The History of Fintech Transformation

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FEATURING: Shamir Karkal, Founder & CEO of Sila and co-founder of Simple

In 2009, Shamir Karkal and several colleagues created the first digital-only bank of its kind in the U.S. Struggling to describe the benefits of a bank without branches, getting funding was a difficult process. As it turned out, Simple not only grew, but was one of the first neobanks to be acquired by a legacy financial institution.

When Shamir tried to generate interest for his new financial technology start-up, Sila, he generated $5 million in funding in only a few months … in a marketplace that readily embraces fintech start-ups today.

On the show, Shamir Karkal, Founder & CEO of Sila, discusses how innovation in the banking industry has changed since the early days of Simple, and what the prospects are for innovation and digital banking transformation in the future.


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About the Banking Transformed Podcast

In each Banking Transformed podcast, host Jim Marous has candid conversations with the world’s foremost leaders on what it takes to transform financial institutions during an age of digital disruption. His guests discuss technology, channels, innovation, customer experience, leadership, culture and competitive forces that are changing the banking industry faster than ever before.

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Jim Marous Profile PictureNamed as one of the most influential people in banking, Jim Marous is an internationally recognized financial industry strategist, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and the owner and CEO of the Digital Banking Report. The Digital Banking Report is a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers.

As a sought after keynote speaker, author and recognized authority on disruption in the financial services industry, Marous has been featured by CNBC and CNN, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The American Banker and has spoken to audiences worldwide. Jim has also advised the White House on banking policy.

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