Around The Coin is an award-winning top fintech podcast. Co-Hosts Faisal Khan and Mike Townsend to discuss all things in the world of crypto and payments, from the trading of shells to bitcoins and everything in between!
Alex Adelman, CEO & Co-founder of Lolli
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Alex Adelman, CEO & Co-founder of Lolli, a rewards application that lets people earn bitcoin when they shop online from 1,000+ top merchants. Alex was previously the CEO & Co-founder of Cosmic, the leading e-commerce gateway, which was acquired by PopSugar in ’15 and then by Ebates in ’17. Alex positioned Cosmic and Lolli as high growth, high value, and industry-leading technology companies, establishing strategic partnerships with key partners in e-commerce. Alex was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Retail & E-Commerce. His work has been featured on WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, TechCrunch, Cheddar, MarketWatch, and Digiday and he’s presented at Advertising Week, Fashion Tech Forum, TechCrunch Disrupt, Tech Cocktail, Money 20/20, and Technori. Alex holds a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Shmulik Fishman, CEO and Founder of Argyle
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Shmulik Fishman, the founder, and CEO of Argyle, which provides a universal, trusted platform for accessing employment records with worker consent. He started Argyle in 2018 after experiencing the complexity of work verification for his previous venture STRATIM. Shmulik is a published author and has an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College where he studied philosophy, as well as a degree in business from Columbia University.
Wagner Ruiz, Co-founder and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of EBANX
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Wagner Ruiz, the Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of EBANX. Wagner focuses on risk management, strategic partnerships, and regulatory operation, which are the essential pillars in the growth of the fintech company.
Prior to being CRO, Wagner served as EBANX's Chief Financial Officer for almost nine years, since its founding in 2012. As CFO, he designed all of EBANX's cross-border payments infrastructure and all financial architecture linking EBANX to the world. Wagner studied Economics at Mackenzie University in Brazil and is a specialist in fintech finance regulatory systems, risk and compliance, and business opportunities in times of crisis.
Gershie Vann, Founder and CEO, Magma Capital Funds
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Gershie Vann, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Magma Capital Funds. Gershie provides vision to the broader organization and implements strategic investment decisions in accordance with Magma’s investment approach and philosophy.
Gershie has previous professional experience utilizing data analytics and process design. Gershie holds a BS in Finance from Touro College and can be found running, reading The Economist, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Craig J. Lewis, Founder/CEO of Gig Wage
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Craig J. Lewis, the Founder and CEO of Gig Wage, a venture capital backed SaaS company that’s raised $16.45 million to-date to meet the demands of the future workforce and to build modern payment tools for it. Investors have included Steve Case (Founder of AOL) and his Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Venture Fund, Foundry Group, Green Dot Corp. (NYSE: GDOT), and more. In an industry where forward thinking is a rarity, Craig’s vision for innovation has pushed an antiquated industry to modernize by designing a service that meets the demands of on-demand workforces. “Simple. Fast. Easy.”
Prior to building Gig Wage, Craig was a professional basketball player across Europe before returning stateside and becoming an expert in payroll technology, selling over $10 million in payroll related software for the likes of ADP and others. He was the Chief Strategy Officer of Kairos, a venture-backed facial recognition and emotion detection startup that has been named one of the “Top 20 Startups” by The Wall Street Journal, was selected to participate in the first ever Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, and has reached a $130M valuation.
As a Black tech entrepreneur with significant business and growth results throughout his career, he understands the importance of work ethic, teamwork, and the sacrifices required to accomplish the impossible. Embodying the motto, “Go for it,” has been the creed which has propelled him. Notable accomplishments include authoring The Sport of the Sales; being a contributor to Forbes, the American Payroll Association, PayTech Magazine and Thomson Reuters; sitting on the boards of Visit Dallas, the Friends of Fair Park, and Marketplace Risk; and is a Founding Member of Forbes’ Dallas Business Council. As an evangelist of technology and its capacity for wealth creation and therefore its ability to improve lives, Craig’s ultimate mission is to help millions of businesses and everyday people in the gig economy by providing innovative software, unique business models, and a path to financial success.
Brian Shniderman, CEO of Opy, CSO of Openpay
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brian Shniderman, CEO of Opy and Chief Strategy Officer of Openpay. With over 30 years focused on payments of every kind, between all types of parties, and in almost every major country, Brian has been a frequent contributor to banking journals, has published numerous white papers addressing trends, threats, and strategic opportunities in banking and payments, and has been published and featured in Forbes, Fortune, CNN, The Business Standard, Dow Jones, HBR, Wired, CIO, Bloomberg, Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune.
Faisal and Mike do such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
A brilliant podcast covering a wide array of thought provoking topics. Keep up the great work guys.
Awesome show, highly recommend!
Faisal, Brian, and their guests do a phenomenal job of simplifying complex ideas surrounding cryptocurrency in a structured, entertaining way.
Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Around the Coin if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to level up and better understand future applications of this evolving field!