Episode 79: Innovation and Tech Zoom In: Digital Native Financial Products, a blink to real blockchain use cases

Did someone say..#BLOCKCHAINN? The buzzword is out, and we are making a case for real blockchain use cases & digitally native financial products, on our first installment of the new series “Breaking Chains”, hosted by Matteo Rizzi and (of course…) Ajit Tripathi! For this, we invited Stani Kulechov (Aave) and Jean-Marc Stenger (Societe Generale Forge)! 

More on our guests: 
Jean-Marc Stenger, CEO Société Générale – Forge
Jean-Marc joined Société Générale in 2000 as an analyst based in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2003 he started with 35 other employees Lyxor Asset Management, a specialized asset management company of the Equity Derivative division of the bank. He took responsibility for global portfolio management in 2005 and became Chief Investment Officer and member of the Executive committee in 2013. Jean-Marc notably contributed to the development of Lyxor’s activities in Europe, the US, Japan and Middle East with major pension plans and sovereign wealth funds. He left Lyxor in 2019, the company employing 600 staff world-wide and managing €137 billion at the time, to create Societe Generale – Forge and expand Société Générale capabilities in digital capital markets. He is an active member of the European blockchain ecosystem for many years.
Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-marc-stenger-89115040/
SG Forge: sgforge.com

Stani Kulechov, Founder & CEO – Aave
Stani Kulechov is the Founder and CEO of Aave, an open-source and non-custodial liquidity market protocol to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets. Stani was studying law at the University of Helsinki when he first got into Ethereum and he started exploring how it could impact the traditional financial system. In 2017, Stani released ETHLend, one of the first DeFi DApps ever. Since then, he has made it his mission to create tools for an open, transparent, and equitable financial ecosystem through Aave Protocol.
Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stani-kulechov-361284132/
Aave: aave.com