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Barefoot Innovation Podcast

May 10, 2022

How do you solve the biggest, hardest problems in the world? Usually, we just don’t. They persist. Today, though, we live in an age that’s putting powerful new technologies into our hands, opening up ways to make seemingly impossible solutions suddenly, theoretically, possible – if we can put them to use.

These...


May 5, 2022

My guest today is one of the world’s leading innovators in this effort. Rashesh Bansal is the CEO of the Reserve Bank of India’s Innovation Hub. In April, AIR worked with the RBIH and other partners on the Swanari TechSprint, named for the Hindi word meaning “self-reliant woman.”  I’m excited to have Rajesh on...


Apr 27, 2022

My guest today is Michael Hsu, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, and we are talking all things– and only things – crypto.

Our conversation covers a lot of other ground:  the lack of interoperability among today’s stablecoins; whether and how stablecoin issuers should have bank charters; problems with...


Apr 20, 2022

There are a lot of very rare things about my guest today, Anne Boden. 

She is one of a very small group of people who have founded what the U.K. calls challenger banks – banks that were chartered after the financial crisis as part of regulators’ newly minted mandate to foster competition in the financial sector.

She...


Apr 2, 2022

This is a special emergency episode of Barefoot Innovation with a call to action for helping to protect Ukrainian refugees from being preyed upon by human traffickers.

Yesterday, I got a message from Stuart Watkins, the CEO of Zenoo, in Prague. I got to know Stu two years ago when AIR ran our first TechSprint on the US...