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In episode eighteen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Berbix Co-Founder Eric Levine. This was a special live episode, we recorded in front of a virtual audience. Berbix instantly and accurately validate photo IDs, driver licenses, and passports. Instantly is the key word there, they do it in real time to help […] The post PitchIt Podcast #18: Eric Levine of Berbix appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode seventeen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Dapp Co-Founder & CEO Antonio Pelaez Diaz. Dapp is a payment wallet that uses QR codes and biometrics to make payments faster and more secure for Mexicans. One of the things I love about fintech is how much innovation is taking place all […] The post PitchIt Podcast #17: Antonio Diaz of Dapp appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode sixteen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Abound Co-Founder & CEO Trent Bigelow. Abound helps the best businesses in the Independent Economy win by improving the financial security, wealth and wellness of self-employed Americans. Trent and I dig deep into the larger trend of independent and gig workers, the complicated tax scenarios, working with ecosystem partners, raising capital, and a whole lot more. We had a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy the […] The post PitchIt Podcast #16: Trent Bigelow of Abound appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode fifteen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Yotta Co-Founder Adam Moelis. Yotta was founded to help Americans become more financially secure. They help make saving fun while also offering better economic value than most savings accounts. Getting people to save is not an easy task, there are a lot of barriers to contend with and financial education from an early age is lacking. Adam and I delve into the psychology behind savings and the lottery, […] The post PitchIt Podcast #15: Adam Moelis of Yotta appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode fourteen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Lance CEO & Co-Founder Oona Rokyta. Lance is an intuitive business bank account designed for freelancers. Freelance and gig work has really take off in the last few years, and the pandemic only accelerated this shift. People are now choosing a the life they want to lead and fitting a career or work around that life. Lance helps freelancers decide how much they make, budget their savings and […] The post PitchIt Podcast #14: Oona Rokyta of Lance appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode thirteen of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Esusu Co-Founder & Co-CEO Abbey Wemimo. Esusu automates credit building by reporting monthly rent payments to credit bureaus, boosting credit scores one rent payment at a time. It’s pretty astonishing how long its taken to get data points like rental payments and utilities included into credit scoring, this really underscores the fact that the the financial system has historically overlooked certain groups, especially communities of color and immigrants. […] The post PitchIt Podcast #13: Abbey Wemimo of Esusu appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode twelve of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Rho CEO & Co-Founder Everett Cook. Rho is a unique SMB banking platform focused on high growth corporates, not the mom and pop shops that many other fintechs are helping. One of the biggest issues scaling startups face is keeping track of everything going on with a growing business. Who is spending what, who has what cards, what invoice was generated and to whom. The Rho platform has […] The post PitchIt Podcast #12: Everett Cook of Rho appeared first on Lend Academy.
  In episode eleven of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Stubenefits Founder & CEO Char Saintilus. Stubenefits offers student loan benefit and repayment solutions for employers, employees, consumers and more. Student debt is one of the hottest topics today, and companies all across the fintech spectrum are looking to develop solutions to ease this burden. Offering the solution as an employment benefit is beneficial to both the employer and employee, this type of thinking is exactly what […] The post PitchIt Podcast #11: Char Saintilus of Stubenefits appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode ten of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Finimize Founder & CEO Max Rofagha. Retail investors have captured the attention of financial institutions, media outlets and fintechs alike. Finimize aims to empower everyone to become their own financial advisor. Providing the information and tools you need to invest with confidence. With this massive influx of retail investors, more people than ever before are in need of quality, digestible financial information. Finimize break down information into digestible […] The post PitchIt Podcast #10: Max Rofagha of Finimize appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode nine of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Informed.IQ Co-Founder & CEO Justin Wickett. Artificial intelligence or AI has quickly become one of the most popular buzzwords in all of fintech. Companies constantly highlight their use of AI, but there are only a few that are using AI in a practical way. Informed.IQ is one of those companies. Informed.IQ unlocks the information trapped in loan applications and eliminates manual reviews via AI and machine learning. The […] The post PitchIt Podcast #9: Justin Wickett of Informed.IQ appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode eight of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Railz Co-Founder & CEO Sohaib Zahid. Small business data has always been a problem, one that fintechs have tried to fix the last few years. Railz are on a mission to do just that, the company provides an Accounting Data as a Service API for everyone to benefit from having real-time accounting data. This is a data problem, as Sohaib mentioned at the beginning of our conversation. Connecting […] The post PitchIt Podcast #8: Sohaib Zahid of Railz appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode seven of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with MANTL Co-Founder & CEO Nathaniel Harley. Bank technology is one area in financial services in dire need of change, this is where a startup like MANTL comes in. MANTL helps banks and credit unions grow deposits and streamline back-office tasks with an omni-channel account opening platform that integrates with existing core banking platforms. Accounting openings are now done in minutes, not hours and banks see conversion rates skyrocket […] The post PitchIt Podcast #7: Nathaniel Harley of MANTL appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode six of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Sentilink Co-Founder & CEO Naftali Harris. Sentilink was recently crowned champion of the PitchIt at LendIt Fintech startup competition. Naftali and the team build solutions for detecting fraud and related identity anomalies. Fraud is still not getting its proper due, and some of the stats we discuss in the episode point out how much is being lost. Companies and governments are not even doing the bare minimum to […] The post PitchIt Podcast #6: Naftali Harris of Sentilink appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode five of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Guava Founder & CEO Kelly Ifill. Guava is a digital bank with a mission to help black owned small businesses, particularly sole proprietors and firms with a few employees. The last 18 months have highlighted the importance of small businesses to our local communities. These small businesses are not being served well by traditional financial firms, and that’s even more pronounced for black owned small businesses. The reality […] The post PitchIt Podcast #5: Kelly Ifill of Guava appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode four of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Cheese Co-Founder Zhen Wang. Cheese is a digital bank focused on the Asian American community. One thing I found striking in talking with Zhen was the importance of language in financial products. Immigrants have many barriers when they enter America, one such barrier is the fine print for various financial products. These pamphlets are not written clearly and they tend to hide fees for users. Cheese is aiming […] The post PitchIt Podcast #4: Zhen Wang of Cheese appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode three of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with First Boulevard Co-Founder & COO Asya Bradley First Boulevard is a digital bank focused on building generational wealth for Black America and when you talk to Asya you immediately recognize you’re speaking to a mission-based founder. So many of the issues facing Black America, and other communities of color, stem back to being denied access for basic financial services. First Boulevard is looking to build a banking experience […] The post PitchIt Podcast #3: Asya Bradley of First Boulevard appeared first on Lend Academy.
In episode two of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with Daylight Co-Founder and Chief of Staff Billie Simmons. Daylight is a truly unique neobank built by LGBT co-founders and for the LGBT community. Community is really what stands out, the firm is driven by the need to serve their community. Traditional banks have never served LGBT customers in a respectful manner, they don’t understand their needs and what types of services suit them best. Daylight is aiming to […] The post PitchIt Podcast Episode 2: Billie Simmons of Daylight appeared first on Lend Academy.
In the premier episode of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast we talk with HMBradley Co-Founder and CEO Zach Bruhnke. Neobanks have been sprouting up all over the U.S. in recent years and these days it feels as if someone is starting a bank each week. HMBradley’s approach is focused on savers, those who want to build a nest egg for the future. Savings is not something that comes natural to most Americans, Zach and the team are trying to change […] The post PitchIt Podcast Episode 1: Zach Bruhnke of HMBradley appeared first on Lend Academy.
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