UCLA neuroscientist Theodore Berger has developed a microchip that can be implanted in your brain to boost your memory.
That may seem like the beginning of a science fiction story, but it’s reality.
The good news for those of us who don’t want to have a chip surgically implanted into our brains is that there’s a far less intrusive, less permanent method of upgrading your brainpower with technology.
I’m talking about podcasts.
The beauty of podcasts is that not only can you learn on the go, but you can choose what you want to learn about with laser focus.
If you work in any area of finance and accounting, you need to stay fresh on the latest news and trends in fintech.
When you’re trying to run a business, sifting through thousands of online articles or subscribing to print magazines is a highly inefficient way of staying in the know. Podcasts give you access to the latest information while you walk your dog, commute, or run on the treadmill.
But as podcasting has exploded in popularity, it has become harder and harder to discover which shows are worth your time. That’s where this article comes in.
I’ve scoured the web to come up with ten fintech podcasts that you can learn from as we enter the final stretch of 2018 and look ahead to another new year of business.
10 fintech podcasts to keep you in the know
Ratings, reviews, and episode information come from each show’s Apple Podcasts page; click on each image below to open a preview in a new tab. Description excerpts and “What the listeners think” quotes are taken from Apple Podcasts descriptions and reviews.
Podcasts are listed in order of rating, then number of reviews, then number of episodes. To be considered for inclusion, podcasts needed at least a 4/5-star rating, ten reviews, and ten episodes.
Description excerpt: “On Fintech Insider Insights, they speak to subject matter experts for deep dives on APIs, AI, digital banking, and all other areas disrupting our industry. … bring[ing ] you one-on-one interviews with the thought leaders and innovators transforming financial services. [The] Fintech Insider News show sees our hosts and guests try to make sense of the top stories from the industry in the last week.”
What the listeners think: “Whether you’re an expert who mines your own cryptocurrency or a beginner trying to come to terms with distributed ledgers, FinTech Insiders is the podcast for you. The members of the 11:FS team are a highly experienced and knowledgeable group … evidenced by their guests who are at the forefront of industry thought leadership. … the hosts take time to stop and explain terms and concepts and their histories.”
What you can learn about: Episode 260 (Oct. 12, 2018) takes a deep dive into the world of product design for digital finance and banking products. Other highlights include discussions on the implications of Brexit and digital banking strategies for SMBs.
Host: Will Beeson
Description excerpt: “In an age of increasingly rapid change, important questions, debates and developments are unfolding before our eyes. … ‘Rebank: Banking the Future’ explores the trends, developments and challenges that define our age and shape the future role of money, banking and financial services.”
What the listeners think: “In two episodes, this has already become one of my favorite podcasts. The early guests provide an insightful perspective on the future of banking, privacy, and technology. The host, Will, leads the conversation in an informed manner.”
What you can learn about: The Sept. 4, 2018, episode is the second part of a series on Millennials and fintech services that looks at recent research on how the Millennial mindset affects their financial decisions and the types of businesses they are starting. The June 12, 2018, episode looks at what small business leaders need to know about data ethics and how to ethically leverage customer data.
Hosts: Tariq Bokhari
Description excerpt: “Your source for fintech talk.”
What the listeners think: “Best business podcast. They get the titans of industry to open up, talk about their work and their lives, and help make these industry leaders feel like real people. Enlightening and empowering. One of the few podcasts that creates a human connection.”
What you can learn about: The Oct. 10, 2018, episode goes over what it takes to successfully launch a fintech startup and how to avoid common pitfalls, for example when transitioning from the incubation period to the acceleration period.
Description excerpt: “The latest news in fintech brought to you with insight and wit by our panel of finance and tech pros. We look at all aspects of fintech developments in payments, capital markets, blockchain, lending, and more. We discuss new developments and what they mean for you.”
What the listeners think: “Fintech is the next frontier for the financial industry. It’s quite timely for a podcast such as ‘FinTech Newscast’ to begin covering relevant topics in the space. … I’m eager to follow the coverage on the evolution of blockchain technology in our financial systems, the adoption of cryptocurrencies, and the boundless creativity around alternative lending.”
What you can learn about: The latest episode discusses a diverse range of topics, from the Cryptokitties blockchain game and Indian ecommerce company Flipkart, to Brazilian digital bank Nubank. If you listen to this podcast, there’s very little in the world of fintech that will catch you off guard.
Hosts: Students of Wharton Fintech
Description excerpt: “The Wharton Fintech podcast discusses the trends, topics and ideas that are reshaping financial services globally. It features founders, investors, students, and thinkers from the world of fintech with unique perspectives … ”
What the listeners think: “The Wharton Fintech podcast is a great source of insight into the minds of the founders, investors, and leaders in financial technology. Hearing the perspectives of the people that are building the future of finance is fascinating.”
What you can learn about: The April 1, 2018, episode brought in Colleen Briggs—head of community innovation at JP Morgan—to discuss innovative new fintech tools designed to help overlooked Americans achieve financial health. Another notable episode brought on Dan Aisen, co-founder of the IEX (Investor’s Exchange) to discuss the alternative stock exchange he helped create.
Hosts: Troy A. Paredes and Lee A. Schneider
Description excerpt: “In this biweekly podcast, Troy (former SEC commissioner and founder of Paredes Strategies LLC) and Lee (general counsel at Block.one and co-founder of Genesis Block, LLC) discuss today’s—and tomorrow’s—exciting and impactful fintech topics. With their guests, they explore business and regulatory developments and technology trends, giving listeners new perspectives to take back to Main Street, the Hill, Wall Street, and the boardroom.”
What the listeners think: “Troy, Lee, and their guests do a phenomenal job of simplifying complex ideas within different niches of fintech in a structured, entertaining way. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to ‘Appetite for Disruption’ if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to level up and better understand future applications of products/services in this evolving field!”
What you can learn about: A standout episode from Sept. 3, 2018, brought former SEC commissioner Michael Piwowar on to discuss why the SEC denied a bitcoin exchange traded fund. Another landmark episode from Feb. 5, 2018, had Forbes contributor Samantha Radocchia on to discuss all the ways blockchain is changing our lives and how it’ll affect our future.
Host: Chris D’Antuono
Description excerpt: “Whether you’re looking to stay informed on the latest in payments technology, listen to experts on the future of eCommerce, or simply learn about cutting edge fintech companies, this podcast is for you. Each episode features an interview with a globally minded business and tech expert, discussing topics like: global payments, money transfer services, financial innovation and fintech, eCommerce, APIs, business transformation, and more.”
What the listeners think: “This podcast covers a wide variety of payment industry topics.”
What you can learn about: A recent episode with Steve Villegas of PPRO looks at how much of the world has already moved from plastic to fully electronic transactions and how U.S. SMB leaders need to adapt accordingly. On the other end of the spectrum, in an episode from Aug. 28, 2018, D’Antuono talks to Stuart Bain of Alicriti about why paper checks are still a thing and what type of payment methods younger generations are demanding.
Description excerpt: “Should banks offer treasury services for free? Why is the Bank Secrecy Act such a problem for community banks? Join CSI’s Andy Goldstein and Laura Sewell as they discuss the latest fintech trends and topics with banking executives, industry experts, and thought leaders.”
What the listeners think: “The moderators ask poignant questions about interesting topics in the evolving banking sector.”
What you can learn about: The most recent episode shares strategies on how to keep your small business safe from cybercriminals. Another episode breaks down the implications of the Oracle research that shows that 69% of people want their entire financial life cycle on digital channels.
Description excerpt: “Technologists and crypto-enthusiasts Joel Comm and Travis Wright attempt to demystify the world of bitcoin, blockchain, litecoin, ethereum, alt-coins, token generation events, and ICOs in this podcast for cryptocurrency newbies.”
What the listeners think: “Cryptocurrencies are a very exciting development in the world of finance, but nobody is quite sure yet where the technology will lead. So it’s good to get [as] educated [as] you can on the subject. Joel and Travis help decipher this, and compare the [different] currencies very well.”
What you can learn about: With episodes released almost daily since the middle of 2017, you’d be hard pressed to find a fintech topic that Joel and Travis haven’t covered. But a few of the more recent interesting standouts include episode 189 on Fedcoin—the U.S. Federal Reserve’s answer to Bitcoin—and episode 182 on the intersection of blockchain and the booming video game industry.
Host: Brett King
Description excerpt: “Fintech … is the new disruption that is sweeping the globe and dominating tech world conversations on everything from Apple Pay to new credit algorithms, and upending the access to capital. Fintech is going to give millions of people who have never had access to banking, savings, and capital a bank account that they carry in their hands.”
What the listeners think: “Brett is one of fintech’s main luminaries today, and for that reason alone his podcast is not to be missed. Topics and guests are well chosen, and dialog is engaging.”
What you can learn about: With almost 200 episodes under his belt, King has covered just about every fintech topic imaginable, from student loan debt to the effect of blockchain on the cannabis industry.
Which fintech podcast will you listen to first?
As you can see, these fintech podcasts cover everything from the effects of blockchain on the video game and cannabis industries to the far-reaching implications of Brexit.
The best part is that all of these podcasts are free, so next time you’re walking your dog or driving to work, pop one of these episodes on and think about how you can use the knowledge you gain at your small business.
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