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Many opportunities and challenges are at the intersection of technology and financial services. And FinTech itself is rapidly evolving as businesses continuously innovate and new ideas come from unexpected places. At the same time, government regulators are trying to keep pace. Troy A. Paredes and Lee A. Schneider explore this disruption by engaging the leaders who are changing what FinTech is and how we think about it. In this biweekly podcast, Troy, former SEC Commissioner and founder of Paredes Strategies LLC, and Lee, general counsel at Block.one and co-founder of Genesis Block, LLC, discuss today’s –and tomorrow’s – exciting and impactful FinTech topics. With their guests, they explore business and regulatory developments and technology trends, giving listeners new perspectives to take back to Main Street, the Hill, Wall Street, and the boardroom.

Appetite for Disruption: The Business and Regulation of FinTech Troy A. Paredes & Lee A. Schneider

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Many opportunities and challenges are at the intersection of technology and financial services. And FinTech itself is rapidly evolving as businesses continuously innovate and new ideas come from unexpected places. At the same time, government regulators are trying to keep pace. Troy A. Paredes and Lee A. Schneider explore this disruption by engaging the leaders who are changing what FinTech is and how we think about it. In this biweekly podcast, Troy, former SEC Commissioner and founder of Paredes Strategies LLC, and Lee, general counsel at Block.one and co-founder of Genesis Block, LLC, discuss today’s –and tomorrow’s – exciting and impactful FinTech topics. With their guests, they explore business and regulatory developments and technology trends, giving listeners new perspectives to take back to Main Street, the Hill, Wall Street, and the boardroom.

    John Mizzi, Part 1: Blockchain and Bonds.

    John Mizzi, Part 1: Blockchain and Bonds.

    John Mizzi is the Chief Strategy Officer at Bond.one, a technology company helping to revolutionize settlement of debt securities using blockchain.  And it’s not easy!  John explains how their original vision became more realistic to incorporate blockchain and smart contracting where they decided it was most practical and sensible given many pragmatic issues. 

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    Part 2: Professor Melanie Mitchell. What’s Intelligence?

    Part 2: Professor Melanie Mitchell. What’s Intelligence?

    We continue unpacking with Dr. Mitchell the concept of intelligence and the importance of justice and ethics, including when it comes to computers.  In working on her book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, Professor Mitchell had a few surprises about both the successes and limits of AI, and offers some cautionary notes as we increasingly look to machines for answers and to do things for us.  Computers do things by brute force computation whereas humans use analogies, that is, drawing from prior experience to inform other judgments in different contexts.  One way to think about this is that hard computations are easy for computers; but easy things for a person, like describing what’s going on outside your window, is very difficult for a computer.  Plus, just because a computer does one thing exceptionally well, it may do other things poorly.  Troy and Lee share some of their own thoughts at the end.  AfD Conference!  Troy and Lee are going to host a conference in late April or early May!  Details to come, so please check afdfintech.com regularly.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @AfDfintech.

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    Part 1: Profesor Melanie Mitchell. Computers lack common sense, at least for now.

    Part 1: Profesor Melanie Mitchell. Computers lack common sense, at least for now.

     Maybe humans do too sometimes, but we are still way better than computers at common sense.  Dr. Mitchell, a computer scientist at Portland State University and the Santa Fe Institute, defines common sense as understanding the world around you by drawing inferences and making associations from other experiences.  Common sense, in other words, is associated with the ability to analogize – something humans do all the time but that computers aren’t particularly adept at ... yet.  Professor Mitchell’s new book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, helps the world grasp the current state of AI and what machines are (and not) good at.  AfD Conference!  Troy and Lee are going to host a conference in late April or early May!  Details to come, so please check our website afdfintech.com regularly.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @AfDfintech.

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    Jon Clark, Part 2: Motivating a team with high-fives and lessons-learned.

    Jon Clark, Part 2: Motivating a team with high-fives and lessons-learned.

    We discuss with Jon his experiences in different roles in the financial markets, and how, as CEO, that has informed how he motivates his team. He offers interesting insight into how a team is built and managed effectively, including adding emotion to people’s work. Let’s high five when it’s a good day, and let’s evaluate what happened on a bad day. There are parallels to sports and how teams pull together and learn together. Troy and Lee even high five!

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    Jon Clark, Part 1: Marketplace choices when trading stock.

    Jon Clark, Part 1: Marketplace choices when trading stock.

    Buyers and sellers want choices regarding what to buy and sell and where to buy and sell it.  Trading stocks for investors is no different, as choice matters there too.  We talk with Jon Clark, the CEO of Luminex, about his efforts building a company with the mission of affording institutional investors another choice centered on trading a large block of shares, rather than accessing the moment-to-moment liquidity of stock markets. 

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    Flavio Mansi, Part 2: The Vision of an Open Platform and New Marketplaces Using Blockchain

    Flavio Mansi, Part 2: The Vision of an Open Platform and New Marketplaces Using Blockchain

    The secondary market for mobile phones is enormous, and Flavio believes that putting that market on a blockchain-based open platform is the future. We discuss his thoughts on deploying a permissionless blockchain not only for his own company’s business, but to allow an entire ecosystem to develop that offers all manner of goods and services on a B2B, B2C, and C2C basis.

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