Episode 161: The Rabbit Hole of Currency

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The trio, Brian Roemmele, Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan are back on air, starting season four of Around The Coin. This week we discuss: Thoughts on why currency evolved, how it shaped the world around us, and the inevitable future direction it will take.

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Fintech Podcast – Episode 160: The Decentralized Economy – Interview with CEO of Radar Relay, Alan Curtis

In July, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, shared some choice words for centralized cryptocurrency exchanges, hoping they “burn in hell”.

These exchanges are some of the most powerful players in the digital currency market, acting as the middleman between buyers and seller, however, according to JPMorgan, one-third of centralized crypto exchanges have been subject to hacks. Over the past year, decentralized exchanges that don’t hold custody of funds and allow buyers and sellers to directly exchange tokens have been growing in popularity, gaining attention across the industry segment. Continue reading “Fintech Podcast – Episode 160: The Decentralized Economy – Interview with CEO of Radar Relay, Alan Curtis”

Fintech Podcast – Episode 159: The Oligopoly in American Banking That No One Talks About


In our latest episode of fintech podcast, Around the Coin, Faisal speaks to Aaron Silva of Paladin FS.

Paladin FS safeguards community bankers against bad deals and helps them drive value for their customers, franchises and shareholders through incumbent vendor Core and IT banking contract renewals, smart vendor selection and preparing agreements for future M&A strategies.

In this episode, Silva sheds light on a very unique story in the banking world, that people don’t talk about. To put it bluntly, the oligopoly of the three large CBS (Core Banking System) providers in the United States, i.e. Jack Henry, FIS Global, and Fiserv. Amongst these three giants, they pretty much dominate (read: control) the core banking system and allied services market in the US.

So what’s the problem? Well, they say the devil is in the details. 1000s of banks sign away these contracts with the big 3, not knowing what they have given up, as far as the freedom, flexibility, and independence of purchasing these systems go and what happens to the ownership of the bank’s data.


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Fintech Podcast – Episode 158 – The Fragmented World of Payments

This week Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan discuss the topic that has been on everyone else’s mind, but we hardly speak of it. The fragmented world of payments and how broken the system is. We discuss with simple examples of why the cross-border money transfer system is broken and how it represents a multi trillion dollar opportunity.


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Fintech Podcast – Episode 154 – Bitcoin Challenge with Amelie Arras

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Amelie is a Director of Marketing at Adastra Marketing, a UK based specialist FinTech marketing agency, with a dedicated team passionate about the future of payments and financial services.

Following the success of experimenting living solely on bitcoin last year in the Payments Race from Toronto to Las Vegas, organized by Money20/20 and Fintech Finance, Amelie Arras, is going back on another bitcoin adventure, traveling this time from Hong Kong all the way down to Singapore.

In a quest to best demonstrate the real-world challenges of everyday transactions, using nothing but bitcoin, Amelie’s challenge is to purchase everything from food to travel to accommodation during the five-day race, beginning in Hong Kong on 10th March 2018. Amelie must complete a series of daring challenges en route to win points along the way; competing with more traditional payment method including, mobile payments, gold, cash and plastic card, the person with the most number of points when they cross the finish line at Money20/20 Asia in Singapore is the winner.

With her bitcoin wallet, (Blockchain Wallet) and trusty video camera, her sponsor Coinfloor has ultimate faith that the bitcoin racer will win, or at least pass the finish line in time! “Coinfloor is delighted to be sponsoring Amelie’s bid to retain her Payments Race champion title.  We’re excited to watch her engage with crypto enthusiasts across Asia as a Bitcoin Ambassador.  Good luck Amelie!”, says Obi Nwosu, CEO of Coinfloor.

Amelie will be mentored by some great minds in payments including Teo Vincent, VP of OCBC Bank, Anson Zeall,  CEO of Coinpip, and Leda Glyptis, CIO at QNB Group.

Follow the race and track Amelie’s progress as she embarks on her second Bitcoin Challenge across Asia. Follow her daily journey and preparation via:

Twitter: @ameliearras

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fintechie/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ameliearras/

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ameliearras

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ameliearras/

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/ameliearras

Telegram: @AmelieArras

WeChat ID: ameliearras

Get involved and join #TeamBitcoin


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