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Introductory Remarks by Howard Chao and Nick Sramek
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

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  • Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Nick Sramek

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

    Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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API Infrastructure: Building Fintech Products Today
Amias GeretyChris DeanAyo OmojolaRija JavedLeandra Fishman

APIs are everywhere and everyone accepts that incorporating API-based tools (like Stripe and Plaid) or using API-based architecture (micro-services) are best practices. But what does it mean to actually build a product using services delivered by API, and what does it mean to build a company that sells services via API? This session will include perspectives across all parts of the value chain, product, operations, sales, and engineering to dig into the pressures and opportunities of an API-based ecosystem.

  • Amias Gerety (Partner at QED Investors)

    Amias Gerety

    Partner at QED Investors
  • Chris Dean (CEO of Treasury Prime)

    Chris Dean

    CEO of Treasury Prime
  • Ayo Omojola (VP of Product at Carbon Health)

    Ayo Omojola

    VP of Product at Carbon Health
  • Rija Javed (Engineering Leader at Facebook Pay)

    Rija Javed

    Engineering Leader at Facebook Pay
  • Leandra Fishman (CRO at Intercom)

    Leandra Fishman

    CRO at Intercom
STARTUP PRESENTATIONS IN BREAKOUT ROOMS
Keynote AddressAre Banks Still Special?
Brian Brooks
  • Brian Brooks (Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency)

    Brian Brooks

    Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency

    Brian Brooks is a globally recognized leader in financial technology and financial services. He most recently served as Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, where he was the administrator of the federal banking system and the chief executive of the 3,500-employee federal agency responsible for chartering and supervising banks comprising 70 percent of all banking activity in the United States. Mr. Brooks was often referred to as the “first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller” for his focus on financial innovation. Recognized by Crunchbase as one of the top 10 influencers globally, Mr. Brooks was called "the most transformative Comptroller in recent history" (Consumer Bankers Association), a "forward-looking visionary" (CoinDesk), and "one of the most creative thinkers ever to lead a regulatory agency" (LendIt Academy).

    Mr. Brooks’s background before leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency included serving as Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase, the largest digital asset exchange in the United States; executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae, the $3.2 trillion housing finance giant; vice chairman of OneWest Bank, the turnaround vehicle organized by then-future Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to acquire Indymac Bank and other financial crisis-era bank failures; and Washington, D.C. managing partner of global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

    Mr. Brooks’s board experience includes service on the boards of directors of Fannie Mae; Avant, Inc., a major marketplace lending platform; and Spring Labs, a blockchain-enabled digital credit bureau; and numerous nonprofit boards. He has also been an advisor to and/or early stage investor in EarnUp, TextIQ, FlyHomes, and other technology companies. He holds an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

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BREAKGATHER
Fireside Chat: Uncovering Fraud in a Global Fintech—Lessons Learned from Wirecard
James FreisStephen Scott

Wirecard was a global digital payments processor, known as Germany’s leading Fintech, which collapsed in scandal in June 2020 – on the first day of James Freis at the company, when he disclosed massive internal fraud. He will share his observations on how the mystique of being a “Fintech” helped enable the perpetuation of this fraud, and how the repercussions of the experience are changing the way we look at assessing culture, valuing and investing in, and partnering with global innovators.

  • James Freis (Founder of Market Integrity Solutions LLC)

    James Freis

    Founder of Market Integrity Solutions LLC
  • Stephen Scott (Founder & CEO of Starling)

    Stephen Scott

    Founder & CEO of Starling
Regulatory Trends: Charting the Path Forward for Fintech
Alex AcreeAmy FriendAndrea MitchellTroy ParedesEric Sibbitt

The last decade has witnessed an explosion of innovation in payments, lending, crowdfunding, wealth management, embedded finance, crypto, and more. Regulation, however, has struggled to keep up.

As we emerge from a year in which the pandemic accelerated the consumer and commercial adoption of fintech into a year that will be defined by a new administration setting its course, this panel will discuss some of the most important regulatory trends shaping industry today, across consumer protection, banking, securities and capital markets.

  • Alex Acree (Founder of Takoma Group)

    Alex Acree

    Founder of Takoma Group
  • Amy Friend (Senior Advisor at FS Vector LLC)

    Amy Friend

    Senior Advisor at FS Vector LLC
  • Andrea Mitchell (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Mitchell Sandler)

    Andrea Mitchell

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Mitchell Sandler
  • Troy Paredes (Founder of Paredes Strategies)

    Troy Paredes

    Founder of Paredes Strategies
  • Eric Sibbitt (Partner at O'Melveny)

    Eric Sibbitt

    Partner at O'Melveny
NETWORKING PERIOD (GATHER) AND LUNCH BREAK
Introductory remarks by Howard Chao and Nick Sramek
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

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  • Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Nick Sramek

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

    Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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The State of InsureTech
Charles SvirkChristopher EwingSnejina ZachariaSean Harper

Insurance technology companies raised $7.2B in 2020, with pace expected to exceed that in 2021. We saw large exits across the industry (Assurance IQ, Hippo, Lemonade, Metromile, Root) with a mix of M&A, IPOs, and added excitement in the SPAC space. What knock-on effect does this have for financings in the industry at all earlier stages? Is insurtech going the way of banking -- insurance as a service? How has the landscape for payment infrastructure, digital brokers and full stack carriers changed?

  • Charles Svirk (Principal at MassMutual Ventures)

    Charles Svirk

    Principal at MassMutual Ventures
  • Christopher Ewing (President & CEO of One Inc)

    Christopher Ewing

    President & CEO of One Inc
  • Snejina Zacharia (Founder & CEO of Insurify)

    Snejina Zacharia

    Founder & CEO of Insurify
  • Sean Harper (Co-Founder & CEO of Kin Insurance)

    Sean Harper

    Co-Founder & CEO of Kin Insurance
Is Embedded Finance the Future of Financial Services?
Mary DentRyan FalveyAdam ShapiroEric Sprink

Until recently, Banking as a Service (BaaS) was mainly about enabling fintechs to offer bank-like services without being a bank themselves. Increasingly, innovative banks and BaaS platforms are working towards a future where non-financial companies can embed plug and play financial services into their products and services. This panel will explore how the implications of this, including:
● Why would consumers and small businesses want embedded finance products in the first place? Which types of companies are best positioned to take advantage of it?
● Why have we seen a raft of new BaaS platforms emerge? Are these startups better or worse placed to emerge as winners than fast follower offerings such as Stripe Treasury from more established players? Is this likely to be a winner-takes-all market?
● Do these trends mean banks involved are doomed to become 'dumb pipes', or are there opportunities for agile banks to capture a larger share of the stack by building 'smart pipes'?
● Are these trends a serious threat to traditional and fintech B2C/B2B firms? If so, how should they react to this trend?
● What kinds of banks have moved into this space? What are they offering? How are they differentiated? What will it take for them to be successful? What could go wrong?

  • Mary Dent (Founder of DCIQ)

    Mary Dent

    Founder of DCIQ
  • Ryan Falvey (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Finventures Studio)

    Ryan Falvey

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Finventures Studio
  • Adam Shapiro (Partner & Co-Founder of Klaros Group)

    Adam Shapiro

    Partner & Co-Founder of Klaros Group
  • Eric Sprink (President & CEO of Coastal Community Bank)

    Eric Sprink

    President & CEO of Coastal Community Bank
STARTUP PRESENTATIONS IN BREAKOUT ROOMS
BreakGather
Fireside ChatCan Fintechs Disrupt the Dollar?
Howard ChaoHenny Sender
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

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  • Henny Sender (Managing Director of Blackrock)

    Henny Sender

    Managing Director of Blackrock

    Henny Sender, Managing Director, is a Senior Advisor to the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) and advises the firm on opportunities in APAC.

    The BII leverages BlackRock's expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation
    - all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets.

    Most recently Chief Correspondent for International Finance with The Financial Times, Henny has decades of experience covering finance and economics in Asia. She engages BlackRock’s clients in the region, including sovereign wealth funds, central banks and pension funds, and leverages her contacts with leading venture capitalists to focus on China, sustainability and private markets.

    Henny was with the Financial Times for the past 13 years, spending her time between New York and Hong Kong. For the
    15 years prior to that, she was at Wall Street Journal as a Senior Special Writer in the Money and Investing section and the Far Eastern Economic Review (which was also owned by Dow Jones). Henny was based in Tokyo for five years as Asian Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor before that.

    Henny completed a PhD in Indian History at the University of Wisconsin, detailing Hindu-Muslim relations in the period before Partition. Her work was then the basis of a book published by Oxford University Press. She had studied Chinese at Wisconsin but switched her focus to South Asia as it was difficult then to study on the mainland, whereas India offered ample opportunity for onsite research. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University.

    While in New York, she was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The State of Fintech in Asia
Hero ChoudharyMelissa FrakmanHenny SenderCindy Gong

Funding for the Asia fintech market is now as big or bigger than the US market (thanks in large part to very large Chinese deals). India is also producing very interesting new fintech companies that address their huge domestic market and have the potential to go global. Singapore continues to be an important financial hub and serves as a key source of capital for fintechs in the region. This panel will bring together experts from China, India and Singapore to paint a broad picture of how fintech is changing the financial landscape in Asia, and what that means for the West.

  • Hero Choudhary (Managing Partner at Beenext)

    Hero Choudhary

    Managing Partner at Beenext
  • Melissa Frakman (Managing Partner at Emphasis Ventures)

    Melissa Frakman

    Managing Partner at Emphasis Ventures
  • Henny Sender (Managing Director of Blackrock)

    Henny Sender

    Managing Director of Blackrock
  • Cindy Gong (Executive Director of Jeneration Capital)

    Cindy Gong

    Executive Director of Jeneration Capital
Wrap-up Comments by Howard and Nick
Howard ChaoNick Sramek
  • Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Howard Chao

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

    In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

    Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

    More information about speaker
  • Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

    Nick Sramek

    Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

    Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

    Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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NETWORKING PERIOD (GATHER) AND CONCLUSION