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Finance is being pulled apart by the forces of frontier technology. From AI, to blockchain and DeFi, mixed reality, chatbots, neobanks, and roboadvisors — the industry will never be the same. Here is the blueprint for navigating the shift.

The Fintech Blueprint Lex Sokolin

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Finance is being pulled apart by the forces of frontier technology. From AI, to blockchain and DeFi, mixed reality, chatbots, neobanks, and roboadvisors — the industry will never be the same. Here is the blueprint for navigating the shift.

    Combining AI and DeFi to underwrite Web3 risks, with RociFi Co-Founder Chris Brookins

    Combining AI and DeFi to underwrite Web3 risks, with RociFi Co-Founder Chris Brookins

    In this conversation, we chat with Chris Brookins – co-founder of RociFi, a new DeFi primitive for under-collateralized lending. Chris is a crypto veteran, having entered the space in 2014, and prior to RociFi, founded Valiendero Digital Assets, a quantitative cryptocurrency investment fund, founded out of Carnegie Mellon University. Valiendero utilized machine learning and data-driven investment strategies over a variety of liquid digital assets. Chris also held the COO position at a 2015 Y-Combinator alumni - Valor Water Analytics (a SaaS utilities firm which was acquired by Xylem Inc.) and was founder and COO at data driven research and venture firm - Pugilist Ventures.

    • 46 min
    Eliminating payday loans and overdraft fees for 2.5MM employees, with Matt Kopko of DailyPay

    Eliminating payday loans and overdraft fees for 2.5MM employees, with Matt Kopko of DailyPay

    In this conversation, we chat with Matt Kopko – DailyPay's Vice President of Public Policy, where he manages DailyPay's interactions with regulators, legislators, other government officials and stakeholders. Prior to his role at DailyPay, Matt served in a similar role – Director of Public Policy – at Bird, the micromobility company.

    Matt was also a senior government official and member of the Senior Executive Service, as well as an attorney in private practice. Matt holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago.

    • 40 min
    What is GameFi and the $1B+ fractal DAO building it, with BitDAO Head of Product Strategy Jacobc.eth

    What is GameFi and the $1B+ fractal DAO building it, with BitDAO Head of Product Strategy Jacobc.eth

    In this conversation, we chat with Jacobc.eth, the now Head of Product Strategy for BitDAO’s Windranger Labs, and Head of Product for the Game7 DAO. Previously, Jacob worked as Lead of Operations at MetaMask, and before that he led product for the Panvala grant funding DAO, one of the earliest grant DAOs in the Web3 ecosystem.

    • 41 min
    Navigating the macro environment and crypto financial crisis, with the ConsenSys Cryptoeconomics team

    Navigating the macro environment and crypto financial crisis, with the ConsenSys Cryptoeconomics team

    In this conversation, we have some great members of the Consensys Cryptoeconomics team: Ivan Bakrac, Ajay Mittal, James Chung, and David Shuttleworth. With whom we discuss the current macro environment, the fundamental trends in Web3, as well as the connection between crypto and all of these other indicators. Additionally, we tease out some particular projects and catalysts that we think are important for the markets. Most of which, can be found in a great report here.

    Ivan Bakrac - is a Senior DeFi Market Strategist at ConsenSys, as well as Adjunct Professor in Blockchain Technologies & Decentralized Finance at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Adjunct Professor - Global Fintech: AI, Blockchain, Business Data Science at Berkeley College.

    Ajay Mittal - is a Senior Strategist, Cryptoeconomics at ConsenSys, as well as Co-Lead of Treasury at Friedns With Benefits.

    James Chung - is a Senior DeFi Market Strategist, Cryptoeconomics at ConsenSys, as well as Founder at BANKR.

    David Shuttleworth - is a DeFi Economist at ConsenSys, with a history in HealthTech, data analytics, and token engineering.

    • 38 min
    The strategy behind Revolut's merchant acquiring and paytech growth, with Simon Taylor, Head of Strategy & Content at Sardine.ai

    The strategy behind Revolut's merchant acquiring and paytech growth, with Simon Taylor, Head of Strategy & Content at Sardine.ai

    In this conversation, we chat with Simon Taylor, the head of strategy and content at Sardine.ai, which is a modern compliance infrastructure. Before this, Simon served as the Co-Founder and Blockchain Practice Lead at 11:FS. Simon has been immersed in the technology of financial services for as long as he’s been working and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in Banking, Insurance and Fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies.

    Simon Led Blockchain Research and Development at Barclays, where Barclays became the first bank in the world to perform a live trade finance transaction over a Blockchain / DLT with a real customer attached. Today Simon advises Governments, Regulators and some of the worlds largest Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporations on how Blockchain and DLT will impact their business in the short, medium and long term. Prior to this Simon helped build the Barclays www.thinkrise.com programme and held a number of roles in payments, banking and the telco sector.

    In addition Simon is a co-host of both Fintech Insider the #1 Business Podcast in Europe and Blockchain - the fastest growing business podcast and the home of Blockchain knowledge and first rate interviews.

    • 35 min
    Powering a BNPL platform with a global lender network, with ChargeAfter CEO Meidad Sharon

    Powering a BNPL platform with a global lender network, with ChargeAfter CEO Meidad Sharon

    In this conversation, we chat with Meidad Sharon, the CEO and founder of the award-winning retail finance SaaS network platform ChargeAfter, the first global network to provide a complete solution to Point-of-Sale financing from multiple lenders. Meidad is a long-time high-tech industry veteran, with over 15 years of experience scaling global payments and SaaS businesses with a people and customer-first approach. As well as, demonstrating how simple payment processing and fraud prevention solutions can meet complex needs, and lead to maximum profitability and a seamless end-user experience.

    • 39 min

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