Around the Coin - Fintech Podcast

Fintech Podcast Update.

Podcast Update…

Nearly three years ago, Mike Townsend and Brian Roemmele were just two other users of Quora — like myself. What got us together online was our love for payments and asking questions. But more importantly, answering questions.

It was it guess inevitable in many ways for us to come together.

Mike, who along with Brian Roemmele would eventually become my esteemed co-hosts, initiated the original idea of doing a podcast together (see screenshot below).

The genesis moment…
The genesis moment…

The result: Around The Coin, our podcast on all things, banking, payments, fintech, crypto and economics.

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Today, as we approach our 150th episode, we’ve come a long way. From the original 5 listeners on the very first show to nearly 20,000 listeners today, we’ve always struggled to take the show to the next level due to our personal commitments.  

Mike Townsend & the resident “Maestro” Brian Roemmele
Mike Townsend & the resident “Maestro” Brian Roemmele

Mike Townsend has now earned the title of Co-Host Emeritus as he is now mentoring us, but at the same time looking for his next big adventure in life, which invariably involves a lot of swimming, cycling and running. The way Brian and I see it — Mike’s taking a break. His seat here will forever remain.

Brian Roemmele and I are now planning and hoping to take the podcast further. What does this mean?

  • More co-hosts… we’ve reached out to some friends who would do justice on the microphone.
  • More podcasts… from our original of 4 podcasts a month, towards the year end, we will be publishing 12 podcasts a month, of varying flavors and topics.
  • Open for advertisements… We’ve managed to run this podcast from our own pockets for the last 3 years. We are now going to be open to commercial placements to cover the post-production expenses and advertising.
  • We are hiring! Yes, we are in search of a full-time Producer for our show! (click on the link for Job Description)
  • Varying formats: As we plan to put out 12 podcasts a month, with varying formats and program lengths.
  • Vlogs / Live Shows: If you want to see live shows, via Facebook Live or live radio broadcasts, do let us know, we are seriously considering if this is something we should offer to our listeners.

We are open to all suggestions. We might not incorporate all of them, but we are certainly in a listening mood. So if you have something to say, please send an email to and be sure to let us know what you’re thinking.

We never thought the podcast could be this successful, but it has been, and to each and every listener, contributor, those who retweeted or shared the podcast, thank you!

Now that we have learned to walk and run. It is time to fly.

Fintech Podcast – Episode 146 – Bitcoin – Segwit and Segwit2X

Episode 146

This week co-hosts Faisal Khan and Nako Mbelle interview COE of Prasos, Henry Brade who is has been involved in cryptocurrency since 2011 to get his take on Segwit and Segwit2X, what is the difference between the two? What does it mean for the rest of us.


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Fintech Podcast – Episode 145 – Employment opportunities in the Crypto & Blockchain space

Episode 145

In this episode of Around The Coin, Faisal Khan and one of our new co-hosts Nako Mbelle discuss the world of crypto and blockchain, specifically from the employment point of view. Nako is the CEO/Founder of Fintech Recruiters based in Toronto, Canada and she has first-hand experience on all things employment in the Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum, crypto-coin space. We ask Nako what is working (and not) with respect to job opportunities in the space, how to position yourself for employments and what to look out for in the coming years.

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Fintech Podcast – Episode 144 – During The Next Financial Crisis – Will Bitcoin Be Noah’s Ark?

Episode 144

Brian Roemmele & Faisal Khan are back on the air this week. With the meteoric rise in the price of bitcoin and the added fear of an economic correction that is due, we discuss the power of Bitcoin and how it can be an avenue where wealth could get parked in the next financial crisis. Whether it will happen or not, remains to be seen. Brian does dwell on the dystopian society that we might be heading towards, and when the alarm bells ring, will we find solace in the driftwood (or ark) known as Bitcoin, for a common person like you and me. Consider this, that during the financial crisis of 2008, Bitcoin was not there. How it will play out this time around, poses an interesting dilemma for both governments and the financial industry in general.


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Fintech Podcast: Episode 141 – Bitcoin Classic vs. Bitcoin Cash – The Fork Ahead.

Episode 141

The duo is back on the air after a short break. This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss the impending hard fork for Bitcoin. The Bitcoin Classic versus Bitcoin Cash. Not many people truly understand why it is happening and what it means for the average consumer/user of bitcoins like you and me. Brian very eloquently explains the whole scenario about the fork and some of the players who are deliberately not cooperating with respect to consumer rights and BCC. Don’t support it, that is okay, but don’t tell your users, you will not give them their due BCC (Bitcoin Cash) coins post hard fork on 1st of August 2017.