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Wharton FinTech Podcast


The Wharton FinTech Podcast discusses the trends, topics and ideas that are reshaping financial services globally. It features founders, investors, students and thinkers from the world of FinTech with unique perspectives. This podcast is produced by ...Show More

36:11 | Aug 7th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Thomas Sponholtz, CEO and Chairman at Unison Home Ownership Investors (https://www.unison.com). In this extensive interview, Thomas explains how Unison helps first time homebuyers by co-invest...Show More

17:13 | Jul 28th

In this broadcast from LendIt Fintech USA in April 2019, recent alumna Dipika Sen (WG'19) speaks with Ryan Rugg, R3's Global Head of Industry Verticals. In this role, Ryan oversees the global team that is responsible for helping industry leaders un...Show More

43:56 | Jul 15th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) attends the FinTech Innovation Lab 2019 Demo Day in New York, where 11 enterprise tech companies got to showcase innovative products and services. In this podcast, Keane is joined by Maria Gotsch of the P...Show More

32:15 | Jul 2nd

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Dov Marmor, GM & Head of Banking as a Service at Green Dot (https://www.greendot.com). In this extensive interview, Dov dives into the proliferation of prepaid cards and Banking as a Service ...Show More

37:58 | Jun 26th

In our latest podcast, Peter Jankovsky (WG'20) speaks with Ray Martinez, the Co-Founder and President of EVERFI. EVERFI is a recognized leader in financial literacy education that uses digital learning platforms to power financial wellness products f...Show More

27:54 | Jun 5th

In our latest podcast, Peter Jankovsky (WG'20) is joined by Colin Walsh, the CEO and Co-Founder of Varo Money. Varo Money is on track to become the first mobile-centric national bank in US history after gaining approval for a national bank charter. W...Show More

39:59 | May 10th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Gerry Tsai, Director of Applications and Fintech in the Financial Institution Supervision and Credit Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) (https://www.frbsf.org). In this...Show More

34:15 | May 6th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Zor Gorelov, the CEO and Co-Founder of Kasisto. In this extensive interview, Zor dives into Kasisto’s sophisticated conversational AI platform that powers virtual assistants for financial inst...Show More

36:09 | Apr 30th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Karn Saroya, the CEO and co-founder of Cover. In this extensive interview, Karn dives into Cover’s sophisticated customer-centric and elegant apps built to better serve customers. Karn also di...Show More

43:57 | Apr 8th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Clay Wilkes, the CEO and founder of Galileo Processing. In this extensive interview, Clay dives into Galileo’s sophisticated payments platform and how Galileo inspires and connects the most e...Show More

44:59 | Mar 29th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) is joined by Braden More, Executive Vice President and Head of Partnerships and Industry Relations at Wells Fargo. In this extensive interview, Braden dives into Wells Fargo’s tech enabled payment offerin...Show More

31:20 | Mar 26th

In our latest podcast, Peter Jankovsky (WG'20) is joined by Dan Westgarth, head of Revolut's North America expansion. Revolut is a UK challenger bank that launched in 2015 with the mission to build the world's first truly bank. Today, it supports cus...Show More

49:24 | Feb 26th

In our latest podcast, Christian Rolon (WG '19) is joined by Frank Rotman, one of the founding partners of QED Investors. QED Investors invests in early-stage Fintech companies based in the US, UK, and Latin America. Based in Virginia, QED was founde...Show More

41:50 | Feb 22nd

In our latest podcast, Vivek Chauhan (Wharton MBA '19) chats with Michael Tae, Head of Strategy and M&A at Broadridge. Broadridge Financial Solutions, a $4 billion global fintech leader, provides investor communications and technology-driven solution...Show More

37:23 | Feb 19th

In our latest podcast, Keane Ehsani (WG ’20) and Peter Jankovsky (WG ’20) are joined by Brandon Krieg, the CEO and Co-Founder of StashInvest. In this extensive interview, Brandon dives into StashInvest’s offering as an enabler for consumer investing....Show More

30:06 | Feb 14th

In our latest podcast, Christian Rolon (WG ’19) is joined by Mary-Catherine Lader, the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Wealth at BlackRock. In this expansive interview, Mary-Catherine dives into BlackRock’s digital strategy, technology as an enabl...Show More

26:13 | Feb 12th

Caroline Kremer (WG '19) speaks with Tom Fortin, the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of iCapital Network. iCapital is an alternative investments technology platform that serves investors, fund managers, and financial advisors. iCapital's...Show More

36:13 | Feb 6th

Jeff Leathers (WG ’19) interviews Lowell Putnam, the co-founder and CEO of Quovo, a financial data platform that provides companies with connectivity and insights for millions of consumer financial accounts across more than 14,000 different instituti...Show More

28:24 | Jan 28th

Christian Rolon (WG '19) is joined by Jamie Finn, the co-founder and President of Securitize. Securitize is a platform for digitizing securities, facilitating the issuance of securities for assets including companies, funds, and other equity holdings...Show More

34:36 | Dec 11th, 2018

Christian Rolon (WG '19) is joined by Rex Salisbury, the founder of the Fintech Devs and PMs Meetup based in San Francisco. The Fintech Devs and PMs community has roughly 2,000 members, hosting monthly events highlighting many exciting Fintech firms ...Show More

31:21 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Christian Rolon (WG '19) is joined by Jason Brown, the co-founder and CEO of Tally Technologies. Tally is the first automated debt manager, helping consumers pay down high interest rate credit card debt. Tally was founded in 2015, and was launched on...Show More

23:46 | Nov 12th, 2018

In our latest podcast, Christian Rolon (WG ‘19) is joined by Nick Shalek, a general partner at Ribbit Capital. Ribbit Capital is a leading venture capital firm focused on early stage firms across fintech verticals such as lending, insurance, wealth m...Show More

42:04 | Nov 11th, 2018

In this podcast, Christian Rolon (MBA '19) interviews Garry Reeder, Vice President at the Center for Financial Services Innovation. This episode was recorded live at the Financial Inclusion Summit. Garry leads the Financial Solutions Lab at CFSI. In ...Show More

29:51 | Jun 12th, 2018

In this podcast, Jacob Decter (Wharton MBA ’19) speaks with Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-founder of Policygenius. Policygenius is an online insurance marketplace that aims to streamline and simplify insurance buying for consumers, offering a wide ...Show More

36:58 | May 7th, 2018

In this podcast, Justin Karfo (WG ’19) chats with Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Paga. Founded in 2009, Paga is a Nigerian mobile payments company that allows users to send money, pay bills and receive payments easily from any mobile phone. Today P...Show More

14:45 | May 7th, 2018

Justin Karfo (WG ’19) chats with Eghosa Omoigui, the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm. Based in Silicon Valley, EchoVC has invested millions of dollars in promising innovative Africa...Show More

28:31 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Fei Ye (WG ’19) chats with Abby Chao, Co-Founder and COO of CollegeBacker. CollegeBacker helps parents open a tax-advantaged 529 College Savings Plan in minutes, and then invite family and friends to contribute. With CollegeBacker Gifts, anyone can k...Show More

1:18:32 | Apr 14th, 2018

Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative and the Penn Blockchain Club hosted a fireside chat with Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director at Grayscale Investments. With $3bn AUM, Grayscale Investments is the sponsor of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, ...Show More

47:27 | Apr 9th, 2018

Vivek Chauhan (Wharton MBA ’19) chats with Joel Frisch, Head of Americas at Prodigy Finance. Prodigy Finance is a peer-to-peer platform offering loans to international post graduate students using an innovative credit model. In this engaging podcast,...Show More

33:55 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Caroline Kremer (WG '19) speaks with Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Community Innovation at JP Morgan Chase & Co, about JP Morgan's approach to incubating and growing new financial technology companies. In this podcast, Colleen discusses the b...Show More

28:46 | Mar 21st, 2018

Dipika Sen (Wharton MBA '19) chats with Jungwon Byun, Head of the Growth Team at Upstart, the first lending platform to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. In this engaging podcast...Show More

22:45 | Mar 15th, 2018

Justina Gallegos (WG '19) speaks with Marc Andrews, Vice President of IBM Watson Financial Services Solutions. Marc has led the creation of a new organization within IBM to build industry specific solutions for the financial services industry. He is ...Show More

21:27 | Feb 12th, 2018

Kylie Francis(Wharton MBA'18) chats with Andrew Robinson, Executive in Residence at Oak HC/FT, a premier venture growth equity firm investing in healthcare and financial service technology, where his focus is on Insurtech. In this insightful podcast,...Show More

34:21 | Feb 6th, 2018

Fei Ye (WG '19) speaks with Julien Courbe, Partner and Head of PwC's U.S. Financial Services Advisory practice. Fei and Julien discuss PwC's top 8 digital predictions in financial services for 2018. PwC's trends cover a range of topics including digi...Show More

13:18 | Jan 30th, 2018

Brian Shah (WG '18) speaks with Dan Aisen, Co-Founder and Head of Quantitative Strategy at IEX. Dan discusses the founding of IEX and the future of high frequency trading. IEX is the subject of Michael Lewis' bestselling book Flash Boys. As part of ...Show More

40:09 | Jan 28th, 2018

John Pennington (WG '19) speaks with Jani Valjavec, co-founder and CTO (Trading) of ICONOMI, the world’s first blockchain-based digital asset management platform for the decentralized economy. A well-known member of the blockchain community, Jani i...Show More

33:12 | Dec 16th, 2017

Elena Gerasimova (Wharton 2018) and Nipun Jasuja (Wharton 2018) chat with Catherine Flax, CEO of Pefin, the world’s AI financial advisor. Established in 2011, Pefin is a fintech company based in New York City. Pefin, which stands for PErsonal Financi...Show More

35:20 | Dec 8th, 2017

David Gogel (WG'18) speaks with Charles Birnbaum (WG'11), Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. BVP is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests across enterprise, consumer and healthcare. Charles focuses on financial services, consumer and edu...Show More

27:13 | Nov 28th, 2017

Brian Shah (WG '18) chats with Amy Nauiokas, Founder and President of Anthemis Group, a leading financial technology investment and advisory firm. In this podcast, Amy discusses why she started Anthemis and the rationale behind providing both investm...Show More

27:26 | Oct 26th, 2017

Jess Douglass, Wharton MBA 2018, chats with Sarina Siddhanti, Head of Direct Business, Funding Circle US. Funding Circle is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that allows investors to lend money directly to small and medium-sized businesses. Funding ...Show More

42:23 | Oct 16th, 2017

Antonio Munoz chats with Bastiaan de Goei, Director of New Ventures at AXA Next. In this informative podcast, Bastiaan demystifies the insurance industry, talking about emerging trends, and the need for using data better and creating simpler risk pro...Show More

34:20 | Sep 19th, 2017

Nipun Jasuja (Wharton 2018) chats with Tobin McDaniel, president of Schwab Wealth Investment Advisory, a registered investment advisor and the sponsor of Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, Charles Schwab’s new automated investment advisory service. In th...Show More

35:53 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Antonio Munoz (Wharton MBA’17) chats with Matt Miller, founder and CEO of Embroker, which is a leading tech-enabled commercial insurance broker. Embroker’s new, all-digital approach to business insurance combines the ease of technology with expert a...Show More

39:11 | Jul 10th, 2017

David Gogel chats with Arthur Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder of BitMEX, aka the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange, a cryptocurrency-based derivatives exchange based in Hong Kong. They discuss Arthur’s background, the launch of BitMEX, Bitcoin, Ethereum, derivat...Show More

24:59 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Ruhi Dang (Wharton MBA '18) chats with William Hockey, co-founder and CTO of Plaid. Plaid is the tool that empowers a large number of applications you use today. In very simple terms, Plaid allows a variety of financial-technology startups to access ...Show More

24:52 | Jun 13th, 2017

Happy Summer! Volunteering, internships, and general travel has taken Wharton students to all corners of the world this summer. Wharton FinTech has also made its first foray into Southeast Asia. Check out this latest podcast, where Kevin Vichyastit (...Show More

37:43 | May 12th, 2017

David Gogel (MBA '18) chats with David Klein, co-founder and CEO of CommonBond. David discusses a wide range of topics in FinTech, student lending, and entrepreneurship. He goes deep on CommonBond’s student loans products, business model, and future ...Show More

31:20 | May 3rd, 2017

Nipun Jasuja (Wharton MBA 2018) chats with Kaz Nejatian, Co-founder and CEO of Kash, a Y Combinator Summer 2014 payments startup. Kash's mission is to make payments simple by getting rid of interchange, chargebacks, and everything merchants hate. In ...Show More

44:33 | Apr 24th, 2017

Matt Applegate chats with Will Janensch, Co-Founder and COO of Concur Reference Data, about blockchain solutions for capital markets. Will has over 15 years of experience in market and reference data at Thomson Reuters as VP of Strategy and senior ro...Show More

35:02 | Apr 18th, 2017

Christophe Williams (MBA '18) chats with Andy Rachleff, co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront. Andy discusses a wide range of topics in FinTech, investing, and how to grow tech companies. He goes in-depth on Wealthfront's competitive advantages in automa...Show More

18:18 | Apr 10th, 2017

Brian Shah (MBA '18) chats with Michael Tannenbaum, Chief Revenue Officer of SoFi. As CRO, Michael is responsible for driving successful execution and growth across SoFi’s core lending products. In this podcast, Michael discusses the company's foray ...Show More

46:59 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Aditya Goel chats with Ram Ahluwalia, Co-founder and CEO, PeerIQ. This New York-based financial information services company is creating tools to analyze, access, and manage risk in the peer-to-peer lending sector. In this podcast, Ram discusses the ...Show More

36:26 | Mar 16th, 2017

Nipun Jasuja chats with Brandon Yahn, Founder of Student Loans Guy - a brand new FinTech startup. Brandon started Student Loans Guy to help people better understand their student loans and more easily navigate the lending and refinancing marketplace....Show More

25:32 | Mar 13th, 2017

Ruhi Dang chats with Virraj Jatania, Co-founder & CEO of Pockit. Pockit is a digital banking alternative for the unbanked, underserved and low income consumers in the UK. Virraj talks about his journey from a family business in Nigeria to building Po...Show More

29:47 | Jan 28th, 2017

Uday Seth chats with Howard Lindzon, a Canadian author, financial analyst, technical analyst and super angel investor. Lindzon manages a hedge fund, serves as managing partner of the holding company Social Leverage, limited partner at Knight's Bridge...Show More

33:41 | Jan 19th, 2017

Bobby Rosenbleeth chats with Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney Advisor, a financial technology company serving more than 40,000 financial professionals nationwide. Featuring an industry leading client portal, collaborative financial planning capabilities, po...Show More

34:29 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Adam Chadroff chats about insurtech trends with Drew Aldrich, Associate at AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV). ASV is a $250 venture fund that makes seed and growth equity investments in enterprise software, financial technology, insurtech, and related sec...Show More

34:22 | Dec 19th, 2016

David Gogel chats with Daniel Schreiber, CEO and Co-Founder of Lemonade, an insurtech startup based in New York. The property and casualty insurance company offers fast and low cost homeowners and renters insurance powered by technology, honest cultu...Show More

40:58 | Nov 15th, 2016

Uday Seth chats with Maex Ament, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Taulia. Taulia works with the world's largest and most innovative companies to transform the way they partner with their supply chains. Through a mix of supplier self-services,...Show More

27:51 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Christophe Williams chats with Colin Walsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Varo. Varo is redesigning mobile banking and the personal financial management experience. Before founding Varo, Colin held a number of senior executive posts at American Express, Lloy...Show More

33:39 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Katie Koh chats with Atish Davda, CEO and Co-Founder of EquityZen. Atish received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wharton. EquityZen is an online marketplace for trading pre-IPO employee shares from privately held companies. The platform of...Show More

40:10 | Sep 21st, 2016

Abhi Agrawal spoke with the co-founders of Final: Aaron Frank, CEO, and Ben Apel, VP of Marketing. Final's mission is to eliminate the hassle associated with credit card cancellations, fraud, and theft. Final allows its customers to generate a unique...Show More

26:54 | Jul 5th, 2016

Gabriele Pigoli chats with Gary Lieberman, Chairman of the Board of Darien Rowayton Bank (“DRB”). With over three decades of experience building and restructuring businesses in the financial industry, Gary has helped transform DRB from a local retail...Show More

48:33 | May 23rd, 2016

Matt Applegate chats with Dan Burkhart, Co-Founder and CEO of Recurly. Recurly was born in 2009 from the changing needs of businesses. With the industry’s movement to subscription-based models, the need for a sophisticated recurring payment managemen...Show More

21:59 | May 11th, 2016

Neha Goel chats with Patricia Kemp, General Partner at Oak HC/FT. Patricia focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities exclusively in financial services technology. Since Oak HC/FT’s launch in September 2014, Patricia has led the f...Show More

37:12 | Apr 20th, 2016

Uday Seth interviews Jeff Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Lenddo. Founded in 2011, Lenddo leverages non-traditional data for credit scoring and social verification. Lenddo partners with financial institutions and other firms so its customers can use...Show More

42:19 | Mar 31st, 2016

Wharton FinTech President Uday Seth interviews Phin Upham, Wharton MBA and PhD alumnus and principal at Thiel Capital. Phin has spent the last 8 years at Thiel Capital working on investments in the specialty finance and financial technology space. He...Show More

46:55 | Mar 24th, 2016

Matt Applegate chats with Hardeep Walia, Founder and CEO of Motif and Wharton MBA ’01. Motif offers baskets of up to 30 stocks or ETFs intelligently weighted to reflect an investment theme, market insight, or innovative trend. Hardeep shares his vi...Show More

30:19 | Mar 10th, 2016

Matt Applegate chats with Alex Sion, President and Co-Founder of Moven - a company that's reinventing retail banking for the mobile age. Moven provides a digital bank account, paired with an innovative app, to help consumers track finances in real ti...Show More

27:29 | Feb 25th, 2016

Matt Applegate chats with Asad Ramzanali, Manager of the Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). CFSI's Financial Solutions Lab, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, sponsors a series of competitions for social...Show More

27:23 | Dec 21st, 2015

David Klein, CEO and Co-Founder of CommonBond by WFT

41:50 | Nov 29th, 2015

Daniel sits down to chat with Leigh Drogen, Founder and CEO of Estimize, to hear what it's like launching a venture in the FinTech space and what Estimize is doing to help fix a broken financial system. Estimize crowdsources earnings and economic est...Show More

30:22 | Nov 21st, 2015

Daniel sits down to chat with Drew Kese, Managing Partner at MissionOG, to talk the early stage FinTech landscape, the history of finance in technology, and where the biggest opportunities are for blockchain technology. MissionOG provides human and f...Show More

21:34 | Nov 6th, 2015

Nikhil Srivastava talks with Gautham Sastri, CEO of iSENTIUM - a NYC-based FinTech startup that measures sentiment in Twitter data to predict stock prices. Nikhil and Gautham discuss iSENTIUM's technology and business model, as well as Gautham's view...Show More

24:40 | Oct 26th, 2015

Daniel McAuley chats with Doug Nelson from F-Prime Capital Partners, Fidelity's venture capital group. F-Prime invests in healthcare (formerly Fidelity Biosciences) and in technology (formerly part of Devonshire Investors). Daniel and Doug discuss th...Show More

26:40 | Oct 18th, 2015

Daniel McAuley sits down with Sarah Millar to discuss financial inclusion and the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Latin America. Sarah Spent her summer working with both Petsy.mx and IGNIA in Mexico and is heading back into impact investing after Whart...Show More

26:39 | Sep 28th, 2015

Daniel McAuley sits down with Matt Carey and Nimish Shukla of https://www.myabaris.com/ to discuss InsuranceTech, the experience of being student founders and what the startup has in store to disintermediate the U.S. annuities market.

29:44 | Sep 19th, 2015

In this pilot episode of the Wharton FinTech podcast Eva Wei, Sasha Dobrolioubov and Daniel McAuley chat about startup recruiting at Wharton and share their experiences working at FinTech startups in the Bay Area over the summer.