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.


  • The New Guard Takes Center Stage

    22/09/2022 Duración: 45min

    Glen interviews four of his favorite companies- all first-time presenters- at last week’s Finovate Fall event: Best of Show winner Debbie, crypto solutions provider Bakkt, trading platform Energy Shares and business identity platform Middesk.   Links related to this episode: Debbie: Bakkt: Energy Shares: Middesk: Glen’s earlier interviews with Best of Show winner Quilo and also standouts Illuma and Posh:   Best of Show winner Lemonade LXP’s appearance on our CU Digital Town Hall: Glen’s recent interview with Finovate frontman Greg Palmer: The Treasury Department’s newly minted report on the Future of Money:

  • Digital Loyalty, Portable Wallets

    13/09/2022 Duración: 32min

    Glen speaks with BitMint CTO Gideon Samid about his firm’s unique approach to digital loyalty programs, and with GoCart’s Head of Growth Nick Hughes about reducing shopping cart abandonment. Also- new data on credit unions and crypto, and credit card gun merchant codes set the stage for a new battle royale.     Links related to this episode:   BitMint:  GoCart:  Glen’s Credit Union Magazine article on CUs and Crypto:  PSCU/’s survey of credit union leaders’ crypto attitudes:  MPC22 (August’s Mobile Payments Conference):  Follow the Best Innovation Group on Twitter: @bigfintech Follow Glen on Twitter @154Advisors Follow John on Twitter @jbfintech

  • Exodus from the Debt Trap

    30/08/2022 Duración: 31min

    Glen meets with Exodus Lending’s Executive Director Anne Leland Clark to discuss its grassroots efforts to extricate consumers from debt traps and plans to launch “the anti-payday loan.” Also - faster payments coming faster, and the crypto caravan keeps growing. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • The ACH - An Underutilized Asset?

    22/08/2022 Duración: 35min

    Shamir Karkal, co-founder of trailblazing neobank Simple, discusses his current venture Sila and its mission to simplify payments for the entire ecosystem. Plus-FedNow lurches toward the starting gate, and Glen looks forward to a busy September. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • A Shift in the Venture Capital Winds

    16/08/2022 Duración: 33min

    Glen speaks with Finovate’s VP of Marketing Greg Palmer about how 2022’s economic climate may be fueling a new wave of young fintechs. Also, a recent acquisition has Glen asking about CUSOs, and a brief tribute to a true card pioneer. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • More Deposits, More Returns?

    09/08/2022 Duración: 36min

    John and Glen take a cue from a "money anthropologist" and Dax Shepard, thinking through generational wealth and the future of savings. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • A Lone Star Lighting the Crypto Path

    02/08/2022 Duración: 35min

    Glen speaks with CEOs Becky Reed of Lone Star Credit Union and John Wingate of BankSocial about a new solution enabling small CUs to rapidly deliver crypto to members. Also a first look at Durbin 2.0. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • A League of Their Own (Nebraska Credit Union League)

    26/07/2022 Duración: 34min

    Glen speaks with Nebraska Credit Union League CEO Scott Sullivan and Family Focus Federal Credit Union CEO Amy Brodersen about the unique (and not so unique) challenges facing the 56 CUs in the Cornhusker State, including payday lending and blockchain. SHOW NOTES can be found at:

  • Payday Lenders - Purely Evil, or Filling a Market Need?

    19/07/2022 Duración: 31min

    John and Glen get rather emotional- too emotional?- discussing the world of payday lending and how credit unions can deliver better solutions to address such unfortunate real-world needs.

  • Digital without the Drama

    11/07/2022 Duración: 32min

    Glen speaks with BitPay CFO Jagruti Solanki about staying focused through crypto's ups and downs on the blocking and tackling on enabling payments

  • "More Liz, Less Henry" -Sincerely, CECL

    28/06/2022 Duración: 27min

    Glen examines the oft-delayed CECL accounting standard for estimating credit losses with TCT Risk Solutions’ CEO Randy Thompson. He digs in to make a technical topic interesting by boiling repayment behavior down to everyday persona.

  • First Movers, Early Lessons

    21/06/2022 Duración: 41min

    Glen speaks with a pair of execs on the front lines of credit unions’ crypto rollout: Rahm McDaniel of NYDIG and Joe Keller of Visions Federal Credit Union- about the state of play and any impacts of recent market turbulence.

  • Stoking the Flames through a Crypto Winter

    14/06/2022 Duración: 32min

    Glen speaks with Lamont Black- a DePaul University banking professor and a go-to resource for credit unions- about Bitcoin’s recent bumps in the pricing road and why he remains optimistic about the future of digital assets. Also, a first look at the Senate’s proposed cryptocurrency bill.

  • Paying with Points- or Crypto

    07/06/2022 Duración: 37min

    Glen interviews two more of our favorite Finovate Spring presenters- Cion Digital and Engage- and reflects on the potential dawn of a “buy or be bought” environment.

  • Finovating into the Headwinds

    24/05/2022 Duración: 45min

    Gelen interviews a trio of newly minted Finovate Best of Show winners- FinGoal, Keep and Spave- and reflects on a spring event that took place in a starkly different investment climate.

  • Credit Unions and Crypto- Direct from the Source

    17/05/2022 Duración: 35min

    Gordon Howe, CEO of Unify FCU, shares his $3 billion institution’s experiences as one of the first credit unions to offer crypto services to members. Also, Glen attempts to decipher the ongoing market turmoil in stablecoin and other digital assets. 

  • Smarter, Faster, Bigger, Stronger

    10/05/2022 Duración: 39min

    Glen shares highlights from last week’s Nacha Payments conference: Nacha CEO Jane Larimer on a busy time for innovation, Lipis Advisors’ Andrew Gomez on lessons learned from real-time payments fraud overseas, and Peter Tapling on the road ahead for CBDCs.

  • Big Ideas, Bigger Crowds

    05/05/2022 Duración: 34min

    Glen marvels at the record attendance for the current wave of industry conferences, and speaks with a pair of NACUSO’s Next Big Idea standouts: winners Illuma and Posh, and bold newcomer Quilo. Also a recap of PSCU’s Member Forum. 

  • Pre-Gaming for May’s Conference Madness

    26/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Glen previews an insanely busy conference events calendar, including an interview with Finovate emcee Greg Palmer, a focus on Nacha Smarter Faster Payments, and the ongoing pursuit of the Next Big Idea. 

  • Declarations of Monetary and Technology Independence

    19/04/2022 Duración: 33min

    CEO Dave Foss discusses Jack Henry and Associates' technology strategy, Glen polls college students on their payment and crypto habits, and Bitcoin believers go the John Hancock route in airing their grievances.

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