May 18, 2017

Episode #13 Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner – Blockchain, Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management where he analyses implications of Blockchain technology on companies and business models.  Prof. Sandner is also member of the FinTech Rat – a council for financial technology of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. In our interview this week we discuss the Blockchain technology and its potential implications. Prof. Dr. Sandner answers all our questions and more regarding the Blockchain and closely related technologies such as smart contracts, digital currencies and other applications of this revolutionary invention. As the […]
March 9, 2017

Episode #08 Dr. Thomas Bloch – Fintechs, Robo-Advisors and The New Banking

Dr. Thomas Bloch is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Vaamo, a leading German Robo-Advisory platform. Prior to founding an asset management fintech Dr. Bloch has worked in investment banking for J.P. Morgan for almost 9 years. This unique set of experiences makes our today’s guest an amazing conversation partner as he shares valuable insights as seen from both sides of the table. In our conversation, we jump from topic as we discuss the history of Vaamo as well as the current fintech environment and the struggles of founding a financial startup. We also get very deep into the way a […]
February 9, 2017

Episode #06 Dr. Nelson Lacey, CFA – A Deeper Look Into the CAIA Designation

Dr. Nelson Lacey, CFA is a professor of finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. He earned his PhD in finance from the Pennsylvania State University and he also holds the CFA charter. Professor Lacey has been at CAIA since its inception. He has been active in working on the program’s curriculum and examination and became a Director of Exams in 2004. Professor Lacey’s academic work has led to over 50 publications in finance and economics. He is also the co-author of the book Modern Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice. The love for knowledge is […]
January 26, 2017

Episode #05 Richard Lucas – Angel Investing

Richard Lucas is an angel investor who is currently involved with close to 20 different companies across a variety of industries. He has made many investments into world-class startups over the years, including deals with startups backed by the likes of Y Combinator. For example, Richard was an early investor in the company Estimote, which won the 2013 Tech Crunch disrupt in the Hardware category. Part of the reason why Richard is such a fascinating person to talk to, is that he is involved in a variety of projects outside of his main work. He is the founder of Cambentrepreneurs, […]