Fintech Podcast, Episode 139: Civil right to own & hold your own wealth!

Episode 139

This week Brian Roemmele & Faisal Khan discuss the philosophical questions on the right of individuals to hold on to their own wealth. For centuries now, monetary value has been controlled by the Crown/Government. Today, with the disruption in the wealth creation, distribution, storage and payment verticals, a consensus based currency (or currencies) could very well be the de facto method of value transfer in the years forward.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 138: Interview with Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos.

Episode 138

This week, Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos was interviewed by Faisal Khan for Around The Coin. We were very grateful for Kathleen to take time out from her busy schedule and update us on what tezos is all about and its upcoming initial coin offering.

Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. You can follow Tezos through their website at www.tezos.com, or on Twitter using the handle @tez0s.

Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter @breitwoman.

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
https://medium.com/chris-messina/amazon-echo-show-354b93b448b5

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYEhE11gqGw&t=14s

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

This week’s special shout outs are:

Nathan Kontny CEO Highrise
https://m.signalvnoise.com/speed-reading-2ff843053cc6

Chad Grills Founder of the Mission
https://medium.com/the-mission/you-wont-win-until-they-start-betting-against-you-a97a3141690e

Shaunta Grimes How to know what to write about.
https://medium.com/startup-grind/how-to-know-what-to-write-about-bf539223ba32

Show note links:

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/being-good-and-doing-good
https://www.effectivealtruism.org/
http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/26/the-amazon-look-will-transform-the-closet-and-the-fashion-industry/
http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/

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