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Latest Innovations in FinTech

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2 pm Th 12/1


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"Financial technology, also known as FinTech, is a line of business based on using software to provide financial services. Financial technology companies are generally startups founded with the purpose of disrupting incumbent financial systems and corporations that rely less on software."


Our distinguished panel will hold a lively discussion on the latest innovations in FinTech.

Please come with questions and comments.

If you are a FinTech startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to:


Put this in the subject header:

Th 12/1 FinTech Demo Table


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking

About the Panelists

(More panelists TBA.)

Ann Armstrong is a San Francisco-based principal for KPMG, serving as the U.S. FinTech co-leader and the lead for marketplace lending. She has a 16 year consulting career focused on emerging technology and IT compliance both nationally and abroad. In addition to leading engagements at multiple MPL platforms, she has served many of the largest financial services institutions in New York and San Francisco. Ann has published thought leadership on peer-to-peer lending and regularly contributes to several professional and industry publications.

Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors.

Mr. Lindenbaum has served as a board member, board advisor and/or investor: Acerro, Agnitia Networks (acquired by LeadingEdge), BonTriage, BPG Worldwide, Bright Light Systems, Corvigo (acquired by NASDAQ: TMWD), eSports (acquired by Ositech), iLoopMobile (acquired by Archer), Inertia Beverage Group (now WineDirect), (acquired by Quixey) LandSonar (acquired by Triangle) MerchEngines (acquired by NASDAQ: DLX) MycoTechnology, Ooba Beverages (acquired by HealthyBrands), Parago (acquired by NASDAQ: HAWK) Realta Entertainment Group, SiteAudit, Sitebase, Smaato, SnapMD, Solaireo, TerraFusion, Tunewear and

Prior to founding Advance Ventures, Mr. Lindenbaum was the co­founder of interactive media pioneer Broadcast Production Group and served as CEO until its acquisition in 1999 by Parago (NASDAQ: HAWK). Under his leadership, Broadcast Production Group was listed as a Top 15 fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley and a Top 100 fastest growing private company in the US.

He has been nationally recognized in cover and feature stories by CNN Future Watch, New Media News, AV Video ~ Multimedia Producer Magazine, Wired, MicroPublishing News and Silicon Valley Business Journal. In 1995, Mr. Lindenbaum was chosen as one of the “30 most influential business leaders under 30 years of age” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and listed alongside innovators such as Marc Andreessen (Netscape) and Jerry Yang (Yahoo). In 2005, Mr. Lindenbaum was selected again as one of the “40 most influential business leaders under 40 years of age” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Mr. Lindenbaum has a strong commitment to real­ world business education and entrepreneurial development. He is a lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, University of California Haas School of Business, San Jose State University, Stanford University and UCLA/Digital Media Arts Program. Mr. Lindenbaum is a frequent keynote speaker, panel participant and lecturer at industry events, start­up programs and to international entrepreneurial delegations.

Riaz Karamali is a partner in the Corporate & Securities – Technology practice in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a top ranked international law firm that is a leader in the fintech space. Riaz is a bitcoin enthusiast, an investor in fintech companies, and represents both investors and emerging companies in the space. Riaz has practiced law in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in corporate law, venture finance, private equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. Riaz has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their angel and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions. Riaz earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his undergraduate degree from Rice University.

Adam Draper created Boost VC with the goal of becoming one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley. Investment in startups range between $10,000-$30,000. A year ago Boost VC announced they closed an oversubscribed $6.6MM funding round to invest in 200 companies over the next three years. Investors include such notables as Marc Andreessen, Ben Davenport, Barry Schuler, Rothenberg Ventures, Maven II, Kilowatt Capital, Tim Draper, and Bill Draper. Co-founded by Adam in 2011, Boost VC offers dedicated housing in a collaborative environment where new enterprises are exposed to noteworthy speakers, influential mentors, and potential funders. Its focus is to find the most innovative people starting world-changing companies. Boost VC is the first fund that has three generations of venture investors [Adam, Tim, and Bill Draper]. Previously, Adam was VP of Business Development and Director at Xpert Financial where he learned many of his startup lessons. He was also an analyst at Salomon Smith Barney, and earlier worked with several startups, including BOOM!Studios and MailFrontier. Adam’s experiences helped sculpt his view of what it means to be an entrepreneur, and how a startup works internally. He currently serves on the boards of four companies and is a graduate of UCLA.

Jeremy Almond is the CEO of PayStand, a business to business focused digital payment company. Jeremy started his career as an engineer at nanotech startup Digital Instruments, later acquired by Veeco (Nadaq: VECO). At Veeco he led the enterprise architecture, helping shrink massive computers down to devices that now fit in our pockets. Since then Jeremy has worked as an operator and investor at a number of startups & established companies to drive improvements in digital commerce, ERP, and payments. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of California and masters from the University of Massachusetts, where he did his thesis on how technology can help drive positive change in a broken financial system.

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