Ep 81. The matchmaker approach to Fintech partnership with Karan Jain
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
23h ago
Innovation in banking is about more than just adopting new technology—it's about challenging traditional perceptions and rethinking everything from customer service to risk management to create more flexible, responsive, and personalized financial services. In this episode, I sit down with Karan Jain, founder and CEO of Naya One, to discuss how his company is revolutionizing the banking world. We dive into topics such as challenges in financial innovation, the role of Naya One, the evolution of banking innovation, FinTech and bank relationships, and the VC and CVC landscape. Tune in to learn ..read more
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Ep 80. The expansion of Egypt's e-payment Fawry with Ashraf Sabry
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
1w ago
Welcome to the latest episode of Couchonomics with Arjun! In this episode, we have the privilege of hosting Ashraf Sabry, the visionary Founder and CEO of Fawry. Ashraf has transformed Fawry into a trailblazing fintech and one of the most successful startups in Africa.  We covered a range of topics, including innovation in payments,the development of startups in Egypt, Fawry’s diversification strategy, and Ashraf’s personal philosophy and expansion plans for Fawry. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of Africa's preeminent fintech leaders.  #Couchonomics ..read more
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Ep 79. Is Crypto investment actually complicated? Nick Philpott
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
2w ago
We are talking about Digital Assets, DeFI and Crypto on Couchonomics with Arjun this week. Joining us on the couch is Nick Philpott, Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at Zodia Markets by Standard Chartered & OSL. We had a very interesting conversation around #bitcoinhalving, #stablecoins, virtual-assets regulations, and tokenization of real-world assets, among other topics. Nick gave us insights into Zodia Markets' role as an OTC crypto brokerage serving institutional clients and their partnership with Standard Chartered. #Couchonomics #Bitcoin #Cryptocurrency #fintech #CryptoInsights ..read more
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Ep 78. Behind the scenes of the Bitcoins industry with Stefan Kimmel
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by Arjun Singh
3w ago
In this episode of Couchonomics, we tackle the burning question: "Bitcoin in 2024: Boom or Bust?" Join us as we engage in a fascinating conversation with Stefan Kimmel, the CEO of M2, a crypto exchange, and investment platform regulated by the FSRA in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). We dive deep into the world of cryptocurrency, exploring the intricate dynamics of Bitcoin, DeFi, and digital assets. Throughout our chat, we touch upon various topics, including market dynamics, product innovation, and future trends in the crypto space. Don't miss out on this insightful discussion!  Coucho ..read more
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Ep 77. The new shift in The private equity scene with Elias Yazbeck
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
1M ago
Welcome to a new episode of Couchonomics with Arjun! Join Arjun as he explores Africa's dynamic startup scene and fintech landscape with Elias Yazbeck, Managing Director at Helios Investment Partners. Discover key insights into Africa's market dynamics, challenges, and future trends in fintech. Elias also shares Helios Investment Partners' strategies and potential seismic shifts in private equity. Topics covered include real-time payments, digital banking for SMEs, regulatory roles, entrepreneurship challenges, and Helios Investment's unique philosophy. Tune in now for valuable insights! Wat ..read more
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Ep 76: The evolution of financial technology in the region with Abdulla Almoayed
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
1M ago
Join Arjun on Couchonomics as we explore open banking and fintech in the GCC with Abdulla Almoayed, Founder & CEO of Tarabut. Discover the evolving landscape of financial services, BaaS, and gain insights into open banking. We also delve into Tarabut's inspiration, GCC financial services, managed competition, challenges, and opportunities with open banking, BaaS integration, and accelerating digital adoption through fintech partnerships. Watch now on YouTube and major podcast platforms! #Couchonomics #Fintech #OpenBanking #GCC #Tarabut Couchonomics with Arjun Season 03 is brought to you ..read more
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Ep 75: Unhappy at work? How to find meaning and maintain your mental health with Scott Armstrong
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
1M ago
In this episode, we delve into the crucial topic of mental health with Scott Armstrong, Founder & CEO of Mentl, a mental health advocacy platform. From workplace challenges to the impact of AI, we explore various facets of mental well-being in today's world. Tune in for insightful discussions on work-life balance, stress management, and more. Don't miss out on this important conversation! #Couchonomics #MentalHealth #WorkLifeBalance #StressManagement #WellBeing #Podcast #LeadershipInsights Timestamps: 00:00 - Episode Highlights 01:15 - Introduction 02:57 - Meet Mentl: Advocating Mental ..read more
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Ep 74: The story of the most recognizable fintechs in the MENA region with Mounir Nakhla
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by Arjun Singh
2M ago
Episode 5 of Season 3 is live now featuring Mounir Nakhla, Founder and CEO of MNT-Halan. Join us as we delve into the journey of MNT-Halan and the Egyptian fintech landscape. From ride-hailing to a financial super app, we cover it all in this insightful episode! Tune in for a glimpse into the world of fintech innovation! #Fintech #MNTHalan #StartupJourney #couchonomics #tech #innovation #newepisode Couchonomics with Arjun Season 3 is brought to you by our partners: Adyen https://www.adyen.com/ ToYou https://toyou.io/ar Mastercard https://mastercard.com/ Geidea https://geidea.net/ M2P https ..read more
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Ep 73: How to access multiple markets & invest successfully with Khaled Talhouni
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
2M ago
? Explore the world of Venture Capital with Khaled Talhouni, Managing Partner at Nuwa Capital, in Episode 4 of Couchonomics with Arjun! We cover topics like the State of Venture Capital in 2023, market dynamics, lessons learned by VCs, challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and more. Don’t miss this conversation full of invaluable insights. Tune in now! Timestamps: 00:00 - Episode Highlights 00:32 - Introduction 01:25 - The State of VC in 2023 12:31 - Lessons Learned by VCs 14:21 - The Emergence of the Saudi Market 23:36 - Challenges and Opportunities in the Egyptian Market 29 ..read more
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Ep 72: StartAd new vision with Ramesh Jagannathan
Couchonomics with Arjun
by Arjun Singh
2M ago
Join us for Episode 3 of Couchonomics with Arjun as we explore the UAE's entrepreneurship ecosystem with Professor Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director of StartAD. Learn about StartAD's innovative programs, the challenges of entrepreneurship, and the role of women in business. Subscribe for insightful discussions on driving economic growth and global competitiveness in the UAE! #StartAD #UAEentrepreneurship #Innovation  #WomenEntrepreneurs #TechEducation #Angelinvestment #UAEstartup  Chapters:  00:00- Episode Highlights  00:26- Introduction  01:11- Prof. Ramesh Backg ..read more
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