines and humans. But what level of expressivity is needed to be able to convey human thoughts and human understanding of the world to machines? Are current graph representation models sufficient for generalisation and reasoning? How many ontology engineers wou…
 
Shachar Bialick (Founder and CEO of Curve) joins Lloyd to discuss how Curve helps its users consolidate multiple cards, and even allowing them to switch pre-COVID-19 purchases back onto a different card in 2020, and what it takes to build one of the UK’s fastest-growing FinTech firms. And he should know. With his background in computer science and …
 
It is nearly impossible for a scientist to process all relevant information to one's field of research. Due to “antique”, document-based knowledge transmission methods, scientists are deriving hypotheses from a smaller and smaller fraction of our collective knowledge. It seems that science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities. But…
 
Rob Straathof (CEO, Liberis) sits down with Lloyd to talk about how his company offers pre-approved revenue-based SME financing. After entering the industry as an investment banker, Rob developed his expertise in small-business lending at such companies as Wonga, Everline (UK’s first digital SME lender) and Newable BusinessFinance (responsible fina…
 
Deep Learning has proven to be the primary technique to address a number of problems. But each application of AI inevitably encounters unexpected scenarios (edge cases) in which the system does not perform as required. Knowledge-infused learning uses commonsense knowledge encoded in Knowledge Graphs in order to provide capabilities like generalisat…
 
The future of finance is here as Airwallex’ Jed Rose sits down with Lloyd to discuss how he plans to expand the UK operations of this $2.6B valued fintech unicorn. After starting his career in product at Microsoft in the 2000s, Jed moved into finance leading Paymentsense, and into the venture capital sphere with Antler. Since 2020, he joined Airwal…
 
Alexandre Tannous is a musician, educator, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He is also the Principal Founder of ResonantMind Collective. He holds a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Music Theory and Composition, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College. As a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship h…
 
Jacqueline Dewey (CEO, Smart Money People, British Bank Awards) sits down with Lloyd to talk about how her company is helping to build trust and transparency in financial services. Run by Smart Money People, but fully voted for by customers, the British Bank Awards have been named by many as 'the Oscars of the banking world”. After entering the ind…
 
Despite huge investments into Deep Learning we did not get close to making machines understand natural language (NLU). Can semantic approaches make up for weaknesses of Deep Learning like for example abstraction and generalization ? If humans would need to touch hundreds of hot ovens before they being able to extrapolate and generalize - our lives …
 
Can we build a #google for enterprise data? How can #KnowledgeGraphs & #HybridAI help executives make better business decisions, and accelerate the evolution towards enterprise collective intelligence? “The direction is very clear and you can’t stop it” - Inspiring talk with Dan McCreary !By Boris Shalumov
 
Dr. Dan Cohen is a lifelong inventor and sleep doc since the 80's. He has released a new piece of technology that replicates the magnetic frequency of the planet. Revolutionizing sleep patterns, mental health and humanity as a whole. Learn more at: https://soltechealth.com Be the first to get your hands on one: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…
 
Dave Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money. He joins Stefan Ciecierski from Mana Search for a far-reaching conversation that covers the future of money, the coming era of digital currency, digital identity, shared ledgers and blockchain. Dave is an ideal guest to comment on it all. He is named o…
 
Finimize is building the world's largest and most engaged finance community, with over one million subscribers across their app. Max Rofagha, its co-founder and CEO sits down with Stefan Ciecierski to outline how they help casual investors become smarter investors through bitesize content and engaged community. In this chat, Max tells us why neo-br…
 
Michael Brown (Senior Market Analyst, Caxton FX) joins Lloyd for a special Post-Easter episode tackling the latest economic developments in the UK. Since joining Caxton FX in 2016, Michael has shown an impressive knack for predicting developments in the foreign exchange markets. In this episode, he shares the economic outlook after Brexit and vacci…
 
Sammy Rubin (Founder and CEO of YuLife) sits down with Lloyd to talk about how his company brings together life insurance, wellbeing & rewards in one simple app. After entering the industry with his Computer Science degree from Imperial College London, he co-founded Policy Portfolio with his father from their family’s dining room table and became t…
 
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