Brian Roemmele_The FinTech Voice_Episode-26

Brian Roemmele has a natural affinity for the audio realm – whether this be through his love of music or through his belief that voice would become the next operating system way before this was the “in thing”.  Brian is also a long time and repeat company founder.  He began 1st American Card Service back in 1986, Multiplex Media Corporation in 1995, and now Payfinders in 2014.  And last but not least, he is one of the hosts of one of my one personal favorite podcasts Around the Coin.

 

Megan Caywood_Platform Builder_Episode-25

You know those individuals you meet for the first time but it seems as if you’ve been friends forever?  That describes Megan Caywood, the Chief Platform Officer for Starling Bank.  We hit it off immediately due to our mutual love of APIs, London, and making fun of ourselves.  Megan is exactly what you picture when you envision a banking disruptor (and yes, that is a compliment).

And, just fyi, it took 3 people to get me out of that damn chair…

John Hope Bryant_ Silver Rights Worker_ Ep 24

Sometimes your name is prophetic.  This is exactly the situation with John Hope Bryant.  He has exemplified the concept of ‘hope’ throughout his life and specifically with Operation Hope, his organization focused on financial literacy and dignity for all.  John is a best selling author, keynote speaker, has shared the stage with Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the closing keynote at Davos, has worked with President Bush and Obama on financial literacy programs, and most recently was honored as American Banker’s Innovator of the Year for 2016.

It was my honor to interview John and he has an avid follower and supporter in me going forward.

 

Brian Solis_Digital Anthropologist_Episode-23

Where to start with Brian…” – I’m sure that’s a phrase his parents have used many times over the years.  Brian Solis is a global standard bearer for the digital age.  He is a successful company founder, a bestselling author, an outstanding interviewer (see his Revolution series on Youtube), has been recognized as the top blogger globally not once but twice, is one of the most sought after speakers in the world; I think you get the point.

Brian’s day job, if there is such a thing, is as the principal analyst at Altimeter Group focusing on digital strategy.   He focuses on the intersection points of digital and people to determine what effects social media and technology have on individuals and businesses to drive digital strategies and engagements.

And he is a really nice guy.

Ghela Boskovich_FemTech Evangelist_Episode-22

“They have a big personality” is a phrase that 100% applies to Ghela Boskovich.  You can also add a big heart, sharp intellect, caring friend…  you get the point.  Ghela is the ying-to-my-yang when it comes to the www.femtechleaders.com project and is one of my favorite folks in the FinTech community.

And she owns about a million killer black dresses.

John Waupsh_Innovator, Author, Smart-Ass_Episode-21

One my favorite activities at FinTech conferences is to sit through presentations and try to out smart-ass John Waupsh’s posts on Twitter.  I normally lose this battle by the way.  John is the Chief Innovation Officer at Kasasa and is also the author of Bankruption, one of my personal favorite books on the impact of technology on Community Banking.

And he wears really, really cool tennis shoes.

Sophie Guibaud_Global Citizen_Episode-20

What does it take to take launch a Neo Bank such as Fidor into new markets?  It certainly helps to have a global citizen such as Sophie Guibaud.  Sophie has lived in 5 different countries over the past decade or so, is fluent in 3 different languages, and is no stranger to start-up life.  She understands the challenges and nuances of launching a product in a new geography while staying true to the core vision and goals of the company.  And, oh yeah, she loves scuba diving.

 

Sebastien Meunier_The Trend Spotter_Episode-19

“What’s next?” is one of my personal favorite tag lines came from the character of President Bartlett in The West Wing.  I imagine this thought is constantly running through the mind of Sebastien Meunier’s from the consulting firm Chappuis Halder & Company.  He is considered to be an active thought leader on everything from blockchain use cases for Financial Services to InsurTech.

And he speaks at least 5 different languages and is learning Mandarin.  We need to find him another hobby.

Leda Glyptis_Digital Disruption Devotee _Episode-18

One of the greatest challenges in business is to be both a thought leader and someone who can actually implement real change.  Leda Glyptis fits into this narrow field.  She is a self described digital dreamer; but is also a digital implementer who has successfully led innovation and digital transformation efforts at BNY Mellon and Sapient.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with and interview Leda before for my www.femtechleaders.com project.  The full interview can be found in the link below.

Leda Glyptis PhD

Bradley Leimer_Discerning Technologist_Episode-17

You know that one person that everyone seems to know, that no one has anything bad to say about, and who seems to know something about every topic in a given field?  This perfectly sums up my good friend Brad Leimer, the Head of FinTech Strategy for Santander Innovation.  Some of my most memorable one-on-one conversations have been with Brad.  This definitely comes across in this interview as does my admiration and love for this guy.

Brad’s blog, Discerning Technologist, is a must read as is his most popular post in American Banker on The Great Rebundling of Financial Services.