Fintech Podcast Episode 134 – MoneyGram Merger, Quora’s successful fund raise and Neural Hooks

Episode 134

This week the trio is back after a long break. Mike, Brian, and Faisal discuss a wide variety of subjects points for this week’s show.  Faisal updates us on his travels to Madrid, attending the IMTC (International Money Transfer Conference) EMEA 2017 earlier in April, and his trip to Istanbul. The conversation then flows in the direction of Ant Financial, MoneyGram and Euronet’s bizarre love triangle. The quest to buy MoneyGram is growing stronger, but don’t be surprised if a third suitor emerges. Brian comments on Quora’s recent raise of US$ 85 million, valuing the company at US$ 1.8 Billion. As both Brian and Faisal are Top Writers for 5 years in a row 2012-2017 – they briefly comment on what is working for Quora and what is not.

Brian then discusses Facebook’s F8 Conference which he attended and discusses in depth how Neural hooks on humans are right around the corner as Elon Musk cites. Brian and Mike both hold opposing viewpoints if they would like neural taps to happen or not.

Article shoutouts:

  1. Gadi Evron: https://medium.com/swlh/how-strong-techies-destroy-startups-and-how-it-can-be-avoided-b633c6a721d9
  2. David Weinberger: https://backchannel.com/our-machines-now-have-knowledge-well-never-understand-857a479dcc0e
  3. Ali Mese: https://medium.com/swlh/build-a-product-vs-focus-on-growth-addc4d8fa7c2

Live Topics:

  1. Ant Financial, MoneyGram, Euronet love triangle. https://www.ft.com/content/de2b5514-231c-11e7-a34a-538b4cb30025
  2. Quora raises $85M at $1.8B:
  3. F8 Updates: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/27/elon-musks-neuralink-wants-to-boost-the-brain-to-keep-up-with-ai/
  4. http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/19/facebook-is-working-on-silent-voice-first-systems/
    1. Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work
  5. Elon’s Neurolace:
    1. Dangers of being hacked
  6. GOOGLE HOME NOW HAS INDIVIDUALIZED VOICE IDENTIFICATION.

http://readmultiplex.com/2017/04/20/google-home-now-has-individualized-voice-identification/

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

Fintech Podcast: Episode 127- Alexa Blows Up, PayPal Buys TIO Networks $233M and MoneyGram is China-owned

Episode 127: Alexa Blows Up, PayPal Buys TIO Networks $233M and MoneyGram is China-owned.

Episode 127

This week, Brian, Faisal, and Mike are back on the air again. We discuss Brian’s Multiplex application, Faisal’s traveling and Mike changing the direction of his company. In addition, we talk about Amazon Alexa hitting 10,000 skills, yet it is difficult to make an income from it. PayPal buys TIO Network and what does it mean for the unbanked? Alibaba’s Ant Financial scoops up MoneyGram – what will they do with it? And TransferWise now uses Messenger Bots to transfer money!

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Interview with Peter Ohser EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

Episode 79

Interview with Peter Ohser EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

In this special episode Mike & Faisal interview Peter Ohser, EVP (Business Development) for MoneyGram, one of the large incumbents in the money transfer space.

Peter Ohser, EVP Business Development for MoneyGram

MoneyGram

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services. We provide quick and reliable worldwide funds transfer through our vast network of approximately 350,000 agent locations – including retailers, international post offices and banks – in more than 200 countries and territories. It is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. We have a fast-growing $125 million self-service business. That means we are more accessible for more consumers in more places. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. Our services are trusted by tens of millions of customers around the world. MoneyGram’s platform enables money transfers to cross physical boundaries like country borders or cross digital boundaries like mobile wallets.

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