Episode 181: Interview with Kyle Hill

Founder of Redeeem.com Description In this interview Mike Townsend talks to Kyle Hill, which is a special episode because Kyle and Mike are co-founders of Redeeem (trusted peer-to-peer crypto gift card exchange), and have started 3 startups over the last 8 years together. Previous to Redeeem, they raised $23M for HomeHero, a tech-enabled home care marketplace. They talk about … Continue reading Episode 181: Interview with Kyle Hill

Episode 170: The Great Depression

Episode 170 The Great Depression

How the Great Depression impacted our modern financial world. Description: Mike and Brian dissect events that played a major role in the Great Depression such as the telephone, prohibition, food subsidies, bank closures, wage laws and more. We reflect on how each of these policy changes shaped the world we live in today and how … Continue reading Episode 170: The Great Depression

Episode 168: A Story of Credit Cards

Description: An in-depth look at the history of the credit card companies that run our global financial networks. We touch it all, from the founding of American Express in 1850 to charge coins, money orders, traveler's checks, diners club cards, the first credit card US Patent, and the formation of Visa and MasterCard. The origin … Continue reading Episode 168: A Story of Credit Cards

Episode 88: The Sherpa’s Guide to a Payments Startup

    Episode 88 This week Brain Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss what would it take for those with an idea about a payments startup in the US market to take their dream forward. Dispensing some practical advice on how to go from and idea to product launched in your target market. Our speakers in … Continue reading Episode 88: The Sherpa’s Guide to a Payments Startup

Big Moves by Facebook, Uber, and Braintree

Episode 85 This week we talk Facebook+Uber+Braintree, what are they up to? Apple Pay and Samsung enter China partner China Union Pay, Target's rumored new Wallet App using NFC, Global Payments acquires Heartland Payment systems, Pinterest Buyable pins now come with price tracking, plus new segments in our show, including Limelight where we showcase a new … Continue reading Big Moves by Facebook, Uber, and Braintree

Constantine Firun, Co-Founder of VoisiCard

Episode 64 This week, Faisal Khan interviews Constantine Firun, Co-Founder of VoisiCard. Voisicard is a full stack banking solution for Telcos. It provides interoperability between MNOs and raises ARPU offering user-friendly banking services for subscribers along with customer intelligence data for merchants. On the back-end, Voisicard reduces fraud risk and optimizes Telcos banking expenditures. Transaction … Continue reading Constantine Firun, Co-Founder of VoisiCard

Bitcoin startup 21 raises US$ 116 Million, NASDAQ explores Blockchain and Money Transmitter Licenses

Episode 63 This week we cover Bitcoin Startup 21 that raised US$ 116 Million. Everyone is speculating as to what 21 would be doing with the money. Would it be mining hardware? Cloud based mining contracts? or something else. NASDAQ, the stock market for the next 100 years is experimenting with Blockchain, and Faisal Khan … Continue reading Bitcoin startup 21 raises US$ 116 Million, NASDAQ explores Blockchain and Money Transmitter Licenses

Affirm Gets A $275M Adrenaline Shot While Clinkle Collapses

Episode 62 Brian and Mike have fun this week chatting about recent topics in the news and as usual diving deep into the behavioral psychology and economics behind it all. Topics we touched on include Clinkle, Moven joining Accenture, Square raising more money, Affirm raising $275M, Ripple fined $700,000, LearnVest acquired for $250M. Our speakers … Continue reading Affirm Gets A $275M Adrenaline Shot While Clinkle Collapses