FinTech Silicon Valley

FinTech Silicon Valley

FinTech Silicon Valley podcasts are focused on educating and highlighting FinTech in Silicon Valley to the global community both through video and audio. The podcasts & video interviews are short and fun, one on one interviews by FinTech Silicon Valley journalists with experts and investors on how they are contributing to the community and what their perspective is on the future of FinTech.

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January 17, 2022 23 min

Alex Marquez launched Experian Ventures in 2016 and is currently the Global Managing Director and a member of Experian’s Investment Committee. As a leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to our clients around the world, we invest in data/analytics, information security, healthcare, automotive and the broader financial services ecosystem. We have invested more than $225m across the globe sin...

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Kaarel is the strategic thinker and visionary behind Veriff. Kaarel keeps Veriff’s team one step ahead of fraud and competition in the dynamic world of online identification. Under Kaarel’s leadership, Veriff has become a leader in the IDV market, currently the only service provider offering near-real-time verification (improving from 70 seconds to 6 seconds in 2020), with sophisticated fraud control delivering close to 99% decisio...

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Jon Soberg is Managing Partner at MS&AD Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the future of finance, risk assessment, and building a sustainable society. Jon has made over 120 investments across 5 continents and has held more than 40 board positions. Prior to becoming an investor, Jon was a serial entrepreneur and operator, with an IPO exit at Adforce. Jon has a Master's degree in Engineering, a CFA, and ...

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January 10, 2022 16 min

Akshay Krishnaiah Founder & CEO of fast growing subscription-based Cash Now Pay Later startup Line (useline.com) Akshay is a millennial, immigrant, uber driver (36,000 miles SF Bay Area) turned Techstars fintech startup founder & CEO at Line (useline.com) that came out of stealth this July and has taken the world by storm by delivering over $500,000 in Lines at $30 a line in just the last 90 days, to people who earn as low ...

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January 9, 2022 32 min

Nadim is the son of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. with virtually nothing. The passion to help people build financial resilience and independence was instilled in him through his upbringing. This, and the values learned from his family, led Nadim—along with his co-founder Matthew Cooper—to start EarnUp Inc. in 2013 with a goal of helping the over 200 million Americans in debt get out of it faster. Now EarnUp has grown into a co...

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January 5, 2022 17 min

Chris Hsu is the CEO & Co-Founder of Azibo, a VC-backed real estate fintech startup focused on simplifying the rental property experience. Prior to Azibo, Chris served as an Advisory Partner at a16z and previously was CEO of Micro Focus, a $4B enterprise software company. He also was COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he successfully led the largest corporate separation in history. Chris spent the earlier part of his care...

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Lauren is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Acrew Capital where she invests in fintech. Among her investments, Lauren led the 2016 Series A round in Chime. Other investments include Divvy, Finix, Gusto, Kettle, La Haus, Papaya Payments, and Pie Insurance. Previously, Lauren worked in product marketing at Google leading a number of launches for GSuite, including Google Drive. Lauren began her career building tech partnerships for...

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Toshi Kameoka manages Airwallex’s U.S. and Canada business and administrative operations as Head of Strategy, North America. Based in San Francisco, he was Airwallex's first permanent U.S. employee and has been responsible for Airwallex's U.S. money transmitter licensing (MTL) and financial partnership strategy in the region. Toshi has more than 15 years of experience in business strategy, corporate development, and partner...

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Ram leads the Digital Asset business at Cross River. Ram is the founder of PeerIQ – the leading risk analytics firm for FinTech lending.  Prior to founding PeerIQ, Ram was an investor in structured products and an SVP at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch where he was a leader on the Cards & Deposits executive management team. Previously, Ram served as a management consultant working with C-leaders at Fortune 50 consumer finance com...

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December 25, 2021 20 min

Raghu is the Co-founder and CEO of FalconX, one of the largest and fastest growing digital asset brokerages. He's an engineer by background and passionate about building products that create value – leading him to become a serial entrepreneur,product leader, active investor, andboard advisor to several Silicon Valley startups. Prior to FalconX, Raghu held product leadership roles in Google. He was on Sundar Pichai’s ChromeOS te...

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December 22, 2021 13 min

Ken is a FinTech and Payments pioneer, who holds the distinction of being the first person to send $1 around the world by mobile transfer. In his career, Ken has launched: the first mobile remittances service in the US, the first global mobile bank account, the first neobank for immigrants in the US, and the first decoupled business payments smart switch.  Currently, Ken leads SnapCheck in revolutionizing business-to-business payme...

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Alexandre Lazarow is a global venture capitalist and the author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs - from Delhi to Detroit - Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley (Harvard Business Review Press). He has invested in startups including Chime, Kin, Neon, Sidecar Health, Facily, FinAccel, ZenBusiness, Kueski, Guiabolso, Zola, Rensource, Terminal, among others. He is a Partner with Cathay Innovation, a Paris-based firm that i...

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December 17, 2021 13 min

Mark Straub is the Co-founder and CEO of Smile Identity, the leading digital KYC and identity verification provider in Africa. He has spent much of his career trying to help people in underserved markets get access to better opportunities through technology and entrepreneurship. Mark was a venture investor for a decade, and worked with over 20 companies doing business in adtech, fintech, healthcare, and energy in markets ranging fr...

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December 14, 2021 19 min

Amir leads Fintech and Insurtech investing at AV8 Ventures and has been one of the earliest investors in the Insurtech space. Amir has been an entrepreneur, operator and investor with over 15 years of experience, working with early and mid-stage companies on financing, partnerships and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to AV8, Amir was an investment director and founding team member at Munich Re Ventures where he lead and managed...

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Vivek is a Principal at Commerce Ventures, an early stage fintech, insurtech and retailtech focused fund based in SF. The Fund's investments include companies like Bill.com, Marqeta, Forter, Socure, MX, Moov and +80 others. His investment focus includes vertical FinTech platforms, core fintech enablers and insurance data & tech platforms. Prior to Commerce Ventures, Vivek was part of the investment banking team at Finan...

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December 10, 2021 11 min

John Lunn is the Founder and CEO of cloud payment orchestration platform Gr4vy. He is a technology and fintech entrepreneur with 21 years of experience working and investing in financial services, commerce enablement, e-payments, data, security and infrastructure. Lunn worked as the Director of Technology for six years at CyberSource, the world’s first payment service provider, which was sold to Visa for $2Bn in 2010. He then helpe...

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Robin Gandhi is the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Payments at TripActions. He leads the product, engineering, design, and operations efforts for TripActions' Liquid offering, the next-generation spend management solution. Prior to TripActions, Robin headed Adyen's global issuing offering as well as acquiring and partnerships for North America, working with the global card schemes, banks, financial institut...

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December 8, 2021 22 min

Hammad Aslam is an investor at Susa Ventures, where he focuses on Series B and Series C investments out of Susa's Opportunity Fund, and specializes in fintech, supply chain / logistics, enterprise software and emerging markets. Prior to joining Susa, Hammad helped lead technology and software investments at Vista Equity Partners. Hammad also brings extensive technology M&A and capital raising experience from his time at Mor...

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Michelle is responsible for researching and executing on investment opportunities in proptech. She’s particularly interested in opportunities around democratizing home ownership, increasing transparency across the real estate transaction and automating workflows. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michelle was a Senior Associate in Financial Advisory at Deloitte. As a part of the Valuations group, she provided valuation services to b...

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December 1, 2021 16 min

Deep has more than 20 years of Silicon Valley experience creating consumer-focused products, developing platform experiences that use artificial intelligence and big data, and building world-class engineering teams. His experience includes companies like IBM, Yahoo!, Trulia/Zillow, and over 5 years of startup experience. He is leading Varo’s Technology teams to build Technology Bank from the ground-up to scale to millions of custom...

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