Dara Tarkowski

What’s so nifty about NFTs?

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are presently all the rage. Is this newest blockchain application the future of collection and distribution of digital assets or just more hype? Blockchain professor, Lamont Black, of DePaul University joins host Dara Tarkowski to discuss just that. What is an NFT? What do you actually own? How will the regulators…

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Robinhood, Reddit and the SEC – Whats the Impact?

What do you get when you combine determined retail investors on Reddit, hedge funds and an easy to use trading app? Look no further than the GameStop trading frenzy of January 2021. On this episode, we unpack the events that led to Robinhood’s suspension of trading activity, the Congressional testimony and to-be-expected inquiry from the…

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Payments and Patent Trolls

Many of us have heard the term. Fewer of us know about how the cottage industry of patent trolls operate. Dara sits down with Michael Switzer, Head of the Intellectual Property practice group at Actuate Law, to discuss some recent trends we’re seeing in the payments space and how organizations and industry can fight back…

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The Promise of Synthetic Data

Is synthetic data the silver bullet for our growing list of struggles with the massive amounts of data we create? Join Dara Tarkowski as she hosts Nicolai Baldin, CEO and Founder of Synthesized.io, a UK based company who has built a one-stop data sandbox powered by AI. Does synthetic data provide users with the true essence of data…

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Crypto Markets and Regulation – 2021 and Beyond

What does 2021 have in store for Bitcoin and crypto assets? Will the regulatory environment finally allow us to fully embrace this market and technology? On this episode, Dara Tarkowsku hosts Colleen Sullivan, Co-Founder and CEO and CMT Digital, who operates a crypto asset trading desk and has invested in numerous blockchain and crypto asset ventures,…

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2020 Regulatory Roundup

What were some of the most interesting regulatory observations from 2020? What can we expect from 2021 and a transition to a Biden administration? In our last episode for 2020, join Dara and as she discusses these topics with Joann Barefoot, CEO of Alliance for Innovative Regulation and Jason Henrichs, CEO of Alloy Labs Alliance. 

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A Hacker and A Lawyer Talk Data Privacy in the Age of Covid

Did you know your personal health information is worth way more on the dark web than your financial  information? On this episode, Dara talks with Alissa Knight, renowned hacker, investor and entrepreneur to discuss vulnerabilities of APIs, what that means for the world of telemedicine, and steps organizations should be taking to keep customer information…

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Pick Up the Pace Already: Speeding Law’s Adoption of Innovative Tech

Dara Tarkowski hosts Joe Borstein, legal innovation veteran, investor, and co-founder of LexFusion, a company that Joe believeswill change the way law firms and legal departments purchase technology — and thereby turbocharge the adoption and use of innovative technologies in an industry traditionally hostile to change. They discuss the changing legal innovation industry, what Jow is seeing in the…

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Fintech Innovation During COVID-19

This special episode highlights some of the incredible work the fintech community has undertaken to serve consumers and small businesses during COVID-19. Join a conversation with Abe.ai, Cross River and Envestnet Yodlee to discuss some groundbreaking work that has earned organizations recognition at the Benzinga Global Fintech Awards powered by Envestnet Yodlee.

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Markets and the 2020 Election: Finding Calm Amidst Conflict and Chaos

As the U.S. barrels towards the final stretch of the 2020 presidential election, chaos, conflict and questions abound. How will a divided versus unified government impact the regulatory environment? What happens to markets, the technology sector and fintech in particular if one party sweeps all three branches? On this episode of Tech on Reg, host Dara Tarkowski…

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Consumers Caught in a Whirlwind? CFPB and Innovation Post-Election

This month the CFPB filed suit against Encore Capital Group, five years after the company became subject to a consent decree. Was this a political move by the director or simply CFPB enforcing the rules? The CFPB’s Office of Innovation has grown leaps and bounds since 2016. Why and will that change if the White…

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What the Avant / Marlette CO AG Settlement Means for the Future

On this episode of Tech on Reg, Dara discusses the long-awaited settlement between Avant and Marlette Funding and the Colorado Attorney General. Among other things, the AG’s lawsuit centered around the relationships between these online lenders and the banks funding the loans originated on the platforms and questioned who the “true lender” really was. Dara…

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