BIG Podcast



Things are changing fast in the world of financial technology. The BIG Podcast explores the impact of financial technology innovations on the every day person. Top financial industry guests will give us exciting insights into technologies that will shape the way we manage and spend our money.


  • What Makes SPACs So Special?

    02/03/2021 Duración: 35min

    Glen chats with Wall Street veteran and Forbes contributor Jeff Gapusan about the meteoric rise of SPACs and the sudden appeal of this obscure (until recently) investment vehicle. Also- a new take on attitudes toward Robinhood and GameStop.

  • The Future of Cash (Yes, it has a future…)

    23/02/2021 Duración: 46min

    Glen recaps the highlights from last week’s global Future of Cash conference, including interviews with Alex Bau of the Fed’s Cash Product on new research re: US usage, and Ron Delnevo on ATMs and “keeping cash local.” Plus more uses- and more pay?- for gig workers?

  • Hacking a Tesla? Or a Credit Union?

    16/02/2021 Duración: 36min

    “Recovering hacker” Alissa Knight shares her frightening first-hand experience breaching dozens of mobile banking apps and other Internet of Things embedded systems. Also- Ant Financials’ lower valuation and the UK’s Buy Now Pay Later reckoning.

  • Car Buyers and Rule Makers

    09/02/2021 Duración: 36min

    Credit Union Journal editor Aaron Passman discusses the trends he’s watching in the credit union space- including unexpected car shopping, states revamping regulation, and the ongoing hunt for scale.  Plus the latest twists in the GameStop/Reddit saga.

  • Placing WallStreetBets on GameStop

    02/02/2021 Duración: 49min

    John and Glen have very different views on the causes and impacts behind the investment activity roiling GameStop, AMC, and other stocks. Their spirited debate considers whether Robinhood is really robbing the rich and if there are any good guys in this battle, among other issues.

  • Consumers Want Digital- But What Does That Mean?

    27/01/2021 Duración: 38min

    Glen speaks with Karl Dahlgren about BAI’s annual Banking Outlook and some potential disconnects between consumer and industry focus areas. Also, the latest on Affirm, Plaid, Walmart’s fintech foray, and changes at the CFPB and OCC.

  • SolarWinds- What’s the Next Blowback?

    19/01/2021 Duración: 36min

    The SolarWinds breach has targeted government systems- so far. Its eventual impact on FIs and other firms remains both a mystery and a major risk. Cybersecurity experts Jim Stickley (Stickley on Security) and Jeff Olejnik (Wipfli) help us sort through the details and next steps to this new form of attack.

  • Unconventional Fintech Wisdom

    12/01/2021 Duración: 38min

    Unconventional Ventures founder Theodora Lau unearths some fascinating twists in intergenerational finance, blind spots in student lending, and implications for credit unions. Also- SolarWinds blowback, and $15B in 2020 bank fines.  

  • Predicting 2021’s Top Fintech Headlines

    05/01/2021 Duración: 51min

    John and Glen gaze into 2021 and offer their takes on the topics we’ll be discussing over the next year- like augmented reality, regulation and the Gig Economy. Includes our annual Bitcoin price prediction!

  • 2020’s Top Fintech Stories Just Keep on Coming

    22/12/2020 Duración: 39min

    John and Glen recap the year’s biggest fintech stories, including several late-breaking items. John also suggests a major credit union opportunity stemming from the gig economy.

  • Greenwood, Daylight, and the New Affinity Banking Model

    15/12/2020 Duración: 50min

    Glen speaks with leaders from a pair of high-profile startups with innovative models for providing banking services to underrepresented communities: Greenwood (Black/Latinx consumers) and Daylight (LGBTQ members).

  • Finovate Standouts (from Six Feet or Further)

    08/12/2020 Duración: 47min

    Glen speaks with leaders from DeepTarget, Linqto and MallIQ- three of his favorite fintech solutions demoed at Finovate West Digital. Also, discussion of other Best of Show winners, links to our interviews with honorees Breach Clarity, Finzly and Glia, and credit unions’ 2021 financial outlook.

  • Thankful Holiday Tidings- Even in 2020

    26/11/2020 Duración: 34min

    2020 has been panned as the Worst Year Ever, but in our annual Thanksgiving tradition John and Glen still find plenty to be thankful for in fintech- including some surprising heroes. Links related to this episode: Best Innovation Group’s weekly Digital Town Halls for best practice sharing on Credit union responses to COVID-19, held most Wednesdays:   The BIG website: Follow the Best Innovation Group on Twitter: @bigfintech Follow Glen on Twitter @154Advisors Follow John on Twitter @jbfintech

  • Choose Your Own Venture

    17/11/2020 Duración: 51min

    Glen speaks with the founders of DoubleCheck, NetGiver and Live Give Save- three startups that stood out at the recent VentureTech conference for fintechs serving credit unions.

  • Elections Have (Fintech) Consequences

    10/11/2020 Duración: 34min

    Glen shares insights- including perspectives from multiple sources- on how the election’s outcome will impact credit unions, banks and fintech firms. Also, the impact of California’s Prop 22 on the gig economy, Ant Financial’s spectacular IPO head fake, and Visa/Plaid runs afoul of the Department of Justice.

  • Workforce Planning for Now and the Long Haul

    27/10/2020 Duración: 36min

    Glen chats with Jason Jones, head of Cresa’s Remote Services and Technology Services segments, about workforce and workplace strategies for a post-COVID world. Also new research on digital adoption, digital trust and a brief respite from the election.

  • Plagues always end- but what comes after?

    20/10/2020 Duración: 36min

    Fintech entrepreneur and thought leader Brian Roemmele shares his takeaways on the pandemic- including parallels to 1918- and what it means for the future of the workplace and talent recruiting. Also, Wyoming's blockchain play gets Kraken.

  • Re-Run: There’s Nothing Cryptic about These Digital Dollars

    13/10/2020 Duración: 32min

    Glen interviews Daniel Gorfine of the Digital Dollar Project about his vision for a government backed tokenized currency and a recent US “Sputnik Moment.” Also- a setback on payday lending, and a rejected credit union merger highlights the perils of succession planning. NOTE: This week we're re-posting a notable episode from earlier this summer.

  • Digital Banking's New "App Store" Model

    06/10/2020 Duración: 37min

    Glen speaks with leaders from Finzly and Q2- both Finovate Fall Best of Show winners- about innovative approaches to rapidly bringing digital banking solutions to market. Also, more on working from home and our gradual return to the workplace. 

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