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A weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, finance, technology and life as we know it. Co-hosts Pete Townsend and Eoin Fitzgerald. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support

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A weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, finance, technology and life as we know it. Co-hosts Pete Townsend and Eoin Fitzgerald. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support

    191: MoneyTalks #53 | Ethereum Post-Merge l Revolut Pay Later Trial | a16z Funds Sequence and Sardines | Bored Yachts

    191: MoneyTalks #53 | Ethereum Post-Merge l Revolut Pay Later Trial | a16z Funds Sequence and Sardines | Bored Yachts

    In this episode, Eoin and Pete talk through the aftermath of the Ethereum Merge, some pandas and goofy songs, an early-morning Bankless livestream of the Merge, and critically, a 99% more energy-efficient blockchain. We also look at the new Revolut BNPL product live in Ireland, two new funding deals that a16z did on this side of the pond in Sequence and Sardines, opportunities for bored yacht owners, and how it feels like 2002 all over again with builders still building.

    STORIES COVERED:

    Ethereum Makes History With Merge to Proof-of-Stake (Crypto Briefing, 15-Sep-22)

    Revolut rolls out BNPL product in Ireland (Finextra, 20-Sep-22)

    Revolut confirms cyberattack exposed personal data of tens of thousands of users (TechCrunch, 20-Sep-22)

    Andreessen Horowitz leads London fintech Sequence’s $19m seed round (Sifted, 20-Sep-22)

    Sardine raises $51.5M led by a16z to sniff out fishy fintech transactions (TechCrunch, 20-Sep-22)

    Invest Like the Best: Trina Spear - Billion Dollar Scrubs (Podcast episode)

    A Bored Ape Ethereum NFT Owner is Launching a Real-World Yacht Club (Decrypt (via Lex Sokolin’s Fintech Blueprint), 15-Sep-22)

    Fintech startup Power flexes its credit card muscle following $316M equity, debt injection (TechCrunch, 14-Sep-22)

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    • 33 min
    190: Sky’s the Limit: Owen O’Driscoll and PlanDail

    190: Sky’s the Limit: Owen O’Driscoll and PlanDail

    Founder and CEO of PlanDail, Owen O’Driscoll, riffs with Pete Townsend on PlanDail’s mission to build Europe’s premier cross-border, seamless, regulated crowdfunding platform, powered by carbon-neutral Algorand technology.  PlanDail’s aim is to connect high-impact focused entrepreneurs with ESG/impact investors of all shapes and sizes who want to fund a better future for the planet.

    In this episode, we dig into:


    How Owen’s foundational experiences in operations, supply chains, horticulture, blockchain, and retail investing merged together to form his vision for PlanDail.
    How participating in an accelerator in 2019 opened Owen’s eyes to the startup ethos.
    Taking advantage of the entrepreneurial support frameworks in Ireland to transform himself into a startup founder.
    Making sure that as a CEO, you can have the confidence in yourself to back yourself.
    Self-sovereign identity - in digital form - both for investors and for companies raising funding on the PlanDail platform.
    Combatting ESG greenwashing by integrating ESG commitments and audited outcomes into a company’s digital identity.
    How PlanDail want early-stage investors to be the retail investors who can steer the important decisions and have a pride of ownership about where a company is going, especially around ESG (environmental, social, governance).
    Bringing the PlanDail vision to reality with their MVP, an easy-to-use and regulated crowdfunding platform focused on high-impact entrepreneurs and the individual investors who believe in them.
    Self-sovereign identity as a bridge for web2 and web3-minded investors.
    Enabling the PlanDail platform to integrate across multiple blockchain protocols, including Algorand, IPFS and Hyperledger, as part of their platform scaling strategy.
    Getting the first investors in PlanDail on board with the recent opening of their pre-seed round.

    LINKS:

    Connect with Owen O’Driscoll and join the PlanDail waitlist

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    Episode title inspired by ‘Sky’s the Limit’ by The Notorious B.I.G.

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    • 38 min
    189: Money Talks #52: Metaverse Infrastructure | ETH Merge | Wayflyer Flying | Alloy’s Big Round | Bradley Tusk & DAOs

    189: Money Talks #52: Metaverse Infrastructure | ETH Merge | Wayflyer Flying | Alloy’s Big Round | Bradley Tusk & DAOs

    Eoin and Pete dive into the shortcomings of Metaverse graphics through the lens of Metaverse deep-thinker Matthew Ball and his new book on the Metaverse, what’s up with the Ethereum Merge, the big fundraisings of Irish unicorn Wayflyer and Techstars grad Alloy, the death of ING’s Yolt, Block’s Cash App’s small-dollar lending milestone, and old friend Bradley Tusk takes his super-charged regulatory advisory into crypto and DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations).

    This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.

    STORIES WE COVERED:

    When Metaverse (Life in Color, 1-Aug-22)

    After $177 Billion in Investment, Why Do Metaverse Graphics Still Suck? (Decrypt, 27-Aug-22)

    Ethereum’s Big Moment Is Coming With ‘The Merge.’ What It Means for Crypto (5-Sep-22)

    Wayflyer secures €254m in debt financing from Credit Suisse (Irish Times, 1-Sep-22)

    Fintech startup Alloy leans on fraud prevention to land new $1.55B valuation (TechCrunch, 1-Sep-22)

    KlimaDAO Engages Tusk Strategies to Push Congress to Write DAOs Into Law (Decrypt, 4-Sep-22)

    ING pulls the plug on Yolt, shutting down its open banking operation (AltFi, 30-Aug-22)

    Cash App Now Originates 1m Small-Dollar Loans A Month (Fintech Business Weekly, 21-Aug-22)

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    • 43 min
    188: Money Talks #51 | Revolut on Tour | Starling Flies | Vitalik on the Metaverse | Crypto Regulation & Talent | Umba’s Big Deal

    188: Money Talks #51 | Revolut on Tour | Starling Flies | Vitalik on the Metaverse | Crypto Regulation & Talent | Umba’s Big Deal

    This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend riff on Pete’s trip to the US last month with the sheer ridiculousness of the 8 different combinations of point-of-sale authorizations he experienced with a single Revolut card, Starling Bank’s re-prioritization of a presence in the Irish banking market, the hunt for crypto talent by EU regulators, Vitalik’s view on giving people what they want in the Metaverse, fintech micro-lender Umba’s deal for Daraja Lending and Tomo Credit’s big round to make credit scores obsolete.

    *SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - This is our mid-summer episode for August and we’ll be back with our regular weekly cadence come September.

    This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.

    STORIES WE COVERED:

    EBA warns talent shortage will hamstring crypto regulation (Finextra, 2-Aug-22)

    Apple Accused Of Potential Consumer Data Misuse With Its ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Service (Forbes, 27-Jul-22)

    Vitalik: Metaverse ‘Is Going to Happen’ but Meta’s ‘Will Misfire’(Decrypt. 31-Jul-22)

    US-based fintech Umba buys majority stake in Kenya’s Daraja microfinance bank (TechCrunch, 3-Aug-22)

    Starling Bank pulls plans to offer services in Ireland (RTE News, 18-Jul-22)

    TomoCredit raises $22M at a $222M valuation toward its goal of making credit scores ‘obsolete’ (TechCrunch, 21-Jul-22)

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    • 45 min
    187: Money Talks #50 | Techstars Demo Day Recap | Building the Bear | EU’s MiCA | Web3 as Embedded Finance

    187: Money Talks #50 | Techstars Demo Day Recap | Building the Bear | EU’s MiCA | Web3 as Embedded Finance

    This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend recap Techstars’ first-ever demo day in Dublin as part of the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator, look at crypto winter with FTX, BlockFi and Voyager, Klarna’s down round, Revolut’s new card reader, Algorand bringing Napster back to life, MiCA ( Markets in Crypto Assets) regulation in the EU, and open banking as a crossover from embedded finance into crypto and digital assets.

    *SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - We’ll be moving to a monthly release for July and August 2022, but we’ll return to our regular weekly episodes in September.

    This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.

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    • 42 min
    186: Money Maker | Eczodex | Bridging TradFi to DeFi | Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell

    186: Money Maker | Eczodex | Bridging TradFi to DeFi | Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell

    Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell, founder and co-founder of Eczodex, join the show this week to riff on how Eczodex are enabling investors to unlock more returns with traditional investments through DeFi (decentralized finance).

    This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.

    Eczodex are the ninth of the founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show in the lead-in to Demo Day in Dublin on June 30th.

    In this episode, Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell talk with Pete Townsend and Eoin Fitzgerald about:

    - How their backgrounds uniquely prepared them to bring Eczodex to life

    - How Eczodex will bridge real-world assets into DeFi

    - Enabling yield enhancement strategies for real-world investor

    - Connecting the Eczodex vision with the realities of the crypto markets

    - Breaking down the problem for individual investors

    LINKS:

    Connect with Michael Quarteyand Lukas Bruell and learn more about Eczodex on LinkedIn

    Follow Eczodex and Lukas Bruell on Twitter

    Episode title inspired by ‘Money Maker’ by Ludacris and Pharrell Williams

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