The Barefoot Innovation podcast, hosted by AIR CEO Jo Ann Barefoot, explores better solutions for financial consumers at the intersection of technology innovation and regulation. Join Jo Ann as she sits down with regtech and fintech CEOs, lawmakers, regulators, bankers, and academics, and more for candid discussions on the regtech space.

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SAVING MINORITY DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS: NICOLE ELAM AND ROBERT JAMES

My guests today are Nicole Elam, CEO of the National Bankers Association, and Robert James II, who chairs the NBA’s board of directors and is also president of Carver Financial Corporation in Savannah, Georgia. The NBA is the trade association for Minority Depository Institutions, or MDIs. It was founded nearly a century ago, in 1927, to build on the work being done by a group of Black-owned banks that were chartered shortly after the US Civil War, because white-owned banks were not serving the needs of Black communities. 

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November 2022

TALKING WEB3 WITH JAI RAMASWAMY OF A16Z

Ramaswamy, the Chief Legal Officer of Andreessen Horowitz, speaks to Jo Ann about the World Wide Web’s evolution and how version 3.0 aims to improve on earlier shortcomings through blockchain technology, tokenization and smart contracts.

November 22, 2022

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November 2022

INNOVATOR SPOTLIGHT: ZERO HASH’S ED GUERRA ON MAKING COMPLIANCE COOL

Guerra leads compliance work at the five-year-old B2B platform enabling financial firms to offer crypto services. He says tech innovation challenges assumption that compliance efforts are not aligned with business goals.

November 02, 2022

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October 2022

THE FUTURE OF COMPLIANCE: REGTECH ASSOCIATION CEO DEBORAH YOUNG

Young speaks to Jo Ann about the alliance that she leads and how its innovative members are building the bridge from traditional compliance to digitized solutions.

October 19, 2022

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October 2022

INNOVATOR SPOTLIGHT: UPGRADE CEO RENAUD LAPLANCHE

Renaud Laplanche, the CEO and co-founder of Upgrade, explains how the company aims to create a healthier credit card by converting debt into an installment loan with zero fees.

October 05, 2022

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September 2022

‘BOLD AND BORING’ INNOVATION: FED CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER SUNAYNA TUTEJA

The first appointee to lead the Federal Reserve’s innovation office is focused on modernizing the technology of the central bank itself. Her goal is to bring the agency into the 21st century, and to keep it up-to-date as change accelerates.

September 30, 2022

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September 2022

IIF’S JESSICA RENIER ON CRYPTO WINTER, CBDCS AND REGULATORY OVERHAULS

Renier, a veteran of both the Treasury and the Fed and now managing director of digital finance at the Institute of International Finance, speaks with Jo Ann about the recent correction in the crypto markets and the need for regulators to hone new digital tools to get ahead of the curve.

September 19, 2022

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August 2022

JACK HENRY’S CEO ON HOW COMMUNITY BANKS CAN MAKE DIGITAL LEAP

David Foss runs one of three core processors that small financial institutions rely on for tech services. He and Jo Ann discuss community banks' tough times, how cores can help clients compete and the need for small banks to “plug in” to vendors.

August 22, 2022

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August 2022

INNOVATOR SPOTLIGHT: THE MSRB’S BRIAN ANTHONY AND ADAM CUSSON ON MODERNIZING REGULATION OF MUNICIPAL SECURITIES

Today’s show is required listening for our regulator audience, and is also packed with practical advice for ANY organization, public or private, that has to transition from the analog to the digital age. The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is a small US regulatory body that’s doing outsized work in technology innovation. Our guests are Chief Data Officer Brian Anthony and CTO Adam Cusson, and they are leading the way in one of the most exciting regulatory technology projects I’ve seen anywhere.

August 09, 2022

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