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Author: Theodora Lau, Arun Krishnakumar, and Maxson J.Y. Tee

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One Vision podcast co-hosted by Theodora Lau, Arunkumar Krishnakumar, and Maxson J.Y. Tee, brings purposeful innovation to spotlight.

It is where impact meets innovation. One Vision is a convergence of minds that dream of a sustainable world for future generations galvanized by innovation.


We speak to startup founders, investors, industry players, thought leaders and policy makers in the innovation ecosystem and get their views. While there have been a lot discussed about innovation in the western world, we believe that impact at scale can be achieved in the emerging markets too. In recent times we have seen several leap frog moments across the emerging world. What Alibaba and Tencent have achieved in China, PayTM in India and MPesa in Africa are great examples of impactful stories. We talk to many emerging market players and highlight their efforts to create such leap frog moments.


We believe there are many innovation stories that have impact on people's life across the world. We identify these stories and talk to them about their journeys, successes and challenges they have had to overcome. In providing a stage for these entrepreneurs, thought leaders and innovators, we hope to inspire a generation looking to effect positive change. One Vision, One Dream, One Voice for One sustainable future.



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Technology has not only changed the way we live and work, it is also at the forefront of economic growth in America’s heartland. Remote workers and an influx of new investments are slowly transforming the rust belt into zoom towns, each flourishing with innovation from artificial intelligence and robotics to biotech and military tech. In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Rebecca Fannin, journalist, media entrepreneur, and author of Silicon Dragon, Startup Asia, and Tech Titans of China, on tech innovation in the East, local innovation economies in the U.S., and what gives her hope. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
As someone who has spent years running tier 1 big banks, Ashok Vaswani is no stranger to the pressure and demands for incumbent banks to evolve with the change of time. While there is always much talk about digital transformation in financial services and the need to update the tech stack with emerging technologies, one thing remains true: technology is an enabler — a means to an end. “What is the problem that you are trying to solve?” In this episode of One Vision, we chat with Ashok Vaswani, President, Pagaya, on banking, innovation, and what the new year holds. As Ashok said so beautifully: “Fintech and big banks need to work together; the combination between the two is far more powerful than either one going alone.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New year, fresh start, infinite possibilities. Along with Jessica Scott, Susan Shumway, and Tom Raftery, we explore ideas and real world examples on how we can innovate for our shared future, and create a more sustainable world that is better for business and for our planet. As the year begins anew, there is no better time than now to set the plans in motion and create positive impact - together. Tune in to this LinkedIn Audio Event and learn more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trying to define the Metaverse is akin to trying to define the internet when the internet wasn’t there. While the technology components such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are not new, convergence of these technologies is novel and still evolving. In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Arun chat with Dr. Martha Boeckenfeld, Dean and Partner of the Metaverse Academy and Strategic Metaverse & Web3 Advisor, on the challenges and opportunities of this future vision of the internet. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Martha predict the unpredictable future. Hint: It’s all about the community. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Arun chat with Mike Dudas, a serial entrepreneur and investor, and the Founder & General Partner of 6MV. 2022 certainly has not been an easy year for the industry. From poor market performance and bankruptcy filings, to a string of hacks and exploits, and most recently, the FTX collapse, trust — along with millions of dollars — was lost in a catastrophic year. Token economy is challenging to figure out; but it also offers opportunities to do things differently if we can clear the roadblocks and learn from the past. Web3 and crypto, according to Mike, offer a model for greater direct participation, governance and ownership in the app layer of tomorrow’s internet. While we aren’t quite where we need to be yet, there is no better time to build than now.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” How far we have come; and how far we have yet to go. In a recent IBM Institute for Business Value study, almost half of CEOs indicate that increasing sustainability is one of the highest priorities for their organization in the next 2 to 3 years. However, despite the enthusiasm, they are encountering significant obstacles, with 57% of CEOs identifying difficulty clearly defining and measuring ROI and economic benefits as one of the greatest challenges to achieving sustainability objectives. In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Andy Barnes, Executive IT Architect and Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, on IBM’s efforts in championing sustainability and responsible computing. Green computing (or Green IT) is an essential enabler in helping organizations meet their sustainability goals. The time to act is now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Culture of belonging

Culture of belonging

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From the great resignation and quiet quitting to career cushioning and layoffs, we have witnessed a great deal of turbulence in the workplace in 2022. As the culture continues to evolve, how can organizations best support their employee’s expectations for work-life balance and flexibility? And more importantly, how can leaders foster an open, honest, and safe environment that is conducive to innovation and productivity? In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Arun chat with Rashmi Prabhakar, VP Strategy & PMO at Genesis Global, on mental health, workplace culture, and psychological safety. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From the great resignation, quiet quitting, big layoffs, and career cushioning, to record inflation, supply chain woes, climate crisis, and crypto winter, 2022 has been an eventful year to say the least. As we look back at the past twelve months, what caught our eyes and what made us laugh? In this episode of One Vision, Theo is reunited with Stephanie Foster, Barb MacLean, and Mary Wisniewski to bid farewell to 2022 and cast our predictions for the new year. Get ready for some myth busting and fun with friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
As technology continues to transform how we bank and where we bank, trust is no longer limited to handshakes between two parties. From connected devices, to data collectors and various third parties, there are a myriad of interconnections that can expose a business to threats. In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Derrick Johnson, National Practice Director for Cyber Operations within AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting, on trust, and how financial institutions can go from reactive to proactive. A Zero Trust cybersecurity strategy is within reach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From fallen empire to new beginnings, Lamine Zarrad, the Founder and CEO of StellarFi, has one of the most unusual stories. And an incredibly inspirational one. Don’t miss this week’s One Vision episode, where Mary Wisniewski and myself chat with Lamine on his banking journey, entrepreneurship, and the fintech promise. Hint: We cannot change things with just technology.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
How does our lived experience shape us, in the path that we follow and the people that we surround ourselves with? How do we instill kindness in the next generation, and teach them to be mindful? In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Stephanie chat with Genevieve Dozier, speaker, board director of PayTech Women, and founder & CEO Warpaint Consulting, on her past, present and future, playing by the rules, and leading with authenticity. Prepare to be inspired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The proliferation of digital assets has accelerated rapidly in recent years. From crypto and NFT to CBDC, security tokens, and beyond, digital assets are disrupting the financial services ecosystem. While blockchain might have begun as a cryptocurrency payment platform, it has evolved to cover much wider and interesting use cases. Going back to the original roots of One Vision (originally known as Rhetoriq), we are delighted to introduce our new regular co-host, Max Tee, to join us on the show and to bring us new storylines from the digital assets and web3 world. Get ready to mix things up and get max’ed out — right here on One Vision. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What does the future hold for the world of payments? How might we leverage technology to enable opportunities for more people, in particular the small business sector, which is the backbone of our economy? In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Shilpa Bangera, Chief Revenue Officer of Finastra on digital transformation and the future of finance. From the rise of open banking to the proliferation of super apps and embedded finance, there is hope for a more customer centric and seamless experience.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What attracts you to a company and what makes you stay? In the chaotic world of startups, what are the essential elements that enable teams to not only survive, but thrive? In this episode of One Vision, Theodora Lau and Stephanie Foster chat with Sophie Theen, a Strategy, People & Culture Leader, on her latest book, The Soul of Startups: The Untold Stories of How Founders Affect Culture. We went down the memory lane (or rabbit hole) of some of our shared experiences, and the good, bad, and ugly in fintech startups. Spoiler alert: All hope is not lost. Always the optimist, Sophie reminds us that it is indeed never too late to change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Running is about belief, determination, and community. How we get to the finish line and who joins us along the way are memories we all want to cherish. Have you ever wondered about the humans behind the marathon and the technology that brings them together? In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Bradley chat with Frank Diana, Managing Partner and Futurist at TCS, as well as Susanna Sullivan, a public school teacher and competitive runner, and part of a group of teachers sponsored by TCS, about the upcoming TCS New York City Marathon and the tech innovation that serves to enrich the race experience. As in years past, technology will play a key role in bridging our physical and digital worlds and creating lasting memories of key moments. From the past, to the present and the future, the way we connect to each other will continue to evolve and be reinforced — from bits and bytes to true human connections — with the power of data. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When you invest in an early-stage startup, you are making a bet on the founder and the co-founding team — the humans who are authentically connected to the mission. It is a privilege to be an angel investor, a unique role that can make a real difference for a startup, not only because of cash flow, but because of non-financial support — including the real world knowledge and experience you have earned through your own journey. In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Maya Ghosn Bichara, an early-stage, purpose-driven investor and advisor, on the ins and outs of angel investing. Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an angel investor? Tune in to find out! It is an absolutely inspirational conversation that you would not want to miss. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Gartner predicts that 25% of people will spend at least one hour a day in the Metaverse by 2026 either for work, shopping, education, social or entertainment. McKinsey found that the Metaverse could be worth US $5 trillion by 2030 and the opportunity is simply ‘too big to ignore’. But what exactly is the Metaverse, how does it work, and what are its key building blocks? What are the seven layers of Metaverse and why are the big technology firms taking such a keen interest in them? In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Arun chat with René Schulte, Director of Global Innovation at Valorem Reply and Leader of the Spatial Computing and Metaverse practice at Reply, on the opportunities and challenges of this new immersive Internet. From form factor and social acceptance, to interoperability and responsible usage, what does the future hold? Do we need virtual bouncers for the Metaverse? Tune in and find out! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Web3 has been called a lot of things: the future of a decentralized web, the money layer for the internet, and the identity layer for the internet. Some see Web3 as a new patron model for the internet—a way for artists and creators to get compensated for their work through new communities and cooperative ownership, as well as the sale, trading and ownership of NFTs and other digital goods. Much of the gaming economy is centered around these types of communities, as are the half dozen or more versions of the metaverse, in which avatar-led facilitators act as the primary-user experiences, and digital goods can be acquired and communities formed. But web3 and the metaverse can mean a lot more for banking. In this episode of One Vision, Bradley hosts a conversation with Caroline Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifetise, a metaverse that is focused on financial education and helping people create the opportunity to be financially secure and create a life they love. You’ll be sure to love what they are doing.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In recent years, artificial intelligence has become an integral part of our daily lives, driving much of what we do and what we experience. Financial services is no exception. To meet the needs of changing demographics, being able to attract and retain the right talent is crucial. In this episode of One Vision, Theo chats with Abhijit Bose, MVP, Head of Center for Machine Learning and Enterprise ML Platforms at Capital One, on financial services innovation and how the bank is leveraging AI and machine learning to improve customer experiences. As the line between banking and technology continues to blur, the time is now for banks to nurture talent of today to tackle the challenging questions of tomorrow. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4 years. 200 episodes. From “Blockchain and Financial Inclusion”, to “Shades of Grey”, “Judge me by my cover”, “Red Envelope”, “The Other 50”, and finally “One Vision”, it has been our privilege to share the platform with over 170 guests on the show to talk about wide-ranging topics from innovation and fintech to the future of work and emerging technologies; from founders to funders and evangelists across geographical boundaries, we were united with a common goal: to tell stories with purpose. Thank you for your support through the years. It has been an honor to bring you the show every week and we look forward to the next 200. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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