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The Wharton FinTech Podcast discusses the trends, topics and ideas that are reshaping financial services globally. It features founders, investors, students and thinkers from the world of FinTech with unique perspectives. This podcast is produced by Wharton FinTech, the first student-led FinTech initiative; visit whartonfintech.org for more details.




Tobin McDaniel, President of Schwab Wealth Investment Advisory

Nipun Jasuja (Wharton 2018) chats with Tobin McDaniel, president of Schwab Wealth Investment Advisory, a registered investment advisor and the sponsor of Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, Charles Schwab’s new automated investment advisory service. In this insightful podcast, Tobin shares his views on the evolution of the wealth management landscape in the US, the importance of incorporating the human element when you are responsible for the hard-earned money of your customers, and the thrills...

Duration: 00:34:20

Matt Miller, Founder and CEO of Embroker

Antonio Munoz (Wharton MBA’17) chats with Matt Miller, founder and CEO of Embroker, which is a leading tech-enabled commercial insurance broker. Embroker’s new, all-digital approach to business insurance combines the ease of technology with expert advisors to take the pain out of getting the right coverage for your business. In this engaging podcast, Matt talks about what made him change career trajectories and start Embroker, about challenges in insurance and disrupting the insurance...

Duration: 00:35:53

Arthur Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder of BitMEX

David Gogel chats with Arthur Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder of BitMEX, aka the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange, a cryptocurrency-based derivatives exchange based in Hong Kong. They discuss Arthur’s background, the launch of BitMEX, Bitcoin, Ethereum, derivatives trading, exchange business models, regulation, security, initial coin offerings, and the future state of cryptocurrencies. BitMEX handles on average $100 million dollars per day in the total value of products traded.

Duration: 00:38:26

William Hockey, Co-founder and CTO of Plaid

Ruhi Dang (Wharton MBA '18) chats with William Hockey, co-founder and CTO of Plaid. Plaid is the tool that empowers a large number of applications you use today. In very simple terms, Plaid allows a variety of financial-technology startups to access their customers’ bank account information. Tune into this podcast to hear William discuss the story of Plaid, the emerging industry trends and talk about how some out-of-the-box startups are using Plaid today. What’s more you ask? Some xkcd...

Duration: 00:24:59

Iwan Kurniawan, Co-founder and COO of Modalku

Happy Summer! Volunteering, internships, and general travel has taken Wharton students to all corners of the world this summer. Wharton FinTech has also made its first foray into Southeast Asia. Check out this latest podcast, where Kevin Vichaystit (Wharton MBA 2018) chats with Iwan Kurniawan, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Modalku, a P2P lending platform in Indonesia for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Modalku is funded by Sequoia Capital, and founded by locals,...

Duration: 00:24:52

David Klein - Co-founder and CEO, Common Bond

David Gogel (MBA '18) chats with David Klein, co-founder and CEO of CommonBond. David discusses a wide range of topics in FinTech, student lending, and entrepreneurship. He goes deep on CommonBond’s student loans products, business model, and future prospects. He discusses how the Wharton MBA experience helped him launch CommonBond. We also cover David’s views on the FinTech industry more broadly, blockchain, and advice for student entrepreneurs. David Klein is CommonBond’s co-founder and...

Duration: 00:37:42

Andy Rachleff, Co-founder and CEO, Wealthfront

Christophe Williams (MBA '18) chats with Andy Rachleff, co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront. Andy discusses a wide range of topics in FinTech, investing, and how to grow tech companies. He goes in-depth on Wealthfront's competitive advantages in automated investing and how he approaches product/marketing strategy to grow sustainably. Also covered are Andy's background in venture capital, the process of founding Wealthfront, and how he sees disruptive innovation affecting financial service...

Duration: 00:35:02

Michael Tannenbaum, Chief Revenue Officer, SoFi

Brian Shah (MBA '18) chats with Michael Tannenbaum, Chief Revenue Officer of SoFi. As CRO, Michael is responsible for driving successful execution and growth across SoFi’s core lending products. In this podcast, Michael discusses the company's foray into new financial products, its unique membership perks, and its recent acquisition of Zenbanx. He also shares his perspective on the current fundraising environment and the future of financial technology.

Duration: 00:18:18

FinTech - Opportunities and Challenges Ahead with Howard Lindzon

Uday Seth chats with Howard Lindzon, a Canadian author, financial analyst, technical analyst and super angel investor. Lindzon manages a hedge fund, serves as managing partner of the holding company Social Leverage, limited partner at Knight's Bridge Capital Partners, and is the co-founder of StockTwits. In this podcast, Lindson shares his perspective on FinTech, and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Duration: 00:29:46

Future of Financial Advice with Ed O'Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor

Bobby Rosenbleeth chats with Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor, a financial technology company serving more than 40,000 financial professionals nationwide. Featuring an industry leading client portal, collaborative financial planning capabilities, powerful data aggregation services, deep integrations with top third-party applications, and robust business analytics, eMoney’s product suite helps financial advisors build trust, strengthen their relationships, and succeed. Fidelity Investments...

Duration: 00:33:41

Insurtech Trends with Drew Aldrich of ASV

Adam Chadroff chats about insurtech trends with Drew Aldrich, Associate at AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV). ASV is a $250 venture fund that makes seed and growth equity investments in enterprise software, financial technology, insurtech, and related sectors. In this podcast, Drew shares his thoughts about trends in insurtech and insurance innovation.

Duration: 00:34:29

Wharton FinTech Lemonade FinTech Interview

David Gogel chats with Daniel Schreiber, CEO and Co-Founder of Lemonade, an insurtech startup based in New York. The property and casualty insurance company offers fast and low cost homeowners and renters insurance powered by technology, honest culture, and a commitment to social good. The company just raised $34 million in series B financing and is backed by top Venture Capital firms including Sequoia, General Catalyst, and Google Ventures.

Duration: 00:34:22

Maex Ament, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Taulia

Uday Seth chats with Maex Ament, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Taulia. Taulia works with the world's largest and most innovative companies to transform the way they partner with their supply chains. Through a mix of supplier self-services, e-invoicing and flexible supplier financing, Taulia enables organizations to turn every invoice into a revenue opportunity while drastically strengthening supplier relationships. A few of Taulia’s clients include Coca-Cola Bottling, eBay, John...

Duration: 00:40:58

Colin Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Varo

Christophe Williams chats with Colin Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Varo. Varo is redesigning mobile banking and the personal financial management experience. Before founding Varo, Colin held a number of senior executive posts at American Express, Lloyds, and Wells Fargo. https://twitter.com/colindwalshsf https://twitter.com/VaroMoney www.varomoney.com/

Duration: 00:27:50

Atish Davda, CEO and Co-Founder of EquityZen

Katie Koh chats with Atish Davda, CEO and Co-Founder of EquityZen. Atish received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wharton. EquityZen is an online marketplace for trading pre-IPO employee shares from privately held companies. The platform often links employees from private companies with investors who would not otherwise be able to invest in the company prior to an IPO. https://twitter.com/adavda https://twitter.com/EquityZen https://equityzen.com/

Duration: 00:33:39