We've scoured the Spotify lists, poured through the Podcast app on our iPhones to bring you our top FinTech podcast suggestions for your daily commute. There's a LOT on offer - 22 on Spotify alone- but we're breaking it down for you, so you don't have to.
I don't know about you, but my book list just isn't getting any shorter. With International Book Day just behind us, and considering I'm no closer to reaching my New Year's goal of reading more, I've turned to the trusty podcast for solace.
I'm picky about what I listen to or watch on my way to work - do not underestimate how important the 90 minutes at either end of the day are in a busy day - so I've done a bit of background work to help you, like me, get the most out of your trek to the office and keep up to date about FinTech trends en route.
So my first two choices are fairly obvious ones, but keep reading for a few that you mightn't have heard of before, but that are well worth the airtime!
1. breaking Banks with Brett King
So Brett King is a force to be reckoned with in the FinTech arena and has a couple of books to show for it. Based in the US, he and his team of hosts take it in turns to dissect the most important financial topics week after week with important guests from the sector.
2. FinTech Insider (11:FS)
One of things I most like about this online radio show style podcast broadcast from London's financial district, is the natural flow of conversation. The ad lib feel not only shows how expert David Brear, Jason Bates, Simon Taylor and their cronies are, but it makes for a much nicer listening experience. Fun, witty and hugely informative, this is the best way to understand trends in FinTech from the people who know the most about it.
If it's got the Ivy League seal of approval, you can guarantee it's worth listening to. This student-run podcast channel has been going for a while, interviewing the movers, shakers and innovators in the FinTech and banking industries.
Such a fan of the titles of their podcasts, for example: "Why does it take a check as long to clear today as it did in 1982?" (real-time payments), or "We're probably in a crisis already: Retirement in America". These guys are saying it like it is, and cutting no corners, and I personally really like this approach. American Banker has been around and based in one of the world's financial capitals, New York since 1836, so they know more than a thing or two about the US banking sector.
This podcast has a five star rating on Apple's Podcast channel despite there only being 4 entries to date. But, the quality speaks for itself! Started in March of this year by Mr. Anderson Pettet, he's young but well-connected, relatively new to FinTech but asks all the right questions to all the right people. Have a listen to his last episode with Jo Ann Barefoot, CEO at Barefoot Innovation, Co-Founder at Hummingbird and with a CV in financial disruption as long as your arm.
OK, so you don't have to be called Zach/Zack to make this list, but this presenter is earning his stripes by discussing the trends in the financial industry, and how technology in finance is impacting business. From how innovative financial services firms approach the cloud to the future of passwords and financial products according to Visa this is interesting stuff.
"A podcast dedicated to product design, product innovation and growth-focused marketing strategies of the FinTech ecosystem". A slightly different angle, focus on the strategic decisions behind new product launches in the banking space, innovations and the modern advances that are making banking more accessible and more comfortable for users. Want to know what the next innovations in wearables will be? How credit cards are going to be reinvented in the future? Tune in!
Benzinga was founded in 2010 as a platform for investors to "navigate even the most uncertain and volatile markets in real-time". The podcast has been running since 2018, and features conversations with some of FinTechs biggest names.
9. A16z Podcast
The episode entitled "FinTech for startups and incumbents" might be a one off in a series of podcasts on other topics but it's a good one, so worth adding to your list. Hear about 3 ways startups are coming for established FinTech companies. It's one of banks' biggest concerns in this new era of transparent data and challenger banks, so hear the experts talk about what it is they're offering banking customers to make them leave their incumbent bank and make the leap to newer, more millennial-focused options. It might give you the insight you need to fight back!
10. BBVA Blink (in Spanish)
Yes, this is a bank, but one of the most forward-thinking banks there is, leading the digital transformation in the banking sector. Not only that, this podcast has recently won the Ramón del Corral Dircom Award for outstanding communication. This podcast addresses topics surrounding personal finance, mixed with thought leadership topics of current relevance for good measure. If you're a Spanish speaker, this is a great one for your download list!
This is refreshing and honest fun. "The podcast for the financially challenged", in which the topics of conversation span from "Should you put your dreams on a credit card?" to "Why are we so bad with money?", with Dan Ariely, Behavioral Economist, Duke University Professor, and co-author of Dollars and Sense alongside our main man, Jeff Kreisler (that also co-wrote our own White Paper on Behavioral Economics - quick plug).
Plug in your headphones and ... enjoy!