136 episodes

Learn from today’s global leaders building the organizations that will dominate the 21st century in fintech, business, and beyond.

Fintech Leaders Miguel Armaza

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Learn from today’s global leaders building the organizations that will dominate the 21st century in fintech, business, and beyond.

    Mikhail Lomtadze, Kaspi.kz CEO - Building a $24Bn Tech Titan, From Kazakhstan to the World

    Mikhail Lomtadze, Kaspi.kz CEO - Building a $24Bn Tech Titan, From Kazakhstan to the World

    Miguel Armaza interviews Mikhail Lomtadze, CEO of Kaspi.kz (NASDAQ:KSPI), one of the largest publicly traded fintechs in the world and the leading tech platform in Kazakhstan. Kaspi is traded on the Nasdaq and has a current market cap of $24 billion dollars.They also have incredible numbers. They serve 15 million customers, in a country with a population of 20 million; 2/3 of their clients use them daily; 2023 revenue was $4.2B with net income margin of 45%, and they’re growing at ~50% YoY.We...

    • 50 min
    Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me – From Battlefields to Boardrooms, How Combat Gave This Veteran the Drive and Experience to Build a Tech Giant

    Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me – From Battlefields to Boardrooms, How Combat Gave This Veteran the Drive and Experience to Build a Tech Giant

    Miguel Armaza interviews Blake Hall is the CEO & Co-Founder of ID.me, one of the leading US companies in identity verification with over 130 million users. Founded in 2011, ID.me has raised around $300 million in equity from BoxGroup, Blu Venture, Moonshots Capital, Capital G, Morgan Stanley, Viking Global, and a long list of impressive funds and angels.Blake is also a decorated war veteran and he was awarded 2 Bronze Star medals from the US Army for his service in Iraq.We discuss:Leaders...

    • 45 min
    Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com - Tough Lessons, Rebuilding a Company Culture, Pioneering the One Day Mortgage

    Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com - Tough Lessons, Rebuilding a Company Culture, Pioneering the One Day Mortgage

    Miguel Armaza interviews Vishal Garg, CEO & Founder of Better.com (NASDAQ: BETR), a publicly traded online mortgage lender that has funded more than $100 billion in mortgage volume in the last decade. Prior to going public in 2023, they raised capital from a long list of VCs, including Activant, Softbank, AmEx, Citi, and Goldman among others.We discuss:How Better’s business volume exploded in 2020 & 2021, but later dropped 99% in a matter of monthsGoing from 1,500 to 10,000 employees ...

    • 32 min
    Charles Moldow, Foundation Capital – Data: The New Gold in FinTech, Secrets Behind Successful VCs, Importance of Founder-Market-Fit

    Charles Moldow, Foundation Capital – Data: The New Gold in FinTech, Secrets Behind Successful VCs, Importance of Founder-Market-Fit

    Miguel Armaza interviews Charles Moldow, General Partner at Foundation Capital, a 30-year old venture capital firm with $3+ billion in AUM. Charles joined Foundation in 2005 and over the last two decades has led early-stage investments for many companies, 14 out of which either went public or were successfully acquired. Some of his investments include Lending Club, DOMA, Rappi, Rover, and OnDeck Financial.I learn a lot every time I talk to Charles and I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation as ...

    • 40 min
    Oliver Hughes, Leader at TBC Bank and ex Tinkoff CEO - Building The Most Profitable Digital Bank Worldwide and the Future of Personal Banking

    Oliver Hughes, Leader at TBC Bank and ex Tinkoff CEO - Building The Most Profitable Digital Bank Worldwide and the Future of Personal Banking

    Miguel Armaza interviews Oliver Hughes, Head of International Business at TBC Bank, a Central Asian leading bank that’s publicly traded on the LSE with a $2B market cap. Oliver is also a true fintech leader - in the past, he was the CEO of Russia’s Tinkoff bank, where he built the operations from scratch to become the most profitable digital bank in the world, eventually reaching a market cap of more than $20B. He’s been leading in fintech well before anyone was talking about it.We discuss:Le...

    • 43 min
    Rodger Desai, CEO of Prove - The Billion Dollar Firm Building the Future of Identity Verification Using Smartphone Data

    Rodger Desai, CEO of Prove - The Billion Dollar Firm Building the Future of Identity Verification Using Smartphone Data

    Miguel Armaza interviews Rodger Desai, CEO & Founder of Prove, one of the leading global companies in identity verification and fraud reduction. Founded in 2008, Prove serves over one thousand corporations, including 9 of the top 10 US banks, and has raised around $200 million from Wellington, Oak HC/FT, Apax Digital, Mass Mutual, AmEx, Capital One, Verizon, and a long list of funds and impressive angels.We discuss:Why KYC processes will become nearly free in the near futureUsing cel...

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Yvolution81 ,

DO NOT MISS — Best in VC/Fintech!

This podcast is the perfect intersection of VC, Fintech, and Cap Markets concepts. Top notch guests and the natural rapport Miguel builds makes it conversational and easy to digest the golden nuggets! I’m energized with each episode (eg Mercedes Bent from LSVP) because the keen market insights and practical advice on VC!

Fiercely Feminamaste ,

Clearly lacking expertise

This podcast features some of FinTech’s worst companies in a “pay-for-play” production that doesn’t feature real experiences or leaders.

Take the 100th episode for example: they had on Josh Reeves for Gusto. If they did any research on the company at all, they would know that customers have been screwed over by Josh’s inept vapor ware! No one who has used Gusto has anything nice to say. If you want to learn how to screw over customers by building a non-functioning product that is non-compliant with current laws, breaks all time and has forced engineering for every function, then you can learn a lot from Josh on how to build a company that in 100% hype and lacks the skills, knowledge, leadership and expertise to survive.

This is not how you build a company. A real company needs to build a quality product and have the staff to back in up. Josh can’t speak to running a successful company because he hasn’t done it. But if you want a classic tale of a mediocre, talentless white dude failing his way to the top, then listen to this podcast!

CAC2023 ,

Must Listen!

A amazing Fintech podcast with best-in-class guests. You’ll learn amazing lessons listening to Miguel and his guests.

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