Mike Townsend and Brian Roemmele cover many topics on the latest Around the Coin podcast, including blockchain, AI and Jeff Bezos.

Brian Roemmele and I are back on the show for another fun, thought provoking discussion across many topics. We cover Brian’s in-person presentation to startup founders, investors and payment executives at Propeller VC last week.

During the conversation, we discuss banks – the purpose of them in the past vs the future, and how banks will or won’t survive the change on the horizon. We touch on the benefits of writing on paper vs typing on a computer to retain information, as well as whether it’s appropriate to take notes on your phone during business meetings.

We next dive into blockchain in healthcare, and talk about some opportunities for innovation there. A healthy portion of the conversation was spent covering the Jeff Bezos annual shareholder letter, released this week. This letter was different than years past for one big reason!

Lastly, we wrap up with an always engaging debate about the power of artificial intelligence and the incredible rate of progress. It remains to be seen how quickly AI will catch up to all human interaction capabilities, but recent developments are astonishing. Enjoy, and let us know if you have suggestions for guests, topics or special shout outs!

You can listen to more episodes of Around the Coin, and other fintech shows, on the BankNXT podcast page. Enjoy!

This podcast is reproduced with kind permission. Some minor changes may have been made to the text to reflect BankNXT style considerations, but the podcast itself is always unchanged. You can read more here. Image by PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek, Shutterstock.com

About the author

Mike Townsend

Mike Townsend started his career working as a design engineer at Brookstone in Singapore, then as a mechanical engineer at ITT Corporation in Los Angeles, designing radar systems for military grade UAVs. He is the founder of ZingCheckout and Flowtab, and remains very active in the payment industry.

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