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Which early-stage fintech startup will become the next big thing? How do VCs pick the right startup? Join Todd Anderson, Chief Product Officer of Fintech Nexus, each week as he interviews the next class of fintech startups, the venture capitalists that invest in them, and has some fun along the way.

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    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Which early-stage fintech startup will become the next big thing? How do VCs pick the right startup? Join Todd Anderson, Chief Product Officer of Fintech Nexus, each week as he interviews the next class of fintech startups, the venture capitalists that invest in them, and has some fun along the way.

    PitchIt Podcast 79: Danielle Pensack, Co-Founder & CEO, Rightfoot

    PitchIt Podcast 79: Danielle Pensack, Co-Founder & CEO, Rightfoot

    On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dani Pensack, Co-Founder & CEO of Rightfoot. 
    Rightfoot enables developers to add debt repayment to any application.
    Founding stories are always unique, but Dani and Rightfoot are thus far the most interesting to date. They moved into a retirement home to test out their initial idea. Yup, a retirement home, and only one out of 150 said yes.
    The idea was that high school kids could make good money by helping retirees with technical tasks like coding; the money would then go into a 529 education account.
    While the initial idea didn’t pan out, it helped them to figure out their current business and gave them a life experience like no other. Dani is one of the most resourceful founders I’ve met thus far; just wait until you hear the vacation van story.
    Dani and I also discussed the core problems associated with debt repayment, how debt impacts households, her time in Southeast Asia, raising capital, and much more.
    If you want to sponsor an episode, come on as a guest, or sponsor one of our many digital or in-person offerings, please reach out anytime at todd@fintechnexus.com.

    Without further ado, Dani Pensack, Co-Founder & CEO of Rightfoot. I hope you enjoy the show.
    Episode highlights include
    Dani’s journey to RightfootRightfoot’s founding storyDani’s time at IBM in SE AsiaHow Rightfoot’s API worksEmbedded financeFinancial InclusionThe barriers women-led startups face raising capitalTips on raising capitalRecommended reading - The Messenger by Markus ZusakAnd much more…Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn
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    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 45 min
    PitchIt Podcast 78: Craig McLaughlin, Co-Founder & CEO, Finalytics.ai

    PitchIt Podcast 78: Craig McLaughlin, Co-Founder & CEO, Finalytics.ai

    On today's episode, I’m joined by Craig McLaughlin, Co-Founder & CEO of Finalytics.


    Finalytics.ai is the first customer-centric data platform designed to help credit unions translate high-touch service onto the digital channel. I find the community bank and credit union space fascinating, they do not have the luxury of throwing money at problems as they have to be strategic in how they solve their tech needs.


    Craig and I talked about the community bank and credit union market, how small financial institutions differ from large ones, current economic conditions, raising capital, the San Francisco 49ers, and much more.


    We have a lot of great offerings available at Fintech Nexus, you can sponsor the pod, sponsor a webinar, or one of our large-scale events. Feel free to reach out to me anytime, at todd@fintechnexus.com. 


    Now with our further ado, my conversation with Craig McLaughlin, Co-Founder & CEO of Finalytics. I hope you enjoy the show. 


    Episode highlights include:


    Craig’s journey to FinalyticsThe importance of the cloudThe community bank and credit union tech mindsetWhy data is so criticalCommon mistakes made by community banks and credit unionsThe evolution of the fintech-bank relationshipHuman high touch vs. digital high touchRaising capitalThe San Francisco 49ersAnd much more…Connect with Craig on LinkedIn
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    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 40 min
    PitchIt Podcast 77: Ben Weiss, Co-Founder & CEO, Coinflip

    PitchIt Podcast 77: Ben Weiss, Co-Founder & CEO, Coinflip

    On today's episode, I was joined by Ben Weiss, Co-Founder & CEO of CoinFlip.


    CoinFlip is the world's leading bitcoin ATM operator, making it easy to buy and sell bitcoin via cash, card, or bank transfer.


    This was a refreshing interview on many levels. Even though we are in the midst of the latest Crypto Winter, Ben and the CoinFlip team are as bullish as ever on the prospects of crypto and blockchain-based financial products.


    The other refreshing part of the discussion centered around bootstrapping, which CoinFlip has done to date. Many startups feel the need to raise venture capital, and seeing a successful bootstrapped company is quite refreshing.


    Ben and I talked about how he became interested in crypto, CoinFlip's growth to more than 300 employees and 4,000 ATMs, current market conditions, financial health and inclusion, CoinFlip's new product Olliv, bootstrapping, the realities and motivations of raising money, state of mind, and much more.


    I hope you enjoy the episode and don't forget to rate the show. Now without further ado, Ben Weiss, Co-Founder & CEO of CoinFlip.


    Episode highlight include


    Ben's journey to CoinFlipWhy is asking advice asking permissionThe Crypto WinterTraditional FI adoption of blockchainThe differences between crypto and blockchain techBootstrappingLearning to clear your mindOllivFinancial health and inclusionPeople matterThe Crypto Experience CentreAnd much more….Connect with Ben on LinkedIn
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    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 44 min
    PitchIt Podcast 76: Andrew Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, Check

    PitchIt Podcast 76: Andrew Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, Check

    On today's episode, I was joined by Andrew Brown, Founder & CEO of Check.
    The Check platform makes embedded payroll possible. Check helps leading companies launch a successful payroll business in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost.
    Embedded products have taken off in recent years, which has helped enable companies like Check. Embedded finance has quickly become one of the hottest areas in fintech.
    Payroll is another area in fintech that's catching fire. Payroll is one of the biggest challenges for small business owners, especially since we've moved to a more distributed workforce. Check enables companies to offer payroll within a suite of management tools. The Check platform of platforms frees small business owners to focus on growing their companies.
    Andrew and I discuss the fragmented payroll market, the future of payday, the larger embedded finance trend, stories from the fundraising trail, and much more. I hope you enjoy the episode and don't forget to rate the show.
    Episode highlights include:
    Andrew's journey to CheckWhat's a platform of platforms?Why is payroll so complicatedThe fragmented payroll marketThe rise of embedded financeThe changing nature of payday.Recommended reading - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William FinneganRaising CapitalAnd much more...Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn
    Connect with Check on LinkedIn
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    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 40 min
    Weekly News Roundup - December 15, 2022

    Weekly News Roundup - December 15, 2022

    The Fintech Nexus weekly news show covers the top stories in fintech.

    Get ready for this week by catching up on last week's top stories:
    Bloomberg | Sam Bankman-Fried’s Path to Jail Took Just Weeks in Speedy US ProbeNY Times | Prosecutors Say FTX Was Engaged in a ‘Massive, Yearslong Fraud’Atlantic Council | It’s official: The United States is developing a bank-to-bank digital currencyAmerican Banker | Lawmakers caution SBA on admitting fintech lenders to 7(a) programAmerican Banker | Figure-affiliated SPAC plans to merge with mortgage bankTechCrunch | Why Checkout‏‎.com lowered its internal valuationFintech Nexus | LatAm22: VC ‘dry powder’ can outwait everyone, McLaughlin warnsFintech Nexus | LatAm22: Pix hits 64 million user milestone, Central Bank official saysFintech Nexus | LatAm22: No magic to growth, Covalto CEO saysConnect with PitchIt:
    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 32 min
    PitchIt Podcast 75: Jean Smart, Founder & CEO, Penelope

    PitchIt Podcast 75: Jean Smart, Founder & CEO, Penelope

    On today's episode, I sat down with Jean Smart, Founder & CEO of Penelope.

    Penelope is the retirement savings platform for small businesses & entrepreneurs. Small is the key term; Penelope focuses on the smallest of the small businesses.

    Penelope currently serves companies that have no more than 15 employees. A lot of these small firms are local mom-and-pop shops. One of the biggest barriers these companies face is finding and retaining talent.
     
    Penelope offers them a chance to compete. Retirement accounts are one of the top asks from prospective employees. Having the chance to offer retirement savings helps level the playing field.

    Jean and I discussed her journey to Penelope, her family's immigrant journey, how Penelope designs content & education, do-it-yourself investing apps, risky asset classes like crypto, raising capital, and much more.
     
    Episode highlights include:
    Jean's professional journey to PenelopeThe biggest barriers SMBs face in trying to offer benefits Lessons learned from Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and othersLanguage and education barriersFinancial inclusionChanging the perception of SMBsCryptoRaising CapitalAnd much moreConnect with Jean on LinkedIn
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    Tweet me @ToddFintech Connect with me on LinkedIn Find previous PitchIt episodes Email me at todd@fintechnexus.com Until next time.

    • 41 min

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