Miguel Armaza sits down with none other than Anthony Scaramucci, Managing Partner & Founder of SkyBridge, a $10 billion global alternative investments firm specializing in a wide array of investment strategies, including fund of hedge funds products, hedge fund advisory solutions, and a bitcoin-dedicated fund. Prior to SkyBridge, Mr. Scaramucci co-founded Oscar Capital Management, which he later sold to Neuberger Berman in 2001.

In this entertaining episode, we discuss

  • Anthony’s trajectory and entrepreneurial spirit — why he decided to leave big finance to launch his own firm

Founder Lessons:

  1. The importance of showing up and putting all your time…

Miguel Armaza sits down with Shamir Karkal, Co-Founder and CEO of Sila, a banking and payments platform that aims to break open the Financial System and make it easy for any company to offer out-of-the-box financial services.

Shamir is also a true FinTech pioneer and legend, having played a crucial part in building the infrastructure that would pave the way for online banking. In 2009, he co-founded Simple, the first digital bank of its kind in the US, and later headed the Open Platform group at BBVA.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Shamir’s fascinating background and how in fact…


Miguel Armaza sits down with Logan Allin, Founder and Managing General Partner at Fin VC, a Venture Capital firm focused on Enterprise SaaS FinTech companies in the US, UK and Europe, with a portfolio that includes 6 unicorns.

Prior to founding Fin VC, Logan was VP of SoFi Ventures. He is also a graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Logan’s background and the journey to becoming a Venture Capital entrepreneur
  • The transition from being a Corporate VC under SoFi to becoming a stand-alone fund
  • Why Fin VC focuses…

Miguel Armaza sits down with Charles Moldow, General Partner at Foundation Capital, a legendary Venture Capital firm founded in 1995 that has raised nine funds, received over $3B in committed capital, has seen 28 IPOs, and over 80 acquisitions from their portfolio companies.

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

Charles has been at Foundation since 2005, having led impressive investments like Uber, LendingClub, OnDeck, and Rappi. Before Foundation, he lived the startup journey and was part of the founding team of two high-profile startups with successful exits in 97 and 2006. …


Miguel Armaza sits down with Carl Wazen, Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer at Yoco, South Africa’s leading payments platform for small businesses offering a convenient way to accept card payments in-person or online.

Founded in 2012, the company serves over 100,000 small businesses and has received multiple rounds of investment from industry leaders like Quona, Partech, Greyhound Capital, FMO and many more.

We covered a wide range of topics, including:

  • Carl’s background and his entrepreneurial journey in Cape Town, South Africa as an immigrant outsider
  • Stories about the early days of Yoco and how they took the company from…

Miguel Armaza is joined by the wonderful Doug Peterson, President and CEO of S&P Global, one of the largest companies in the US that specializes in providing ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.

Prior to S&P, Doug held multiple leadership positions at Citigroup, including roles around the world as CEO of Citi Japan and Uruguay. He is also a proud alum of our amazing Wharton School!

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Doug’s journey, from childhood in New Mexico, to international student in South America, to global corporate leader
  • The important role that Wharton…


Miguel Armaza is joined by the talented Rob Petrozzo, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Rally, a groundbreaking platform for buying & selling equity shares in collectible assets, that aims to give every investor a 21st Century Portfolio.

The company has raised close to $30 million, from top industry investors like Upfront Ventures, Anthemis, Porsche Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, and many more.

We discussed:

  • Rob’s winding road from artist to entrepreneur
  • Working with his co-founders and why they bring the perfect balance of personalities
  • Challenges and stories from building Rally and their vision of a 21st-century portfolio
  • Operating with collectible…


Miguel Armaza sits down with Elle Bruno, Managing Director of the Techstars & Western Union Accelerator.

Armed with 19 years of experience as a founder, startup operator, and angel investor, Elle now leads the Techstars/Western Union accelerator focused on identifying innovative and disruptive startups working on cross border and cross-currency money movement for consumers and commercial businesses.

In fact, if you are an entrepreneur in this category or know someone who’d be a good candidate be it in the US or an emerging market around the world, make sure to apply by April 7, 2021.

Apply Here -> https://bit.ly/2QE16FM


Miguel Armaza sits down with Everett Cook, Co-Founder & CEO of Rho Business Banking, a NYC-based company offering banking services to SMBs, including corporate cards, payments and expenses.

The company has raised close to $20 million from leading investors, including M13 Ventures, Torch Capital, Inspired Capital, Interplay Ventures, and Mike Vaughan.

We talked about

  • Everett’s journey from hedge fund portfolio manager to startup founder
  • What inspired him and his co-founders to launch Rho
  • Why SMB banking in the US needs a refresh
  • Lessons learned from clients and investors over the past couple of years
  • And a lot more!

Full…


Miguel Armaza is joined by the one and only, Marcelo Claure, CEO of SoftBank Group International, and all-around fascinating business leader and entrepreneur.

Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Marcelo immigrated to the US for college and later founded Brightstar, a company he built into a global category leader and also became the largest Hispanic-owned business in US history.

Most recently, Marcelo, alongside Softbank Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son, oversees the strategic direction of Softbank along with a vast portfolio of operating companies and investments, including SoftBank’s $5B dollar Latin America Fund.

As a fellow Bolivian, Miguel has been…

Miguel Armaza

🎙Co-President/Podcast Host @WhartonFintech. Fintech investor @ Gilgamesh. 📚MBA/MA Candidate @Wharton/@LauderInstitute. Author of Fintech Leaders Newsletter✍️

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