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Welcome to BLOXCast, a podcast about everything digital media from TownNews.com. We’ll discuss the media industry and the growth of digital content and digital advertising. Plus engaging interviews with passionate industry experts and partners about taking digital media forward into 2020 and beyond.
 
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.
 
Each episode we talk with location sound mixers, boom ops and other industry pros about the various aspects of recording sound on-location for feature and independent films, TV commercials, interviews, anytime where dialog from actors is recorded. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, this podcast is packed with great stories and lessons about recording on-location.
 
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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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Phillip Perpich is a production sound mixer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Phil uses a Sound Devices 664 mixer/recorder, Lectrosonics wireless and Sanken COS-11 lav mics. For boom mics he uses a Sennheiser MKH-60, MKH-50 and a Sanken CS-1. Phil likes to use Tentacle Sync timecode boxes and Lectrosonics IFBs. Check out his website at https://pperp8.…
 
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…
 
The future of money is here as Dawn Capital General Partner Josh Bell sits down with Lloyd to discuss how he finds tomorrow’s behemoths, leading the fund’s Fintech investments. Josh graduated Oxford University in Mathematics, was subsequently a Research Fellow at Harvard University in Economics and Game Theory before his MPhil in Statistics at Camb…
 
Chris Welcker is a Production Sound Mixer based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s worked on numerous films including Bill & Ted Face the Music, Keanu and Twelve Years A Slave. Chris uses a Sound Devices Scorpio and a Sound Devices 833, Lectrosonics wireless, DPA 4060, 4061 & 6060 lavs, DPA 4017 shotgun & 4018 capsule, Tentacle Sync for timecode w…
 
James Herbert is the founder and CEOof Hastee - an award-winning earnings on demand technology, offered as a workplace benefit that enables workers to take a portion of their earned pay, on demand, increasing choice and financial flexibility. According to Hastee’s 2020 Workplace Wellbeing Study, nearly half (41%) of workers are now relying on at le…
 
Betsy Cohen is the Chairman of FinTech Masala, a sponsor of numerous Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) also known as blank-check companies - one of the hottest trends on Wall Street. Collectively these SPAC investment vehicles have raised more than $1.5 billion. After serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable John Biggs, Chief Judge of the …
 
Why 90% of all startups fail? This week, Harvard Professor Tom Eisenmann joins Mimi Nguyen to discuss his new book - The Fail-Safe Startup. Focusing his research and his MBA class at Harvard University on the mistakes and missteps of entrepreneurs, for the first time, he reveals his findings, and - most importantly - how you can avoid them. During …
 
Ben Pollard, co-founder and CEO at Cushon, sits down with Lloyd to talk about how his company became the world’s first net zero pension fintech. After entering the industry as an actuarial consultant, Ben leads now a UK-based fintech company offering workplace ISAs with 87,000 customers and £300m of assets under management. The company is on a miss…
 
Byron Meyer is a Production Sound Mixer originally from South Africa but is now based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. He uses a Sound Devices 6-Series mixer/recorder, Wisycom wireless, DPA 4060 lavs, DPA 4017b boom mic & DPA 4097 micro boom as a plant mic. Byron likes Tentacle Sync for time code and he uses a K-tek Stingray bag. Each episode we talk wi…
 
This week, Mana Labs co-founder Mimi Nguyen speaks with Lukasz Marczyk from Accenture's Warsaw office. As an innovation leader and part of Accenture's leadership team in Poland, Lukasz discusses his experience within innovation management and his journey towards becoming Managing Director and Partner at Accenture. This episode also does a deep dive…
 
This week, Lloyd delves into entrepreneurship and mental health as he welcomes Talis Capital's Matus Maar. As Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Talis, Matus has overseen early-stage investments in such FinTech giants as Onfido, iwoca, PriceFX and many more. Talis is also a leader in mental health amongst VCs. Recently, the firm announced a new ini…
 
Juan Montoto Ugarte is a Production Sound Mixer and Boom Op based out of Madrid, Spain. He’s worked on the feature film, Terminator: Dark Fate, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the Netflix series Money Heist, and Woody Allen’s Rifkin’s Festival. Juan uses the Zaxcom Nova mixer/recorder, Zaxcom wireless, Schoeps MiniCMIT shotgun mic & Sennheiser MK…
 
Mana Labs Co-Founder Mimi Nguyen is in the host's seat this week as she discusses product innovation with University College London's Vaughn Tan. And Vaughn has a unique perspective on the subject. In 2005, he joined Google as a Product Marketing Manager and later worked on projects such as AdWords and Google Maps. Since then, he's become a leading…
 
Jimmy Sieczka is a Production Sound Mixer based out of Los Angeles, California. He has travelled around the world working on projects such as Amazon’s The Pack hosted by Lindsey Vonn, Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean and Discovery’s Naked and Afraid XL. Jimmy’s a natural storyteller and he tells it like it is. He was also a previous guest on Episod…
 
Chris Bell is a production sound mixer and boom op based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked on the feature Unearth where he did both location sound and post sound work. Chris uses a Sound Devices 833 mixer/recorder, Lectrosonics wireless with Sanken COS-11d lavs. He also uses Sanken CS-M1 and CS-3e shotgun mics. For time code, Chris uses Am…
 
Eterna Capital Partner Andrea Bonaceto joins Lloyd to talk about blockchain investing. Since launching in 2018, Eterna has provided seed and early-stage funding to blockchain innovators like Algorand, Borderless Capital, DFINITY and more. Forbes has named it one of the top three boundary pushing blockchain investing firms, and Andrea has been named…
 
It was a big year for Searching for Mana, and that means one best-of show wasn’t enough. That’s right: we’re back with another edition of amazing clips from some of the most interesting people in FinTech and entrepreneurship. This week, we have tidbits from an additional roster of amazing guests: Romi Savova, (PensionBee), Zihao Xu (Octopus Venture…
 
Pamela Xing-Berman is a production sound mixer and sound designer based out of Los Angeles, California. She recently worked on a project for the non-partisan organization, She Votes. Pamela uses a Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder, Lectrosonics and Sennheiser wireless, Sennheiser MKH-416 shotgun mic, Comteks for IFB, Denecke smart slate and Tentacle…
 
As 2020 draws to a close, we look back on some of the brightest moments from Searching for Mana over the past year. And what a line-up it is! Listen through for amazing conversations with FinTech luminaries such as Conrad Ford (Funding Options, Allica Bank), Joe Parkin (BlackRock), Ned Phillips (Bambu), Adam French (Scalable Capital) and Romi Savov…
 
Billon Co-Founder and CTO Andrzej Horoszczak joins Lloyd from Poland to discuss how DLT could lead to the advent of fully digital currencies. It’s an episode that touches on finance, technology and entrepreneurship, all of which are Andrzej’s specialties. After studying computer science and business in the US, Andrzej gained extensive experience as…
 
James Alexander Kum is a Production Sound Mixer and Boom Operator from Gloucestershire, England. He's worked on films like The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe, Wonder Woman 1984 and Last Night in Soho. James uses a Zoom F8n mixer/recorder and a SQN 5s II Production Field Mixer. He uses Audio Ltd. radio mics with Sanken COS-11, DPA and Tram lav…
 
Aryze CFO and Co-Founder Morten Christorp Nielsen joins Lloyd to discuss how digital assets have the potential to revolutionise financial inclusion. After starting his career with such vaunted names as JP Morgan and UBS, Morten turned his attention to socially responsible finance. That’s how he got involved with Aryze, which aims to leverage blockc…
 
Mana Labs Co-Founder Mimi Nguyen is in the host’s chair this week as she and Ayman Jawhar tell us how to hire product managers properly. And who better to ask than Ayman? With product experience at tech giants like PayPal and smaller firms like Hudl, he knows how to optimise product teams at companies of all sizes. And as a lecturer for INSEAD and …
 
We’ve got blockchain on the brain this week as serial founder Alex Mashinsky sits down with Lloyd to talk DeFi, crypto and so much more. As Founder and CEO of Arbinet, Alex made his name in the ‘90s as a pioneer of VOIP. From there, he went on to found eight more companies that raised a total of $1 billion in funds. Today, he runs Celsius Network, …
 
Dominique Greffard is a production sound mixer and boom op based out of Montreal, Canada. He uses a Zaxcom Nova mixer/recorder and Zaxcom wireless receivers and transmitters. Dominique uses DPA 4063 lav mics, Tentacle Sync E timecode boxes for sync, Sennheiser MKH-50, Sanken CS-3e and Neumann KMR 81 shotgun mics. He also likes Bubblebee wind protec…
 
Luck is on your side this week as NYU and LSE faculty member Christian Busch joins Lloyd to discuss his new book, The Serendipity Mindset. The Director of NYU’s Global Economy Program, Christian has extensive experience with social entrepreneurship. He co-founded the Sandbox Network, a global hub for young innovators, and has advised companies like…
 
It’s time to get innovative as Lloyd welcomes acclaimed writer and speaker Alf Rehn. From becoming the youngest university chair in Finland to serving as a chairman to a Gold Lion-winning ad agency, Alf has led a vast and varied career. Today, he’s a professor of innovation, design and management at the University of Southern Denmark and the author…
 
Dr. Louise Beaumont joins Lloyd for a far-reaching conversation that covers the future of open banking, the history of UK FinTech and everything happening in between. Louise is an ideal guest to comment on it all. Since completing her PhD in just 15 months and working as a consultant for Capgemini, she’s led a versatile and varied career, making an…
 
Jed Shiheng Xu is a Production Sound Mixer based out of Los Angeles, California. Jed also does post work including dialog editing. He uses a Zoom F8n mixer/recorder, Sennheiser 416 shotgun mic along with a Schoeps CMIT & Sennheiser MKH-50, Lectrosonics SRc wireless receivers and Lectrosonics SMQV wireless transmitters, Audio Ltd. A10 wireless boom,…
 
The future of money is here as Octopus Ventures Partner Zihao Xu sits down with Lloyd to discuss how he finds tomorrow’s fintech behemoths. After starting his career with renowned strategic consultancy Roland Berger, Zihao moved into the venture capital sphere with Octopus, which identifies “unusually talented entrepreneurs” and offers early-stage …
 
Thomas Claire is a production sound mixer based out of New York City. He’s originally from France and tells his story of coming to the United States to follow his dream of working in film and television. He uses the Zaxcom Nova mixer/recorder, and the compatible Zaxcom wireless, as well as Lectrosonics and Wisycom, DPA 4061 lav mics and Sanken COS-…
 
PensionBee Founder and CEO Romina Savova joins Lloyd to examine a sector that’s ripe for disruption: pensions. That’s the idea behind PensionBee, which Romina founded after working at behemoths like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. When she tried to consolidate her pensions in one place, she found the task impossible and received little to no help…
 
Meniga Co-Founder and CEO Georg Ludviksson sits down with Lloyd to outline how to found a successful FinTech. That’s a topic Georg has plenty of first-hand experience with. After developing one of Iceland’s most popular video games, Georg moved into tech, partnering with Nokia on an early mobile internet venture. That led him on to Harvard Business…
 
Scalable Capital Founder Adam French tells Lloyd Wahed how he went from a student at LSE to the founder of a wealthtech leader that partners with the world’s largest asset manager. So what accounts for Adam’s tremendous career growth? After interning with Goldman Sachs, he quickly moved up into director roles within the bank’s trading division. But…
 
Searching for Mana dives deep into WealthTech this week as Ned Phillips (Founder and CEO of Bambu, co-host of the WealthTech UnWrapped podcast) sits down with Lloyd to talk robo-advisors, sales and so much more. After starting out as a London insurance salesman in the early 1990s, Ned found success in the east as Etrade’s Managing Director for Asia…
 
Julie Ashmore Dann (CEO, Rapid Cash at NatWest) sits down with Lloyd to talk about how her company is making loans simple for SMEs. After entering the industry as a remittance processor, Julie developed her expertise in small-business lending at such companies as Bibby Financial Services, HSBC and Growth Street. In January 2020, she joined Rapid Ca…
 
Benjamin Roembach-Clark is a production sound mixer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He uses a Sound Devices 833 mixer/recorder but also uses the Zaxcom mixer/recorders as well. For mics, Ben likes the Sennheiser MKH-50 and the Sanken CS-3e. For wireless he uses Sony UWPs and Zaxcom units as well as Sennheiser G4 wireless for IFB. For lav mics,…
 
Michael Brown (Senior Market Analyst, Caxton FX) joins Lloyd for a special Thursday 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 why traders are bracing for a no-deal Brexit a…
 
Richard Davies (CEO of Allica Bank, Non-Executive Director at Revolut) joins Lloyd to discuss the state of SME lending post-COVID and what it takes to succeed at the UK’s biggest fintechs. And he should know. Throughout his career, Richard has moved seamlessly between major incumbent banks and innovative digital challengers. He served as a Managing…
 
Gregory Pastore sits down with Lloyd and tells us how financial consultancies are preparing big banks for upcoming changes to global regulations. After building up impressive experience with a major US bank (JP Morgan) and a Big Four consultancy (EY), Greg has made waves as Baringa’s Director Finance, Risk and Compliance. He tells Lloyd about the c…
 
Erik Leek is a production sound mixer based out of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He's also the founder of Hide-A-Mic Microphone Concealers. Eric uses a Sonosax mixer/recorder, Schoeps shotgun mics, Audio Limited wireless and Sanken COS-11 and DPA lav mics. Eric also use Tentacle Sync and Ambient timecode boxes. https://www.hideamic.com…
 
Drs Beatriz Carrillo Garcia and Vivianna Rodriguez Carreon talk to Lloyd and Mana Search Co-Founder Mimi Nguyen about the hidden factors in great leadership! Since collaborating at the University of Sydney, Beatriz and Vivianna have used their Theory U framework for measuring and imparting leadership skills in students. Joining us from Australia, t…
 
Design: it’s a fundamental way for companies to understand their end users’ needs. Jyothish Nair understands this better than anyone. A VP and associate partner at McKinsey, Jyo has been helping clients create optimal physical, digital and spatial experiences for over two decades. Sitting down with Lloyd and Mana Search Co-Founder Mimi Nguyen, Jyo …
 
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