Mike Townsend, Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss MoneyGram, Ant Financial, Quora and Facebook. Plus, neural hooks!

This week, the trio is back after a long break. Brian Roemmele, Faisal Khan and I discuss a wide variety of subject points for this week’s show. Faisal updates us on his travels to Madrid, attending the IMTC (International Money Transfer Conference) EMEA 2017 earlier in April, and his trip to Istanbul.

The conversation then flows in the direction of Ant Financial, MoneyGram and Euronet’s bizarre love triangle. The quest to buy MoneyGram is growing stronger, but don’t be surprised if a third suitor emerges. Brian comments on Quora’s recent raise of USD 85m, valuing the company at USD 1.8bn. As Brian and Faisal are ‘Top Writers’ for five years in a row 2012-2017, they briefly comment on what’s working for Quora and what’s not.

Brian then discusses Facebook’s F8 Conference, which he attended, and discusses in depth how neural hooks on humans are right around the corner (as Elon Musk cites). Brian and myself hold opposing viewpoints on whether we’d like neural taps to happen or not!

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

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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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