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VentureTech Launch(pod)

VentureTech Launch(pod) is a gateway to the future, offering unparalleled insights and groundbreaking innovations from the leading fintech minds dedicated to innovating credit unions. Each episode is a journey through the latest trends, technologies, and thought leadership shaping the destiny of credit unions.

Whether you’re pioneering change within your credit union, creating the next breakthrough in fintech solutions, or simply fascinated by technological innovation, VentureTech Launch(pod) invites you to join the dialogue shaping tomorrow’s financial technology. Tune in and connect with a community that’s at the forefront of fintech innovation, dedicated to empowering credit unions and exploring the horizons of financial technology.

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Silvur: revolutionizing Retirement for Credit Union Members

In this insightful episode of VentureTech Launch(pod), we are joined by Rhian Horgan from Silvur, a company that’s generating buzz for its innovative approach to retirement planning. Rhian dives into Silvur’s mission to empower credit union members over the age of 50, guiding them through the complexities of retirement. She shares her personal and professional experiences that led to her deep passion for simplifying retirement processes, highlighting the challenges many face in navigating Social Security, Medicare, and savings sustainability.

Silvur’s focus is on demystifying retirement planning, offering a tailored, digital experience that educates members about their financial future. Rhian emphasizes the importance of personalized education, where members receive content relevant to their unique situations. This approach not only enhances members’ confidence in retirement planning but also strengthens their trust in their credit unions.

This podcast episode offers a compelling look at how Silvur is reshaping retirement planning, making it more accessible and understandable for credit union members. Rhian Horgan’s insights demonstrate the potential for fintech solutions to significantly impact members’ financial well-being and the overall success of credit unions.

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Empowering Credit Unions for the Future: Curql Fund's Mission with Martin Walker

Join us for a chat with Martin Walker from Curql Fund. Martin discusses the vital role of credit unions as not-for-profit banking providers and the challenges they face amidst industry disruptions... He emphasizes the importance of credit unions staying relevant and thriving, highlighting how they can learn from fintechs to enhance member relationships and back-office efficiencies. Martin shares insights on Curql Fund's journey, focusing on investing in fintechs that empower credit unions with innovative solutions. The conversation also touches on overcoming fear of the unknown in fintech partnerships and how Curql Fund selects companies aligned with credit unions' mission-driven approach. This episode is a deep dive into fostering credit union growth through strategic fintech collaborations.

Silvur: Revolutionizing Retirement for Credit Union Members

In this insightful episode of VentureTech Launch(pod), we are joined by Rhian Horgan from Silvur, a company that's generating buzz for its innovative approach to retirement planning...Rhian dives into Silvur's mission to empower credit union members over the age of 50, guiding them through the complexities of retirement. She shares her personal and professional experiences that led to her deep passion for simplifying retirement processes, highlighting the challenges many face in navigating Social Security, Medicare, and savings sustainability. Silvur's focus is on demystifying retirement planning, offering a tailored, digital experience that educates members about their financial future. Rhian emphasizes the importance of personalized education, where members receive content relevant to their unique situations. This approach not only enhances members' confidence in retirement planning but also strengthens their trust in their credit unions. This podcast episode offers a compelling look at how Silvur is reshaping retirement planning, making it more accessible and understandable for credit union members. Rhian Horgan's insights demonstrate the potential for fintech solutions to significantly impact members' financial well-being and the overall success of credit unions.

Starlight's Mission to Boost Financial Wellness in the Credit Union Ecosystem

Fresh off a significant win at Money 2020, Shreenath Regunathan delves into the critical issues he's passionate about solving in the credit union space. He highlights the alarming trend of credit unions losing deposits and members to large, self-directed investing platforms... Starlight, through its innovative approach, is focused on addressing this challenge by empowering credit unions to become more relevant to their members' financial needs. Shreenath Regunathan emphasizes the importance of financial wellness, noting that a significant portion of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. By partnering with credit unions, Starlight aims to make financial wellness more accessible and help people discover and utilize available government benefits to reduce day-to-day expenses. A prime example is their work with Jane from a Brooklyn credit union, where they helped her save significantly on bills through targeted assistance, deepening her relationship with the credit union. This episode of VentureTech Launch(pod) sheds light on how Starlight is not just aiding credit unions in retaining and growing their membership but also playing a pivotal role in enhancing the financial stability of communities. Shreenath Regunathan's dedication to this cause is a testament to the potential impact of fintechs in transforming the financial landscape for the better.

DefenseStorm: Delivering Cyber Risk Readiness in Credit Unions

We welcome Steve Soukup from DefenseStorm. Steve shares his insights on a critical issue facing credit unions today: the challenge of balancing growth with cybersecurity risks. He discusses how DefenseStorm is dedicated to building a community of trust, enabling credit unions to grow and thrive securely in an ever-changing digital landscape... The conversation revolves around how credit unions, amid their growth and transformation, encounter uncertainty and risks, particularly from sophisticated cyber threats. Steve explains how DefenseStorm's approach is not just about reactive measures, but about proactively managing cybersecurity through risk assessment, real-time monitoring, and strategic planning. He illustrates this with examples of how their platform, Grid Active, helps credit unions transition from traditional risk management to a more dynamic, real-time cyber risk readiness model. By providing tools to monitor and verify the implementation of security policies, DefenseStorm ensures that credit unions can confidently tackle the challenges of digital transformation while safeguarding their members' interests. The episode of VentureTech Launch(pod) highlights the importance of cybersecurity in the current financial landscape and how DefenseStorm's innovative solutions are helping credit unions maintain trust and security in their community.

Spiral: Empowering Credit Unions to Connect with Younger Demographics

In this engaging episode of VentureTech Launch(pod), we welcome Shawn Melamed from Spiral. Shawn delves into the crucial issue of relevance within the credit union sector, emphasizing the need for credit unions to attract and retain younger members... Shawn points out the startling age disparity between credit union members and those of larger banks, and how Spiral aims to bridge this gap. Spiral's innovative approach centers on enhancing community impact and engagement, enabling members to support charitable causes directly through their financial transactions. This method not only fosters a sense of community involvement but also differentiates credit union services from traditional banking products. Shawn discusses how Spiral's platform makes charitable actions easy and integrated into everyday banking experiences, appealing to the value-driven younger generation. This podcast episode highlights the importance of credit unions showcasing their community impact and leveraging their unique position to win the trust and loyalty of a broader demographic. Shawn's insights into Spiral's strategy and its alignment with credit union values make for an informative session, offering a glimpse into the future of banking where community and impact are at the forefront.