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Miguel Armaza is joined by the fascinating Milind Mehere, serial entrepreneur, and Founder/CEO of YieldStreet, a digital wealth management platform that aims to transform the investing landscape by enabling individual investors to invest in alternative asset classes such as Real Estate, Marine Finance, Art Finance, Legal Finance, and Commercial loans.

The company has raised over $180M in equity and debt from top VCs including Edison Partners, Greycroft, and Raine Ventures.

Topics discussed:

  • Milind’s successful entrepreneurial journey and the path to Yieldstreet as a second time founder
  • Company Culture
  • Challenges of building an investing platform and disrupting an industry traditionally reserved…

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Miguel Armaza sits down with Vincenzo La Ruffa, President of Aquiline Capital Partners and head of their financial technology group. Aquiline was founded in 2005 and is a private investment firm focused on businesses across the financial services sector with almost $6B in assets under management.

Vincenzo is also a proud alum of our amazing Wharton and Penn school.

We talked about

  • Vincenzo’s career path
  • Fintech trends and exciting opportunities
  • Their approach to partnering with entrepreneurs
  • Stories and case studies from some of their exciting portfolio companies
  • Challenges as an investor during COVID
  • Identifying Fintech opportunities in a fast moving…


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Miguel Armaza sits down with Michael Seibel and Dalton Caldwell, Managing Directors and Group Partners at the legendary Y Combinator. In case you don’t know, Y Combinator is one of the most successful startup accelerators and venture capital funds, and since March 2005 has helped over 5,000 startup founders build and launch companies like Stripe, AirBnB, DoorDash, Dropbox, Reddit, and the list goes on and on…

If you are an entrepreneur interested in applying to YC’s Summer 2021, keep in mind their application deadline is March 19. Apply here!

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

Prior to…


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Miguel Armaza sits down with Manuel Silva, General Partner at Mouro Capital, a venture capital fund with $400M AUM, looking to back the most innovative fintech innovators and startups across North America, Latin America, and Europe.

We talked about

  • Manuel’s career path and what led him to venture capital
  • History of Mouro Capital and why they recently decided to spin out of Santander Bank
  • The firm’s investment strategy
  • Investing in global fintech — regions and markets where they see the biggest opportunities (hint: Latin America)
  • Navigating COVID
  • And a lot more!

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple


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Miguel Armaza sits down with Dan Rosen, Partner and Founder of Commerce Ventures, a sector-focused VC fund, investing in infrastructure and enablers for the Commerce Continuum

Dan is also an alum of our very own, Wharton School.

We talked about

  • Dan’s background and why he decided to build Commerce Ventures
  • The evolution of the fintech industry over the last 20 years
  • Commerce Ventures investment process
  • Their approach to building sector theses
  • The importance of talent, diversity, and mentoring future generations
  • And a lot more!

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

About Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen Partner Dan…


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Miguel Armaza sits down with the talented and energetic Alexa von Tobel, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Inspired Capital, a $200M early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. The firm was founded by Alexa and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Prior to Inspired Capital, Alexa founded LearnVest with the goal of helping people make progress on their money and later sold the company to Northwestern Mutual for $375 million.

She is also the host of the very successful podcast, Founders Project, as well as the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Financially Fearless & Financially…


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This episode comes from the LendIt Fintech LatAm 2020 conference. It features Miguel Armaza’s conversation with Pierpaolo Barbieri, founder of Ualá, one of the fastest-growing fintechs in Latin America.

They discuss:

  • Digitization of cash and the incredible progress of mobile wallets in Latin America.
  • The role of the regulator and why some governments are starting to embrace fintechs.
  • Fueling E-commerce — how fintech companies are bringing millions of new users to transact online.
  • Open Banking and the future of fintech in Latam.

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

About Ualá

Ualá is a fintech company whose mission…


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In this episode, my guest is the fascinating Ben Narasin, Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors, and geographies. Founded in 1977, NEA has received nearly $24 billion in cumulative committed capital since day one.

Ben is not only a prolific investor but also a celebrated founder who launched fashionmall.com in 1993 and took the company public six years later.

We talked about

  • Ben’s journey and entrepreneurial ambitions
  • A deep dive into his experience taking FashionMall public via IPO and the challenges it…


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Miguel Armaza sits down with Brian Requarth, a seasoned entrepreneur who in 2009 launched the Brazilian real estate marketplace, Viva Real, successfully grew the business over the following decade, and sold it in 2020 for over half a billion dollars.

His recently-published book Viva the Entrepreneur is a fascinating modern guide designed to inspire and inform current and aspiring Latin American entrepreneurs. However, the book is just as applicable to founders from Silicon Valley to the rest of the globe.

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

Humble and often funny, Brian’s reflections of his own journey help…


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Miguel Armaza sits down with James Paris, CEO of Avant, one of the pioneers in online lending dedicated to providing banking solutions for the US middle class. Since 2012, Avant has served over 1.5 million customers with over $6.5 billion in loans and 400,000 credit cards.

The company has also raised over $600 million of equity capital from General Atlantic, JP Morgan, Peter Thiel, Ribbit Capital, DFJ, Tiger Global, QED, August Capital, and many more!

We talked about:

  • James’ background as a traditional investment banker
  • The story behind Avant
  • Their decision to spin out Amount, a SaaS business
  • His…

Miguel Armaza

Co-President & Podcast Host of @WhartonFintech. MBA /MA Candidate at @Wharton / @LauderInstitute. Fintech investor and advisor. Previously @Citi & @MUFGAmericas

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