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Fintech Takes
Fintech Takes
Alex Johnson

Fintech moves fast. But here at Fintech Takes, Alex Johnson and his rotating panel of guests move faster so that you can... more

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S7 Ep10: Dissecting Federal Preemption Laws, Citibank Dodges Consumer Protections, and Why We Don’t Have a National Fintech Charter

Summer’s almost here, and Kiah Haslett is braving the swarms of Tennessee cicadas to join Alex for another session of... more

12 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
S7 E9: Fintech Recap: Synapse vs. the World, Visa Flex Credential, Buy Now Pay Later Reclassified as a Credit Card

We won’t lie— we’re exhausted. Are you exhausted from keeping up with one of the most tiring stories in financial... more

05 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
S7 Ep8: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Kudos, Azimuth, Layer, and Carputty

Another day, another credit card reward app to unpack. But this time, is it actually possible we’ve found the one... more

29 May 2024 · 56 minutes
S7 Ep7: What Large Language Models Mean for the Future of Fintech, with Rohan Ramanath of Hyperplane

You can’t read anything these days without seeing something about how Chat GPT and large language models are the future... more

22 May 2024 · 55 minutes
S7 Ep6: Bank Nerd Corner: Unpacking Federal Reserve Master Accounts with Julie Hill

We have a lot of questions when it comes to Fed Master Accounts. And thankfully, Julie Hill, Vice Dean and... more

15 May 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
S7 E5: Fintech Recap: Tipping is Bullshit, Synapse’s Final Chapter, & Pay By Bank’s Intriguing Future

The tulips are blooming and the windmills are churning—so where in the world is Jason Mikula this week? Jason calls... more

08 May 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
S7 E4: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Modak Makers, Casap, Silver, Elpha Secure

Alex is back with the great and powerful Simon Taylor to unpack some of fintech’s most interesting fintech startups. We’re barely... more

01 May 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
S7 Ep3: The WILD Story of PayPal’s Origin, with Author Jimmy Soni

Elon Musk, Amy Rowe Klement, Peter Thiel, Julie Anderson, Max Levchin, Reid Hoffman.  What do these powerhouse entrepreneurs all have in... more

24 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
S7 Ep2: BNC: The Relationship Between Stock Prices and Bank Health, Tokenization’s Disruptive Potential, and Lots of FHLB Talk with Steven Kelly.

In this super special edition of Bank Nerd Corner, Alex and Kiah are joined by Steven Kelly, the Associate Director... more

17 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
S7 Ep1: Fintech Recap: Consent Order Madness, Chime Prepares to IPO, and Fintech Twitter Trolls

Another week, another consent order.   Welcome back to BaaS Island, where regulators keep throwing more bodies at the problem, hoping something... more

10 Apr 2024 · 55 minutes
S6 Ep12: Workshopping Fintech Theses

This week, Alex is joined by Gabby Cazeau (Partner at Harlem Capital) and Emily Man (Partner at Primary Ventures) to... more

27 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
S6 Ep11: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Chipp.ai, Whop, Revenew, and NayaOne

Simon Taylor’s back on the podcast and he’s excited (but oh so exhausted) to be talking about some of fintech’s... more

20 Mar 2024 · 49 minutes
S6 Ep10: BNC: Unpacking the 1 Year Collapsiversary of SVB, Exploring Banking Deserts, and Is This the End of BaaS Innovation(?)

Just because Alex is finally leaving Las Vegas, doesn’t mean he’s escaping the banking desert back in Montana. And for... more

13 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
S6 Ep9: Fintech Recap: The Discover/Capital One Merger, Lineage’s Latest Consent Order, Inflation Affects Tooth Fairy Pricing

On this week’s episode of Fintech Takes, Alex is joined by international man of mystery and publisher of Fintech Business... more

06 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
Killing It! The Hidden Toll of Startup Success: Matt Harris on Founder Burnout

Founding a startup is the thing so many fintech entrepreneurs dream about. So what happens when that dream turns into... more

29 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
S6 Ep8: Oh, What a Gorgeous Business Model! (A Deep Dive into ServiceTitan, AmEx, and The Bancorp

Let’s face it—profitability is in vogue in fintech again.  So this week, Alex is mixing it up by taking a deep... more

28 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
Killing It! – Leaving the Hero Complex of Foundership Behind, with Shamir Karkal, CEO of Sila

What happens when entrepreneurs have to face down the most difficult decision there is — knowing when it’s time to... more

23 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
Killing It! –Fintech’s Biggest Disrupters on Startups, Success, and All the Hard Lessons In Between

Things in life rarely go as planned. But things in fintech? Well…  They almost never go as planned.  So how do you... more

22 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
S6 Ep7: Bank Nerd Corner: New York Community Bank, Panacea Financial, the BSCA, and the State of Auto Lending

America’s favorite banking and fintech Editor, Kiah Haslett, drops by to unpack the latest, craziest, and hottest news in the... more

21 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
S6 Ep6: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Tip Top, Lucite, Rove, and Prosper AI

Simon Taylor’s back and fresh off writing his latest in-depth Q1 fintech report to chat with Alex about more potential... more

14 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
S6 Ep5: Fintech Recap: Regulators Crack Down on BaaS, Buy Now Pay Later’s Newest Offerings, Paypal (Kind Of) Shocks the World

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. That started from this banking... more

07 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
S6 Ep4: The Nuances in Credit Underwriting that Most People Miss with Frank Rotman

Frank Rotman, Chief Investment Officer at QED Investors, makes his triumphant return to the podcast to share his wisdom on... more

31 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
S6 Ep3: Banks Gaming the Fed, The Fight Over ILCs Ramps Back Up, and Frequent Flyer Mile Madness

We’ve all barely recovered from the frosty Arctic blast this past week, but that balmy -37-degree Montana weather isn’t slowing... more

24 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
S6 Ep2: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Foyer, Claim, Crew, and Brico AI

In this episode of Not Fintech Investment Advice, Alex is joined by the man, the myth, the legend, Simon Taylor,... more

17 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
S6 Ep1: Fintech Recap: Revolut Cries Wolf, Tomo Boost’s Continued Craziness, and Tales from BaaS Island

Alex and Jason are back at it again for the first time this year, and can we just say that... more

10 Jan 2024 · 58 minutes
Fintech Predictions for the Not-So-Distant Future, with Frank Rotman

We know, we know… Prediction episodes are so cliché. And somehow, experts have an incredible way of dramatically overestimating what... more

03 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
S5 Ep12: 2023’s Most Compelling Fintech Stories

With the New Year quickly approaching, we’re finding it next to impossible to recall the sheer insanity that’s happened in... more

20 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
S5 Ep11: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Wellahead, Increase, Ribbon, Conduiit

Simon’s out on paternity leave (don’t worry—it’s not like he’s catching up on any lost sleep), but thankfully, we’ve found... more

13 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
S5 Ep10: BNC: If SoFi Looks Like a Bank and Quacks Like a Bank…, the CFPB’s New Oversight Rules, Fintech’s Savior Complex Problem

Alex is joined by the one and only, Kiah Haslett to break down another month of bank and fintech news. They... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
S5 Ep9: Fintech Recap: Fintech’s Reckoning, the Predatory Nature of Credit Building Products, and the Fyre Festival of NFTs

Thanksgiving’s over and Christmas is almost here… so you know what that means! We’re checking our credit account once, checking... more

29 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
S5 Ep8: Dadonomics: Mastering the Art of Fintech with Tom and Alex Johnson

With the smell of turkey, thanks, and pumpkin spice filling the air, what better way to celebrate the holiday season... more

22 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
S5 Ep7: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Spreadsheets Never Say Die, HiFi Unifies Music’s Fractured Income Stream, and Subscription-Based Climate Tech

Sure Clippy may have died over a decade ago (RIP, little buddy), but some things in Microsoft Office just can’t... more

15 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
S5 Ep6: BNC: The Debit Interchange Cap is Being Lowered Because … Reasons, Check Fraud, and the Implications of 1033

This week we’re back with the fabulous Kiah Haslett for another round of Bank Nerd Corner. Alex and Kiah catch up... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
S5 Ep5: Live From Money 20/20

Live from Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, Alex is joined by co-host Jason Mikula for a special episode of Fintech... more

01 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
S5 Ep4: Unpacking the Post-Pandemic Era’s Most Interesting Financial Health Trends, with Scott Sanborn

This week, Alex chats with Scott Sanborn, the CEO of Lending Club, to discuss the ever-evolving relationship between banks and... more

25 Oct 2023 · 45 minutes
S5 Ep3: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Layup Gamifies Savings, Series Set to Compete with Major ERPs, Can We Please Stop Focusing on LLMs

It’s time for another episode of “Not Fintech Advice” with the inestimable, Simon Taylor! Or errr…. Whatever, that word actually... more

18 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
S5 Ep2: The Role of Supervisors/Adverse Action Notices/Building a Better PFM

Conference season is here and Kiah Haslett is here to break down all the latest news and events in banking... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
S5 Ep1: Fintech Recap: The Challenges of BaaS/The Drama of Interchange/The Final Death of NFTs

Matthew Goldman (founder of Totavi and author of CardsFTW) joins Alex and Jason to talk through the never-ending challenges of... more

04 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
S4 Ep12: Breaking Down the Five Waves of Fintech, with Charles Birnbaum

You can’t disrupt fintech unless you fully understand its storied history. So what are the biggest lessons we can take... more

27 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
S4 Ep11: Not Fintech Investment Advice: Generative AI & Compliance, Reinventing the ERP, The Case For CDs

Get ready for another episode of Not Fintech Advice with Simon Taylor!  In this episode, Alex and Simon dive into the... more

20 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S4 Ep10: BNC: Why Fintech Can’t Get Charters, Compliance Expectations, Defining Risky Deposits

Get ready for another deep dive into the world of banking and fintech with this month’s “Bank Nerd Corner” with... more

13 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
S4 Ep9: Fintech Recap: Current’s Credit Building Card, Plaid’s New Partnership, and Niche Neobanks Making It Work

On this week’s Fintech Recap, Alex and Jason unravel the latest industry buzz and breakthroughs in fintech. And in this episode,... more

06 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
S4 Ep8: Not Fintech Investment Advice: AI’s Fintech Footprint, PayPal’s Bold Stablecoin Move, Making Community Banks Profitable

In this month’s special episode of “Not Fintech Investment Advice,” Alex sits down with fintech guru Simon Taylor to talk... more

30 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
S4 Ep7: Fintech Recap: How FedNow is Revolutionizing the Future of Instant Payment

Chief Payments Executive of the Federal Reserve, Mark Gould, stops by the studio for this special episode of Fintech Recap... more

23 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
S4 Ep6: BNC: Apple is Too Popular, Credit Card Balances Spike, Make CDs Sexy Again

It’s time for another episode of Bank Nerd Corner with America’s favorite banking and fintech editor, Kiah Haslett, and there’s... more

16 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Instant Money Madness, Sam Altman’s Dystopian Future, and a Cannabis Debit Card Kerfuffle

Was Zelle a stupid way of introducing real-time payments? Is OpenAI’s CEO going all in on making Minority Report a... more

09 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
S4 Ep4: The Opportunity to Help Independent Workers in Brazil, with Isaac Matzner

The number of independent workers in Brazil is surging, but still, full employment benefits elude most contract workers. How can... more

02 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
S4 Ep3: Not Fintech Investment Advice — Noodle.shop, Crux, Vesta, and Tint

In this month’s “Not Fintech Investment Advice” with Simon Taylor, where Alex and Simon dissect the latest and greatest fintech... more

26 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
S4 Ep2: BNC: MOVEit’s Security Breach, Bank M&A, and the Hidden Risks of Faster Money Movement

It’s time for another round of Bank Nerd Corner with Alex and special guest host Kiah Haslett, and thankfully, only... more

19 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
S4 Ep1: Fintech Recap: Goldman Offloads Apple/the Rise of Data Fraud Consortiums/Monetizing Outrage

Our favorite fintech obsessive is back from parental leave, and he’s ready to tackle all of the latest fintech news... more

12 Jul 2023 · 52 minutes
S3 Ep6: BNC: Is Apple Card the End of Banks/Refinancing Commercial Mortgages/First Republic Bank

What happens when $270 billion of commercial mortgages expire and mature?  In this week’s Bank Nerd Corner, Alex chats with Managing... more

31 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S3 Ep5: Four of Fintech’s Most Disruptive Companies, with Simon Taylor

On this week’s podcast, Alex is joined by the wise and powerful Simon Taylor, who’s taking a break from the... more

24 May 2023 · 55 minutes
Exploring Payroll Connectivity: Emerging Use Cases, with Argyle

In this special, four-part series, Fintech Takes’ Alex Johnson explores payroll connectivity from a variety of perspectives.    In this episode, Argyle... more

16 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Exploring Payroll Connectivity: Mortgage, with Argyle

In this special, four-part series, Fintech Takes’ Alex Johnson explores payroll connectivity from a variety of perspectives.   In today’s episode, John... more

09 May 2023 · 45 minutes
Exploring Payroll Connectivity: Lending, with Argyle

In this special, four-part series, Fintech Takes’ Alex Johnson explores the wide-reaching implications of programmatic, consumer-permissioned access to payroll data.    In... more

02 May 2023 · 48 minutes
S3 Ep4: Fintech Recap— Apple Savings, Bunq’s U.S. expansion, and Plaid RTP

Fintech Business Weekly publisher Jason Mikula joins Alex to discuss the latest news in fintech and banking.   In this week’s episode,... more

26 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
Exploring Payroll Connectivity - How Argyle is Redefining Income & Employment Verification, with Shmulik Fishman

In this special, four-part series, Fintech Takes’ Alex Johnson explores payroll connectivity from a lending, mortgage, and emerging technology perspective.    In... more

25 Apr 2023 · 53 minutes
S3 Ep3: Fintech’s Biggest Unsolved Problems with Nina Mohanty

Co-founder of Bloom Money, Nina Mohanty, drops by the podcast to discuss just how many unsolved problems remain in fintech... more

19 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
S3 Ep2: BNC: What Makes a Bank Safe, the Federal Discount Window, and Innovation in Banking

With the benefit of some hindsight (finally), what are the big takeaways from SVB?   Kiah Haslett, managing editor of Bank Director,... more

12 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
S3 Ep1: NFIA: Ondorse, Parker, Getmomo, Portabl

What fintech companies should you be keeping a close eye on? Kicking off season 3, Alex is joined once again by... more

04 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
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With the benefit of some hindsight (finally), what are the big takeaways from SVB?   Kiah Haslett, managing editor of Bank Director, is in... more