PODCAST

MoneyNeverSleeps

Eoin Fitzgerald | Pete Townsend

A weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, finance, technology and life as we know it. Co-hosts Pete Townsend and Eoin Fitzgerald. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
164: Matthew Graham | Sino Global Capital, Web3 and Making Your Hobby Your Job164: John Wu from Ava Labs | Blockchain, Web3 and Building on Avalanche163: Go! | Teana Baker-Taylor, Digital Assets and the Chamber of Digital Commerce162: Money Talks #45 | Pete Townsend’s Irish Tech News Interview on Digital Finance | Rory Galvin on the Finsight Series161: Money Talks#44 | Michelle Tsing and Mentoring in Blockchain from the Techstars Web3 Convo Series
Oct 29 2021
44 mins
160: Freedom v2 | Colm Lyon’s Journey through Payments and Fintech159: Money Talks #43: Launchpool Web3 Techstars AMA | Stripe Goes Crypto Again | Stories from Token 2049
Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend dive headfirst into insights from the first AMA session on the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator, then look at Stripe’s re-entry into crypto and what they’d miss if they stayed on the sidelines, Pete shares some stories from the Token 2049 conference last week in London, and Eoin tees up some unique insights on embedded finance through the lens of NerdWallet’s IPO filing and Productfy’s $16mn Series A. MAIN STORIES COVERED: Highlights from 1st AMA (ask-me-anything) on the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator in Dublin (YouTube, 13-Oct-21) Stripe goes back to the crypto future (Charlie Taylor @ Irish Times, 13-Oct-21) Stories from Token 2049 in London last week (Business Insider, 11-Oct-21) NerdWallet’s IPO filing reveals high-margin content business, accelerating marketing spend (Techcrunch, 11-Oct-21) OTHER STORIES/REFERENCES: ‘Shopify of embedded finance’ startup Productfy grabs $16 million in funding (ITMunch, 10-Oct-21) Proposed Bank Jewel Wants to Become a Global Stablecoin Issuer, With Bermuda’s OK (Coindesk, 13-Oct-21) Plaid Report: The Fintech Effect - Fintech’s Mass Adoption Moment (Plaid Blog, 12-Oct-21) LINKS: Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack Follow us on Twitter Podcast| Twitter Pete| Twitter Eoin Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
Oct 15 2021
39 mins
158: 3 is the Magic Number | Laura Walsh, Launchpool and Techstars157: Money Talks #42: Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator in Ireland | Chase Goes UK | AngelList Gets Stacked
Oct 1 2021
30 mins
156: Bring the Noise | Gershie Vann and Magma Capital Funds155: Vision | Sophie Guibaud and OpenPayd154: My Parallel | Shane Monks O’Byrne and Aikido Finance153: Money Talks #41: Amazon-Affirm BNPL | USDC and Stablecoins | Visa, CryptoPunks and the World of NFTs
Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend walk through Amazon’s new partnership with BNPL (buy-now-pay-later) player Affirm and what this means for the Amazon flywheel, and then answer the question ‘what’s a stablecoin?’ in the context of USD Coin and the Centre Consortium, before diving into the world of NFTs through Visa’s $150,000 purchase of a CryptoPunk NFT and the big opportunity for monetizing the metaverse. MAIN STORIES COVERED: Amazon-Affirm BNPL (buy-now-pay-later) Affirm shares soar nearly 47% after Amazon partnership that lets consumers buy expensive things in installments (CNBC, 30-Aug-21) Is Affirm's Amazon Deal Better Than Walmart? (Fintech Business Weekly/Jason Mikuda, 29-Aug-21) How does Affirm make money? (Finty, 21-Jun-21) USDC and Stablecoins Centre Consortium announces new team to create 'global network of stablecoins' (the Block (via Coindesk), 30-Aug-21) AID:Tech utilises Circle and USD Coin to provide fraud resistant disaster relief(Finextra, 30-Aug-21) Visa is now supporting settlement of card transactions with USDC (Techcrunch, 29-Mar-21) Visa gets into NFT space Visa buys a CryptoPunk as it takes first steps into 'NFT commerce' (The Block, 23-Aug-21) Nifty Corporates (Not Boring by Packy McCormick, 30-Aug-21) LINKS: Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google| Overcast Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack Follow us on Twitter Podcast| Twitter Pete | Twitter Eoin Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
Sep 3 2021
39 mins
152: Money Talks #40: Chime and American Neobanks | Facebook’s Wallet Relaunch | Amazon’s Crypto Journey | Lending Club Turnaround
Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend unpack the shiny new $24bn valuation for Chime in the context of the American neobank landscape, Ron Shevlin’s concept of neobank-driven deposit displacement through the lens of Bank of America, Facebook’s relaunch of their crypto project, the potential impact of Amazon hiring a crypto lead, the LendingClub turnaround and a sampling of Lex Sokolin’s poetic fintech prose. MAIN STORIES COVERED: Chime’s Big Raise Chime raises $750 million, earns big jump in valuation as another fintech moves closer to IPO (CNBC, 13-Aug-21) Bank of America and Deposit Displacement Bank Of America is losing its grip on millennials as fintechs reinvent the checking account (Ron Shevlin in Forbes, 16-Aug-21) Facebook’s Wallet Relaunch Will Facebook’s Relaunched Digital Wallet [Novi] Alter the Future of Payments? (The Financial Brand, 24-Aug-21) Amazon’s Crypto Journey Beyond the rumors: Amazon's likely direction in crypto (American Banker, 30-Jul-21) Lending Club Turnaround Buying a bank turned LendingClub around. Now the fintech industry is watching (Protocol, 16-Aug-21) HONORABLE MENTIONS: Creating, Transacting, and Storing Value in the Financial Metaverse of NFTs, DAOs, and DeFi (Lex Sokolin, Fintech Blueprint, 23-Aug-21) Walmart is looking for a crypto product lead (The Block (via Arca) 15-Aug-21) LINKS: Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Overcast Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack Follow us on Twitter Podcast | Twitter Pete | Twitter Eoin Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
Aug 27 2021
44 mins
151: Money Talks #39 | The First Edition of the Finsight Series150: Growing Up | Brian Kenny and MiniCorp149: Money Talks #38: Starling Up, Monzo Down | Square’s BNPL Deal | Amazon, Shopify, Revolut and Fintech Flywheels
Aug 6 2021
51 mins
148: The Bridge | Gerard Tannam and Strategic Brand-Building
Gerard Tannam, Strategic Brand-Builder at Islandbridge, tells us all about the use of storytelling as a framework in bridging the gap between buyers and sellers, businesses and their markets. In this episode, we weave through Ger’s own story that takes him from Ireland to Hong Kong and back again, then into the lessons learned from marketing and strategy direction for big brands before launching the Islandbridge business, how building bridges between businesses and customers drives growth for businesses of all sizes….and almost becoming a priest! MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by PAT Fintech, the training partner that demystifies fintech and digital finance for financial services professionals. HIGHLIGHTS: On one of the earliest signs of what became Gerard’s modus operandi in building brands: “As part of our event management business in Hong Kong in the ‘90’s, we also set up an art gallery. The common thread was that I became used to walking into an empty space and looking on both sides and asking the question, what do I need to do to fill this gap?” “You're constantly being thrown into an environment where you're obliged to translate, to step into that space between and to determine how are we going to make this work?” “Narrative and story are concerned with making sense of the world, of finding a language to describe the world. So when Alice goes down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, what Lewis Carroll is doing is he's describing another world. When we build brands, that's what we're doing.” LINKS: Episode title inspired by The Bridge by MC Shan Get in touch with and to learn more about Gerard Tannam and Islandbridge. Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack Follow us on Twitter Podcast| Twitter Pete| Twitter Eoin Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
Jul 30 2021
49 mins
147: Money Talks #37: Revolut’s Big Raise | Square’s Crossover | Robinhood IPO | Fintech Flywheels
Eoin and Pete mine a motherlode of fintech hotspots this week starting with insights into Revolut’s latest $33bn valuation, Square’s quest for crossover between creators, crypto and small businesses, then we dive deep into the upcoming Robinhood IPO and our developing thesis on fintech flywheels. MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by PAT Fintech, the training partner that demystifies fintech and digital finance for financial services professionals. MAIN STORIES COVERED: Revolut’s Big Raise Revolut confirms a fresh $800M in funding at a $33bn valuation to supercharge its financial services superapp (TechCrunch, 15-Jul-21) Revolut: required study for any student of disruptive innovation (Sifted, 21-Jul-21) Revolut vs. Nubank: Insight from Rally Cap Venture’s Juan Gabriel (Twitter, 16-Jul-21, thanks Lex Sokolin) Square’s Crossover Square to Create New Bitcoin Platform for Financial Services (CoinDesk, 15-Jul-21) Square to take on incumbents with business banking accounts (Finextra, 21-Jul-21) Robinhood IPO Robinhood IPO: Still A Bad Bet for Investors With Alarming Risk (David Trainer, Forbes, 20-Jul-21) HONORABLE MENTIONS: Invest Like the Best with Patrick O’Shaughnessy: David Velez from Nubank (Apple Podcasts) $1 out of every $5 in venture funding went to fintech in Q2 2021 (Morning Brew, 8-Jul-21) LINKS: Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google | Overcast Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack Follow us on Twitter Podcast| Twitter Pete| Twitter Eoin Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
Jul 23 2021
45 mins
146: Global Access | Ankur Mohan and MarketXLS

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