Starling is my darling
What a month it is in the land of FinTech. Starling Bank became the first retail challenger bank to turn a profit. WhatsApp finally received approval to launch in India. Barclays and Amazon formed a new partnership and Google Pay re-launching and adding Plex bank accounts with Citi, Stanford FCU, and a dozen others — there is never a dull moment. But when the dust settles, what are you most excited about? And what are you most grateful for?Tune in for a new episode of One Vision with Arun, Bradley, and Theo as they continue to reflect on the year that is 2020.
To achieve global financial inclusion, we must work together to help our communities thrive. We must be more aware of the plight of those living very different lives, just as we must strive to empathize with the lives of those living within our own communities — often just miles away, tucked behind often invisible cultural barriers, born into very different circumstances than our own. Inclusivity doesn't require creativity; it requires empathy. Join Bradley and Theo in this episode of One Vision as they unveil their new book: Beyond Good.
The future of work is 1099
Thanks to the rapid growth of gig economy platforms such as Lyft, TaskRabbit, Uber Eats, and Deliveroo, the way we earn a living has changed quite dramatically these past ten years. While this might be labeled with the endearing term, the future of work, touting flexibility as the primary benefit for adopting contingency work, many gig workers are simply overworked and underpaid.In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Bradley chat with Hantz Fevry, co-founder of Stoovo, on why the current class of neobank apps is not enough to meet the needs of this growing demographic of workers, and what more can be done.
The Story of Data
What does it take to build an ethical AI that enables humankind to use technology for good - instead of exacerbating the systemic inequalities in our society? What are the key considerations and pitfalls? Who owns the data? Whose rules and standards do we abide by? Who gets a seat at the table?In this episode of One Vision, Theo and Bradley chat with Uday Akkaraju, CEO of Bond.AI, a human-centered artificial intelligence platform for banks. The trio explore the challenges around data collection and human bias, and the Fintech innovation ecosystem in Little Rock, Arkansas.
It started in the Fall
In this episode of One Vision, Bradley and Theo recap this past week’s MTL Connecte event as part of Montreal Digital Week. Unconventional Ventures hosted an unconference within the conference: five panels, fifteen distinct voices, and our keynote combined thoughtful dialogue and guiding principles around diversity and inclusion: from digital inclusion to financial inclusion, AI, ethics and bias, an inclusive future of work, innovation for the longevity economy, and much inspiration of the East.Now if only we could have done this in person and celebrated the week in the beautiful city of Montreal! There’s always next year. Come join us as we travel back in time once again in order to find a better tomorrow.
She has a name
Despite much focus and discussion over the last few years on the need to improve gender diversity within financial services, 2020 has proven to be disappointing. While we have made some gains in leadership, including the appointment of Jane Fraser and Stephanie Cohen to the top posts in otherwise male-dominated territories, funding for female founders has fallen to 2017 levels, while the aggregate VC world is still doing quite well.How can we change the status quo? Or do old habits die hard? Tune in to this week’s One Vision episode, where Arun, Bradley, and Theo examine this disappointing year for gender equality and the need to do better. This episode is specially dedicated to all the women, whose names shall not be forgotten.
Economic equality is a human right
Economic equality is a civil right. It should be as simple as that. Food - shelter - water. We all need the most basic necessities to survive.But if we have learned one thing from the past few months (and we surely hope you have learned more than that), while we are all riding out the economic storm together, we are hardly riding in the same boat; some are relaxing in the yachts; others are clinging to the wood planks, fighting for survival.Winter is coming. Will we ever get out of the hole that we are in? How do we even begin to rebuild?Buckle up for this week’s One Vision episode with Scott Astrada, as Theo and Bradley dive in for some much needed soul searching.
As we celebrate the 100th episode of One Vision, we traveled back in time to share some of our favorite moments of what was once called Rhetoriq, and celebrate the convergence of minds. Our cultures and upbringings couldn’t have been more different; yet we are joined together by a shared vision of purpose, and a belief that we can do well while doing good. We hope that the stories that our guests have shared can bring you inspiration, hope and a renewed sense of purpose.Join Arun, Bradley, and Theo, for this 100th episode special.
The future of finance is embedded
As the facets of financial services become increasingly cut apart, we must look for the biggest opportunities to serve more people. The promise of embedded banking is in the shifting focus of the financial services business model from the profitability of the banking provider to the long term financial wellness of the consumer and business provider.Will the rise of the superapp model and more deeply embedded banking usher in new levels of democratized access to financial services and further our quest toward full financial inclusion? In this episode of One Vision, Bradley and Theo talk about the changing nature of banking, and our relationship with money — from dollars and cents to the data behind the ones and zeroes.