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The eXponential Finance Podcast is produced in co-operation with Tokyo FinTech (https://tokyofintech.com/), covering Finance & FinTech themes in Japan and beyond. Tokyo FinTech looks to inform, inspire and innovate in the financial services sector in Japan. Our community of more than 3,300 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/exponentialfinance/support


Rohit Taneja, Decentro - My passion is for solving problems that I have experienced myself (S2E17)
Oct 21 • 23 min
Rohit Taneja is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Decentro, an Indian Open Banking platform and a Y-Combinator 2020 alumni. Decentro was born both from a personal pain point that Rohit faced while running his previous venture, as well as…
Harumi Urata-Thompson, Celsius Network - Acting as Centralized Finance amongst the Decentralized Finance industry (S2E16)
Oct 16 • 26 min
Harumi Urata-Thompson is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer for Celsius Network. Having started her career as the first woman on the Fixed Income desk at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, Harumi has had a long and successful career in…
Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University - Japanisches Management: Arbeiten im Japanischen Unternehmen (S2E15)
Oct 12 • 35 min
» This is the German edition on the topic of Japanese management, you can find a related English language podcast in Season 1, Episode 34 of this programme (Anchor link follows):…
Alisa DiCaprio, R3 - Nobody is questioning anymore whether blockchain can help their digitalization drive (S2E14)
Oct 9 • 19 min
As the Head of Trade and Supply Chain at R3, Alisa DiCaprio is responsible for trade strategy, standards and governance design, with a current focus on mobility, logistics, and finance. Alisa’s previous role at ADB involved leading institutional…
Digital Transformation in Japan with Will Baber, Kieran Gane & Raja Karim (S2E13)
Oct 7 • 40 min
We hosted a presentation & discussion with three of the editors and contributors of the “Transforming Japanese Business - Rising to the Digital Challenge” book that was published in early 2020 by Springer, with the authors sharing their individual…
FinTech Tandem with John Ho - Central Bank Digital Currencies (S2E12)
Oct 5 • 31 min
John Ho is the Head of Legal - Financial Markets at Standard Chartered Bank. We often talk about all things FinTech across Asia, and beyond. As part of a webinar held in September, we extensively discussed Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs): - What…
Rolands Mesters, Nordigen - In the Baltics, the markets are small, but the capabilities are huge (S2E11)
Oct 2 • 34 min
Rolands is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nordigen, an open banking data analytics platform in Riga, Latvia, that help banks, lenders and FinTechs to use open banking data to build more powerful applications in lending, personal finance and…
Max Kordek, Lisk - Resist the temptation to follow every hype and focus on execution (S2E10)
Sep 26 • 40 min
Max Kordek is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lisk, a blockchain platform for decentralized applications established in 2016 together with his Co-Founder Oliver Beddows, who is the CTO. Lisk was one of the earliest pioneers of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus…
Sophie Meralli, Eight Roads - The future of venture capital is female (S2E9)
Sep 13 • 33 min
Sophie Meralli joined the Japan Ventures team at Eight Roads at the beginning of 2020, focusing on Enterprise Tech and FinTech investments. Previously, she has worked at Innospark Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Boston. Originally trained…
Zia Zaman, Beaver Lake Capital - A longer, happier, thicker, and fuller life for you and your family (S2E8)
Sep 9 • 40 min
As the CEO of LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s innovation centre, Zia has spent the last six years steering the company’s innovation agenda across the region and around the world, with a passion for finding new ways to help the under-served. Globally, LumenLab…
Mirko Ross, asvin - Trust and security for the Internet of Things (S2E7)
Sep 6 • 30 min
Mirko Ross is the Chief Executive Officer of asvin, an early German startup developing solutions for a trusted and secure Internet of Things (IoT). A recognized cybersecurity expert, Mirko is a Member of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)…
Matthew Chan, ASIFMA - Addressing securities & derivatives market fragmentation through the policymaking lifecycle (S2E6)
Aug 19 • 34 min
Matthew Chan is the Head of Public Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainable Finance (APAC) at the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), an independent, regional trade association with over 130 member firms comprising a diverse…
Henry Chong, Fusang - Laying the foundation for a sustainable stakeholder capitalism by enabling digital security ownership for all (S2E5)
Aug 16 • 38 min
Henry Chong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fusang Group. At Fusang, Henry is responsible for the group’s overall strategic direction & mission. He works closely with global institutional investors and financial regulators to bring professionalism…
Mattia Fiorentini, Cambridge Quantum Computing - The future is hybrid, quantum laptops are not near, and your blockchain is safe (most likely) (S2E4)
Aug 13 • 39 min
Mattia Fiorentini is the Head of Machine Learning and Quantum Algorithms at Cambridge Quantum Computing, a world leading independent quantum computing software company, with operations in US, Europe & Japan, and more than 60 scientists including 35+…
Thomas McMahon, AirCarbon - Making Carbon trading frictionless, starting next week (S2E3)
Aug 11 • 37 min
Thomas McMahon is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AirCarbon, a Singapore-domiciled digital exchange focused on eliminating market friction in a carbon-constraint economy by securitizing carbon credits into fungible and tradable securities…
Markus Hillebrand, ControlExpert - Bringing a delightful claims experience to car insurance (S2E2)
Aug 6 • 36 min
Markus Hillebrand is the Chief Executive Officer - Asia Pacific for ControlExpert, a German InsurTech company employing ~900 people in 17 locations, including offices in Japan, China (Mainland & Hong Kong), and Thailand. Policyholders typically do not…
Paul Rowady, Alphacution - Robinhood, the upstart financial casino targeted at underemployed millennials (S2E1)
Aug 2 • 55 min
Paul is the Director of Research at Alphacution who recently made some waves by digging deep into how Robinhood, the commission-free trading app valued at upwards of USD 8 billion, actually makes money. Paul is a veteran of the proprietary trading…
#50 - Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys: Defi-ning the next financial system
Jul 28 • 43 min
We were super-excited to welcome Lex Sokolin, the Co-Head of FinTech at ConsenSys, *the* venture studio in the Ethereum ecosystem, as our honorable guest for our 50th anniversary podcast. Lex is a New York & London entrepreneur with senior operating and…
#49 - Chintai, Live from Singapore Blockchain Week: Tokenized Securities & Stablecoins
Jul 22 • 31 min
Live at Singapore Blockchain Week, we hosted a panel discussion sponsored by Chintai with leading minds in the world of compliance enabled decentralized finance - tokenized securities & stablecoins. We discussed compliance enabled blockchain technology,…
#48 - Merkle Science, Is Hong Kong a competitive jurisdiction for virtual asset businesses?
Jul 19 • 29 min
For this episode, we are listening in to a webinar hosted by our friends at Merkle Science, a panel discussion that assessed whether Hong Kong is a competitive jurisdiction for virtual asset businesses from the perspectives of regulation, operations and…
#47 - Ryukichi Sakuta, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory
Jul 10 • 23 min
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…
#46 - William Baber, Kyoto University
Jul 8 • 37 min
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…
#45 - InsurTech in APAC, Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA)
Jun 19 • 31 min
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…
#44 - Marta Allina, Seoul Startups
Jun 16 • 23 min
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…
#43 - Hena Mehta, Basis
Jun 11 • 30 min
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…
#42 - Gustav & Johan, Fintechpodden
Jun 8 • 27 min
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…
#41 - Jenna Huey Ching, FortNynja
Jun 4 • 29 min
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…
#40 - David Gurle, Symphony
Jun 3 • 29 min
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…
#39 - Assaf Marco, Sompo Cyber Security
Jun 2 • 24 min
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.…
#38 - Kristof De Spiegeleer, ThreeFold Foundation
May 28 • 31 min
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,…
#37 - Martin Kassing, Upvest
May 27 • 29 min
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…
#36 - Mikaal Abdulla, SoFi (formerly 8 Securities)
May 25 • 36 min
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…
#35 - David Packham, Founder & CEO at EOS42 & Chintai
May 19 • 33 min
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…
#34 - Parissa Haghirian, Sophia University
May 16 • 38 min
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…
#33 - Matt McKibbin, DecentraNet
May 14 • 29 min
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…
#32 - Shaul David, Railsbank
May 13 • 28 min
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…
#31 - Go Masuda, Japan Security Token Association (JSTA)
May 8 • 22 min
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.…
#30 - Fabrizio Villani, Fintastico
May 5 • 30 min
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…
#29 - Luc Falempin, Tokeny
May 4 • 32 min
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…
#28 - Ganesh Iyer, Dotin
May 3 • 27 min
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…
#27 - David Brear, 11:FS
Apr 24 • 38 min
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…
#26 - Makoto Shibata, FINOLAB
Apr 22 • 32 min
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…
#25 - Algorand & Moonstake
Apr 16 • 35 min
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…
#24 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part II
Apr 13 • 31 min
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 &…
#23 - Kyle Ellicott, Topio Networks - Part I
Apr 10 • 42 min
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…
#22 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial
Apr 1 • 48 min
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…
#21 - Michael O’Loughlin, Token
Mar 26 • 48 min
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.…
#20 - Mohamed Roushdy, Dubai Asset Management
Mar 25 • 43 min
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…
#19 - Hayato Kameta, Zweispace
Mar 22 • 36 min
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…
#18 - Charles Hoskinson, Input Output HK
Mar 20 • 5 min
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…
#17 - Arne Peder Blix, AccA Invest
Mar 11 • 50 min
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…
#16 - Nicolas Michelon, Asia Intelligence Advisory
Mar 7 • 42 min
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…
#15 - The Asian Century: How to Build a Thriving FinTech Hub
Feb 29 • 52 min
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…
#14 - Nir Netzer, FinTech-Aviv
Feb 23 • 30 min
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: -…
#12 - Meetup with the FSA (Japanese)
Feb 16 • 14 min
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…
#13 - Yuki Kishi, Plug and Play Japan
Feb 16 • 32 min
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…
#11 - Ryan Lackey, Tezos Foundation
Jan 20 • 33 min
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…
#10 - Sopnendu Mohanty, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Oct 9, 2019 • 11 min
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…
#9 - So Saito, So & Sato Innovative Lawyers
Jul 23, 2019 • 29 min
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…
#8 - Alex Topaloski, pulse iD
Jul 11, 2019 • 43 min
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…
#7 - Jose Casanueva, Electronic IDentification
Jun 23, 2019 • 15 min
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…
#6 - Benjamin Tsai, Wave Financial
Jun 22, 2019 • 39 min
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…
#5 - Thomas Glucksmann, Diginex
Jun 20, 2019 • 47 min
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,…
#4 - Makoto Takemiya, Soramitsu
Jun 7, 2019 • 62 min
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…
#3 - Harumi Urata-Thompson, HUT Consulting
Apr 10, 2019 • 37 min
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…
#2 - Travis Kling, Ikigai Asset Management
Apr 4, 2019 • 51 min
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…