July 8, 2022

187: Money Talks #50 | Techstars Demo Day Recap | Building the Bear | EU’s MiCA | Web3 as Embedded Finance

187: Money Talks #50 | Techstars Demo Day Recap | Building the Bear | EU’s MiCA | Web3 as Embedded Finance

This week, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pete Townsend recap Techstars’ first-ever demo day in Dublin as part of the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator, look at crypto winter with FTX, BlockFi and Voyager, Klarna’s down round, Revolut’s new card reader, Algorand bringing Napster back to life, MiCA (Markets in Crypto Assets) regulation in the EU, and open banking as a crossover from embedded finance into crypto and digital assets.

*SUMMER SCHEDULE UPDATE* - We’ll be moving to a monthly release for July and August 2022, but we’ll return to our regular weekly episodes in September.

This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps is sponsored by Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing corporate law firms and expert advisors at the heart of the Dublin and London start-up, fintech and crypto communities.


 Dublin Demo Day:  Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator (YouTube, 30-Jun-22)

9 Web3 start-ups accelerating with Techstars in Ireland (Silicon Republic, 27-Jun-22)

FTX closes in on a deal to buy embattled crypto lender BlockFi (CNBC, 1-Jul-22)

Klarna valuation to drop from $46bn to $6.5bn in new funding round - WSJ (Finextra, 4-Jul-22)

Revolut crosses the divide to in-person payments (Finextra, 5-Jul-22)

Music Streaming Company Napster to Launch Its Own Token On Algorand (Decrypt, 30-Jun-22)

Crypto’s Free Rein May Be Coming to a Close (Wired, 5-Jul-22)

The rise of embedded finance (Stripe & Finch Capital, June 2022)

GoCardless to acquire open banking platform Nordigen (Cision PR Newswire, 1-Jul-22)


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Pete Townsend


Web3 & fintech investor, MD @Techstars Web3, founder of Norio Ventures, mentor, non-executive director, podcaster and bad guitar player.

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Eoin Fitzgerald


Fintech investor, podcaster, wannabe VC