Episode 444: Rise of Embedded Finance in Australia & Digital for Good

Today’s special episode of Breaking Banks comes to you live from Fintech House @SXSW. Listen as guest host Dara Tarkowski, Managing Partner, Actuate Law and host of Breaking Banks’ sister podcast Tech on Reg speaks with Mike Bechtel, Chief Futurist at Deloitte Consulting and David Reiling, Chairman and CEO, Sunrise Banks; Author, Fintech for Good; and host of Provoke.fm‘s NextGen Banker. These are wild times, it helps to have a futurist with a background in anthropology to put things in perspective. Where are the opportunities in evolving technology, what’s hype and nonsense? At times we are so busy wondering if we can do something, that we don’t always think if we should. Intentionality and mindfulness are good things, and mild chaos is where opportunity lies, where niches and new angles can be discovered.

In 2013 there were 2.7 billion unbanked people in the world. Today the number stands at 1.3 billion. Huge strides have been made in the last decade vs. the last hundred years. Listen as Brett King connects with Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the second half of the show. It’s important for everyone to be part of the economy — an economy that includes everyone benefits everyone. Listen as they discuss global advances in banking and payments, digital public infrastructure, and the importance of mobile wallets and identity. Game changing innovation at work!

In this episode Brett King returns to his roots to explore investment opportunities in and from Australia, how Australian capability can act as a launch pad for global innovations and investments within the fintech and insurtech ecosystems. Our guests Simone Dossetor, Insurtech Australia, CEO; Ben Smith, Railsbank, Chief Operating Officer (APAC) and Christie Downs, CEO & Co-Founder, handdii, cover how the rise of embedded solutions creates new financial services distribution models in the fintech and insurtech markets. Listen as Railsbank, which expanded into Australia, and handdii, an Australian claim fulfillment and property repair startup that expanded into the U.S., share their journeys.Then Brett interviews Chris Skinner, CEO of the Finansier and independent commentator on the financial markets about his latest book, Digital for Good: Stand For Something or You Will Fall. The book focuses on how technology and finance can work together to address the environmental and social issues we face today and make a better world.

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