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How Does Fintech Scale? Galileo's Scott Johnson Exposes the Secret.

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In this episode of Accrued, hosts Tedd Huff and Colton Pond chat with Scott Johnson, the Senior VP of Business Development at Galileo Financial Technologies. Scott shares his experiences and insights from his 20 years at Galileo, a leading FinTech platform owned by SoFi Technologies. They discuss how Galileo powers major players like Chime and Monzo, and the challenges and opportunities in the FinTech industry.

Scott tells a funny story from Galileo's early days when the company almost had a disaster during a visit from MasterCard due to a water leak. He also talks about the company's decision to publish APIs over a decade ago, which was a bold move at the time and helped them grow significantly.

The conversation covers Galileo's role in the FinTech landscape, focusing on their expansion into Latin America and the importance of modernizing banking infrastructure. Scott highlights how Galileo's technology supports over 151 million accounts and how their products help banks and FinTech companies offer better services.

They also discuss the impact of AI and machine learning in finance, particularly in personalization and fraud prevention. Scott mentions Galileo's AI chatbot, Connecta, and their payment risk platform, which helps reduce fraud and save costs for their clients.

Another key topic is the importance of long-term partnerships and a consultative approach in FinTech. Scott emphasizes how Galileo supports its clients to navigate challenges and achieve sustainable growth.

Finally, they touch on the acquisition of Galileo by SoFi and how it has opened new opportunities for the company. Scott shares insights on international expansion, especially the unique challenges and considerations when entering new markets like Latin America.

This episode is packed with valuable insights for anyone interested in the future of FinTech, the role of AI, and the importance of modern banking technology. Whether you're a FinTech enthusiast or just curious about how technology is changing finance, this conversation with Scott Johnson offers a lot to learn.

Key Highlights

The Secret to Galileo's Success: Early Challenges and Big Wins

Discover how a tiny office with just four server racks faced a major water leak during a critical MasterCard tour and how quick thinking turned a potential disaster into a memorable moment in Galileo's early days.

APIs: The Game-Changer for FinTech

Learn about the bold decision to publish APIs over a decade ago, a move that attracted a range of companies with unique use cases, helping shape the future of FinTech.

Navigating the 2008 Financial Crisis

Find out how Galileo managed to survive the 2008 financial crisis by betting on long-term partnerships and supporting companies with great product offerings, even delaying invoicing to keep them afloat.

Expanding into Latin America: Key Considerations

Understand the strategic move to expand into Latin America, the challenges faced, and the economic viability of entering different markets with tailored financial solutions.

Personalized Finance: AI and Machine Learning at Work

Explore how AI and machine learning are used to deliver highly personalized financial experiences, from chatbots sensing frustration to advanced payment risk platforms reducing fraud.

The Power of Modern Banking Cores

See why modernizing banking cores is crucial for offering innovative products and services, and how legacy systems are holding back financial institutions from competing effectively.

Boots on the Ground: Successful International Expansion

Learn why having employees in local markets is essential for successful international expansion and how Galileo ensures they are truly committed to new regions.

Unique Financial Products: Buy Now, Pay Later Options

Discover Galileo's cool "buy now, pay later" feature that allows users to turn past purchases into installment payments, offering flexibility and control over their finances.

Tailored Card Controls for Teens

Check out how Galileo enables parents to set specific spending limits for their teens, such as allowing purchases only at certain stores, ensuring safety and control.

The Importance of Adaptability in Acquisitions

Get insights into how Galileo's acquisition by SoFi provided new opportunities and the key role of adaptability in making acquisitions successful and beneficial for both parties.

Takeaways (five takeaways)

🚀 1️⃣ Learn How to Handle Crises with Quick Thinking!

Facing unexpected problems? Quick thinking can turn potential disasters into success stories. A fast response to challenges, like a sudden water leak, can save the day and even impress important clients.

💡 2️⃣ API Publishing: A Bold Move That Pays Off Big!

Publishing APIs can attract a diverse range of clients with unique needs. This strategic decision opens up new opportunities and helps in growing your business by meeting various market demands.

🌍 3️⃣ The Secret to Successful International Expansion!

Thinking of going global? Ensure you have local presence and employees on the ground to truly commit to new markets. This strategy helps in understanding and adapting to regional needs effectively.

🤖 4️⃣ Enhance Security with AI-Driven Fraud Prevention!

AI and machine learning can drastically reduce fraud. Implementing advanced risk platforms that analyze spending patterns and behaviors can protect your business and save costs by preventing fraudulent activities.

🔍 5️⃣ Customize Financial Products for Better User Control!

Offering customizable financial products, like post-purchase installment options, can provide users with more control over their spending. This flexibility meets customer needs and enhances their financial experience.

Links:

Guest's Company: www.galileo-ft.com

Guest's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/galileo-financial-technologies

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/galileo-financial-technologies

Fintech Confidential

YouTube: https://fintechconfidential.com/watch

Podcast: https://fintechconfidential.com/listen

Notifications: https://fintechconfidential.com/access

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fintechconfidential

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FTconfidential

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fintechconfidential

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fintechconfidential

Timestamps:

02:52 Welcome to Accrued: Unraveling the World of LendTech

07:25 Meet Scott Johnson: The Legend Behind Galileo's Success

07:54 The Day Galileo Almost Flooded

09:30 Decoding Galileo's Growth: From Start-Up to FinTech Powerhouse

13:26 The Evolution of FinTech: A 20-Year Journey with Scott Johnson

19:33 The Future of Banking: Modern Cores and Global Expansion

27:54 Latin America's FinTech Revolution: A Beacon for Global Banking

31:27 Hyper Growth in Cashless Transactions: A Global Perspective

32:25 The Strategic Move: Galileo's Expansion into Latin America

32:57 Navigating International Expansion: Insights and Challenges

36:03 Innovative Financial Solutions: From Credit Products to Payment Systems

38:11 Personalization in FinTech: How Galileo Powers Unique Customer Experiences

49:12 The Future of Banking: AI, Machine Learning, and Beyond

52:53 Acquisition Insights: Galileo's Journey with SoFi

55:19 Wrapping Up: The Future of FinTech and Personalization

55:45 Disclaimer and Final Thoughts

Supporters

CheckAlt: a game-changer in the financial world: ClearingWorks. Simplify your financial management with a one-stop solution for all your AR needs and with a single login. Intrigued? Visit https://clearingworks.com to schedule your demo today.

MPC the Digital Commerce Event: Why MPC24? As a leader in the fintech space, whether you're a C-suite executive, a technologist, a startup innovator, or a government official, MPC24 offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the latest trends, technologies and thought leaders shaping the future of money. Register now and Save https://mpcevent.com/register-now-payment/

Under: Transform Your Merchant Applications with Under. The Under platform revolutionizes the way ISOs handle merchant applications, offering a seamless transition to digital forms. Say goodbye to outdated processes and hello to efficiency. Discover the future of financial applications at https://under.io/ftc

HAWK:AI - A game-changing approach to compliance. With real-time monitoring, adaptive learning, and advanced AI, it cuts false positives, simplifying your compliance efforts. Upgrade your surveillance with ease. Visit https://gethawkai.com for more intelligent, more effective compliance.

LoanPro: As default rates continue to rise and margins compress in lending, financial organizations are searching for solutions that combine operational efficiency with innovation. Look no further, as LoanPro allows lenders to enhance their origination, servicing, collections, and payments using the foundation of a modern lending core. Check out loanpro.io/demo to learn how 600+ financial organizations have modernized their tech stack with LoanPro.

About:

Guest

Scott Johnson: Scott Johnson is responsible for expanding Galileo’s client relationships and scaling partnerships and business development functions for additional growth. Johnson has led Galileo’s growth strategy and expanded its payments product offerings to include debit, credit, commercial, virtual, cryptocurrency, multicurrency, and a number of hybrid and custom solutions. Prior to joining Galileo, Johnson worked in product management at American Express and GE Consumer Finance and built internet software at Sybase, which was later acquired by SAP. Johnson graduated from the University of Utah School of Business.

Galileo Financial Technologies LLC: Galileo Financial Technologies LLC is a financial technology company that enables fintechs, banks, emerging and established brands to build differentiated financial solutions that deliver exceptional customer-centric experiences. Through modern open APIs, Galileo’s flexible, secure, scalable, and fully integrated platform drives progress across payments and financial services. Trusted by digital banking heavyweights, early-stage innovators, and enterprise clients alike, Galileo supports issuing physical and virtual payment cards, mobile push provisioning, tailored and differentiated financial products, and more across industries and geographies.

Hosts:

Tedd Huff: Tedd Huff is the Founder of Voalyre and DD3 Media, professional services and advisory firms focused on global payments and marketing. He is also a video podcast host and producer of Fintech Confidential.

Over the past 24 years, he has contributed to FinTech startups as an Advisory Board Member, Co-Founder, and Chief Experience Officer, providing strategic and tactical direction for Global Payments OpenEdge, Heartland Payments, Nuvei, and TSYS, among others, focusing on growth while delivering innovation, process improvements and user experience-driven value to simplify the complexity of payments.

Colton Pond: Colton Pond is a seasoned marketing executive with a strong fintech and financial services background. In his latest role, Colton is the CMO for LoanPro's API-first lending platform, aiming to meet the increasing market demands. His track record includes a significant tenure at Truv, where he led the marketing team to achieve a 300% growth in year-over-year revenue. Colton has also held key marketing and sales positions at MX, Lucid, and HealthEquity, demonstrating his ability to drive success and innovation within the fintech sector.

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İçerik DD3, Media and DD3 tarafından sağlanmıştır. Bölümler, grafikler ve podcast açıklamaları dahil tüm podcast içeriği doğrudan DD3, Media and DD3 veya podcast platform ortağı tarafından yüklenir ve sağlanır. Birinin telif hakkıyla korunan çalışmanızı izniniz olmadan kullandığını düşünüyorsanız burada https://tr.player.fm/legal özetlenen süreci takip edebilirsiniz.

In this episode of Accrued, hosts Tedd Huff and Colton Pond chat with Scott Johnson, the Senior VP of Business Development at Galileo Financial Technologies. Scott shares his experiences and insights from his 20 years at Galileo, a leading FinTech platform owned by SoFi Technologies. They discuss how Galileo powers major players like Chime and Monzo, and the challenges and opportunities in the FinTech industry.

Scott tells a funny story from Galileo's early days when the company almost had a disaster during a visit from MasterCard due to a water leak. He also talks about the company's decision to publish APIs over a decade ago, which was a bold move at the time and helped them grow significantly.

The conversation covers Galileo's role in the FinTech landscape, focusing on their expansion into Latin America and the importance of modernizing banking infrastructure. Scott highlights how Galileo's technology supports over 151 million accounts and how their products help banks and FinTech companies offer better services.

They also discuss the impact of AI and machine learning in finance, particularly in personalization and fraud prevention. Scott mentions Galileo's AI chatbot, Connecta, and their payment risk platform, which helps reduce fraud and save costs for their clients.

Another key topic is the importance of long-term partnerships and a consultative approach in FinTech. Scott emphasizes how Galileo supports its clients to navigate challenges and achieve sustainable growth.

Finally, they touch on the acquisition of Galileo by SoFi and how it has opened new opportunities for the company. Scott shares insights on international expansion, especially the unique challenges and considerations when entering new markets like Latin America.

This episode is packed with valuable insights for anyone interested in the future of FinTech, the role of AI, and the importance of modern banking technology. Whether you're a FinTech enthusiast or just curious about how technology is changing finance, this conversation with Scott Johnson offers a lot to learn.

Key Highlights

The Secret to Galileo's Success: Early Challenges and Big Wins

Discover how a tiny office with just four server racks faced a major water leak during a critical MasterCard tour and how quick thinking turned a potential disaster into a memorable moment in Galileo's early days.

APIs: The Game-Changer for FinTech

Learn about the bold decision to publish APIs over a decade ago, a move that attracted a range of companies with unique use cases, helping shape the future of FinTech.

Navigating the 2008 Financial Crisis

Find out how Galileo managed to survive the 2008 financial crisis by betting on long-term partnerships and supporting companies with great product offerings, even delaying invoicing to keep them afloat.

Expanding into Latin America: Key Considerations

Understand the strategic move to expand into Latin America, the challenges faced, and the economic viability of entering different markets with tailored financial solutions.

Personalized Finance: AI and Machine Learning at Work

Explore how AI and machine learning are used to deliver highly personalized financial experiences, from chatbots sensing frustration to advanced payment risk platforms reducing fraud.

The Power of Modern Banking Cores

See why modernizing banking cores is crucial for offering innovative products and services, and how legacy systems are holding back financial institutions from competing effectively.

Boots on the Ground: Successful International Expansion

Learn why having employees in local markets is essential for successful international expansion and how Galileo ensures they are truly committed to new regions.

Unique Financial Products: Buy Now, Pay Later Options

Discover Galileo's cool "buy now, pay later" feature that allows users to turn past purchases into installment payments, offering flexibility and control over their finances.

Tailored Card Controls for Teens

Check out how Galileo enables parents to set specific spending limits for their teens, such as allowing purchases only at certain stores, ensuring safety and control.

The Importance of Adaptability in Acquisitions

Get insights into how Galileo's acquisition by SoFi provided new opportunities and the key role of adaptability in making acquisitions successful and beneficial for both parties.

Takeaways (five takeaways)

🚀 1️⃣ Learn How to Handle Crises with Quick Thinking!

Facing unexpected problems? Quick thinking can turn potential disasters into success stories. A fast response to challenges, like a sudden water leak, can save the day and even impress important clients.

💡 2️⃣ API Publishing: A Bold Move That Pays Off Big!

Publishing APIs can attract a diverse range of clients with unique needs. This strategic decision opens up new opportunities and helps in growing your business by meeting various market demands.

🌍 3️⃣ The Secret to Successful International Expansion!

Thinking of going global? Ensure you have local presence and employees on the ground to truly commit to new markets. This strategy helps in understanding and adapting to regional needs effectively.

🤖 4️⃣ Enhance Security with AI-Driven Fraud Prevention!

AI and machine learning can drastically reduce fraud. Implementing advanced risk platforms that analyze spending patterns and behaviors can protect your business and save costs by preventing fraudulent activities.

🔍 5️⃣ Customize Financial Products for Better User Control!

Offering customizable financial products, like post-purchase installment options, can provide users with more control over their spending. This flexibility meets customer needs and enhances their financial experience.

Links:

Guest's Company: www.galileo-ft.com

Guest's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/galileo-financial-technologies

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/galileo-financial-technologies

Fintech Confidential

YouTube: https://fintechconfidential.com/watch

Podcast: https://fintechconfidential.com/listen

Notifications: https://fintechconfidential.com/access

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fintechconfidential

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FTconfidential

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fintechconfidential

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fintechconfidential

Timestamps:

02:52 Welcome to Accrued: Unraveling the World of LendTech

07:25 Meet Scott Johnson: The Legend Behind Galileo's Success

07:54 The Day Galileo Almost Flooded

09:30 Decoding Galileo's Growth: From Start-Up to FinTech Powerhouse

13:26 The Evolution of FinTech: A 20-Year Journey with Scott Johnson

19:33 The Future of Banking: Modern Cores and Global Expansion

27:54 Latin America's FinTech Revolution: A Beacon for Global Banking

31:27 Hyper Growth in Cashless Transactions: A Global Perspective

32:25 The Strategic Move: Galileo's Expansion into Latin America

32:57 Navigating International Expansion: Insights and Challenges

36:03 Innovative Financial Solutions: From Credit Products to Payment Systems

38:11 Personalization in FinTech: How Galileo Powers Unique Customer Experiences

49:12 The Future of Banking: AI, Machine Learning, and Beyond

52:53 Acquisition Insights: Galileo's Journey with SoFi

55:19 Wrapping Up: The Future of FinTech and Personalization

55:45 Disclaimer and Final Thoughts

Supporters

CheckAlt: a game-changer in the financial world: ClearingWorks. Simplify your financial management with a one-stop solution for all your AR needs and with a single login. Intrigued? Visit https://clearingworks.com to schedule your demo today.

MPC the Digital Commerce Event: Why MPC24? As a leader in the fintech space, whether you're a C-suite executive, a technologist, a startup innovator, or a government official, MPC24 offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the latest trends, technologies and thought leaders shaping the future of money. Register now and Save https://mpcevent.com/register-now-payment/

Under: Transform Your Merchant Applications with Under. The Under platform revolutionizes the way ISOs handle merchant applications, offering a seamless transition to digital forms. Say goodbye to outdated processes and hello to efficiency. Discover the future of financial applications at https://under.io/ftc

HAWK:AI - A game-changing approach to compliance. With real-time monitoring, adaptive learning, and advanced AI, it cuts false positives, simplifying your compliance efforts. Upgrade your surveillance with ease. Visit https://gethawkai.com for more intelligent, more effective compliance.

LoanPro: As default rates continue to rise and margins compress in lending, financial organizations are searching for solutions that combine operational efficiency with innovation. Look no further, as LoanPro allows lenders to enhance their origination, servicing, collections, and payments using the foundation of a modern lending core. Check out loanpro.io/demo to learn how 600+ financial organizations have modernized their tech stack with LoanPro.

About:

Guest

Scott Johnson: Scott Johnson is responsible for expanding Galileo’s client relationships and scaling partnerships and business development functions for additional growth. Johnson has led Galileo’s growth strategy and expanded its payments product offerings to include debit, credit, commercial, virtual, cryptocurrency, multicurrency, and a number of hybrid and custom solutions. Prior to joining Galileo, Johnson worked in product management at American Express and GE Consumer Finance and built internet software at Sybase, which was later acquired by SAP. Johnson graduated from the University of Utah School of Business.

Galileo Financial Technologies LLC: Galileo Financial Technologies LLC is a financial technology company that enables fintechs, banks, emerging and established brands to build differentiated financial solutions that deliver exceptional customer-centric experiences. Through modern open APIs, Galileo’s flexible, secure, scalable, and fully integrated platform drives progress across payments and financial services. Trusted by digital banking heavyweights, early-stage innovators, and enterprise clients alike, Galileo supports issuing physical and virtual payment cards, mobile push provisioning, tailored and differentiated financial products, and more across industries and geographies.

Hosts:

Tedd Huff: Tedd Huff is the Founder of Voalyre and DD3 Media, professional services and advisory firms focused on global payments and marketing. He is also a video podcast host and producer of Fintech Confidential.

Over the past 24 years, he has contributed to FinTech startups as an Advisory Board Member, Co-Founder, and Chief Experience Officer, providing strategic and tactical direction for Global Payments OpenEdge, Heartland Payments, Nuvei, and TSYS, among others, focusing on growth while delivering innovation, process improvements and user experience-driven value to simplify the complexity of payments.

Colton Pond: Colton Pond is a seasoned marketing executive with a strong fintech and financial services background. In his latest role, Colton is the CMO for LoanPro's API-first lending platform, aiming to meet the increasing market demands. His track record includes a significant tenure at Truv, where he led the marketing team to achieve a 300% growth in year-over-year revenue. Colton has also held key marketing and sales positions at MX, Lucid, and HealthEquity, demonstrating his ability to drive success and innovation within the fintech sector.

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