Fintech

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Daniel A. Chen

Daniel A. Chen

Head of BD - Brightside
Wharton MBA

Simple Things
Wharton

Daniel Chen is the Head of Business Development at Brightside, a financial care solution that helps working families improve their financial health. He started his career as a Senior Auditor at KPMG Canada, then moved on to work as an Assistant Controller at eBay before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey with Lightside Games and Levanto Financial. Prior to joining Brightside, Daniel served as Quicken's Head of Business Development, where he oversaw partnerships and launched new businesses. In addition to this, he has an MBA from Wharton Business School and is a certified public accountant.

Brightside
Quicken
eBay
KPMG
Wharton MBA
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T Zhu

T Zhu

Co-Founder & CEO - Tellus
Fintech & Proptech Expert

Tellus
Zazzle

T Zhu is the co-founder of Tellus, a smart savings platform powered by real estate backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Alumni Ventures and Decent Capital. He previously founded and scaled a number of companies, including Sodacan, a social consumer mobile app startup that released Sip, an anonymous, location-based photo sharing app (top 50 on the US App Store), and More Corn (acquired by Answers.com) a Facebook apps company that was the seventh largest developer on the Facebook Platform. Zhu is a Stanford University graduate who enjoys assisting both technical and operational founders with their day-to-day, scaling/growth, cultural, and execution challenges.

Raised $25M
a16z
Top 50 App Store
More Corn (acq.)
Stanford University
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Nikhil Desai

Nikhil Desai

CTO - Mentorcam
Product Engineering Expert

GoToMeeting
LendingClub

Nikhil Desai is a seasoned technology executive having a prolific career spanning two decades. Throughout his tenure, he has guided teams to success in both startup environments and large corporations. His notable past experiences include creating GoToMeeting, a cornerstone in remote communication; the LendingClub platform, which revolutionized peer-to-peer lending; and the Earnest student finance platform, known for its innovative approach to education financing. In his latest role as Mentorcam's CTO, he is focusing on delivering unparalleled expert advice, mentorship, and training to empower both individuals and businesses.

Earnest
LendingClub
GoToMeeting
CNote
Product engineering
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Dan Bauer

Dan Bauer

President - Bauer & Associates Inc.
Marketing and Strategy Expert

Harvard Business School
MBA Exchange

A recognized expert in marketing and entrepreneurship, Dan Bauer founded The MBA Exchange, an education and career advisory firm ranked among the Inc. 5000. Since then, as head of Bauer & Associates, he has delivered high-impact, marketing guidance to clients ranging from Fortune 100 to startups in 30+ industries. Previously, he served as SVP of Global Marketing & Sales for MasterCard International’s global debit business and as Vice President of National Marketing for Citibank NA. His career includes account management roles with DDB Needham and Ketchum Advertising. Bauer earned an MBA from Harvard Business School focusing on general management and marketing. He ranked in the top 15% of his class in industry and competivie analysis.

SVP MasterCard
VP Citibank
Inc. 5000
Harvard MBA
Board Member MonogramGroup
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Joe Coyne

Joe Coyne

General Partner - Studio VC
Venture Capitalist

Studio VC
Bain Capital

Joe Coyne is a Venture Capitalist focused on helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses from day one to exit. Joe’s experience spans Venture Capital, Private Equity and Investment Banking, having started his career on Wall Street and transitioned to finding his passion for investing at Bain Capital Ventures, Samsung Electronics, and now as Managing Partner of Studio VC. Additionally, Joe studied Finance at the University of Wisconsin and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. Joe is passionate about helping startups founders and mentoring young professionals looking to break into venture capital as a career.

Bain Capital Partners
Merrill Lynch
Samsung Electronics
Harvard MBA
Venture Capital
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Mercedes Bankston

Mercedes Bankston

Director - The Founder Institute
Fundraising Advice

The Founder Institute
Loyal VC

Mercedes Bankston a LinkedIn Top Voice and a dynamic leader serving as Director at the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. In this role, she has helped over 1000 start-ups launch, raise capital, and exit. Mercedes is instrumental in helping participants refine their ideas, build strong teams, secure initial customers, and raise the necessary funding. Under her guidance, Founder Institute maintains an impressive portfolio valued at an estimated $20 Billion, a 80% graduate survival rate after five years, and has successfully launched over 3500 companies.

The Founder Institute
Loyal VC
McGraw Hill
NEC Corporation
Funderstar LTD
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What Does a Fintech Mentor Do?

A fintech mentor is someone with extensive experience in the fintech industry who offers their guidance to founders of new fintech startups. Fintech mentors can provide everything from practical business advice and product development recommendations to motivation and emotional support as you manage the turbulent journey of launching a fintech startup.

Mentorcam’s fintech mentors can assist fintech founders in a range of areas, including:

What Is a Fintech Startup?

“Fintech” (financial technology) startups are young companies that focus on developing technology-driven financial solutions. Some of the world’s top fintech startups include:

  1. Stripe: Stripe is a payment processing system that allows businesses to accept debit, credit, or other forms of digital payment. Digital payment applications are one of the most widely-used types of fintech. 
  2. Coinbase: Coinbase is a cryptocurrency exchange where users can buy and sell cryptocurrency tokens like Bitcoin, Ether, and many others. Crypto apps became popular in the wake of the crypto boom in the early 2010s.
  3. Robinhood: Robinhood is a commission-free online brokerage platform that allows users to trade financial assets like stocks, options, EFTs, and cryptocurrency. Investment apps are popular among individuals who want a simpler, more flexible investing experience.

What Are the Different Types of Fintech Startups?

Fintech startups can take many forms, but most are financial software startups of some sort. For example:

What Can a Fintech Mentor Do for You?

A fintech mentor can teach you how to build a fintech startup by sharing tailored insights. Mentorcam’s fintech mentors are all exceptionally qualified to provide advice that’s based on real experience and industry knowledge. Plus, the one-on-one mentoring environment makes it possible for our mentors to customize their guidance specifically for your startup’s needs.

To make the most of your time with your mentor, it’s essential to ask the right questions. Here are some examples you can use to get the conversation started with your fintech advisor:

A fintech mentor from Mentorcam can help you discover the answers to essential questions like these and unlock your startup’s true growth potential.

Related areas of interest: Product Development, Fundraising