Vicki Zhou & Herbert Moore_The Wise Banyans_Episode-36

The ‘startup’ Wise Banyan has received quite a few accolades from industry experts and the media this past year.  All of it well deserving.  The company’s co-founders Vicki Zhou and Herbert Moore are the quintessential fintech founders.  Both are young, urban, bright,  and idealistic entrepreneurs striving to put a dent into the wealth management space.  And they are both a lot of fun to interview.

A little fun fact:  I recommended Herbert name his boat “Moore’s Flaw”.  This will make a hell of a lot more sense once you listen to the podcast.  Enjoy.

Lisa Woodley_Experience Designer_Episode-35

I have the both the pleasure of working with and presenting with Lisa over the past few years.  She simply rocks at both.  Whether she is leading her Digital Experience team at NTT, lecturing at Rutgers, or singing in her band.

And I’m not the only one that thinks this way.  Computerworld recognized Lisa as on of the top 100 Tech Leaders for 2016.  Like I said, rock star.

Computerworld Recognizes Technology Leaders Advancing their Business through Digital Transformation with 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader Awards

Jim Marous_The Strategist_Episode-34

Jim’s just about seen it all throughout his career when it comes to financial services.  He’s witnessed the rise of the internet, mobile, and pure digital solutions when it comes to banking.  And yet Jim remains grounded it facts when it comes to the influence of technology on how banks service their customers’ needs.

And his Super Bowl parties are stuff of legends.  Just imagine what the party would be like if the Cleveland Browns ever won it all…

The Marous Family 2017 Super Bowl Party

Anna Irrera_FinTech Correspondent_Episode-33

Anna has been writing about financial services since she joined Dow Jones back in 2012 when she moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro. Her move to London at the beginning of the FinTech boom demonstrates her great timing (or great luck).  Anna now calls New York City home in her role as a fintech correspondent for Reuters.  Check out any “influencer list” and you’ll find Anna’s name there.

And we have absolutely no idea what the dog’s name is.

Nektarios Liolios_The Rainmaker_Episode-32

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with multiple start-up founders who have gone through the Startupbootcamp Accelerator Program.  And every single one of them have stated this was, without a doubt, the best and most intense program they’ve ever been through.  Talk with Nektarios, the co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp, for 5 minutes and you quickly understand why the program is so successful.  It reflects his passion, energy, and drive in ensuring the companies that participate in the program are ready to succeed.

Fereshteh Forough_Social Independence Leader_Episode-31

I’m always interested in the back stories of the people I speak with in FinTech.  What drives them, how did they get into the industry, who motivates them, etc.?  I walked away from my interview with Fereshteh reflecting on my own focus and my actions in making the world a better place.  She is the real deal – every part of her story is inspiring and I’m thrilled to include her and her project Code To Inspire as part of this series.  Her work to empower Afgani women through learning to code is a real solution to a real social and economic challenge.  Listen and be inspired.


JP Nicols_The Innovators Innovator_Episode-30

It’s ‘Nicols’, not ‘Nichols’.  This is about the only thing most folks in the FinTech and banking space get wrong about JP Nicols, one of the co-founders of the FinTech Forge.  JP is one of the most respected thought leaders and voices in the FinTech world today and is also one of the nicest.  And if you ever run out of things to talk about with JP, just ask him about the Seattle Sounders.

JP and his daughter Sam at a Seattle Sounders game.

Devie Mohan_The Researcher_Episode-29

Financial Services has become a convoluted space full of both well established players and new startups fighting for market share and customers.  The difficulty is finding the signal through the noise.  Thankfully we have folks like Devie Mohan to guide us.  Devie is an outstanding researcher and writer who strives to cut through the noise, the myths, and the hype to focus on what is really making an impact in the world of financial services today.

Spiros Margaris_The Influencer -Episode-28

The term “influencer” is a hotly contested identifier in the fintech world these days.  Not a day goes by that a new “influencer” list is published for a given corner of the fintech ecosystem and the debate continues to grow on how one determines who should be included.  Is it Klout score?  Number of Twitter followers?  There doesn’t seem to be one specific answer.  For me, Spiros is a classic example of an “influencer”.  He has started multiple tech companies dating back to the original dot com days, he’s lived and worked on multiple continents, he is a prolific writer, speaker, and commentator on the fintech space, and he is a successful VC.

And, in his words, he focuses on shining the light on others.

Sylvie Boucheron-Saunier_Vivre l’innovation_Episode-27

Sylvie Boucheron, the Head of Financial Institutions for ACI Payments, recently moved to Naples, Florida for her company.  Just a little different from her native Marseille.  The biggest cultural change for her?  The antiquated way payments are executed in the U.S.

And the food… I know she didn’t tell me that but come on.

Want to learn more about Sylvie?  My interview with her for the series.

Sylvie Boucheron-Saunier