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Roundtable Recap: October 26 – From FinTech to SportsTech

Posted on Thursday, Oct 26th 2017

We spoke with three interesting entrepreneurs today across various sectors of tech.

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First, David Kreinces from Thousand Oaks, California, pitched Investable Benchmarks, a FinTech company with specific technology to manage ETF portfolios using proven techniques in use by big firms like Bridgewater and Blackstone. David wants to make this approach affordable.

Then Ganesh Nallapareddy from Ashburn, Virginia, pitched CricClubs, a cricket league management technology company that is already doing ~$100k in revenue.


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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Hakan Nordfjell, Senior VP of eBanking and eCommerce at Gemalto (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 16th 2017

In this wide-ranging discussion, perhaps the most thought-provoking question is the one about data and who owns it.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself as well as Gemalto to our audience.

Hakan Nordfjell: I’m responsible for the Digital Banking segment within Gemalto. Gemalto is a digital security company based in Amsterdam. >>>

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Building a FinTech Company in Brazil: Sergio Furio, CEO of BankFacil (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 1st 2017


Companies are starting to scale in Latin America. In this story, we bring you a FinTech company’s journey from its bootstrapped beginnings to validation, venture financing, and scaling.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your story. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Sergio Furio: I’m Spanish. I graduated in 2000 in Business Administration. I spent five years in Deutsche Bank doing investment banking.

Sramana Mitra: In Spain? >>>

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Building a Fast Growing FinTech Company from Utah: MX CEO Ryan Caldwell (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 2nd 2017

Ryan Caldwell

Ryan self-financed, with some seed money, a FinTech company selling to small financial institutions. Today, the company has delivered 185% y-o-y growth for five consecutive years.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Ryan Caldwell: I was born in Berlin, Germany. My father was a lawyer in the military. He was stationed in Germany at that time. My older brother and I were both born in Germany.

Sramana Mitra: What did you do for college? >>>

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Innovating in Fintech: Jason Hogg, CEO of (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 16th 2015

FinTech is hot these days. Jason has particular expertise in the segment, and he discusses his multiple ventures.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s go to the beginning of your personal story. Where were your born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Jason Hogg: I’m from New York originally and grew up just outside the city. My dad was actually the CEO of MasterCard, which was located in the city at that time. Before that, he had been with American Express and ran their international business. I ended up spending my early youth in England as well. I was born in the States, moved over to England for a few years, and then came back.

Sramana Mitra: After high school, what did you do in terms of further education? >>>

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