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 137: The rise, rise and rise of Bitcoin, plus our take on the ICO storm.

Episode 137

This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss the epic rise of Bitcoin. Once termed as a fad or tulip mania, it is fair to say, Bitcoin has reached critical mass and there is no way the genie can be put back into the bottle now. Brian also discusses attending Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) that happened last week. In addition, ICO or Initial Coin Offering is all the rage these days. We briefly talk about what ICOs are (in a very non-technical manner) and discuss some of the pros and cons of this new form of capital raising.


Fintech Podcast – Episode 136 – Coverage of ETA Conference and Amazon’s Echo!

Episode 136

This week Brian, Faisal and Mike are back into the thick of things, discussing payments. Brian covers his epic attendance of the ETA conference and what he saw there.
Mike and Faisal discuss with Brian, the emergence of Amazon Echo and what it means for the masses, both in the developed world and in the developing world. Is Amazon Echo going to be the game changer?

This week’s special shout outs / show notes are:

Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show
So you think Amazon is a tech company? No, you’re wrong

As always, if you have a question or a comments, write to us or tweet to us.

Fintech Podcast Episode 135 Understanding Effective Altruism And Why Amazon’s Echo Just Grew Eyes

Episode 135

Brian and Mike back at it for an intense discussion about altruism and how people think about donating money and charity. In the first part of the conversation, Brian and Mike initially discuss their favorite product of the week then spend time on Amazon’s new announcement about the new Echo with a camera. Brian takes a bullish stand on how new Echo will impact the fashion industry which he writes more in detail here. We took a deep dive into the effective altruism – which seeks to answer the simple question: “how can we use our resources to help others the most?”

Brian’s product of the week:
Victor Scheinman -16 year old student invents Emvi, a voice recognition system in the 1950s:

Mike product of the week:
A curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your Startup:

This week’s special shout outs are:

Nathan Kontny CEO Highrise

Chad Grills Founder of the Mission

Shaunta Grimes How to know what to write about.

Show note links:

As always, if you have a question or a comments, write to us or tweet to us.

Fintech Podcast Episode 133 – Blockchain, The Dark Side of AI and Jeff Bezos Talks About Day 2

Episode 133

Brian and Mike back on the show for another fun thought provoking discussion across many topics. We first covered Brian’s in person presentation to startup founders, investors and payment executives at Propeler VC last week.

This week’s two special shout outs are:

Jason Fiedler VC Investor @ Red Sea Ventures

Brett Caine CEO Urban Airship

During the conversation, we discuss banks –  the purpose of them in the past vs the future, and how banks will or won’t survive the change on the horizon. We touch on the benefits of writing on paper vs. typing on a computer to retain information as well as whether it is appropriate to take notes on your phone during business meetings.

We next dive into blockchain in healthcare and talk about some opportunities for innovation there. A healthy portion of the conversation was spent covering the Jeff Bezos’s annual shareholder letter which was released this week. This letter was different than years past for one big reason! Lastly, we wrapped up with an always engaging debate about the power of A.I. and the incredible rate of progress. It remains to be seen how quickly A.I. will catch up to all human interaction capabilities, but recent developments are astonishing.

Enjoy and let us know if you have suggestions for guests, topics or special shout outs!

Topics Covered:

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