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Fundamental Fairness

Fundamental Fairness

By Sean Salas
A podcast about financial inclusion from the lens of entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors.

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Peter Renton, Co-founder and Chairman of LendIt Fintech, Founder of Lend Academy - Top 3 Trends in Fintech
In this episode of Fundamental Fairness, we will uncover the top 3 Fintech industry trends that are expected to lead the conversation well into 2021 and beyond with Peter Renton, co-founder and Chairman of Lendit Fintech, Founder of Lend Academy.  Peter Renton is the co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the leading news and educational resource for the Fintech industry. He has been writing about this industry since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Lend Academy Podcast, the first and most popular podcast on lending and fintech innovation. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on marketplace lending and speaks regularly on the topic around the world.
August 10, 2021
Elena Ionenko, Co-founder and COO of Turnkey Lender - AI in Lending
Elena is a FinTech entrepreneur with over twenty years of business development, sales, and management experience. Before TurnKey Lender she worked on several successful products in Silicon Valley and founded two companies where at different times she headed up finance, sales, and marketing. She often shares her expertise at industry events and in the media. For two consecutive years Elena was listed among the top 100 women in FinTech by Lattice80, and is named one of top 25 female leaders in financial technology in the 2020 Financial Technology Report.
July 28, 2021
Saúl Martínez, Head of US Large Cap Banks Research, UBS - The Future of Banking
In this episode of Fundamental Fairness, we will dive into the future of banking with Saul Martinez, to unravel the digital transformation in a complex and rapidly changing world. Saul Martinez is currently a Managing Director at UBS and has 22 years of experience in equity research and investment banking at various Wall Street firms. Saul has led teams analyzing banks, consumer finance companies, and life insurers in the US and Latin America. Saul has a Masters in Public Affairs focused on Economics from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and he graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.
June 14, 2021
Daniel Vogel, CEO and Co-founder at Bitso: Unlocking Financial Inclusion through Blockchain
Daniel Vogel is the Co-founder and CEO of Bitso. He is among the youngest entrepreneurs and leaders of technological innovation in Latam. Accompanied by a sense of social responsibility, Bitso has become a company committed to the development of efficient, competitive, accessible, and inclusive financial services in Latam. Daniel holds two degrees from Stanford University (BA in Economics, BS in Computer Systems Engineering) and a Master ́s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. In November 2016, Daniel was included in "Innovators under 35 Mexico 2016", an award from MIT Technology Review. He has also received several awards such as the Global Endeavor Entrepreneur, Gold Winner MassChallenge 2016, 33 Most Innovative Startups in Mexico, Digital Leader Mexico, among others. Most recently, Bisto closed a $250M Series C Round, valuing the company at $2.2 Billion dollars. It’s worth noting for our audience, Daniel is a very close friend of mine and I am a proud early stage investor in Bitso.  So yes, I am biased!
May 24, 2021
Brock Blake, CEO and Co-founder of Lendio - Saving the American Dream One Small Business at a Time
COVID-19 has caused a major economic shock. To further explore the impact of COVID-19 on the small business landscape in the United States, we must turn our attention to how our nation responded to the need for economic recovery. According to a study conducted by professors at the NYU Stern School of Business, fintech lenders did a better job meeting intentions of the CARES Act providing over 400k PPP loans--saving more than 2 million jobs. In this episode of Fundamental Fairness, I will be tackling this topic of discussion with Brock Blake, founder, and CEO of Lendio. Brock Blake is the CEO and co-founder of Lendio, the leading small business finance solutions provider in the U.S. Brock believes that access to capital should be simpler and quicker for small business owners, and he’s built a successful company around solving this problem. Brock leads the team that has facilitated over $10B in loans to small businesses. An Inc. 500 CEO, national keynote speaker, and Forbes columnist, Brock’s dedication extend far beyond the boardroom. He has shaped a superior company culture with a humble and hungry team that is passionate about driving results and giving back. For every new loan facilitated on Lendio’s marketplace platform, Lendio Gives, an employee-contribution, and employer-matching program, provides a microloan to a low-income entrepreneur around the world through  It’s also worth noting for the record, Camino Financial is a proud lending partner of Lendio. 
April 7, 2021
Andrés Garcia-Amaya, CEO and Founder of Zoe Financial - GameStop: Is it Game Over for Retail Investors, or Just the Beginning?
The GameStop, AMC, Blackberry are all retail stocks that have become the cause, symptom, and/or epicenter for much of what's been going on in the market for months, if not years. What we saw happen earlier this year was an online war between members of a reddit subforum and hedge funds. From the availability of liquidity, to the role of short sellers, to regulation of free market trading among retail or robinhood investors, this sage leaves us with many more questions than answers. This week’s guest is Andres Garcia-Amaya to tease out answers related to this discussion.  Prior to starting the FinTech startup Zoe Financial, pairing financial advisors with individuals to better manage and build their financial wealth.  Andres was an Executive Director at JP Morgan Asset Management (JPAM) where he helped oversee $300bln in Assets. He is a CFA charter holder and obtained an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received both the Joseph Wharton Fellowship for outstanding record of academic achievement, and the Toigo Foundation Fellowship.  Andres is frequently featured as a market expert and commentator on CNBC.
March 3, 2021
Ann Marie Mehlum, Founding Director of Summit Bank - Small Businesses in Biden's America
How can a Biden-Harris administration elevate POC small business owners in the COVID Era?
January 25, 2021
Claire Kramer (Assistant VP at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York) and Mark Madrid (CEO of Latino Business Action Network) on The Impact of COVID-19 on Black & Brown Businesses
COVID-19 is presenting us with two crises, a health crisis and an economic crisis, especially with the public health crisis dramatically reducing economic activity and overall spending. Due to communities of color being hit the hardest, this pandemic has highlighted the US’s face of inequality and racism even more. Today, I sit down with Claire Kramer and Mark Madrid to discuss this and further impacts of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities. Claire Kramer is the Assistant Vice President and Director of Community Development Analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Claire leads a team that promotes economic opportunity by equipping community stakeholders with rigorous data analysis and tools to make impactful investments. One such example of this is the Small Business Credit Survey that was launched by the New York Fed and has been widely covered by the likes of Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and more. Mark Madrid is the CEO of the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN). As a non-profit organization, LBAN focuses on strengthening the U.S. by improving the lives of Latinos, empowering Latino entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through research, education, and ecosystem development. After a successful career in banking, the 2008 Great Recession led Mark to chart a purposeful course, circling back to his Latino roots and harnessing the economic value of Latinos. This led him to launch the next era of his career.
November 16, 2020
Patty Arvielo, President and Co-founder at New American Funding: Building the American Dream
As President and Co-Founder of New American Funding a company that provides homeowners and future homeowners a variety of home financing options at competitive rates; fulfilling their needs in a manner that enhances their standard of living in realizing the American Dream. New American Funding is headquartered in Tustin, CA with 198 nationwide branches, and has 3,200+ employees. As a role model for women in business, she continues to guide the company in a progressive direction by creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Patty champions the underserved in the housing sector and leverages 39 years of mortgage experience as a national influencer and active servant in her community. Her expertise and influence extend to numerous committees within the industry, including the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (HCFAC) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Affordable Homeownership Advisory Council. Patty is a former member of the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council and both Freddie Mac’s Community Lender Advisory Board and Affordable Housing Council. Outside the office and into the community, she currently serves on the National Park Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Board of Big Brothers and Sisters (BBBS) Orange County. Patty is politically involved in the current and future states of mortgage banking, and visits Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of the industry and homeowners.ample, shaping both New American Funding and the housing industry overall.
October 7, 2020
Beatriz Acevedo, CEO & Co-founder of Suma Wealth: Latinas In Fintech
Beatriz is the Co-founder and CEO of Suma Wealth. Beatriz was the co-founder and President of mitú, the leading digital media brand for young Latinos in the U.S. Under her leadership, she went on to raise $50M in funding, led by some of the most successful venture capital groups in California. She is currently the President of her family’s foundation “Acevedo Foundation.” For the past 30 years, the Foundation has provided scholarships for students who lack the financial means to pursue higher education. Most recently Beatriz co-founded a LA Collab initiative that focuses on doubling Latino/a/x representation in Hollywood in front and behind the camera. Beatriz began her career as a young radio and television host. Her work has earned her three Emmy Awards, an MTV Music Video Award, two Streamy Awards, a Media Correspondent Award, among others. She has also created a variety of branded content and marketing campaigns targeting millennial youth for numerous blue-chip brands. She is a passionate and sought-after speaker who enjoys discussions around diversity as good ROI, female leadership, and the impact of Latinos in the American economy. Notable engagements include White House Summit: Latinas in the Economy, Cannes Lion Festival: How to Target the New Mainstream Economy (Latino Millennials), TED Jeffersonian Dinner: The ROI of Diversity, SXSW: Busting Bias in Media and Tech, and The Power Women's Summit: Equal Pay: When Women are Paid Less, America Loses. She has attended premier institutions UCSD, NY Film Academy, UCLA, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
August 19, 2020
Javier Saade, Investor, Board Member, and Entrepreneur - Capitalism 2.0
Javier Saade is Managing Partner of Impact Master Holdings and Venture Partner at Fenway Summer Ventures. He is chairman of the board of a private equity-owned financial services firm and serves on the Boards of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy and The Organization of American States Pan American Development Foundation. Saade also holds seats on the Global Board of Advisors of DocuSign, the Corporate Social Responsibility Board of Univision, and the Board of Advisors of Harvard University’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a founding member of Fast Company’s Impact Council and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). Previously Saade was one of the highest-ranking Latinos during the Obama administration and the SBA programs he oversaw have invested over $128 billion into more than 300,000 companies. Before his White House appointment he spent time at organizations that include McKinsey & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Bridgewater Associates, Global Emerging Markets and Abbott Laboratories. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BS from Purdue University.
July 15, 2020
Henri Pierre-Jacques, Managing Partner at Harlem Capital - Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs for an Inclusive "New Normal"
Welcome to episode 2 of Fundamental Fairness. Join Camino Financial CEO, Sean Salas, and our special guest Co-Founder and managing partner of Harlem Capital, Henri Pierre-Jaques. Learn why empowering minority entrepreneurs is essential to thriving during the "new normal" economy.
June 6, 2020
Glenn Goldman, FinTech Executive VC/PE Advisor - What COVID-19 means for small business lending
Sean Salas has special guest Glen Goldman on this episode. Glen Goldman is a FinTech Veteran former CEO of Credibly and advisor to Camino Financial.
May 6, 2020
Introducing: Fundamental Fairness by Sean Salas
Welcome to Fundamental Fairness, A podcast about bridging the gap between fintech and financial inclusion by Sean Salas. Please make sure to like & subscribe to our podcast to stay informed. 
May 6, 2020