Tokyo FinTech Podcast

Tokyo FinTech Podcast

By Tokyo FinTech
Tokyo FinTech (https://tokyofintech.com/) looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,200 individual members attends regular fintech, insurtech, regtech, payments, blockchain & crypto events. We also have an established Medium Publication (https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech) and a number of international community partnerships with like-minded FinTech associations around the globe.
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Episode #47 - Ryukichi Sakuta, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory
Sakuta-san is leading venture finance advisory business in Japan at Deloitte Tohmatasu, supporting startup fund raising and M&A as well as the corporate venturing journey of large global corporates. In this conversation, we are taking a health check on the Japanese venture capital and corporate venture capital ecosystem, and Sakuta-san explains how he sees VCs and CVCs responding differently to the pandemic. We dive deeper into the differences between Japanese VCs/CVCs and their Western counterparts, what technology areas and geographical regions Japanese investors are currently focused on, and why it does not hurt to be a unicorn.  You can find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
23:13
July 10, 2020
Episode #46 - William Baber, Kyoto University
William W. Baber has combined education with business throughout his career. His professional experience has included economic development in the State of Maryland, language services in the Washington, DC, area, supporting business starters in Japan, and teaching business students in Japan, Europe, and Canada. He taught English in the Economics and Business Administration Departments of Ritsumeikan University, Japan, before joining the Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University, where he is an associate professor, in addition to holding courses at University of Vienna and University of Jyväskylä.  The book "Transforming Japanese Business", which Will co-authored and co-edited, explores the digital revolution in Japan. Its chapters present approaches and examples from sectors commonly understood to be visible arenas of digital transformation―3D printing and mobility, for instance―as well as some from not-so-obvious sectors, such as retail, services, and fintech. https://www.springer.com/book/9789811503269 Business today is facing unprecedented change especially due to the adoption of new, digital technologies, with a noticeable transformation of manufacturing and services. The changes have been brought by advanced robotics, the emergence of artificial intelligence, and digital networks that are growing in size and capability as the number of connected devices explodes. In addition, there are advanced manufacturing and collaborative connected platforms, including machine-to-machine communications. Adoption of digital technology has caused process disruptions in both the manufacturing and services sectors and led to new business models and new products. While examining the preparedness of the Japanese economy to embrace these changes, the book explores the impact of digitally influenced changes on some selected sectors from a Japanese perspective. It paints a big picture in explaining how a previously manufacturing-centric, successful economy adopts change to retain and rebuild success in the global environment. Japan as a whole is embracing, yet also avoiding―innovating but also restricting―various forms of digitalization of life and work. The book, with its 17 chapters, is a collaborative effort of individuals contributing diverse points of view as technologists, academics, and managers. You can find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
37:41
July 8, 2020
Episode #45 - InsurTech in APAC, Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA)
The Global Insurtech Alliance was formed to represent leading insurtech ecosystems across the globe. We all share a common purpose, to create a global ecosystem for insurtech to thrive within. In this first Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA) event, we focused the discussion around insurtech across the Asia Pacific region and includes representatives from:   George Kesselman, President and Founder Insurtech Asia  Jason Roberts, Founder Insurtech NZ Rita Yates, CEO and Co-Founder Insurtech Australia  Kai Dwyer, CEO and Co-Founder Vallum.Insure as Panel Moderator  We covered topics including:   An Introduction to their organisations  Current trends, including effect of COVID-19 in their region  Key challenges their ecosystems are experiencing  Key insurtech opportunities in their region  How do Insurtechs look for customers or investors in these markets and what are some of the tools available You can find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
31:22
June 19, 2020
Episode #44 - Marta Allina, Seoul Startups
Marta is the Founder of Seoul Startups, an international community partner of Tokyo FinTech, leading a startup community in Korea with an online and an offline presence, and currently more than 1,300 members. Having experienced Korea as a child when her father became a diplomat in post-communism Poland, Marta wanted to spread her wings upon graduating, returned to the country on a Korean government-sponsored scholarship program - and has never left. Joining Samsung Electronics upon graduation, after passing the regular strict recruitment tests, Marta became a model employee, excelling at the Samsung company song & dance in front of the executive team. Fast forward a few years, she has supported many startups through an acceleration program, has founded Seoul Startups to create a more formal support structure, in particular for foreign founders, and is also engaged with integration programs for North Korean refugees.   A personal story in which many of us might find some resemblance to our own path, told with witty humor and a sharp eye for commonalities and differences across cultures.  You can find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
23:25
June 16, 2020
Episode #43 - Hena Mehta, Basis
Hena Mehta is the Founder & CEO of Basis, a first-of-its-kind company focused on the financial independence of (initially) Indian women. Basis is building a digital platform powered by tailored financial content, engaged communities and curated services and products for women. Hena talks about her own experience as the motivation behind Basis, the target market of professional, well-educated, young women in India's metropolitan areas, and how conversations about money differ depending on whether men are present or not. Hena explains why the Indian market is considered so complex. We also take a look at the Indian startup ecosystem, and the changes that can be observed from the IT service providers of old to the new, emerging product-based startups.   Basis is a SEBI Registered Investment Adviser: https://www.getbasis.co/ You can find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
30:06
June 12, 2020
Episode #42 - Gustav & Johan, Fintechpodden
Viking alert! Gustaf Hård af Segerstad and Johan Lindskog are the podcast host for Fintechpodden, one of the leading shows in the Nordics. What better people to talk to about the Swedish and Nordics FinTech ecosystem overall?  Gustaf and Johan talk about the cashless society, how the government has made small interventions to introduce a little bit of friction back into the purchasing process to protect people from taking on too much debt, how open banking and its extension to other industries drives transparency and innovative business models, and what the Swedish central bank is doing about evaluating digital currencies.  You can find Fintechpodden on Anchor or any other major podcasting platform: https://anchor.fm/fintechpodden You can also find Tokyo FinTech also on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
27:23
June 9, 2020
Episode #41 - Jenna Huey Ching, FortNynja
Ranked multiple times among the Top 100 Women in FinTech globally, and one of the absolute top voices for FinTech in Malaysia, Jenna is the Co-Founder of FortNynja, a cyber security startup. Previously, she was responsible, as part of the digital government initiative, for drafting the FinTech strategy for Malaysia. Jenna is passionate about making Fintech education available more broadly, and is one of the initiators of the E-Fintech School, which will run during July for 100 participants across the APAC region. Registrations are open until June 15 at the following link: https://efintechschool.peatix.com/ Participation is free once you get selected, however, you will need to post a bond that will get refunded upon completion of the program.  On this podcast, Jenna talks about the focus for the FinTech ecosystem in Malaysia (serving the underbanked rather than the unbanked at this point), the benefits of diversity across the Malay, Chinese and Indian populations, the ease of doing business in Malaysia and its unique position next to Singapore, and in the center of one of the most dynamic regions in the world. We also come to the conclusion that there is no way you can avoid putting on weight during your initial stay as the variety and quality of food is simply amazing.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
29:59
June 5, 2020
Episode #40 - David Gurle, Symphony
David is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Symphony, the secure collaboration platform focused on global markets. David’s ideas have influenced the major trends in consumer and enterprise communications and most recently secure collaboration technologies over the past two decades. He founded and ran Microsoft’s unified communications products (Skype for Business) and as Global Head of Collaboration Services at Thomson Reuters, introduced the first consumer-to-business federated communications to the financial services industry. After the sale of Skype to Microsoft where he was the GM of Skype’s Enterprise Business, David founded and sold Perzo before founding Symphony. We had the honor to welcome David for a surprise visit at the Tokyo FinTech Meetup in August 2018, so in this conversation, we embarking on the Symphony journey since then. We discuss Symphony's differentiation as a network across companies, rather than inside a company (where Microsoft Teams and Slack might be extensively used), the importance of synchronization of information in a decentralized environment, the differences in integrating with WeChat and WhatsApp and why localization in Japanese language was so difficult (that's the geeky part of the conversation). From there, we are looking into the future of workflow productivity using Symphony, and the emergence of an enterprise intelligence platform. David concludes with his personal advice to entrepreneurs, and those who want to become one.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
29:26
June 3, 2020
Episode #39 - Assaf Marco, Sompo Cyber Security
Assaf Marco is a General Manager and leading the Product Strategy team at Sompo Cyber Security, a fully owned subsidiary of one of the three Japanese Mega Insurers. As such, Assaf is responsible for pre-sales, marketing and technical services development. Prior to his current position, Assaf had served in the Israeli Embassy in Japan as a Senior Commercial Officer promoting and developing the Japanese market for the Israeli security industry and took key part in strengthening the partnership between Israel and Japan in the homeland security and cyber security fields. Assaf shares his perspective on the global cyber security landscape, the level of preparedness in Japan, and how he has managed to bridge the cultures throughout his careers. We also touch upon the current working-from-home situation, which Sompo has fully embraced, to the moderator's surpise :-)  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
24:02
June 2, 2020
Episode #38 - Kristof De Spiegeleer, ThreeFold Foundation
Kristof is a passionate serial entrepreneur with six exits under his belt. He believes that respect & transparency is the basis for solid business, and that doing good for the world & providing return for investors can co-exist.  One of the most exciting, and best hidden secrets so far, the ThreeFold Foundation builds the infrastructure for the new internet, and internet that empowers equality, autonomy and sustainability.  Equality - ThreeFold's peer-to-peer Internet is available everywhere and owned by everyone - across geographical and cultural borders. Everyone has equal chances to learn, partake and succeed.  Autonomy - ThreeFold is democratized, neutral, and secure to provide freedom to all its stakeholders. Everyone is digitally autonomous and owns their data just like they would own their physical experiences.  Sustainabilty - ThreeFold believes in environmental consciousness.  All Network, hardware and software components that constitute the ThreeFold Grid are optimized around energy-efficiency and carbon neutrality.  Millennial health warning: These are two old guys discussing new technology. We could not help but drift back to our youth, so there is mentioning of a Commodore 64 computer, and phone books. If you do not know what these things are, just ignore those passages.   You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
31:11
May 29, 2020
Episode #37 - Martin Kassing, Upvest
Martin is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Upvest, a FinTech startup providing the first pan-European securities account API. Upvest is a BAFIN-licensed (the German financial services regulator) custodian and enables any neo broker to offer securities accounts to their end users instantly in their apps. We talk to Martin about: - His journey from venture capitalist early in his career to founder - Why good founders pivot fast - The importance of choosing the right customers  - The economics of issuance on custody in a regulated blockchain business model vs "the old world" You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
29:14
May 27, 2020
Episode #36 - Mikaal Abdulla, SoFi (formerly 8 Securities)
Mikaal is the SVP, International at SoFi, a finance company based in San Francisco that offers a range of lending and wealth management services to Millennials, after 8 Securities, which he founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of, got acquired in April. This was SoFi's first international acquisition.  Launched in 2012 in Hong Kong with zero-commission securities trading as the proposition (so this was even one year before Robinhood, commonly seen as the North Star of zero-fee trading, started), 8 Securities shortly afterwards launched an operation in Japan. Mikaal shares his experience of working across two cultures, and what he sees as the differences in working style, product development and market acceptance.  There is plenty of good advice for FinTech founders looking at either jurisdiction, and of course we are also discussing what the future will bring with SoFi's international expansion (spoiler alert: it might just resemble some of Mikaal's prior experience heading E-Trade's business outside of the US). You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech 
36:32
May 25, 2020
Episode #35 - David Packham, Founder & CEO at EOS42 & Chintai
Chintai started off as a community contribution by EOS42, one of the early EOS block producers, to provide an effective marketplace for token leasing. On EOS, the tokens that you hold allow you to use bandwidth on the network. Rather than tying up your capital by purchasing token, Chintai supports the idea that you can just lease them (for a fee, of course).  Since presenting at the Tokyo FinTech Meetup for the first time in April 2018, David and his team have generalized the Chintai technology and turned the company into a B2B FinTech service provider for issuance, management, and secondary trading of tokenized securities. Their high performance products, which at this point are technology-agnostic, help financial entities dramatically reduce overhead by automating compliance, reporting, advanced payments, collateral handling, and more. Chintai is in the process of - together with its partners - procuring access to the regulatory sandbox operated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
33:32
May 19, 2020
Episode #34 - Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University
Parissa Haghirian is Professor of Japanese Management at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management practices with a focus on Japan. Professor Haghirian earned an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna in 1999 followed by an MA and PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Together with her students, she has compiled the book "Japanese Management Concepts You Should Know", which is available for download from her website: https://www.haghirian.com/  In our podcast, we discuss what defines the Japanese management system, how it differs from Western management, and in fact "demystify" Japanese management; we debate examples of successful Western managers in Japan, the role of women in Japanese business, and how the Japanese governments' pandemic response is (or is not) an expression of the Japanese management style.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
38:15
May 16, 2020
Episode #33 - Matt McKibbin, DecentraNet
Matt is the Founder & Chief Decentralization Officer at DecentraNet, where he is working on the Monetary Reformation. As an analogy, he views the Reformation as the open sourcing & forking of Christianity. The Catholic Church still exists today, but you do not have to use them. The Monetary Reformation will do the same to central bank money.  We also talk about a data-centric future, where you own your data, a cause that is greatly advanced by Brittany Kaiser's suitably named Own Your Data Foundation. We touch upon PegNet, founded by David Johnston based on the Factom protocol, and close with a look at Matt's other passion, focusing on psychodelics to upgrade the human mind with AMMA Healing.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
29:06
May 14, 2020
Episode #32 - Shaul David, Railsbank
Railsbank was co-founded by Nigel Verdon, who also founded Currencycloud - the most famous FinTech startup that nobody has ever heard of, as its engine powers Revolut, Monzo and Starling Bank, among others. Railsbank is taking a similar trajectory in enabling any company to become a FinTech.  We talk with Shaul David, Head of Growth, and previously in a role as a FinTech Sector Specialist with the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the UK Government, where he also promoted London as a FinTech hub to Japanese financial services players. We define what the "invisibility cloak" implies, how Railsbank as an abstraction of the infrastructure layer could make market entry into Japan so much easier, and the immense opportunities that lie ahead of us, for banks and non-banks alike.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
28:21
May 13, 2020
Episode #31 - Go Masuda, Japan Security Token Association (JSTA)
Masuda-san is the Chairman of the Japan Security Token Association (JSTA) and the Chief Operating Officer at Blockchain Hub. Previously, he also worked at SMBC, one of Japan's three megabanks, where he was setting up an Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. We talk about the recent changes in crypto assets and digital securities regulation in Japan, how we expect the market to react to those rules that came into effect only on May 1, 2020, as well as the role the JSTA has to play in adoption, and how that contrasts with the Japan Securities Token Offering Association (JSTOA), the self-regulatory organization (SRO) for the broker/dealers engaging in crypto assets business.  Masuda-san also shares his observations on the adoption of blockchain technology among Japanese corporates, and how the current engagement differs from the early adopters.   You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
22:36
May 8, 2020
Episode #30 - Fabrizio Villani, Fintastico
Fabrizio is the Co-Founder & Head of Growth at Fintastico, curating a comprehensive database of of FinTech services and FinTech news to address the financial needs of consumers, retailers, enterprises and financial institutions, with a primary focus on European and North American FinTech startups. Following their recent funding round, they are working hard to become a FinTech aggregator, leveraging Open APIs to create a consumer-centric one-stop-shop for all things FinTech. As an Italian who studied in Amsterdam and moved into a FinTech job in Barcelona in 2013, quite a bit of our conversation centers around the Italian and Spanish financial services and FinTech markets. Why are BBVA and Banco Santander doing so well in the innovation space, compared to the Italian (and for that matter, German) incumbents?  Fintastico is also co-hosting a business match making & conference event on May 27 & 28, which is available for free using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fintech-after-cv-19-tickets-101793717750?discount=NorbertGehrke You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
30:37
May 5, 2020
Episode #29 - Luc Falempin, Tokeny
Luc is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tokeny Solutions, a Luxembourg-based software vendor building an full lifecycle platform to issue, manage and transfer tokenized securities, such as tokenized loans, structured notes, equity and funds, in a compliant way, allowing companies operating in private markets to benefit from using blockchain technology.  Technically built on the Ethereum protocol, and hence leveraging the vast ecosystem of engineering talent as well as of existing wallets, Tokeny shields the implementation details from the user by providing pre-defined business processes. Primarily, the components are a compliant issuance  solution (cloud platform to issue tokenized securities to eligible investors), an onchain transfer solution (Tokeny's T-REX protocol for compliant transfer of ownership to white labeled investors), and a securities servicing solution for events throughout the security token lifecycle.  In July 2019, Tokeny announced funding from Euronext, the leading pan-European exchange in the Eurozone. The investment allows Tokeny to lean on the resources brought by the largest centre of debt and funds listings in the world. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
32:56
May 4, 2020
Episode #28 - Ganesh Iyer, Dotin
Dotin  taps into the subconscious mind through colours and contrasts to develop personality profiles that create greater certainty in hiring decisions, identifying top talent within the organization, and help the organization develop the right professional development plan around an individual, all based on science originally developed in Japan in the mid-1980s, and still in use at all major marketing agencies.   You can perform the one minute assessment free of charge at the following link: https://hrtool.dotin.us/registration Dotin is a Business to Business (B2B) SaaS decision-making Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that aligns users' core motivations to the right opportunities through their subconscious behaviors to help the users and the enterprise reach their outcomes faster, creating a win-win situation.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
27:59
May 3, 2020
Episode #27 - David Brear, 11:FS
David is the Group CEO of 11:FS, a challenger consultancy that builds and launches next generation digital propositions for some of the biggest banks in the world.  They believe that digital banking is 1% done and that digital reform is needed to improve systems and services for banks and their customers. David's co-founder was part of the founding team at Monzo and Starling, and 11:FS has worked with the likes of Standard Chartered and NatWest, among others, on digital propositions.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
38:03
April 24, 2020
Episode #26 - Makoto Shibata, FINOLAB
We refer to Shibata-san as the "Godfather of FinTech in Japan", not in a Mario Puzo sense (you won't find the head of a horse next to you when waking up), but because of the influence Shibata-san had in shaping many careers and mentoring so many of the startups in the overall ecosystem. Also a sought-after speaker and panelists at conferences in Japan and abroad, we were delighted that the pandemic allowed us to find some time to take a 360 degree view on the hot FinTech topics in Japan.  So beyond some general commentary on the health of the overall FinTech ecosystem in Japan, we go into more detail specifically on the promotion of cashless payments, the situation in open banking, and get Shibata-san's perspective on the recently released security token regulation.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
32:57
April 22, 2020
Episode #25 - Algorand & Moonstake
For the first time, we welcome two guests to the podcast: Haichao Zhu, Associate Director at the Algorand Foundation, and Alex Hui, Director at Moonstake and Co-Founding Chairman at the APAC Blockchain Association. With Haichao, we discuss Algorand's Pure Proof-of-Stake (PoS) protocol, the features of Algorand 2.0, namely Algorand Standard Assets (ASA), Atomic Transfers and Algorand Smart Contracts at Layer 1 (ASC1), and the latest development with the so-called Co-Chains.  The research document mentioned on the podcast can be found at the following link: http://diyhpl.us/wiki/transcripts/stanford-blockchain-conference/2020/no-incentive/ From Alex, we learn how Moonstake goes about building a pan-Asian staking business, why they chose to go down the Proof-of-Stake route rather than building another Proof-of-Work Mining Pool, what the roadmap for the various coins is, as well as what supporting infrastructure we can expect (hint: BinaryStar wallet coming in May!).  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
35:34
April 16, 2020
Episode #24 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part II
Kyle Ellicott is a Founder, Investor and Analyst deeply involved with Blockchain and Open Finance. We had such an extensive conversation that we will publish it in two parts. In this episode, we round out our discussion on digital identity & authentication, debate friction vs frictionless financial services, and cover robustness and resilience in light of the Robinhood and MakerDAO issues during "Black Thursday". Kyle is a Co-Founder of ReadWrite and Topio Networks as well as the Chief Labs Officer of ReadWrite Labs. He is also a noted TEDx and global keynote speaker, strategist, published author, & technologist with over 15 years of experience at the cornerstone of digital transformation between industry and technology. He’s advised venture capital funds, family offices (FOs), as well as over 175 companies globally throughout industries such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Transportation/Mobility, Blockchain/DApps/FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Health, Smart Cities and has successfully raised over $130 million in venture funding. Quarterly, Kyle publishes the "Blockchain Infrastructure Landscape Map", with the Q1/2020 edition including more than 900 individual companies globally split into two parts, the overall landscape and supporting ecosystem. The overall landscape showcases several second-level categories throughout the Consumer, Enterprise, and Infrastructure sections. The supporting ecosystem highlights key players from venture to accelerators to consortiums. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
31:49
April 14, 2020
Episode #23 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part I
Kyle Ellicott is a Founder, Investor and Analyst deeply involved with Blockchain and Open Finance. We had such an extensive conversation that we will publish it in two parts. In this episode, we cover some of Kyle's background, his perspective on the evolution of the FinTech and Open Finance ecosystems over the last decade, the case for targeted efforts on financial literacy, and the urgent need for a reliable digital identity.  Kyle is a Co-Founder of ReadWrite and Topio Networks as well as the Chief Labs Officer of ReadWrite Labs. He is also a noted TEDx and global keynote speaker, strategist, published author, & technologist with over 15 years of experience at the cornerstone of digital transformation between industry and technology. He’s advised venture capital funds, family offices (FOs), as well as over 175 companies globally throughout industries such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Transportation/Mobility, Blockchain/DApps/FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Health, Smart Cities and has successfully raised over $130 million in venture funding. Quarterly, Kyle publishes the "Blockchain Infrastructure Landscape Map", with the Q1/2020 edition including more than 900 individual companies globally split into two parts, the overall landscape and supporting ecosystem. The overall landscape showcases several second-level categories throughout the Consumer, Enterprise, and Infrastructure sections. The supporting ecosystem highlights key players from venture to accelerators to consortiums. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
42:31
April 10, 2020
Episode #22 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial
We welcome our first returnee to the podcast, Benjamin Tsai, President & Managing Partner at Wave Financial, a digital asset management company based in Los Angeles.  Having been a close observer of the Japanese crypto markets, Ben shares his perspective on the developments in the securities token market in Japan. We then discuss Wave's second product launched in November 2019, the Bitcoin Income & Growth Fund, taking advantage of the developing derivatives markets, in particular the option markets, for crypto assets. Last but not least, hitting the headlines over the last week, Wave's announcement of a new whiskey fund, tokenizing Kentucky Bourbon, a few million bottles of hard assets! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
48:15
April 1, 2020
Episode #21 - Michael O'Loughlin, Token
In our latest episode of the Tokyo FinTech Podcast, we welcome as our guest Michael O'Loughlin, the token Irishman in Berlin. Actually, the Token Irishman in Berlin, where he is the Managing Director of Global Solutions, putting a bank in every app.  Founded by Steve Kirsch, who invented and patented an early version of the optical mouse, and had his biggest exit as an entrepreneur with the sale of Infoseek, Token is the industry’s leading open banking infrastructure provider. Token is creating the digital connectivity shaping the future of banking-enabled commerce.   Token’s open banking market platform enables banks and developers to set the pace of innovation in digital financial services, unrestrained by technical complexity and regulatory compliance.   By offering value-added payments functionality together with standardised, API-based access to over 3,000 banks across Europe and beyond, Token helps banks and businesses to drive new revenues through the creation and delivery of market leading open banking payment and data experiences. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
48:12
March 26, 2020
Episode #20 - Mohamed Roushdy, Dubai Asset Management
Mohamed Roushdy is among the most well-known Chief Information Officers in the Middle East, and after having previously achieved "CIO of the Year" honors, was just recognized as a "Digital Leader" by CXO Insights. Mohamed has built multiple banking startups, and is currently the CIO for Dubai Asset Management, a holding company focused on developing, acquiring and managing a diverse portfolio of for-rent residential communities. Dubai AM has been the first company to implement UAE Pass for digital signature of all legal contracts. UAE Pass is the first national digital identity and signature solution that enables users to identify themselves to government service providers in all emirates through a smartphone-based authentication. It also enables users to sign documents digitally with a high level of security. We also talk about how Mohamed implemented innovative solution such as a customized bank account number and on-the-spot debit cards & checkbooks as early as 2008, something that most financial institutions have not accomplished to date. We also cover Sharia-compliant financing, and the importance of SME funding for the region.  We hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we enjoyed recording it! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
43:41
March 25, 2020
Episode #19 - Hayato Kameta, Zweispace
Before founding Zweispace, Kameta-san was CEO of ARK Asset Management, the fund arm of Openhouse, and previously at the legendary Century21 world wide #1 real estate company in Tokyo's Shibuya district. With Zweispace, he looks to digitalize the real estate industry, by applying analytics to the valuation process, assessing earthquake robustness with IoT sensors, and putting the necessary documentation onto the blockchain. Kameta-san's ultimate goal is to re-create a real estate-based/backed financial system. Zweispace has just been accepted into the Plug & Play accelerator program in California, and is one of a few Japanese startups looking at markets globally at this stage of their growth.  Earlier in his career, after graduating from Kyoto University with a  B.S. in Physics, Kameta-san worked at Softbank, where he had the opportunity to learn much about the Silicon Valley ecosystem through the 400+ startup investments the group had made at the height of the late 90s internet bubble. He later was the Director of the CEO office, and the CEO of Prosper Asia, the P2P lending platform founded by Chris Larsen, who later went on to create Ripple.  The company name derives from a word play on Einstein that physicists will appreciate. Please listen in! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
36:32
March 22, 2020
Episode #18 - Charles Hoskinson, Input Output HK
Charles Hoskinson, CEO of Input Output HK and creator of the Cardano blockchain protocol, had a passionate response when asked about his Twitter fights with Dan Larimer during a recent Tokyo FinTech Meetup. This is only a short excerpt of almost two hours of opening comments and Q&A, which you can find in full length on our YouTube channel. We had the honor to host Charles three times in Tokyo over the last two years, this last appearance was in mid-2019.  Charles' Opening Comments https://youtu.be/4vx-c-7kNC0 Charles Q&A Part I https://youtu.be/mfOZCoD0TuM Charles Q&A Part II https://youtu.be/L9l4axsjZuQ You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
05:36
March 20, 2020
Episode #17 - Arne Peder Blix, AccA Invest
Having come to Japan initially as an 11-year old on a school exchange program, Arne has been an admirer of Japan all his life. An illustrious career as submarine officer, shipping executive, FinTech founder & investor later, he has just spent a week in Tokyo, joining a Nordic delegation also including members from Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Finland, to take a closer look at the startup & investment ecosystem.  We discuss - of course - Arne's career, and very quickly get carried away on discussions about politeness and respect (still plentiful to be found in Japan), the need to look beyond our own selfish needs (defined by Maslow's pyramid) to becoming "Earth positive", how to create the future of democracy through the right incentives, what makes successful founders, and why any stock market downturn is an opportunity for founders in Japan and elsewhere.  We would have liked to dive much deeper into many of these topics, and will certainly do so at a future Tokyo FinTech Meetup when Arne is back in Tokyo. Thank you very much for this wonderfully engaging conversation.  You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
50:37
March 11, 2020
Episode #16 - Nicolas Michelon, Asia Intelligence Advisory
Nicolas Michelon is the Founder of Asia Intelligence Advisory and an Editor of Asia Power Watch. He is speaking frequently at conferences and corporate events about geopolitical trends, economic power and competitive intelligence, with a specific focus on Europe/Asia relationships.  In this episode, that as an exception is neither Fin- nor -Tech, we evaluate the Carlos Ghosn case from an economic warfare perspective, speculate as to the future of the Renault/Nissan alliance, including future options especially on the Japanese side, as well as for the broader France/Japan trade relationship. We also take a look at how other foreign CEOs have fared in Japan, while clarifying the details of the Olympus dismissal and highlighting the Takeda success.   You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
42:30
March 7, 2020
Episode #15 - The Asian Century: How to Build a Thriving FinTech Hub
This session of the Global FinTech Index Briefings features FinTech Australia, FinTechNZ and Tokyo FinTech. Re-broadcast with kind permission by Findexable.   In December 2019 Findexable launched the Global FinTech Index City Rankings 2020, the first fully global ranking of FinTech ecosystems – across more than 230 cities, 65 countries and over 7,000 fintech companies.  Join the GFI Briefings to hear from FinTech disruptors and innovators and to learn what it takes to build a thriving hub that supports growth, attracts investment and engages with regulators to create a competitive and fair landscape for FinTech.   The Speakers   Simon Hardie, Co-founder and CEO of Findexable, has two decades of experience producing financial intelligence content, research and events for global financial publishers as well as boutique research publishers and media companies across Europe and the Middle East.   Rebecca Schot-Guppy is the GM of peak fintech group FinTech Australia. FinTech Australia represents over 300 companies in Australia on key policy issues and supports the local fintech ecosystem with events and partnerships. It also works to grow Australian fintech sector’s influence abroad. Before working at FinTech Australia, Rebecca was head of community at fintech startup hub Stone & Chalk. She also practised as a corporate lawyer at Hall & Willcox.   James Brown, GM of FintechNZ, is an Ambassador for the 4 day week campaign to drive productivity and give people time back to learn something new, spend time with their family or do something for the community. He is a serial networker who is driven to making New Zealand the number one choice for Fintech and Innovation giving great access to ASIA. James is focused to address our Financial and Digital Literacy issues, which leads to cashflow stress which impacts the Health and Wellbeing of New Zealanders.   Norbert Gehrke, Founder & Representative Director of Tokyo FinTech, and a General Partner at FinMirai, has spent most of his career as a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Technology Division, Barclays Investment Bank, and as a consultant. Norbert has led a number of greenfield broker/dealer implementations around the globe, innovation & transformation initiatives, as well as new product launches. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
52:51
February 29, 2020
Episode #14 - Nir Netzer, FinTech-Aviv
Nir Netzer is the Chairman of the Board for FinTech-Aviv, the Israeli FinTech Association, a highly valued Community Partner for Tokyo FinTech. With their Annual Summit just behind them, it was an excellent time to catch up with Nir and to discuss: - Startup Nation Israel - The strength of the Israeli FinTech sector, also in comparison with startups in other industries - How Israeli startups are looking at the opportunities abroad - The origin and motivation behind FinTech-Aviv You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
30:35
February 23, 2020
Episode #12 - Meetup with the FSA (Japanese)
On January 16, the FinTech Association of Japan held a meetup with the Financial Services Agency (FSA), the financial regulator in Japan. The FSA updated on a variety of regulatory initiatives, including cryptocurrencies, ICOs and STOs. This presentation is in Japanese The slides accompanying the presentation are available from our Medium Publication: medium.com/tokyo-fintech/meetu…slides-827056079a8b You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
14:41
February 16, 2020
Episode #13 - Yuki Kishi, Plug and Play Japan
Yuki Kishi has been the FinTech Director for Plug and Play Japan since its inaugural startup batch two years ago. Since the beginning of 2020, he is also responsible for Brand & Retail. Listen in on this episode to learn... - Yuki's advice for startups entering the Japanese market - What to expect when working with Japanese corporates - More about the startup that Yuki found most impressive over this two year period - How much Yuki values his personal and professional network! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
32:43
February 16, 2020
Episode #11 - Ryan Lackey, Tezos Foundation
Ryan Lackey, Chief Security Officer at the Tezos Foundation, came straight from a red eye flight from Bangkok to talk to us about his career, the role of the Tezos Foundation, governance in the crypto/blockchain world, and some of the largest projects that are under way with Tezos in Thailand and Brazil, for example. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
33:35
January 21, 2020
Episode #10 - Sopnendu Mohanty, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the financial services regulator, kindly gave us the opportunity for a brief interview during his recent visit to Tokyo. We talk about the FinTech innovation ecosystem in Singapore, ASEAN and Japan, the upcoming Singapore FinTech Festival, APIX as an open innovation platform, and how regulators might respond to the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
11:59
October 10, 2019
Episode #9 - So Saito, So & Sato Innovative Lawyers
With So Saito, one of Japan's most prominent FinTech lawyers supporting several high-profile blockchain & crypto companies, as well as other startups, we discussed ICO and STO regulation in Japan, stablecoins and Libra. There are significant changes coming in the regulatory environment over the next nine months, so please tune in! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
29:31
July 24, 2019
Episode #8 - Alex Topaloski, pulse iD
The cashless payment wars are on. Millions are being spent on rewards and loyalty programs, in Japan and in markets across Asia, by the competing payment platforms. pulse is an identity platform that provides seamless customer recognition, payment geo-validation & contextual engagement for banks, telcos and media organizations, allowing them to differentiate themselves. With Alex Topaloski, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, we talk about his payments journey over the last decade, the emerging convergence of loyalty & payments, and how much fun it is to be an entrepreneur! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
43:30
July 12, 2019
Episode #7 - Jose Casanueva, Electronic IDentification
The accelerator program by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the FinTech Business Camp Tokyo 2019, is open for applications until July 5 at the following link: www.senryaku.metro.tokyo.jp/bdc_tokyo/e…intech2019/ Jose Casanueva from Electronic IDentification has lead the company's effort as part of the 2018 accelerator program, and shares his experience. You will not be surprised to hear that he highly recommends it for anyone considering a Japanese market entry. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
15:21
June 24, 2019
Episode #6 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial
Benjamin Tsai is the President & Managing Partner of Wave Financial, a Los Angeles-based asset management firm focused on the cryptocurrency space, providing asset management products for high net worth and institutional investors. Ben shares his view on how the development of the crypto markets will mirror traditional markets, which requires the development of passive strategies and derivative products. Ben also focuses specifically on the securitization of hard assets. The benefits of securitizing whiskey are made very clear during our conversation. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
39:50
June 23, 2019
Episode #5 - Thomas Glucksmann, Diginex
Thomas Glucksmann is the Head of Data Management Solutions at Diginex, a leading provider of enterprise blockchain solutions, where he is focused on product management for a suite of blockchain enhanced Data Integrity solutions for corporations, governments and NPOs. Going beyond the hype and the crypto markets, our conversation centered around real-world use cases that government agencies and corporations are deploying today, for example in helping to secure the rights of migrant workers, and identifying fraud. We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion as much as we enjoyed recording it. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
47:46
June 21, 2019
Episode #4 - Makoto Takemiya, Soramitsu
Takemiya-san is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Soramitsu, the gem among Japanese blockchain companies. Founded in 2016, the company's blockchain technology, Iroha, was accepted by the Hyperledger under the Linux Foundation's governance by November that year, complementing Fabric, Sawtooth Lake, and other potential projects by creating reusable components in C++ that can be called from languages such as Go. Just a few weeks ago, the Web3 Foundation has released a grant to Soramitsu to develop a Polkadot runtime environment in C++. In between these two milestones were several implementations with the likes of Rakuten (for KYC system development), Sompo Holdings (for weather derivatives), the National Bank of Cambodia (for digital currencies), and many more. Soramitsu focuses on delivery, not marketing - this podcast offers a unique view into the different projects Soramitsu is working on, and how Takemiya-san's views shape how the company is operating. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
1:02:21
June 8, 2019
Episode #3 - Harumi Urata-Thompson, HUT Consulting
Having started her career as the first woman on the Fixed Income Trading Desk at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, Harumi has pursued a fascinating path across three continents, including roles in digital & innovation, fintech and space. We talk about the blockchain and crypto ecosystems in Tokyo, New York and the Bahamas, Harumi's space venture, and of course about diversity & inclusion in finance, technology and fintech. You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
37:26
April 11, 2019
Episode #2 - Travis Kling, Ikigai Asset Management
In our second episode of the Tokyo FinTech Podcast, we welcome Travis Kling, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Ikigai Asset Management, who discusses his journey to becoming a crypto fund manager, why crypto will be the best performing asset class for years to come, the Fed and......Johnny Football! You can also find us on.... LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokyofintech/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokyofintech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokyoFinTech Medium: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech
51:57
April 5, 2019