About The Hosts

The mission behind Around The Coin podcast is to offer entrepreneurs an alternative perspective for growing their business in and around the payment industry.

Our members include:

Mike Townsend

Mike is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Harvey – a telehealth platform for integrative medicine using video consultations with doctors and advanced in-home lab testing.

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.

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Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan Host of Around The Coin Podcast

Faisal Khan is a banking, payments and fintech consultant. He is the co-host of Around the Coin, a weekly podcast on Banking, Money & Payments and is also the resident payments expert on Quora. Faisal specializes in the design, solution architecting and validation of Payment Systems & Networks based on the current payment rails, and on advance rails such as Bitcoin, etc. He is well versed in laws/compliance issues related to Financial Regulators, Anti-Money laundering, KYC, Money Transmitter & Money Service Business Licensing issues in the US, Europe, and Asia.

His specialty is in the designing of cross-border payment networks & systems and finding pragmatic solutions to complex payment problems. Faisal is also an evangelist for Bitcoin.

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Brian Roemmele

Brian Roemmele Host of Around The Coin Podcast

Brian 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.


Nako Mbelle

Nako has over 15 years of experience in the technology sector and has held roles in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Marketing Analytics and Recruiting.
She is the Founder and CEO of FinTech Recruiters, a global recruitment firm that she started in 2014; to meet the growing worldwide demand for experienced Fintech and Blockchain talent. She brings a deep understanding of the emerging trends in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space and is passionate about bringing cutting-edge ideas and technologies to a mainstream audience.

Malini Kannan

Malini Kannan is a cross-border payments and money transfer enthusiast. Currently based in Singapore, she manages Business Strategy and Operations at TransferTo (by day).

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