Breaking Banks

Episode 413: SME Embedded Banking Emerges

In this week’s show we look at emerging ecosystems and marketplaces supporting real-time, embedded finance for small businesses. Joining us are Matt Collicoat and Taira Hall from FIS, Derek Sutton from Autobooks and Chris Tremont from Grasshopper Bank, a neo-bank targeting SMEs. Imagine a near future world where your accounting, payroll, predictive credit and banking…

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Special Episode: Money 20/20 Preview with Sanjib Kalita

It’s October and just about time for Money 2020 in Las Vegas. We’ll be there next week interviewing some of the speakers and newsmakers, along with some of the attendees to give you a feel for what’s happening in what’s always a whirlwind 4 days. Today Sanjib Kalita, Editor in Chief for Money 20/20 joins…

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Episode 412: Now Entering: The Fourth Era of Banking

Exciting day on Breaking Banks – we have a new regular host – Amber Buker. Now if that name sounds familiar its because she works with JP and I at Alloy Labs as head of insights. Her work is phenomenal and we asked ourselves why we weren’t sharing her with the world. Well now we…

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Episode 411: Mastercard goes mainstream crypto with Paxos

In this week’s show we talk to head of strategy at Paxos (Walter Hessert) about their newly announced collaboration with Mastercard. Mastercard is currency agnostic, but their new crypto partnership with Paxos brings crypto custody to their global platform. Raj Dhamodharan, EVP, Digital Asset/Blockchain Products & Partnerships, at Mastercard talks about their future plans for…

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Episode 410: Fintech Fight Club

I’m fortunate to travel the world talking about fintech, banking, regulation and innovation. MX is one of my favorite groups to speak for and not because it usually means a trip to a Utah ski resort, but because of the energy they put into creating an agenda and curating a set of speakers that goes well…

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Episode 409: Impact and Innovation At Work

In this week’s Breaking Banks we talk to Colin Walsh, Founder and CEO of Varo on their record breaking raise of over half a billion dollars. We also talk to Steven Walcheck, Chief Innovation Officer of FIS and the EVP behind Impact Labs about their successful incubator born during covid, along with the founder of…

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Episode 408: Retrofitting US Payments Rails

In this week’s Breaking Banks we see Silicon Valley Bank and our old friends Plaid teaming up to try to remove some of the friction of the US ACH bank-to-bank payment rails. Joining us from Plaid are Ian Macallister, and Raja Chakravorti, and SVB’s Head of Digital, Shaleen Prakash. We debate how much longer the…

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Episode 407: The Small Business Ping Pong Ball

What is small and what is big? Why do we draw lines and silos in the banking world around small businesses. Small businesses generate 44% of US economic activity, yet are often misunderstood and ping ponged between the consumer and commercial parts of the bank. This week Derik Sutton Vice President of Product and Experience…

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Episode 406: The Power to Amplify

Today Brett and I talk to Nick Elders, fintech provocateur, president and co-founder of SPARK from Ignify Technologie. SPARK is a social mission-driven company whose cloud-based loan origination platform helped them originate $9 billion in aggregate loan activity through over 50,000 loans in the first 2.5 months of PPP. This is not another story of a…

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Episode 405: Driving Change Through Talent and Infrastructure

Matteo Rizzi, Executive Producer and co-host for Breaking Banks Europe talks with Neville Bourke from Futurus and Drew Graham, former Director of Digital Strategy for Barclays to explore the tensions between talent and infrastructure, and between corporate executives and entrepreneurs. From the corporate inclination to try to explain a future that is unexplainable, to how…

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Episode 404: Crypto Wars meets Financial Health

In this week’s Breaking Banks we go 21st century. In the first half host Brett King interviews renowned journalist and personal finance specialist Jean Chatzky on how tech is changing the way we invest and save. Chatzky talks about HerMoney and the work she’s doing to help investors of all sorts, but specifically to the…

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Episode 403: Fintech ramping up in Kenya

In this episode we return to Nairobi, Kenya to chat with Eddie and Paul Ndichu the founders of WapiPay, a new pan-African cross-border payments startup, mainly focused on payments to and from China for now. We also get an update on how the pandemic has accelerated adoption of fintech across Africa, and we take a…

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