About Us

Around The Coin started in 2013 after Mike sent a message on Quora to both Brian and Faisal asking if they’d join a weekly podcast. For the first 4 years, the podcast was just Brian, Mike, and Faisal philosophizing about the world and payments news. Now Around The Coin has featured 100’s of guests from leading crypto, fintech, and general startups.

With an estimated 25,000 listeners per week, Around The Coin is a leading fintech and crypto podcast. Our conversations range from banking, payments, blockchain, crypto, money, economics, entrepreneurship and everything in between, give us a listen, or reach out if we can work together.

The Team

Mike Townsend

Mike Townsend

Co-Host

Mike Townsend is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Redeeem, a crypto trading platform that empowers businesses to digitize any asset and build their own blockchain-based payment solutions. Mike self funded Redeeem in 2018, and the company was acquired by Troika Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRKA).

Mike has an extensive background in healthcare and payments.
Previously, Mike was the founder of Flowtab, a mobile payment app for the nightlife industry in 2011, and also the founder of Zing, one of the first web-based POS systems in 2010 (acquired by BigCommerce). He’s written hundreds of answers on Quora on payments and has been featured in many payment publications.

Mike was also the founder of HomeHero which raised $23M and in 2016, Mike was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list in Healthcare and LA Business Journal’s “20 in their 20s”. He has appeared in Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, USA Today, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Biz, is a contributing writer at TechCrunch and actively speaks at healthcare and technology events worldwide.

Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan

Co-Host

Faisal Khan is a banking/payments consultant specializing in cross-border payment systems and a crypto money evangelist. He is the co-host of Around the Coin, a weekly podcast on Payments & Fintech with over 22,000+ listeners. Mr. Khan is a talent scout for Series A & B financing for various fintech VCs/funds. He is also a frequent contributor to popular Q&A site Quora where he has been a Top Writer for 6 consecutive years. His official website is at www.faisalkhan.com. When not traveling, Faisal calls Istanbul home.

Brian Roemmele

Brian Roemmele

Co-Host

Brian Roemmele started off studying Quantum Physics and Astro Physics in college.  He quickly realized his technical abilities could provide a huge advantage when Visa and Mastercard first began distributing their payment terminals and merchant accounts. Brian started his own Independent Sales Organization and grew it to over 800 people.

Over the years Brian developed a love and appreciation for the hard-working merchants. Brian now devotes a majority of his time bridging the knowledge gap between technology companies and the practical and pragmatic local merchant.  He is an expert payment industry strategist and a true historian to the business lessons of the past.