20 episodes

Tokyo FinTech (https://tokyofintech.com/) looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,200 individual members attends regular fintech, insurtech, regtech, payments, blockchain & crypto events. We also have an established Medium Publication (https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech) and a number of international community partnerships with like-minded FinTech associations around the globe. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tokyofintech/support

Tokyo FinTech Podcast Tokyo FinTech

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Tokyo FinTech (https://tokyofintech.com/) looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,200 individual members attends regular fintech, insurtech, regtech, payments, blockchain & crypto events. We also have an established Medium Publication (https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech) and a number of international community partnerships with like-minded FinTech associations around the globe. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tokyofintech/support

    Episode #21 - Michael O'Loughlin, Token

    Episode #21 - Michael O'Loughlin, Token

    In our latest episode of the Tokyo FinTech Podcast, we welcome as our guest Michael O'Loughlin, the token Irishman in Berlin. Actually, the Token Irishman in Berlin, where he is the Managing Director of Global Solutions, putting a bank in every app. 

    Founded by Steve Kirsch, who invented and patented an early version of the optical mouse, and had his biggest exit as an entrepreneur with the sale of Infoseek, Token is the industry’s leading open banking infrastructure provider. Token is creating the digital connectivity shaping the future of banking-enabled commerce.  

    Token’s open banking market platform enables banks and developers to set the pace of innovation in digital financial services, unrestrained by technical complexity and regulatory compliance.  

    By offering value-added payments functionality together with standardised, API-based access to over 3,000 banks across Europe and beyond, Token helps banks and businesses to drive new revenues through the creation and delivery of market leading open banking payment and data experiences.


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    • 48 min
    Episode #20 - Mohamed Roushdy, Dubai Asset Management

    Episode #20 - Mohamed Roushdy, Dubai Asset Management

    Mohamed Roushdy is among the most well-known Chief Information Officers in the Middle East, and after having previously achieved "CIO of the Year" honors, was just recognized as a "Digital Leader" by CXO Insights. Mohamed has built multiple banking startups, and is currently the CIO for Dubai Asset Management, a holding company focused on developing, acquiring and managing a diverse portfolio of for-rent residential communities.

    Dubai AM has been the first company to implement UAE Pass for digital signature of all legal contracts. UAE Pass is the first national digital identity and signature solution that enables users to identify themselves to government service providers in all emirates through a smartphone-based authentication. It also enables users to sign documents digitally with a high level of security.

    We also talk about how Mohamed implemented innovative solution such as a customized bank account number and on-the-spot debit cards & checkbooks as early as 2008, something that most financial institutions have not accomplished to date. We also cover Sharia-compliant financing, and the importance of SME funding for the region. 

    We hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we enjoyed recording it!


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    • 43 min
    Episode #19 - Hayato Kameta, Zweispace

    Episode #19 - Hayato Kameta, Zweispace

    Before founding Zweispace, Kameta-san was CEO of ARK Asset Management, the fund arm of Openhouse, and previously at the legendary Century21 world wide #1 real estate company in Tokyo's Shibuya district. With Zweispace, he looks to digitalize the real estate industry, by applying analytics to the valuation process, assessing earthquake robustness with IoT sensors, and putting the necessary documentation onto the blockchain. Kameta-san's ultimate goal is to re-create a real estate-based/backed financial system. Zweispace has just been accepted into the Plug & Play accelerator program in California, and is one of a few Japanese startups looking at markets globally at this stage of their growth. 

    Earlier in his career, after graduating from Kyoto University with a  B.S. in Physics, Kameta-san worked at Softbank, where he had the opportunity to learn much about the Silicon Valley ecosystem through the 400+ startup investments the group had made at the height of the late 90s internet bubble. He later was the Director of the CEO office, and the CEO of Prosper Asia, the P2P lending platform founded by Chris Larsen, who later went on to create Ripple. 

    The company name derives from a word play on Einstein that physicists will appreciate. Please listen in!


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    • 36 min
    Episode #18 - Charles Hoskinson, Input Output HK

    Episode #18 - Charles Hoskinson, Input Output HK

    Charles Hoskinson, CEO of Input Output HK and creator of the Cardano blockchain protocol, had a passionate response when asked about his Twitter fights with Dan Larimer during a recent Tokyo FinTech Meetup. This is only a short excerpt of almost two hours of opening comments and Q&A, which you can find in full length on our YouTube channel. We had the honor to host Charles three times in Tokyo over the last two years, this last appearance was in mid-2019. 

    Charles' Opening Comments
    https://youtu.be/4vx-c-7kNC0

    Charles Q&A Part I
    https://youtu.be/mfOZCoD0TuM

    Charles Q&A Part II
    https://youtu.be/L9l4axsjZuQ


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    Episode #17 - Arne Peder Blix, AccA Invest

    Episode #17 - Arne Peder Blix, AccA Invest

    Having come to Japan initially as an 11-year old on a school exchange program, Arne has been an admirer of Japan all his life. An illustrious career as submarine officer, shipping executive, FinTech founder & investor later, he has just spent a week in Tokyo, joining a Nordic delegation also including members from Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Finland, to take a closer look at the startup & investment ecosystem. 

    We discuss - of course - Arne's career, and very quickly get carried away on discussions about politeness and respect (still plentiful to be found in Japan), the need to look beyond our own selfish needs (defined by Maslow's pyramid) to becoming "Earth positive", how to create the future of democracy through the right incentives, what makes successful founders, and why any stock market downturn is an opportunity for founders in Japan and elsewhere. 

    We would have liked to dive much deeper into many of these topics, and will certainly do so at a future Tokyo FinTech Meetup when Arne is back in Tokyo. Thank you very much for this wonderfully engaging conversation. 


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    • 50 min
    Episode #16 - Nicolas Michelon, Asia Intelligence Advisory

    Episode #16 - Nicolas Michelon, Asia Intelligence Advisory

    Nicolas Michelon is the Founder of Asia Intelligence Advisory and an Editor of Asia Power Watch. He is speaking frequently at conferences and corporate events about geopolitical trends, economic power and competitive intelligence, with a specific focus on Europe/Asia relationships. 

    In this episode, that as an exception is neither Fin- nor -Tech, we evaluate the Carlos Ghosn case from an economic warfare perspective, speculate as to the future of the Renault/Nissan alliance, including future options especially on the Japanese side, as well as for the broader France/Japan trade relationship. We also take a look at how other foreign CEOs have fared in Japan, while clarifying the details of the Olympus dismissal and highlighting the Takeda success.  


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    • 42 min

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