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Author: Faisal Khan and Mike Townsend

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Around The Coin is an award-winning top fintech podcast. Co-Hosts Faisal Khan and Mike Townsend to discuss all things in the world of crypto and payments, from the trading of shells to bitcoins and everything in between!
307 Episodes
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Andrew Jamison, the CEO, and Co-Founder of Extend, a fintech that provides digital payment infrastructure for financial institutions to enable modern card experiences. Prior to Extend, Andrew was the head of B2B Corporate Payments Products at American Express with a mandate to drive digital payment innovation and adoption. Over the course of six years at Amex Andrew doubled B2B payment volumes by launching and scaling new capabilities and platforms.  Prior to American Express, Andrew spent eight years managing global SAP deployments for large multinational corporations.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brett Goldstein, Co-Founder of Launch House, a community for founders and creators. Prior to Launch House, Brett was a Product Manager at Google, where he worked cross-functionally with engineering, design, marketing, machine vision research, and art as well as served as an M&A strategy analyst for the CEO of Google. He then took the role of Senior Product Manager at Clearbit where he was responsible for Platform (APIs & Infrastructure) and Integrations teams. Here, he took two products from concept to launch that drove 90% retention for >60 enterprise customers accounting for over $1.5M ARR and streamlined product development processes such as improving bug triage efficiency 5x, introduced product critiques, and built UX research process. Brett then co-created Accenture Ventures where he launched and operationalized an early-stage venture capital and corporate innovation team.In his free time, he writes a newsletter called Social Studies. It has two parts: monthly roundups of news and discussions from Tech Twitter and analysis using principles from the (social) sciences. Brett has also been writing, producing, and mixing music as Monte Del Monte for over a decade. Along the way, Brett has taught music to kids in refugee camps and was a Computational Cognitive Science researcher at UC Berkeley. He believes that graph theory, game theory, and group psychology can be used to understand just about everything (in the world and in business).He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science & Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Oded Zehavi, the Founder & CEO of Mesh Payments, and board and advisory board member of several Israeli FinTech companies. Previously, he served as Payoneer's Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to Payoneer, Oded served as the business development director for PayPal, where among other responsibilities he led the inception of the PayPal services in the Middle East and Africa. He also held leadership roles at several technology, banking and software companies, focusing on sales and customer relations. 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Steve Berneman, the CEO and Co-founder of Blueprint. He is a former practicing attorney and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to starting Blueprint, Steve was the Co-founder and CEO of Overdog, a gaming company acquired in 2016. Steve formed the thesis for Blueprint while an Entrepreneur in Residence at Vanderbilt.
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Paul Garibian, President of Nota. Fintech expert, entrepreneur, and executive Paul has spent nearly 20 years helping financial institutions drive product development and grow revenue and market share. Nota is an innovative legal industry fintech solution powered by M&T Bank that adds value through increased productivity and decreases compliance risk. Built primarily for small law firms and solo attorneys, Nota helps simplify trust account management, making it seamless and efficient for attorneys to adhere to accounting requirements.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brenda Loya, the CEO and one of the founders of Tellor. She's an economist and a self-taught solidity developer. Previously, she was an economist and supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, developing and leading teams to develop statistical software for principal economic indicators. She joined the space initially by helping to develop a derivatives protocol, Daxia, which had an oracle problem. We couldn’t find one that was decentralized so we built one and it became Tellor!
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global, one of the most reliable and secure cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Stephen has spent his entire 25-year career working in financial markets in London and New York. He left the traditional world of finance to get involved in the crypto and blockchain industry.Prior to Bittrex Global, Stephen joined the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Stephen advised executives, entrepreneurs, and foundations on all items of economic impact to their balance sheet. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he advised some of the world’s most sophisticated investors as a Partner and US CEO at Brevan Howard, Head of the New York office at Winton Capital, and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management.Prior to this, Stephen worked as a Managing Director in Fixed Income Sales and Trading at JPMorgan, and in Mergers and Acquisitions. Stephen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University. He has served on several public companies and non-profit boards.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with the architect of the Supra BFT Consensus Algorithm. Blockchain Designer & Developer, Joshua Tobkin is a Meta-Game Theorist behind projects such as's venture projects and more recently SupraOracles.comA lateral thinker, creative, and curiously dyslexic, Josh has been building SaaS companies for the last 10 years. Josh is a well-known distributed ledger technology architect.
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Trent Sorbe, President and Founder of Central Payments & Co-Founder of Falls Fintech. He is an architect of Central Payments’ Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace. With more than 28 years of debit, credit, and prepaid payments experience, Trent is responsible for products garnering nine Paybefore Awards, three of which garnered Best in Class or Category. He is also the inventor on 14 patents related to consumer financial services. Trent previously held senior positions at three nationwide payment card issuers and the FDIC. In 2016, Trent was named to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council and chaired the agency’s Cards, Payments, and Deposit Markets Committee. He hosts the Fintech Brews & News podcast and sits on the Board of Directors for the Central Bank of Kansas City. Central Payments provides payment technology and solutions through its Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace, one of the only true bank-as-a-service payments platforms and the technology responsible for Central Payments’ rise to the fastest growing prepaid card issuer since 2015.* Along with its fintech accelerator program, Falls Fintech, Central Payments produces a podcast called Fintech Brews & News where you can find unique perspectives on how to bridge the gap between banking, startups and the entire fintech industry. In 2019, Central Payments created Falls Fintech, a custom, 12-week program designed to accelerate market readiness for early-stage financial technology startups. Falls Fintech is the only fintech accelerator in the U.S. brought to you by a market-leading, full-scale, digital payments bank that concludes with a bank partnership and access to the payments ecosystem through Central Payments and its Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Vivek Krishnamurthy, Principal at Commerce Ventures, an early stage FinTech, InsurTech & RetailTech focused fund based in San Francisco. The Fund's investments include Marqeta,, MX, Socure, Forter, and +90 others. At Commerce Ventures, Vivek primarily focuses on vertical FinTech applications, core financial services enablement technologies and insurance data & infrastructure platforms. Prior to CV, he was a member of the investment banking team at Financial Technology Partners where he worked on private placement and M&A transactions for growth and late-stage FinTechs. 
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Matt Spoke, the Founder and CEO of Moves, a social finance product for independent 'gig' workers across the U.S. Matt founded the company on a belief that the gig economy isn't working for its workers and by building a product that solves their systemic financial challenges, millions of independent gig workers can come together to improve and own the future of the gig economy. Founded in August 2020, Moves has rapidly grown to become one of the leading financial products for gig workers in the U.S with members across all 50 states with over 15 supported gig platforms. As CEO of Moves, Matt spearheads the mission of the company and inspires a team of 35 world-class designers, engineers, product managers and growth marketers to build a better gig economy for its workers.
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. He leads the Thryv product and engineering teams and is responsible for the vision and execution of platform improvements and enhancements in alignment with corporate strategy.Ryan joined Thryv after working with N2 Publishing leading their product effectiveness and scaling improvement efforts. Prior to his tenure at N2 Publishing, Ryan served as Vice President/GM at hibu, where he led the explosive growth of a new community-focused product to over $50M ARR in under 18 months.Before joining hibu, Ryan worked as a general manager for Apple, where he assisted with the launch of the first iPhone and iPad. He has also held leadership positions at AOL and Target.Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York and his MBA from Clarkson University.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Spartak Buniatyan, Founder & CEO of PayEngine where he oversees the business and development operations. Spartak has been in the technology development field for over 20 years with heavy emphasis on developing technologies for large-scale vertical software-as-a-service enterprises with a particular focus on payments infrastructures.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ran Goldi, CEO of First Digital, where he has been creating blockchain-related products and services since 2017, focusing on payment acceptance for stablecoins and CBDCs. Prior to establishing First, Goldi co-founded and managed an algorithmic trading company, acted as VP in a company he took public in the London Stock Exchange, and acted as the head of IT investments for a private equity fund.First Digital enables merchants to succeed in expanding globally and growing revenue through an innovative, global digital payments platform. From Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC), stablecoins, Diem, and more we are the first platform to provide reliable and interoperable payment means and trading rails for the evolving cross-border ecommerce market. For more information, please visit:
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews G. Scott Paterson, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of FutureVault. Mr. Paterson, 57, is a prolific entrepreneur, financier and investor focused on technology and media. He is also the Chairman of QYOU Media (TSXV:QYOU), and Lead Director of Giftagram. Mr. Paterson began his career as a financial advisor in 1985 becoming the head of Dominion Securities Pitfield’s President’s Club (the top producer of all advisors in their first three years in the business). Mr. Paterson was later recruited to Yorkton Securities where he built the company, initially as Executive VP then as Chair & CEO, into Canada's leading technology, biotechnology and media investment bank and grew revenue from $15 in his first year to $244 million five years later.Mr. Paterson was the second investor in Lionsgate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF.A) when the company was founded in 1997. He served as a Board member for 21 years. Mr. Paterson co-founded JumpTV in 2005, and as Chairman & CEO orchestrated the company's 2006 $71 million IPO led by Morgan Stanley. NeuLion (renamed from JumpTV) was sold to Endeavour Group (NYSE:EDR) in 2018 for $325 million. In 2014, Mr. Paterson co-founded and serves as Board Chair of Los Angeles-based QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV:QYOU), whose principal asset is Mumbai-based The Q India media brand. Mr. Paterson is also Lead Director of Giftagram Inc., a rapidly growing e-commerce mobile gifting app and technology based corporate gifting platform. In 2015, Mr Paterson co-founded FutureVault Inc., a Fintech leader in the evolving digital Personal Life Management and Business Enterprise Management spaces, where he serves as Executive Chair of the Board. 
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Nader Al-Naji, creator of DeSo. His interest in crypto began in 2012 when he mined approximately 23 Bitcoins on free campus electricity while studying computer science at Princeton. After that, Al-Naji worked in high-frequency trading at D. E. Shaw and as an engineer on Google Search prior to raising $133 million for Basis, his previous company, which was building a decentralized dollar. After Basis, Al-Naji set his sights on decentralizing social media. He created BitClout, a high-profile social app. BitClout was an early prototype that allowed Nader to test and iterate on the DeSo blockchain before launching it publicly. BitClout showed that you can build truly mainstream social apps on blockchain tech.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Carl Memnon, the COO, and Co-Founder of Grain. Previously, Carl worked at Goldman Sachs, KCG Holdings, and, most recently, as Associate General Counsel at Virtu Financial, a global market-making and execution services firm. Carl's practice focused on Securities, Corporate Finance, and Commercial Transactions in Capital Markets, Technology, and M&A. Carl is passionate about new innovations in fintech that provide inclusivity. In his spare time, he likes to go on runs and take trips to the park with his wife and two kids. He also binge-watches sci-fi shows. Carl earned his B.S. in Government with a concentration in Law and Society at Cornell University and his J.D. with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Securities at New York Law School.
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Chris McCann, General Partner at Race Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including Binance, Solana, Serum, among others.Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder and CEO of StartupDigest – of the earliest technology-focused publications – which he grew from zero to over one million subscribers before being acquired by Techstars. He was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University. He also writes a newsletter covering the fintech & tech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors on a weekly basis.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Pat White, Co-founder and CEO of Bitwave, the world's first Enterprise Digital Assets Platform bringing cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other digital assets to the world's largest companies. Bitwave helps with accounting, taxes, AR / AP, secure DApps, and more.Pat was formerly a principal engineer and chief architect on Cisco Spark. Formerly, he was the CEO of Synata, a San Francisco startup that provides enterprise search software to cloud-enabled businesses. Pat has spent the last decade building software at companies such as Intuit, Microsoft, Ally Software, VistaConnect, S3/Diamond Multimedia, Fortify Software (now HP Security), and CyberArts.
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ekaterina Romanovskaya, CEO and Founder of A.ID, an Identity & Compliance platform with a focus on high-risk customers. She has previously co-founded Nimb, a ring with a personal security system embedded into it.Before diving into entrepreneurship Ekaterina had been doing marketing communications, then started in a retail bank as a PR manager, and a few years later ran Public and Investor Relations in a private equity fund. She assisted key IPOs, co-founded a successful satirical project on Twitter (persona @kermlinrussia) but never stopped exploring.
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