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eXponential Finance

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The eXponential Finance Podcast is produced in co-operation with Tokyo FinTech (, covering Finance & FinTech themes in Japan and beyond. Tokyo FinTech looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,300 individua… read more

115 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Benjamin Quinlan, Quinlan & Associates - The APAC digital banking landscape: Where to from here? (S3E16)

May 30th, 2023


Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates. He is the former Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and …

Sam Ahmed, Smartpay - You can't be a startup in Japan, you can't make a mistake and say sorry later, it has to be 100 percent (S3E15)

May 25th, 2023


Sam Ahmed is the Co-Founder and CEO of Smartpay, the first all-in-one payment experience and interest free buy now pay later solution built to solve …

Sherry Jiang, Bluejay Finance - Opening up real-world financing opportunities on DeFi with local currency stablecoins (S3E14)

May 20th, 2023


Sherry Jiang is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bluejay Finance. Previously, Sherry led growth and incentives marketing for Google Pay in India, where the product grew from 13m to more than 120m monthly active users. She …

HomeDAO - 20 people who are aligned together can really change the world (S3E13)

May 5th, 2023


HomeDAO is the foundation of a network of technology entrepreneurs who live and build together. They have five hacker houses in Oxford and equip …

Ben Gleisner, Cogo - Measure, understand and reduce your impact on the climate (S3E12)

April 28th, 2023


Ben Gleisner is the Founder and Global CEO at CoGo. Previously in a government role, Ben led the team that created Treasury's Living Standards …

Padmini Gupta, Xare - Bank your tribe by xaring your cards (S3E11)

March 3rd, 2023


Padmini Gupta is an award-winning banker and a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, who is now re-imagining financial services for 250 million migrant workers worldwide, and the billion people who depend on …

Dr. Köksal Sahin, KPMG Law - The Japanese insurance law & industry: historical perspective and current state (S3E10)

February 17th, 2023


Dr. Sahin is a fully qualified German Lawyer with more than 15 years work experiences, financial regulatory and corporate legal affairs in Ireland, …

Uzair Javaid, Betterdata - Applying Generative AI to create privacy-preserving synthetic data (S3E9)

February 13th, 2023


Betterdata won the Silver Medal at the Tokyo Financial Awards 2022 (hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) in the Financial Innovation category!

Charles d'Haussy, dydx Foundation - DAOs as an organization form at scale for humans in the algorithm age (S3E8)

February 1st, 2023


Charles d’Haussy is the CEO of the dydx Foundation, an independent not-for-profit foundation created to promote dYdX, the most powerful decentralized …

Jonas Thürig, Tenity - FinTech acceleration in ASEAN through powerful collaborations and trusted partners (S3E7)

January 19th, 2023


Jonas Thürig is the Head of Tenity, a FinTech Incubator and Accelerator, in Singapore. Tenity has the mission to unite tech startups with big business to shape the future in banking and insurance. Previously Jonas …

Nick Wilde, Thought Machine - Banking as an afterthought (S3E6)

January 6th, 2023


Nicholas Wilde is the Managing Director APAC at Thought Machine. In his role, Nick works with banks and fintech firms to help them implement a …

Rob Leslie, Sedicii & Nillion - Bringing to life fast, permissionless, decentralized computation (S3E5)

December 8th, 2022


Rob Leslie is one of Ireland’s most well-known technology entrepreneurs. He is the Founder and CEO at Sedicii, and a Co-Founder and President of …

Jan Denecke, twelve x twelve - Enabling artists & fans to shape the future of music (S3E4)

November 19th, 2022


Jan Denecke is the Co-Founder and CEO of twelve by twelve, a Berlin-based startup at the intersection of Web3 and music. We will discuss in depth …

Batu Sat, Mall IQ - Empowering the consumer through location intelligence in payments & loyalty (S3E3)

November 13th, 2022


During this episode of the Exponential Finance podcast, we have the opportunity to discuss the importance consumer empowerment across location, payments and loyalty with Batu Sat, Co-Founder & CEO of Mall IQ.

Mall …

Nachi Das & Zach Taub - Singapore FinTech Festival Debrief (S3E2)

November 10th, 2022


This episode is a recording of our premiere on LinkedIn Audio, where we exchange our impressions from the Singapore FinTech Festival held the week prior. We get to discuss the state of payments and crypto, and the …

David Shin, Klaytn Foundation - The huge untapped commercialization opportunity in content IP distribution (S3E1)

October 30th, 2022


During this episode of the Exponential Finance podcast, we have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the Klaytn universe and David’s perspective on content distribution in a Web3 environment, the concept of “Proof …

Kevin Shimota, WeChat - The First Super App: The secrets of Tencent's platform strategy (S2E50)

October 4th, 2022


Kevin Shimota is a leading specialist in digital products and platforms, having been a senior executive at WeChat (Tencent) with over a decade of experience in the industry. His ongoing work includes understanding …

Adrien Barthel, Sleek - The startups' plumber: going from an idea to an operating company in hours (S2E49)

September 13th, 2022


In this episode, we talk about Sleek, the SMEs’ all-in-one digital platform, helping over 6000+ entrepreneurs to start and manage their businesses. Sleek effectively operates as the SMEs’ co-pilot for all back-office …

Franz Waldenberger, DIJ - Monetary policy under Kuroda & the future of financial systems (S2E48)

September 2nd, 2022


In this episode, we first have the opportunity to discuss Japan's monetary policy under Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda, whose term expires next year, …

Tiffine Wang, MS&AD Ventures - The Silicon Valley mindset gives you the freedom to build bigger things (S2E47)

August 26th, 2022


In this episode, Tiffine Wang, Partner at MS & AD Ventures, an early stage venture fund backed by one of Japan’s – and the world’s – largest insurance groups, shares with us the stages of her career, and how this …

Mariana Franza, Uala - If you are not in the traditional banking system, you cannot have Netflix (S2E46)

August 3rd, 2022


In this episode, we explore the Latin American FinTech ecosystem through a conversation with Mariana Franza, Chief Operating Officer at Uala, a fintech app focused on driving financial inclusion. Founded in 2017 in …

Oi-Yee Choo, ADDX - Using cutting-edge technologies to reformat traditional institutional capital for retail (S2E45)

July 12th, 2022


In this episode, we are going to talk about private markets with Oi-Yee Choo, Chief Executive Officer at ADDX. 

ADDX is among a few Singapore-based platforms dealing in private market securities, offering global funds, …

Javier Tamashiro, Ospree - Compliance for Crypto: Onboarding, Analytics & the Travel Rule (S2E44)

July 5th, 2022


In this episode, we are going to talk about compliance for crypto with Javier Tamashiro, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ospree.

Ospree has been founded in 2019, and bootstrapped ever since, launching their …

Binur Zhalenov, Payments & FinTech Center of the National Bank of Kazakhstan - Striving to set the standard for central bank innovation (S2E43)

June 23rd, 2022


In this episode, Binur Zhalenov will share his experience as the Chief Executive Officer of one of the most significant FinTech R&D companies in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. Leading the Payment and …

Bruno Diniz, Spiralem - Pioneering is hard but it pays off: A deep dive into Brazil FinTech (S2E42)

January 18th, 2022


In this episode, we are going to take a close look at the FinTech ecosystem in Brazil. If you have not had this market on your radar screen yet, that likely changed with the record-breaking IPO of Nubank on the New York …

Paul Claudius, DIA - Trustable data for DeFi applications: taking Oracles beyond the "last mile" (S2E41)

December 8th, 2021


DIA is a decentralized, open-source data and oracle platform for DeFi that enables market actors to source, supply and share trustable data. DeFi applications are reliant on trustable and scalable data feeds to build …

Hans Greimel & William Sposato - "Collision Course" - The Carlos Ghosn saga and what was left in its wake (S2E40)

November 22nd, 2021


In Japan it's called the "Ghosn Shock"—the stunning arrest of Carlos Ghosn, the jet-setting CEO who saved Nissan and made it part of a global automotive empire.

Even more shocking was his daring escape from Japan, …

Yan Fan & Mio Maeshima, Code Chrysalis - Reengineer yourself in a samurai culture with a Silicon Valley mindset (S2E39)

October 6th, 2021


Code Chrysalis is a software engineering immersive and consultancy in Tokyo, teaching computer science fundamentals and modern web application …

Romain Zanolo, IDEMIA - The switch to lifestyle banking drives innovation in payments (S2E38)

June 23rd, 2021


Romain Zanolo, Managing Director APAC, Financial Institutions at IDEMIA, discusses with us the payments & identity landscape across Asia.

- What …

Chea Srun, XQuant - Seoul FinTech Lab: Building a global FinTech business from Korea (S2E37)

May 31st, 2021


Chea Srun is a French national with a distinguished career in derivatives trading, having worked and lived in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul, and being …

Mihir Gandhi, PwC India - Indian cashless payments are exploding, and the time for wallets has passed (S2E36)

February 2nd, 2021


Mihir Gandhi is a Partner in the Consulting practice of PwC India and leads the Payments Transformation practice. With close to 15 years of …

Maria Guajardo, Soka University - Leadership is a perspective to be able to contribute to the greater good (S2E35)

January 19th, 2021


María Guajardo's passion is to do the greatest good for those with the greatest need; and to develop the next generation of global leaders. She served as Vice-President at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, as the inaugural …

Manuel Silva Martinez, Mouro Capital - The boundaries of the financial services industry are getting blurrier and blurrier (S2E34)

January 11th, 2021


Manuel Silva Martinez oversees Mouro’s strategy, investor relations, resources and processes as the General Partner authorised by the FCA, with his day-to-day investment activity focusing more on UK, Europe and Latin …

Mami Kato, Revolut Japan - Never Settle: European FinTech unicorn challenging for Japan’s consumer market (S2E33)

January 8th, 2021


Mami Kato is the Head of Public Relations and Communications at Revolut Japan, and the spokesperson for the business. Mami has over 15 years of …

Heikki Vänttinen, API3 - Decentralized APIs for Web 3.0 (S2E32)

December 7th, 2020


Heikki Vänttinen is Co-Founder at API3, a collaborative project to deliver traditional API services to smart contract platforms in a decentralized …

Chris Thomas, Swissquote - Straight to the Coin with Switzerland's favorite multi-asset trading platform (S2E31)

December 2nd, 2020


Chris Thomas is the Head of Digital Assets at Swissquote Bank. Prior to joining the firm, Chris has combined his financial expertise with his passion for entrepreneurship as Head of European Innovation at Fidelity …

Tuhina Singh, Propine - Singapore's first MAS-regulated digital asset custodian (S2E30)

November 27th, 2020


Tuhina Singh is the Co-Founder & CEO of Propine, a graduate from Singapore’s unique Entrepreneur First accelerator program, and the first native …

Ricky Lee, sync. - Good teams build good products (S2E29)

November 24th, 2020


Ricky Lee is the Founder & CEO of sync, and previously the creative mind behind the customer experience at Lloyds Banking Group and Revolut.

sync …

Kim Schumacher, Tokyo Tech - Leadership requires the willingness to allow disruption & innovation to happen (S2E28)

November 20th, 2020


Kim Schumacher is a Lecturer in Sustainable Finance and ESG at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research focuses on ESG data and impact …

Graham Rodford, Archax - The first ever UK-based, FCA-regulated digital securities exchange (S2E27)

November 19th, 2020


Graham Rodford is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Archax, an institutional-grade exchange for trading asset-backed tokens (digital securities, security tokens, etc.) based in London. Founded by experts from …

Aaron Friedland & Ran Sommer, Simbi Foundation - Quality Education for the next 3.5m Learners (S2E26)

November 17th, 2020


Aaron Friedland & Ran Sommer, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations, respectively, are the Co-Founders of Simbi Foundation, a research-led startup designed to provide support for underserved and refugee …

Christopher Scheidel, Transaction Insights - How to anchor an IT Strategy in uncertain times (S2E25)

November 12th, 2020


Christopher Scheidel is a Co-Founder & the Chief Information Officer at Transaction Insights, where he is looking to provide financial services …

Nicholas Smith, CLSA - Japan's markets are dirt cheap (S2E24)

November 11th, 2020


Nicholas Smith, Japan Strategist at CLSA in Tokyo, shares his perspectives on the Japanese markets, how foreigners have left just as profit growth …

Darren Goff, Department for International Trade - New opportunities for trade, overcoming traditional barriers with the UK/Japan FTA (S2E23)

November 11th, 2020


Darren Goff is the Head of Investments - Japan at the Department for International Trade in Tokyo, leading a team in a pivotal position, helping UK companies entering the Japanese market, and securing UK foreign direct …

Michael Wodzicki, Deloitte Consulting - Banks are winning in the Attention Economy (S2E22)

November 7th, 2020


Michael Wodzicki is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting, based in Poland, and the lead for this year's "Digital Banking Maturity" report. Over the last …

Pawel Kuskowski, Coinfirm - Analytics, Compliance and Forensics for Decentralized Finance (S2E21)

November 5th, 2020


Pawel Kuskowski is one of the Co-Founders and the Chief Executive Officer of Confirm, a well-recognized global leader in blockchain and …

Michael Schiltz, Hokkaido University - The Money Doctors from Japan: Finance, Imperialism and the Building of the Yen Bloc (S2E20)

November 3rd, 2020


Michael Schiltz is Associate Professor for the Modern Japanese Studies Program at the University of Hokkaido. In his 2012 monograph “The Money Doctors from Japan”, Michael explores how money and finance have been among …

Anton Golub, flovtec - Stay liquid! A primer for market making in digital assets (S2E19)

October 29th, 2020


Anton Golub is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of flovtec, an award-winning leader in the field of liquidity provision for digital assets. …

Kamil Shafiq, POKET - Crowd-sourced mapping for Inclusive Trade (S2E18)

October 23rd, 2020


Kamil Shafiq is one of the co-founders of POKET, a startup creating a crowdsourced, consensus-driven registry of undocumented places in the emerging …

Rohit Taneja, Decentro - My passion is for solving problems that I have experienced myself (S2E17)

October 21st, 2020


Rohit Taneja is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Decentro, an Indian Open Banking platform and a Y-Combinator 2020 alumni. 

Decentro was born both from a personal pain point that Rohit faced while running …

Harumi Urata-Thompson, Celsius Network - Acting as Centralized Finance amongst the Decentralized Finance industry (S2E16)

October 16th, 2020


Harumi Urata-Thompson is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer for Celsius Network. Having started her career as the first woman on the Fixed Income desk at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, Harumi has had a …

Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University - Japanisches Management: Arbeiten im Japanischen Unternehmen (S2E15)

October 12th, 2020


>> This is the German edition on the topic of Japanese management, you can find a related English language podcast in Season 1, Episode 34 of …

Alisa DiCaprio, R3 - Nobody is questioning anymore whether blockchain can help their digitalization drive (S2E14)

October 9th, 2020


As the Head of Trade and Supply Chain at R3, Alisa DiCaprio is responsible for trade strategy, standards and governance design, with a current focus …

Digital Transformation in Japan with Will Baber, Kieran Gane & Raja Karim (S2E13)

October 7th, 2020


We hosted a presentation & discussion with three of the editors and contributors of the "Transforming Japanese Business - Rising to the Digital Challenge" book that was published in early 2020 by Springer, with the …

FinTech Tandem with John Ho - Central Bank Digital Currencies (S2E12)

October 5th, 2020


John Ho is the Head of Legal - Financial Markets at Standard Chartered Bank. We often talk about all things FinTech across Asia, and beyond.

As part of a webinar held in September, we extensively discussed Central Bank …

Rolands Mesters, Nordigen - In the Baltics, the markets are small, but the capabilities are huge (S2E11)

October 2nd, 2020


Rolands is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nordigen, an open banking data analytics platform in Riga, Latvia, that help banks, lenders …

Max Kordek, Lisk - Resist the temptation to follow every hype and focus on execution (S2E10)

September 26th, 2020


Max Kordek is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lisk, a blockchain platform for decentralized applications established in 2016 together with his Co-Founder Oliver Beddows, who is the CTO. Lisk was one of the earliest pioneers …

Sophie Meralli, Eight Roads - The future of venture capital is female (S2E9)

September 13th, 2020


Sophie Meralli joined the Japan Ventures team at Eight Roads at the beginning of 2020, focusing on Enterprise Tech and FinTech investments. Previously, she has worked at Innospark Ventures, an early-stage venture …

Zia Zaman, Beaver Lake Capital - A longer, happier, thicker, and fuller life for you and your family (S2E8)

September 9th, 2020


As the CEO of LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s innovation centre, Zia has spent the last six years steering the company’s innovation agenda across the region and around the world, with a passion for finding new ways to help the …

Mirko Ross, asvin - Trust and security for the Internet of Things (S2E7)

September 7th, 2020


Mirko Ross is the Chief Executive Officer of asvin, an early German startup developing solutions for a trusted and secure Internet of Things (IoT). A …

Matthew Chan, ASIFMA - Addressing securities & derivatives market fragmentation through the policymaking lifecycle (S2E6)

August 20th, 2020


Matthew Chan is the Head of Public Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainable Finance (APAC) at the Asia Securities Industry & Financial …

Henry Chong, Fusang - Laying the foundation for a sustainable stakeholder capitalism by enabling digital security ownership for all (S2E5)

August 17th, 2020


Henry Chong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fusang Group. At Fusang, Henry is responsible for the group’s overall strategic direction & mission. He works closely with global institutional investors and …

Mattia Fiorentini, Cambridge Quantum Computing - The future is hybrid, quantum laptops are not near, and your blockchain is safe (most likely) (S2E4)

August 13th, 2020


Mattia Fiorentini is the Head of Machine Learning and Quantum Algorithms at Cambridge Quantum Computing, a world leading independent quantum computing software company, with operations in US, Europe & Japan, and …

Thomas McMahon, AirCarbon - Making Carbon trading frictionless, starting next week (S2E3)

August 11th, 2020


Thomas McMahon is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AirCarbon, a Singapore-domiciled digital exchange focused on eliminating market friction in a carbon-constraint economy by securitizing carbon credits into …

Markus Hillebrand, ControlExpert - Bringing a delightful claims experience to car insurance (S2E2)

August 7th, 2020


Markus Hillebrand is the Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific for ControlExpert, a German InsurTech company employing ~900 people in 17 locations, …

Paul Rowady, Alphacution - Robinhood, the upstart financial casino targeted at underemployed millennials (S2E1)

August 3rd, 2020


Paul is the Director of Research at Alphacution who recently made some waves by digging deep into how Robinhood, the commission-free trading app …

Episode #50 - Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys: Defi-ning the next financial system

July 29th, 2020


We were super-excited to welcome Lex Sokolin, the Co-Head of FinTech at ConsenSys, *the* venture studio in the Ethereum ecosystem, as our honorable …

Episode #49 - Chintai, Live from Singapore Blockchain Week: Tokenized Securities & Stablecoins

July 22nd, 2020


Live at Singapore Blockchain Week, we hosted a panel discussion sponsored by Chintai with leading minds in the world of compliance enabled decentralized finance - tokenized securities & stablecoins.

We discussed …

Episode #48 - Merkle Science, Is Hong Kong a competitive jurisdiction for virtual asset businesses?

July 19th, 2020


For this episode, we are listening in to a webinar hosted by our friends at Merkle Science, a panel discussion that assessed whether Hong Kong is a competitive jurisdiction for virtual asset businesses from the …

Episode #47 - Ryukichi Sakuta, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory

July 10th, 2020


Sakuta-san is leading venture finance advisory business in Japan at Deloitte Tohmatasu, supporting startup fund raising and M&A as well as the corporate venturing journey of large global corporates.

In this …

Episode #46 - William Baber, Kyoto University

July 8th, 2020


William W. Baber has combined education with business throughout his career. His professional experience has included economic development in the State of Maryland, language services in the Washington, DC, area, …

Episode #45 - InsurTech in APAC, Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA)

June 19th, 2020


The Global Insurtech Alliance was formed to represent leading insurtech ecosystems across the globe. We all share a common purpose, to create a global ecosystem for insurtech to thrive within. In this first Global …

Episode #44 - Marta Allina, Seoul Startups

June 16th, 2020


Marta is the Founder of Seoul Startups, an international community partner of Tokyo FinTech, leading a startup community in Korea with an online and …

Episode #43 - Hena Mehta, Basis

June 12th, 2020


Hena Mehta is the Founder & CEO of Basis, a first-of-its-kind company focused on the financial independence of (initially) Indian women. Basis is building a digital platform powered by tailored financial content, …

Episode #42 - Gustav & Johan, Fintechpodden

June 9th, 2020


Viking alert! Gustaf Hård af Segerstad and Johan Lindskog are the podcast host for Fintechpodden, one of the leading shows in the Nordics. What better people to talk to about the Swedish and Nordics FinTech ecosystem …

Episode #41 - Jenna Huey Ching, FortNynja

June 5th, 2020


Ranked multiple times among the Top 100 Women in FinTech globally, and one of the absolute top voices for FinTech in Malaysia, Jenna is the …

Episode #40 - David Gurle, Symphony

June 3rd, 2020


David is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Symphony, the secure collaboration platform focused on global markets. David’s ideas have …

Episode #39 - Assaf Marco, Sompo Cyber Security

June 2nd, 2020


Assaf Marco is a General Manager and leading the Product Strategy team at Sompo Cyber Security, a fully owned subsidiary of one of the three Japanese …

Episode #38 - Kristof De Spiegeleer, ThreeFold Foundation

May 29th, 2020


Kristof is a passionate serial entrepreneur with six exits under his belt. He believes that respect & transparency is the basis for solid …

Episode #37 - Martin Kassing, Upvest

May 27th, 2020


Martin is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Upvest, a FinTech startup providing the first pan-European securities account API. Upvest is a …

Episode #36 - Mikaal Abdulla, SoFi (formerly 8 Securities)

May 25th, 2020


Mikaal is the SVP, International at SoFi, a finance company based in San Francisco that offers a range of lending and wealth management services to Millennials, after 8 Securities, which he founded and was the Chief …

Episode #35 - David Packham, Founder & CEO at EOS42 & Chintai

May 19th, 2020


Chintai started off as a community contribution by EOS42, one of the early EOS block producers, to provide an effective marketplace for token …

Episode #34 - Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University

May 16th, 2020


Parissa Haghirian is Professor of Japanese Management at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management practices …

Episode #33 - Matt McKibbin, DecentraNet

May 14th, 2020


Matt is the Founder & Chief Decentralization Officer at DecentraNet, where he is working on the Monetary Reformation. As an analogy, he views the Reformation as the open sourcing & forking of Christianity. The …

Episode #32 - Shaul David, Railsbank

May 13th, 2020


Railsbank was co-founded by Nigel Verdon, who also founded Currencycloud - the most famous FinTech startup that nobody has ever heard of, as its …

Episode #31 - Go Masuda, Japan Security Token Association (JSTA)

May 8th, 2020


Masuda-san is the Chairman of the Japan Security Token Association (JSTA) and the Chief Operating Officer at Blockchain Hub. Previously, he also worked at SMBC, one of Japan's three megabanks, where he was setting up an …

Episode #30 - Fabrizio Villani, Fintastico

May 5th, 2020


Fabrizio is the Co-Founder & Head of Growth at Fintastico, curating a comprehensive database of of FinTech services and FinTech news to address the financial needs of consumers, retailers, enterprises and financial …

Episode #29 - Luc Falempin, Tokeny

May 4th, 2020


Luc is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tokeny Solutions, a Luxembourg-based software vendor building an full lifecycle platform to issue, …

Episode #28 - Ganesh Iyer, Dotin

May 3rd, 2020


Dotin  taps into the subconscious mind through colours and contrasts to develop personality profiles that create greater certainty in hiring …

Episode #27 - David Brear, 11:FS

April 24th, 2020


David is the Group CEO of 11:FS, a challenger consultancy that builds and launches next generation digital propositions for some of the biggest banks …

Episode #26 - Makoto Shibata, FINOLAB

April 22nd, 2020


We refer to Shibata-san as the "Godfather of FinTech in Japan", not in a Mario Puzo sense (you won't find the head of a horse next to you when waking up), but because of the influence Shibata-san had in shaping many …

Episode #25 - Algorand & Moonstake

April 16th, 2020


For the first time, we welcome two guests to the podcast: Haichao Zhu, Associate Director at the Algorand Foundation, and Alex Hui, Director at Moonstake and Co-Founding Chairman at the APAC Blockchain Association.

With …

Episode #24 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part II

April 14th, 2020


Kyle Ellicott is a Founder, Investor and Analyst deeply involved with Blockchain and Open Finance. We had such an extensive conversation that we will …

Episode #23 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part I

April 10th, 2020


Kyle Ellicott is a Founder, Investor and Analyst deeply involved with Blockchain and Open Finance. We had such an extensive conversation that we will …

Episode #22 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial

April 1st, 2020


We welcome our first returnee to the podcast, Benjamin Tsai, President & Managing Partner at Wave Financial, a digital asset management company based in Los Angeles. 

Having been a close observer of the Japanese …

Episode #21 - Michael O'Loughlin, Token

March 26th, 2020


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 …

Episode #20 - Mohamed Roushdy, Dubai Asset Management

March 25th, 2020


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. …

Episode #19 - Hayato Kameta, Zweispace

March 22nd, 2020


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, …

Episode #18 - Charles Hoskinson, Input Output HK

March 20th, 2020


Charles Hoskinson, CEO of Input Output HK and creator of the Cardano blockchain protocol, had a passionate response when asked about his Twitter …

Episode #17 - Arne Peder Blix, AccA Invest

March 11th, 2020


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 …

Episode #16 - Nicolas Michelon, Asia Intelligence Advisory

March 7th, 2020


Nicolas Michelon is the Founder of Asia Intelligence Advisory and an Editor of Asia Power Watch. He is speaking frequently at conferences and …

Episode #15 - The Asian Century: How to Build a Thriving FinTech Hub

February 29th, 2020


This session of the Global FinTech Index Briefings features FinTech Australia, FinTechNZ and Tokyo FinTech. Re-broadcast with kind permission by Findexable.  

In December 2019 Findexable launched the Global FinTech …

Episode #14 - Nir Netzer, FinTech-Aviv

February 23rd, 2020


Nir Netzer is the Chairman of the Board for FinTech-Aviv, the Israeli FinTech Association, a highly valued Community Partner for Tokyo FinTech.

With their Annual Summit just behind them, it was an excellent time to …

Episode #12 - Meetup with the FSA (Japanese)

February 16th, 2020


On January 16, the FinTech Association of Japan held a meetup with the Financial Services Agency (FSA), the financial regulator in Japan. The FSA …

Episode #13 - Yuki Kishi, Plug and Play Japan

February 16th, 2020


Yuki Kishi has been the FinTech Director for Plug and Play Japan since its inaugural startup batch two years ago. Since the beginning of 2020, he is also responsible for Brand & Retail. Listen in on this episode to …

Episode #11 - Ryan Lackey, Tezos Foundation

January 21st, 2020


Ryan Lackey, Chief Security Officer at the Tezos Foundation, came straight from a red eye flight from Bangkok to talk to us about his career, the …

Episode #10 - Sopnendu Mohanty, Monetary Authority of Singapore

October 10th, 2019


Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the financial services regulator, kindly gave us the opportunity for …

Episode #9 - So Saito, So & Sato Innovative Lawyers

July 24th, 2019


With So Saito, one of Japan's most prominent FinTech lawyers supporting several high-profile blockchain & crypto companies, as well as other …

Episode #8 - Alex Topaloski, pulse iD

July 12th, 2019


The cashless payment wars are on. Millions are being spent on rewards and loyalty programs, in Japan and in markets across Asia, by the competing …

Episode #7 - Jose Casanueva, Electronic IDentification

June 24th, 2019


The accelerator program by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the FinTech Business Camp Tokyo 2019, is open for applications until July 5 at …

Episode #6 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial

June 23rd, 2019


Benjamin Tsai is the President & Managing Partner of Wave Financial, a Los Angeles-based asset management firm focused on the cryptocurrency space, providing asset management products for high net worth and …

Episode #5 - Thomas Glucksmann, Diginex

June 21st, 2019


Thomas Glucksmann is the Head of Data Management Solutions at Diginex, a leading provider of enterprise blockchain solutions, where he is focused on …

Episode #4 - Makoto Takemiya, Soramitsu

June 8th, 2019


Takemiya-san is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Soramitsu, the gem among Japanese blockchain companies. Founded in 2016, the company's …

Episode #3 - Harumi Urata-Thompson, HUT Consulting

April 11th, 2019


Having started her career as the first woman on the Fixed Income Trading Desk at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, Harumi has pursued a fascinating path …

Episode #2 - Travis Kling, Ikigai Asset Management

April 5th, 2019


In our second episode of the Tokyo FinTech Podcast, we welcome Travis Kling, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Ikigai Asset Management, who discusses his journey to becoming a crypto fund manager, why crypto …

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