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Around The Coin is an award-winning top fintech podcast. Co-Hosts Faisal Khan, Mike Townsend & Brian Roemmele discuss all things in the world of payments, from the trading of shells to bitcoins and everything in between!

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Around The Coin is an award-winning top fintech podcast. Co-Hosts Faisal Khan, Mike Townsend & Brian Roemmele discuss all things in the world of payments, from the trading of shells to bitcoins and everything in between!

    Interview with Andrée Simon President and CEO of FINCA Impact Finance

    Interview with Andrée Simon President and CEO of FINCA Impact Finance

    You can't seem to pick up any Fintech aka banking & payments magazine or blog without the mention of the word, 'financial inclusion'. Depending on whom you talk to, the number of financially excluded population is anywhere from 2.5 Billion people to 1.5 Billion. World Bank Group defines financial inclusion as individuals (and businesses) that have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs - such as transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance - delivered in a responsible and sustainable way.

    Most of this is done through microfinance banks. These microfinance basically offer a very specialized category of financial services to those who lack access to conventional banking and related services.

    One such institution that is helping solve this problem of underbanked/unbanked is FINCA. FINCA's network of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks use fintech to expand financial inclusion, offering innovative, responsible and impactful financial services to low-income clients.

    I'm very honored to have Andrée Simon who is the President& CEO of FINACA Impact Finance, based out of Washington DC.

    • 55 min
    Interview with Kyle Hill - Founder of Redeeem.com

    Interview with Kyle Hill - Founder of Redeeem.com

    In this interview Mike Townsend talks to Kyle Hill, which is a special episode because Kyle and Mike are co-founders of Redeeem (trusted peer-to-peer crypto gift card exchange), and have started 3 startups over the last 8 years together. Previous to Redeeem, they raised $23M for HomeHero, a tech-enabled home care marketplace. They talk about how to work successfully together as a team, the mission and story of Redeeem, as well as a variety of topics related to bitcoin, government regulation, and upcoming exciting blockchain projects.

    • 37 min
    Interview with Ethan Kravitz, Partner at AGE Crypto Hedge Fund

    Interview with Ethan Kravitz, Partner at AGE Crypto Hedge Fund

    In this interview Mike Townsend interviews Ethan, who talks about his journey from CTO of VC funded startup, Overnight, to partner of AGE Crypto hedge fund. Learn about the differences between a VC fund and a crypto hedge fund, as well as how many exist what specific methods hedge funds use to provide returns for their LPs. Ethan walks us through a typical day, researching github projects, talking to developers of tokens, building tools that automate crypto trading, as well as much more.

    • 37 min
    Interview with Yan Pritzker the author of Inventing Bitcoin

    Interview with Yan Pritzker the author of Inventing Bitcoin

    In this podcast, Nako Mbelle interviews Yan Pritzker the author of Inventing Bitcoin and I discuss what makes bitcoin a revolutionary tech; and why he left his full-time CTO position at his startup to devote 100% of his time to Bitcoin.

    Yan’s book Inventing Bitcoin is written for non-technical people who want to better understand bitcoin at a deeper level and go beyond the superficial talking points of price and profit.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Interview with SFOX Team

    Interview with SFOX Team

    In this episode Mike Townsend visited the offices of SFOX to interview Founder George Melika and Head of Growth Danny Kim in their offices in Playa Vista, California. SFOX raised $23M in VC from Y Combinator, Social Capital, Tribe Capital among others to build the easiest tool to access the digital cryptocurrency market.

    We discussed exchange trading, how crypto companies can successfully work with banks, and underrated projects and people working in crypto. Hope you enjoy the conversation and let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for our next episode.

    • 29 min
    FATF: Creating Gold Standards and Paper Realities?

    FATF: Creating Gold Standards and Paper Realities?

    This show focuses on the FATF, the Financial Action Task Force. We discuss why the organization – that remains unknown to many finance and payments professionals and even to AML/CFT compliance specialists, is so powerful and important. We discuss the basics: why was it created? What are FATF’s goals? What are the down sides or unintended consequences of the standards it sets? We discuss the effects of non-compliance on countries and the inner workings of the mutual evaluation process that countries go through. Finally, we touch upon the questions of political influence, organizational overreach and even bullying through FATF decision making.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

KiwiinNYC ,

Unique show

A brilliant podcast covering a wide array of thought provoking topics. Keep up the great work guys.

J. Barshop ,

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!

Esraelht ,

Tremendously informative, valuable, and even fun

Around The Coin Podcast turns a subject that may seem boring and complicated into fun and simple.

The hosts' experience, knowledge and wisdom is wonderfully shared with the audience.

Whether you're a seasoned expert in the field or looking to find your first steps in the payment world - you will find this podcast to be an enriching resource.

Thank you Faisal, Mike and Brian. Keep up the great work.

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