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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 Continue Reading >>
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188: Money Talks #51 | Revolut on Tour | Starling Flies | Vitalik on the Metaverse | Crypto Regulation & Talent | Umba’s Big Deal This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend riff on Pete’s trip to the US last month with the sheer ridiculousness of the 8 different combinations of point-of-sale authorizations he experienced with a single Revolut card, Starling Bank’s re-prioritization of a presence in the Irish banking market, the hunt for crypto talent by EU regulators, Vitalik’s view on giving people what they want in the Metaverse, fintech micro-lender Umba’s deal for Daraja Lending and Tomo Credit’s big round to make credit scores obsolete.
*SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - This is our mid-summer episode for August and we’ll be back with our regular weekly cadence come September.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
STORIES WE COVERED:
EBA warns talent shortage will hamstring crypto regulation (Finextra, 2-Aug-22)
Apple Accused Of Potential Consumer Data Misuse With Its ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Service (Forbes, 27-Jul-22)
Vitalik: Metaverse ‘Is Going to Happen’ but Meta’s ‘Will Misfire’(Decrypt. 31-Jul-22)
US-based fintech Umba buys majority stake in Kenya’s Daraja microfinance bank (TechCrunch, 3-Aug-22)
Starling Bank pulls plans to offer services in Ireland (RTE News, 18-Jul-22)
TomoCredit raises $22M at a $222M valuation toward its goal of making credit scores ‘obsolete’ (TechCrunch, 21-Jul-22)
LINKS:
Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast
Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
Subscribe to our newsletter on Substack
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Follow Eoin Fitzgerald on Twitter
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Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie

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188: Money Talks #51 | Revolut on Tour | Starling Flies | Vitalik on the Metaverse | Crypto Regulation & Talent | Umba’s Big Deal This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend riff on Pete’s trip to the US last month with the sheer ridiculousness of the 8 different combinations of point-of-sale authorizations he experienced with a single Revolut card, Starling Bank’s re-prioritization of a presence in the Irish banking market, the hunt for crypto talent by EU regulators, Vitalik’s view on giving people what they want in the Metaverse, fintech micro-lender Umba’s deal for Daraja Lending and Tomo Credit’s big round to make credit scores obsolete.
*SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - This is our mid-summer episode for August and we’ll be back with our regular weekly cadence come September.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
STORIES WE COVERED:
EBA warns talent shortage will hamstring crypto regulation (Finextra, 2-Aug-22)
Apple Accused Of Potential Consumer Data Misuse With Its ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Service (Forbes, 27-Jul-22)
Vitalik: Metaverse ‘Is Going to Happen’ but Meta’s ‘Will Misfire’(Decrypt. 31-Jul-22)
US-based fintech Umba buys majority stake in Kenya’s Daraja microfinance bank (TechCrunch, 3-Aug-22)
Starling Bank pulls plans to offer services in Ireland (RTE News, 18-Jul-22)
TomoCredit raises $22M at a $222M valuation toward its goal of making credit scores ‘obsolete’ (TechCrunch, 21-Jul-22)
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 MoneyNeverSleeps on Twitter
Follow Eoin Fitzgerald on Twitter
Follow Pete Townsend on Twitter
Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/moneyneversleeps/support
187: Money Talks #50 | Techstars Demo Day Recap | Building the Bear | EU’s MiCA | Web3 as Embedded Finance This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend recap Techstars’ first-ever demo day in Dublin as part of the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator, look at crypto winter with FTX, BlockFi and Voyager, Klarna’s down round, Revolut’s new card reader, Algorand bringing Napster back to life, MiCA ( Markets in Crypto Assets) regulation in the EU, and open banking as a crossover from embedded finance into crypto and digital assets.
*SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - We’ll be moving to a monthly release for July and August 2022, but we’ll return to our regular weekly episodes in September.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
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 MoneyNeverSleeps on Twitter
Follow Eoin Fitzgerald on Twitter
Follow Pete Townsend on Twitter
Get in touch at info@moneyneversleeps.ie

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186: Money Maker | Eczodex | Bridging TradFi to DeFi | Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell, founder and co-founder of Eczodex, join the show this week to riff on how Eczodex are enabling investors to unlock more returns with traditional investments through DeFi (decentralized finance).
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
Eczodex are the ninth of the founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show in the lead-in to Demo Day in Dublin on June 30th.
In this episode, Michael Quartey and Lukas Bruell talk with Pete Townsend and Eoin Fitzgerald about:
- How their backgrounds uniquely prepared them to bring Eczodex to life
- How Eczodex will bridge real-world assets into DeFi
- Enabling yield enhancement strategies for real-world investor
- Connecting the Eczodex vision with the realities of the crypto markets
- Breaking down the problem for individual investors
LINKS:
Connect with Michael Quarteyand Lukas Bruell and learn more about Eczodex on LinkedIn
Follow Eczodex and Lukas Bruell on Twitter
Episode title inspired by ‘Money Maker’ by Ludacris and Pharrell Williams
Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast
Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
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185: Diamonds Dancing | Your Diamonds | Tim Goodman Tim Goodman is the founder and CEO of Your Diamonds, an ecosystem enabling the diamond industry to solve old-world problems through digital technologies and Web3.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
Your Diamonds are the eighth of the founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next month.
In this episode, Tim Goodman talks with Pete Townsend about:
- Having diamonds flowing through his veins
- Scaling by surrounding yourself with smart people
- Cashflow finance as the problem to solve in the diamond industry
- Building fintech first before moving into DeFi (decentralized finance)
- Providing a venue for lenders and borrowers to negotiate
- Creating scalability by pairing NFTs as digital twins of real-world assets with smart contracts
- Letting nature work out the ups and downs of crypto markets
LINKS:
Connect with Tim Goodman and learn more about Your Diamonds
Episode title inspired by ‘Diamonds Dancing’ by Drake & Future
Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast
Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
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184: In da Club | Staxe | Luis Martinez and Martin Liebrich Luis Martinez and Martin Liebrich are the co-founders of Staxe. Staxe is enabling music and creative production economies on web3 so that anyone can become an owner of music and creative productions, support their favorite artists, and become a part of their success.”
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
Staxe are the seventh of the founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next month.
In this episode, Pete Townsend talks with Luis and Martin from Staxe about:
- Luis leaving DJ school to become a trader before going down the crypto rabbit hole
- Martin’s earliest days of programming on the Commodore 64
- The lightbulb moment on the problem to solve with financing creative productions
- How creative productions are like micro-startups
- Blockchain as a social coordination tool
- The big opportunity for Staxe with massive creative productions
LINKS:
Connect with Luis Martinez and Martin Liebrich and learn more about Staxe
Episode title inspired by ‘In da Club’ by 50 Cent
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Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
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183: Award Tour | MegaFans | Jeff Donnelley and Colin Bracey Jeff Donnelley and Colin Bracey are the co-founders of MegaFans, a mobile esports platform and community bridging web2 to web3 in a play-to-earn environment for gamers, collectors and developers.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
MegaFans are the sixth of ten founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next two months.
In this episode, Pete Townsend talks to Jeff and Colin about:
- How their paths first converged with the predecessor to MegaFans after doing the first legal ICO (initial coin offering) in Canada.
- An inside look at the MegaFans platform
- ‘Mining’ the web2 market and building a web3 community
- The longer-term vision for MegaFans and the esports market overall
- How Jeff and Colin are approaching the big challenges in front of them right now
LINKS:
Connect with Jeff Donnelley and Colin Bracey and learn more about MegaFans
Episode title inspired by ‘Award Tour’ by A Tribe Called Quest
Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast
Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
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182: Hate It Or Love It | LiveDuel | Will Martin & Laura Brkic On the show this week, we’ve got Will Martin and Laura Brkić from LiveDuel, a DeFi-powered digital sports market with live fan engagement. LiveDuel supports decentralized sports betting built on blockchain to give you a fairer deal than traditional sports betting sites.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
LiveDuel are the fifth of ten founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next two months.
In this episode, Pete Townsend talks to Will and Laura about how they got together with Alex Luce to drive LiveDuel forward, what LiveDuel is and how it works, replacing ‘the house’ in sports betting markets with DeFi liquidity pools, and staying close to the long-term vision while executing in the short term.
LINKS:
Connect with Will Martin and Laura Brkić and learn more about LiveDuel
Episode title inspired by ‘Hate It or Love’ It by the Game
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181: Friends | Securo Finance and DeFi with Victor Lee and Alvin Foo On the show this week, we’ve got Victor and Lee and Alvin Foo, co-founders of Securo Finance (formerly DAOventures) who are building a compliant, secure and easy to use DeFi (decentralized finance) investment platform for regular investors.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
Securo Finance are the fourth of ten founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next two months.
In this episode, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend talk to Victor and Alvin about how they got together with their CTO Soon Lai to bring the Securo Finance idea to life, what Securo Finance is and how it works, what really matters when you’re bridging web2 investors into the web3 world, and how Securo Finance are going to make a big splash into the market in and around Palm Beach and Miami at the upcoming Permissionless conference.
LINKS:
Connect with Victor Lee and Alvin Foo and learn more about Securo Finance (rebranding from DAOventures)
Episode title inspired by ‘Friends’ by Nas & Damian Marley and ‘Friend of Mine’ by Alan Tam
Victor Lee quoted in American Banker’s post: ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized’
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180: Reunited | Crowdclass with Filipe Pereira and Mario Frade On the show this week we have Filipe Pereira and Mario Frade from Crowdclass, a web3 protocol for online education using the power of blockchain, tokenization, composability and the metaverse to create new monetization models for online educators, and better learning environments for students to grow and develop.
Crowdclass are the third of ten founding teams forming the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator Class of 2022 that we’ve got on the show over the next few months.
In this episode, we talk to Filipe and Mario about how the crisscrossing of their lives and careers with that of their co-founder (and CTO) Bruno Costa has resulted in the funding of Crowdclass, In this episode, we talk to Filipe and Mario about how the crisscrossing of their lives and careers with that of their co-founder (and CTO) Bruno Costa has resulted in the funding of Crowdclass, the shortcomings of the online education experience today for learners, teachers and content creators, the longer-term vision for Crowdclass, and how Crowdclass will get to market in 2022.
This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.
LINKS:
Connect with Filipe Pereira and Mario Frade and learn more about Crowdclass
Episode title inspired by ‘Reunited’ by Wu-Tang Clan
Leave a review and subscribe on Podchaser| Apple Podcasts | Spotify| Google| Overcast
Check out our MoneyNeverSleeps website
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