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Fintech Impact

Author: Jason Pereira

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Fintech Impact is an exploration of the fintech world where we interview different fintech entrepreneurs about what they do, their story, and what their impact is on consumers, incumbents, and the industry is as a whole.
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Summary:In this 75th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host interviews Jill Earthy, Head of Female Funders, powered by Highline BETA. Female Funders is an organization that helps coach and educate women on making private investments in venture capital start-ups and venture capital deals. Jill shares what inspired the organizations, the strides and impact it is making, and goals that it has to make in the playing field of investments more equitable for women.Episode Highlights:● 00:53: – Jill Earthy explains what Female Funders is all about.● 01:29: – How did Female Funders get started?● 03:29: – Where are the female founders that they service coming from?● 05:08: – How does the education component of Female Funders work?● 06:53: – What was the reason for bridging the gap?● 09:06: – How does investing typically work?● 10:51: – Where do a lot of the deals come from?● 12:39: – How much deal flow has Female Funders been seeing?● 13:47: – What has surprised Jill Earthy the most about Female Funders?● 15:01: – What sort of stages of the deals tend to occur?● 16:46: – How have the attitudes of those taking the program evolved after completing it?● 18:03: – What type of growth has Female Funders experienced thus far?● 18:46: – How is Female Funders funded?● 19:39: – What has the feedback been like?● 20:05: – What are the larger goals for the organization?● 22:05: – If there was one thing Jill Earthy would change in her business or her industry what would it be?● 22:30: – What is the biggest challenge that Jill has encountered?● 22:57: – What gets Jill Earthy up in the morning and excited?3 Key Points:1. Only 2.2% of venture capital is going to women founders.2. The main personas that female funders services are senior leaders in large organizations, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and wealth management.3. In Canada, 17% of angel investors are women and a little over 20% are women in the United States.Tweetable Quotes:● “Female Funders is an education program for female leaders across North America from different sectors who have a curiosity about investing through angel investing or in the venture capital space.’” – Jill Earthy● “After five years, with women-led businesses, there is a 20% more revenue growth..” – Jill Earthy● “Success for us is seeing more women participate in writing checks and influencing investment decisions.” – Jill EarthyResources Mentioned:● Facebook -Jason Pereira’s● LinkedIn -Jason Pereira’s● FintechImpact.co -Website● Linkedin -Jill Earthy●femalefunders.com
Summary: In this 74th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host interviews the team behind Owl.co, Sean Merat the CEO, Sohrab Merat the CPO, and Vahid Mirjalili the COO. Owl.co is a company that has created a solution to assist major financial institutions with their AML, KYC, onboarding, and fraud protection. Sean, Sohrab, and Vahid all elaborate on successful ways Owl.co has serviced clients in its short existence, how they work within compliance, privacy issues, and regulations, and how Owl.co can help tackle fraud issues.Episode Highlights:● 00:51: – Vahid Mirjalili explains what Owl.com is and offers.● 02:56: – What is the impetus of Owl.co?● 06:22: – How does Owl.co deal with the privacy issue?● 10:04: – They break down how human biases can be phased out with Owl.co’s service.● 13:03: – How do they go about educating the customer?● 14:50: – Owl.co looks for supporting evidence and track a whole lifestyle.● 16:02: – Jason talks about how the African lending market benefited from profiling based on behavior from their cell phone.● 17:14: – You don’t want a computer to tell a human how to make decisions about data.● 19:32: – There are still regulations that have to be applied.● 20:05: – What are the modulations that people can opt into?● 21:27: – Can they extrapolate knowledge from people’s data to use back in the machine learning engine?● 23:02: – What have been the benchmark outcomes that Owl.co has experienced?● 25:58: – How have banks and insurance companies been coping with regulations?● 29:24: – How is Owl.co handling disability claims & fraud?● 32:40: – If they could change anything in their company or industry, what would it be?● 42:38: – What have been the biggest challenges to expanding Owl.co?● 44:04: – What gets them the most excited about what Owl.co is accomplishing?3 Key Points:1. No one can see or restore any customer data with Owl.co...not even Owl.co.2. In its first year, Owl.co is already servicing some of the biggest financial institutions in the world.3. Disability claim fraud is a $280 billion problem.Tweetable Quotes:● “Owl is a modular data aggregator analyzer and its all about knowing your customers. So we connect to thousands of public and private databases in real time. And we only need very few inputs.’” – Vahid Mirjalili● “When we look for markets, we look for markets that are highly regulated and we find a void.” – Sean Merat● “Our software is very client-side heavy, so an analyst, when they are actually performing a search, a lot of the analysis is happening before it leaves their computer, even on their mobile devices.” – Sohrab MeratResources Mentioned:● Facebook – Jason Pereira● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira● FintechImpact.co – Website● Sean Merat – Linkedin● Sohrab Merat – Website● Vahid Mirjalili – Linkedin● Owl.co – Website
Summary:In this 73rd episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host interviews Ron Carson, Founder and CEO of Carson Wealth, Carson Group, Carson Coaching, and Carson Partners, all based in the Greater Omaha Area. Ron Carson shares his accumulated wisdom as a well-known advisor, entrepreneur, thought-leader, and a New York Times Best-selling author in the financial planning space. Learn about the immense values adds that Carson offers, as well as the ways they are able to measure client behavior and financial planning.Episode Highlights:● 00:46: – Ron Carson opens up about his background in financial services.● 05:38: – How is Carson adding value to clients?● 08:23: – What is the value derived from being able to measure the planning alpha and client decision alphas?● 10:24: – Which value adds are on their way through Carson?● 14:38: – What does their client timeline keep track of?● 17:30: – How are dollar amounts attached to various services?● 20:21: – What will be the legal form offerings?● 21:18: – Ron Carson defines his three dimensions of trust.● 23:20: – Will Carson’s collaboration with Galileo hold onto deposit cash or create their own bank?● 26:51: – What is the next big level things that Carson is working on?● 29:59: – If Ron Carson had one wish about what he would change in the industry, what would it be?● 30:56: – What have been the biggest challenges that Ron has experienced?● 32:01: – Which motivational elements get Ron Carson excited every day?3 Key Points:1. When you join Carson, they can be your succession solution, your backstop, and even invest in your firm.2. Carson Wealth will be able to generate customized communication personalized based on client behavior with AI.3. Ron Carson’s three dimensions of trust are:- Is my money safe?- Are you going to put my interests first every time?- Are AI operations going to be safe with my data?Tweetable Quotes:● “Advisers want to get back to just doing what they do, meet with clients, and have everything else taken care of. Then on the consumer side, consumers are like, ‘I’m willing to invest in my future, but I want to see a return.’” – Ron Carson● “Most advisors have hung their hat on performance, which is a losing game, that was the only thing that is measurable. Now we have measured the planning alpha.” – Ron Carson● “The best ideas, after a period of time, become the client’s ideas if we aren’t careful.” – Ron CarsonResourcesMentioned:● Facebook – Jason Pereira’s● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira’s● FintechImpact.co – Website● Ron Carson – Linkedin● Carson Wealth – Website
Summary:In this 72nd episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host continues the previous discussion from episode 71 with returning guests Aly Dhalla, CEO & Co-Founder at Finaeo and Zaheer Merali, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor, and Connector of Fintech and Healthtech. The financial innovations of technology behemoths Amazon, IBM, and Alibaba are the core focus of this talk.Episode Highlights: ● 00:24: – How long will it be before a tech giant will become their own bank?● 02:48: – Aly and Zaheer share hypothetical possibilities of how Amazon could link machine payment to shared devices.● 06:16: – How will autonomous cars change business models and customer experiences?● 08:05: – You can’t move money between banks on the weekend because the servers are closed on weekends because they keep bankers’ hours.● 09:00: – What can we expect from Haven health service at Amazon, a joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and Chase.● 12:41: – Jason shares a past journal reading about Microsoft tackling out of control healthcare costs.● 15:06: – What are the reasons why medicine won’t be an efficient and free market?● 17:06: – What innovations are IBM involved with?● 21:30: – What are some statistics related to transactions?● 22:38: – Which financial areas have Alibaba in China dove into?● 27:15: – What are the ways that solving the wrong problems can occur?● 29:07: – Why shouldn’t small companies worry about not having a way into solving big problems?● 30:48: – Every business needs its true believers.● 31:32: – Break down the big issues your company has and solve the Individual parts.● 32:58: – To innovate requires failure.3 Key Points: 1. Work, leisure, and sleep are the three divisions of our time. When cars drive themselves, travel time, which is work for the driver, becomes leisure, turning cars into a new total leisure experience for everyone.2. Medicine won’t be a free and efficient market because of patents, doctorspaid by a third party, and insurance costs.3. The estimated hard currency in the world is around $5 trillion. The total estimated world money supply is around $80 trillion. The global GDP is $103 trillion. There are $282 billion in transactions per day.Tweetable Quotes: ● “The one thing is, none of those players (Amazon, Google, etc.) has ever tackled a regulated business before.” – Zaheer Merali● “A whole new industry is being built around creating experiences.” – Aly Dhalla● “In the last five years, definitely in the last three, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have heard the name IBM in any conversation.” – Zaheer MeraliResources Mentioned: ● Facebook – Jason Pereira● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira● FintechImpact.co – Website - Fintech Impact● Aly Dhalla – Linkedin● Zaheer Merali – Linkedin
Summary:In this 71st episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts a discussion with previous guests Aly Dhalla, CEO & Co-Founder at Finaeo and Zaheer Merali, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor, and Connector of Fintech and Healthtech. Their talk revolves around how large technology businesses in non-financial spaces are venturing into both fintech and healthcare at the same time. Some of the companies that are mentioned include: Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft among others.Episode Highlights:● 01:06: – What is Facebook’s approach in the cryptocurrency arena?● 05:27: – What is the Chinese company WeChat?● 07:21: – What are the differences between Messenger and WeChat?● 10:06: – What is the world’s biggest hedge fund, where is it located, and why?● 11:03: – Where is Apple going with Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, and Apple Credit Cards?● 16:44: – Banks will become utility providers that provide financial infrastructure.● 18:04: – What is Google struggling with in the fintech space?● 22:30: – What are their thoughts on Microsoft’s partnership with BlackRock?● 27:32: – How do they feel about Amazon Cash?3 Key Points:1. WeChat has a billion daily active users, which can equate to hundreds of millions of dollars from even a small portion of that transaction layer.2. In North America, there is a push in tech to keep changing what users use and disrupting public habits where Asian tech plays like WeChat keep building off a product people are already using.3. More partnerships that we see at the macro level should be clear indicators ofhow the world is evolving.Tweetable Quotes:● “99.8% of Facebook revenue comes from advertising.” – Aly Dhalla● “The reason Messenger won’t take off the way that it has, that WeChat would of, is the bulk of its user base up until that point was in developed markets, where there were developed banking models.” – Zaheer Merali● “Payments is the space right now where their (tech companies) all playing in, because it’s the most accessible. It’s the one that drive most closely to the business that they already have.” – Zaheer MeraliResources Mentioned:● Facebook – Jason Pereira’s● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira’s● FintechImpact.co – Website: Fintech Impact● Aly Dhalla – Linkedin: Aly Dhalla● Zaheer Merali – Linkedin: Zaheer Merali
Turning Wellness into Financial Savings with Om Suthar of SQRLIn this 70th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts an interview with Om Suthar, Founder of SQRL. SQRL is a company that combines fitness tracking, behavioral finance, and insurance into one product that services and encourages workplace wellness. During the course of the discussion, Om Suthar offers information about how vital wellness is from a productivity and insurance level and how SQRL is impacting within their unique convergence of these spaces.Episode Highlights:00:42–  Om Suthar introduces himself and explains SQRL.00:56: – What was the impetus for Om to start SQRL?03:00: – How does the SQRL app work for users?04:39: – Where has SQRL led Om thus far?05:47: – How can employers benefit from utilizing the service?07:21: – How does activity and insurance data converge with SQRL?08:55: – What are some of the potential positive outcomes of Squirrel?11:33: – What has been the response to SQRL up to this point?12:24: – Why has the traditional distribution model been less than pleased             with this solution?14:38: – What has been effective in SQRL’s efforts to penetrate the market?16:52: – Which scary health statistics demand positive results?17:32: – How does the monetization of SQRL work?18:07: – What has been the end-user reaction?19:33: – If there was one change Om could see happen, what would it             be?20:06: – What has been the biggest challenge for getting this company to grow?22:12: – What keeps Om driving forward and excites him as an entrepreneur?3 Key Points:The dashboard showcases aggregate anonymous-level data to track user activation, progress, long-term behavior change. Om Suthar believes the responsible thing for SQRL to do is to not actually work with the insurance companies, because, wellness programs today appear to be designed to help health insurance companies create public health records off our personal health data.If every American walked 10,000 steps a day, the American healthcare economy would save $550 billion dollar in treating chronic cardiovascular diseases every year.Tweetable Quotes:“What you can do with Squirrel is you can sign up through our portal, customize the conditions and the pay-out amount.” – Om Suthar“For every 2000 steps that you add to your habit and keep, which most of our users do within the first 166 days on average, that’s an 8% reduction of the risk of chronic cardiovascular disease.” – Om Suthar“We only charge per employee that activates the program.” – Om SutharResources Mentioned:Facebook – Jason Pereira’s FacebookLinkedIn – Jason Pereira’s LinkedInOm Suthar– Linkedin for Om SutharSQRL – Website for SQRL
Summary:In this 69th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts an interview with Samantha Russell, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Twenty Over Ten. Twenty Over Ten is a company that assists advisors with marketing and consulting for their business, along with intuitive websites that are easy to manage with a compliance backend. Samantha shares how Twenty Over Ten was started, the marketing problems that they provide their client's solutions to, and the common reasons why many advisors either succeed or fail at digital marketing.Episode Highlights:● 00:36: – Samantha Russell explains Twenty Over Ten and how they help advisors.● 02:44: – What was one of the driving forces for Twenty over Ten getting created?● 05:22: – How has the RAA market differed from the BD space?● 07:34: – What are the unique value propositions that Twenty Over Ten offers?● 12:47: – Do they look for performance on a global level to see what the best practices are?● 17:21: – Jason shares a story from earlier in his career at a dealership conference.● 18:24: – It is all about content marketing and sharing free information.● 19:12: – Besides marketing, what other ways are Twenty Over Ten helping people?● 22:17: – What is one thing that Samantha wishes could be different about her business?● 23:05: – What has been the biggest challenge to date for Twenty Over Ten?● 25:51: – What are some of the website conversations like for those that claim they don’t need them?● 28:03: – For less than $100-a-month clients can benefit from the expertise of Twenty Over Ten.● 34:58: – What about Samantha’s job makes her excited to wake up in the morning?3 Key Points:1. Twenty Over Ten’s value propositions include a built-from-the-ground-up platform, a user-friendly system that doesn’t restrict your content, educational assistance and help with onboarding.2. The problems with websites not getting leads are typically not having a call-to-action, not being optimized for basic search engine optimization, and they didn’t have language specific to their audience.3. Successful websites generally have a schedule once option, very niche-specific language, include video in their marketing, and offer an “as featured in” page with logos of media outlets where their advisor has been featured.Tweetable Quotes:● “We always say you need to write your content to be problem-solution-based.” – Samantha ● “Your challenges sometimes are also your biggest blessings because I think we did have an outsider’s perspective so we could see things very differently than people that have been in the industry forever.” – Samantha● “If you aren’t moving forward, you are moving backwards.” – SamanthaResources Mentioned:● Facebook – Jason Pereira’s● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira’s● Samantha Russell – Linkedin● Twenty Over Ten Blog – Blog for Twenty Over Ten
Summary:In this 68th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts an interview with Ron Finberg, Product Specialist at Cappitech. Cappitech is a company that assists international financial companies that deal with reporting complex issues stemming from global regulations. Learn what Cappitech is capable of doing during this discussion with Ron Fineberg.Episode Highlights:● 00:48: – Ron Finberg explains Cappitech and what they do.● 01:59: – How did Cappitech get started?● 05:20: – What is the regulatory challenges that Cappitech solves?● 08:15: – What types of challenges are often faced to compile data?● 09:42: – How does the Cappitech platform format work?● 10:55: – Which areas does Cappitech service?● 12:27: – What is coming out of extreme data dumps?● 15:09: – How does the end-user experience unfold?● 17:20: – What has been the reception from the clients that Ron has been dealing with?● 21:39: – What would be something Ron Finberg wishes he could change in the industry?● 25:09: – What has been the biggest challenge in getting Cappitech out into the marketplace?● 29:33: – What excites Ron Finberg the most about Cappitech?3 Key Points:1. I.T. people and legal compliance people have to work together to deal with regulatory organizations.2. Problem-solving questions that Cappitech asks include: Where is the data coming from? Is it enough data to comply with what the regulators need? Is there data that Cappitech can find?3. Compliance people can view where their problems are and what is getting rejected by regulators.Tweetable Quotes:● “I think what the European regulators are finding out is that there is a lot of information that they can’t use, just because they didn’t expect it to be received in a certain way, and it is...and there is no use for it all.” – Ron● “Our main user would be a compliance or operational officer at an investment firm.” – Ron● “There is always something new to be able to scale to, which is a nice area of the place we’re in, and one of the reasons we attracted certain types of investors into our company.” – RonResources Mentioned:● @Fintech_Impact - Facebook● Jason Pereira - LinkedIn● Ron Finberg – Linkedin● Cappitech.com – Website for Cappitech
Summary:In this 67th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts an interview with Michael Curtis, President of Vision Systems. Vision Systems is a Canadian-based financial software corporation that is capable of performing full and comprehensive financial planning for individuals, businesses, and trusts. Jason and Michael’s discussion covers what Vision Systems is capable of handling, the difference between dynamic and static planning, and how the software is able to mold to the client.EpisodeHighlights:● 00:34: – Michael Curtis explains Vision Systems and how it got started.● 03:48: – Does Michael see a lot of larger firms viewing financial planning as a loss leader?● 06:30: – Which types of financial plans can Vision Systems handle?● 07:41: – Most of the software in the United States and Canada are goals-based.● 10:08: – Jason and Michael discuss the difference between dynamic and static systems.● 13:57: – What are the driving considerations in the development of the software?● 15:27: – What is the advantage of taking into consideration the entire family?● 16:17: – Why is multiple-generation planning so critical?● 19:21: – Does Michael feel that Vision Systems goes too far sometimes in the add-ons?● 22:47: – What does Vision Systems do on the portfolio side of things?● 25:00: – Michael explains what Vision Systems has created on the reporting end.● 26:56: – What future software releases can be expected?● 28:20: – What would be something Michael Curtis wishes he could change in his company?● 30:27: – What has been the biggest challenge in getting Vision Systems out into the marketplace?● 34:42: – What excites Michael Curtis the most about Vision Systems?3 Key Points:1.Integrating the terms of wills into financial predictions are critical for between 40-50% of the population.2. The national divorce rate in Canada is around 40% and millennials have thelowest divorce rate of any generation.3. The planner’s area of expertise is their financial tactics and the client’s area ofexpertise is their values and wants in life.Tweetable Quotes:● “We produce financial planning software. In my opinion, it is the most robust and also the most accurate software in Canada.” – Michael Curtis● “Our software is what I refer to as ‘dynamic.’ It is a true-life model, and the database is one where literally you can change any entry year-by-year.” – Michael Curtis● “We actually integrate the terms of wills into the financial forecast, and I consider this to be totally overlooked in the industry.” – Michael CurtisResources Mentioned:● @Fintech_Impact - Facebook● Jason Pereira - LinkedIn● Michael Curtis – Linkedin● VisionSystemsCorp.com – Website for Vision Systems
Summary:In this 66th episode of Fintech Impact, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host conducts a review of his experience at the Salesforce World Tour Conference in Toronto along with his colleague Alex Martin, a financial advisor with IPC Securities, Vice President at Craig & Taylor Associates, and a Founding Partner with Jason Pereira at Finally Technology.Time Stamped Show Notes:● 00:49: – Alex Martin introduces himself● 02:01: – What is Salesforce● 06:13: – Salesforce puts out multiple iterations on a yearly basis● 07:05: – What is the importance of being able to build your own APIs on top ofpre-existing software for businesses● 09:23: – Alex discusses Salesforce’s Customer 360 platform for taking serversinto one place● 12:08: – Deduplication is a problem that people deal with in legacy systems● 13:03: – What is Alex’s take on Salesforce’s Einstein Voice● 16:26: – They discuss the concept of ‘next best action’● 19:07: – What is Salesforce's Quip platform capable of● 21:37: – How is the Salesforce training program Trailhead extremely useful● 26:35: – Salesforce empowers a company’s employees with the ability to self-learn3 Key Points:1. Salesforce is a development platform for everything from data services and A.I.platforms, to sales service, marketing, and commerce.2. Salesforce has different pieces called clouds for things such as service, marketing,and sales.3. Quip is Salesforce’s collaborative platform that is like Slack meets Google Docs.Tweetable Quotes:- “Salesforce was the first CRM (Customer Relations Management software) to be100% developed for the web.’” – Alex Martin.- “We need to pull all this data into one place, or at least have one central piece that isgoing to be able to mine all this data and talk to it and understand it.” – Alex Martin.- “The difference in Einstein (Voice) from other A.I.’s is the fact that it is reallysupposed to be the piece that makes your data actionable.” – Alex Martin.Resources Mentioned:● Facebook – @Fintech_Impact● LinkedIn – Jason Pereira● LinkedIn - Alex Martin
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