Episode 107: Business At The Speed of Pokémon

Episode 107

The phenomenal rise and rise of Pokémon Go has taken the world by a storm, despite being launched in only a handful of countries. This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss how we’ve entered a new age of what we are calling “Pokemon Speed”. How will businesses large and small take advantage of this? How will the incumbents turn their boats to face in the same direction where Pokémon Go is heading?

We discuss how it is imperative to see (literally) what is going on, and this can best be done by a tired and tested theory of Empirical Praxis – by observation! Getting out of the comfort zone and divorcing oneself from the company they work for, go out and see how the trends and patters are taking shape.

In this new era, there is no standing still, for business is done at Pokémon Speed.

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Episode 106: Interview with Sean Safahi, CEO of Bold

Episode 106

This week joining us is Sean Safahi, who is the CEO of Bold. Bold is a  SF payments company and to explain what they do, etc. we have Sean on the mic this week.
Sean Safahi - CEO of Bold

About Bold:

Bold is the most comprehensive payouts platform, enabling businesses to manage and send payouts thousands of independent workers or suppliers at once. By integrating Bold’s straightforward API or by simply uploading a spreadsheet of payout information, what used to take hours of time is finished in just a couple minutes.


Using multiple payouts providers leads to more points of potential error and more accounts to manage, which means more time spent on payout management for both engineering and administrative teams. That’s why Bold provides ACH, wire, check, and PayPal support, along with the ability to send payouts internationally—the tools businesses at any stage need to successfully send payouts. And with one system of record, and one account to manage, hours of time are reclaimed each week.

Through a single integration with Bold, businesses streamline their payouts technology and operations, while getting the network and global coverage of multiple payouts solutions.

 To learn more about Bold, visit their website: https://gobold.com/

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Episode 105: Pokémon GO

Episode 105

This week, Brian and Mike talk about Pokémon GO, and the never before seen impact it’s had on small businesses by actually putting feet inside of storefronts. We discuss how Brian acted fast to write a booklet which has sold thousands of copies in the first week! It’s important to look at every change in the world as opportunity, not a threat and the rapid growth of Pokemon is no exception, many people are fearful at the impact it may have, others capitalize on it… the choice is up to you.

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Episode 104: Interview with George Harrap, CEO of Bitspark

Episode 104

This week joining us all the way from Hong Kong is George Harrap. George is the CEO of Bitspark, a remittance/money transfer company that specializes in building an alliance network of money transfer agents all the while using Bitcoin as its settlement mechanism at the back end.
George Harrap, CEO of Bitspark

About Bitspark:

Bitspark is a remittance platform for money transfer operators to send, receive and manage payments to over 100 000+ cash pickup locations in South East Asia. Bitspark automates and simplifies compliance obligations for money transfer operators and connects them to new mobile customers via the Bitspark app. Bitspark was the first company in the world to pioneer cash in cash out remittances via Bitcoin in 2014 and has since built its platform on-top of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology for a cheaper, quicker means of settlement but without the customer needing any tech knowledge necessary.


Bitspark was founded in April 2014 and is headquartered in Hong Kong. The company has won numerous international awards including: Innotribe Asia winner 2015, Sibos Grand Finalist 2015, FST Media Fintech award, TiE Startup award winner and many more. Bitspark has also been recognized by prominent financial institutions and media publications around the world including: Nikkei, New York Times, Citibank, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, SCMP, RT News and is a thought leader in the space of Blockchain in Hong Kong. Bitspark seeks to provide real solutions for financial inclusion by empowering individuals and businesses in underbanked countries around the world with a key focus on delivering value and security to our customers.

Want to learn more about Bitspark: https://bitspark.io/
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Episode 103: Interview with Suneera Madhani, Founder/CEO of Fattmerchant

Episode 103

This week, we interview the young and talented Suneera Madhani, Founder/CEO of Fattmerchant.
Suneera Madhani CEO Fattmerchant

About Fattmerchant:

Fattmerchant is a subscription-based merchant service provider offering unlimited payment processing at direct cost for a flat monthly membership and no contract. Suneera Madhani, CEO of Fattmerchant, founded the company in 2014 after working in the credit card processing industry for four years, wanting to create and sell a product that was transparent and provided value to the everyday business owner. Fattmerchant offers credit card processing for every business type, without adding mark-ups or other fees, and providing free equipment, no contract and no ancillary fees.
Want to learn more about Fattmerchant: https://www.fattmerchant.com/
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