eXponential Finance

eXponential Finance

The eXponential Finance Podcast is produced in co-operation with Tokyo FinTech (https://tokyofintech.com/), covering Finance & FinTech themes in Japan and beyond. Tokyo FinTech looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,300 individual members attends regular fintech, insurtech, regtech, payments, blockchain & crypto events. We also have an established Medium Publication (https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech) and a number of international community partnerships with like-minded FinTech associations around the globe. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/exponentialfinance/support


February 1, 2023 30 min

Charles d’Haussy is the CEO of the dydx Foundation, an independent not-for-profit foundation created to promote dYdX, the most powerful decentralized cryptocurrency exchange protocol.Previously, Charles was Global Head of Business Development at ConsenSys, a leading blockchain engineering company and the Head of Fintech with the Hong Kong government.

In our conversation, naturally, we cover the state of the dydx development from Ve...

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Jonas Thürig is the Head of the F10 FinTech Incubator and Accelerator in Singapore. F10 has the mission to unite tech startups with big business to shape the future in banking and insurance. Previously Jonas worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in China as the Deputy Head of the Science, Technology, Education and Innovation Section. He also founded his own startup, and worked for the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Our conversation will cove...

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Nicholas Wilde is the Managing Director APAC at Thought Machine. In his role, Nick works with banks and fintech firms to help them implement a built-for-purpose modern core – Vault - at the heart of their business. Vault, built by former Google engineers, helps organizations to solve some of the hardest problems in banking, discard the shackles of their legacy systems and reimagine their business for tomorrow.

At the Singapore FinT...

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Rob Leslie is one of Ireland’s most well-known technology entrepreneurs. He is the Founder and CEO at Sedicii, and a Co-Founder and President of Nillion. Rob started working on zero knowledge proofs in 2011, and founded Sedicii in 2013, with the aim of creating the world's first distributed, public utility to facilitate the storage and processing of all kinds of data without the need to expose or share it, thereby protecting th...

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Jan Denecke is the Co-Founder and CEO of twelve by twelve, a Berlin-based startup at the intersection of Web3 and music. We will discuss in depth about what impact Web3 technologies will have, and also about how regulated securities token can support project financing in the music industry.

twelve x twelve combines expertise from different markets into an innovative online platform that transforms music into digital collectibles an...

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During this episode of the Exponential Finance podcast, we have the opportunity to discuss the importance consumer empowerment across location, payments and loyalty with Batu Sat, Co-Founder & CEO of Mall IQ.

Mall IQ, Inc. is a San Francisco based company offering a highly scalable Location Intelligence & AI Platform for mobile applications that is store-level accurate indoors & outdoors without any hardware deployments...

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This episode is a recording of our premiere on LinkedIn Audio, where we exchange our impressions from the Singapore FinTech Festival held the week prior. We get to discuss the state of payments and crypto, and the coming convergence of these sectors, central bank digital currencies, the emerging opportunity for credit & lending, the surprising lack of AI during the festival, the hype of ESG, some aspects of digital banking, and...

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During this episode of the Exponential Finance podcast, we have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the Klaytn universe and David’s perspective on content distribution in a Web3 environment, the concept of “Proof of Me” as a decentralized identity, and some other topics.

Produced in collaboration with Tokyo FinTech. If you have an interesting story to share with our audience, and would like to appear on the podcast, please con...

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Kevin Shimota is a leading specialist in digital products and platforms, having been a senior executive at WeChat (Tencent) with over a decade of experience in the industry. His ongoing work includes understanding innovations and trends coming out of Asia and how they will impact and adapt to the global community.

Having recently published "The First Super App", Kevin traces with us WeChat's history from the beginnings ...

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In this episode, we talk about Sleek, the SMEs’ all-in-one digital platform, helping over 6000+ entrepreneurs to start and manage their businesses. Sleek effectively operates as the SMEs’ co-pilot for all back-office processing, so that the entrepreneurs can focus on growing their business.

Sleek is registered with the company registry and tax authorities of Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom. They are also ...

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In this episode, we first have the opportunity to discuss Japan's monetary policy under Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda, whose term expires next year, contrasting Japan's zero-interest-rate policy with the increasingly highly inflationary environment in the rest of the world. In the second part, we discuss certain aspects of the book "The Future of Financial Systems in the Digital Age", such as the payment system in J...

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In this episode, Tiffine Wang, Partner at MS & AD Ventures, an early stage venture fund backed by one of Japan’s – and the world’s – largest insurance groups, shares with us the stages of her career, and how this has shaped her investment approach. Tiffine is passionate about investing in big market bets that positively impact humanity and was voted as one of the Emerging Leaders in Corporate Venture Capital in 2021 and 2022. M...

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In this episode, we explore the Latin American FinTech ecosystem through a conversation with Mariana Franza, Chief Operating Officer at Uala, a fintech app focused on driving financial inclusion. Founded in 2017 in Argentina, Uala started as a payment wallet, and has just obtained a banking license in its home market. Uala expanded to Mexico in 2020, where it is also currently in the process of acquiring a bank, and to Colombia in ...

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In this episode, we are going to talk about private markets with Oi-Yee Choo, Chief Executive Officer at ADDX. 

ADDX is among a few Singapore-based platforms dealing in private market securities, offering global funds, real estate investment trusts, structured products and pre-IPO shares at fractional ownership to investors. ADDX offers issuance, custody and trading of digital securities using distributed ledger technology and coun...

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In this episode, we are going to talk about compliance for crypto with Javier Tamashiro, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ospree.

Ospree has been founded in 2019, and bootstrapped ever since, launching their integrated suite of crypto compliance tools at the end of 2020, covering client onboarding, blockchain analytics, and the travel rule. Ospree has been initially focused on startup clients, and expects to rapidly grow...

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In this episode, Binur Zhalenov will share his experience as the Chief Executive Officer of one of the most significant FinTech R&D companies in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. Leading the Payment and Financial Technologies Center of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Binur’s research focus is concentrated around payment innovations and artificial intelligence applications for macroeconomic modeling.

He is guiding a retail...

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In this episode, we are going to take a close look at the FinTech ecosystem in Brazil. If you have not had this market on your radar screen yet, that likely changed with the record-breaking IPO of Nubank on the New York Stock Exchange towards the end of last year, making the company the largest digital banking platform outside of Asia.

The second focus of our conversation will be the work of the Brazilian Central Bank, which has be...

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DIA is a decentralized, open-source data and oracle platform for DeFi that enables market actors to source, supply and share trustable data. DeFi applications are reliant on trustable and scalable data feeds to build reliable products and avoid exploitation and manipulation. DIA leverages crypto-economic incentives and the wisdom of the community to source, validate and deliver trusted financial data.

Paul Claudius is one of the Co...

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In Japan it's called the "Ghosn Shock"—the stunning arrest of Carlos Ghosn, the jet-setting CEO who saved Nissan and made it part of a global automotive empire.

Even more shocking was his daring escape from Japan, packed into a box and put on a private jet to Lebanon after months spent in a Japanese detention center, subsisting on rice gruel.

This is the saga of what led to the Ghosn Shock and what was left in its wake....

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Code Chrysalis is a software engineering immersive and consultancy in Tokyo, teaching computer science fundamentals and modern web application development through a project-based curriculum that promotes career longevity, autonomy, and teamwork.

Yan Fan is a co-founder and chief technology officer of Code Chrysalis, and Mio Maeshima a recent graduate. In this conversation, we are looking at software engineering and computer science...

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