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Guest: Jason Gardner – CEO & Founder at Marqeta
FinTech is Hard! What Does It Take to Make It?
Even though it has been more than a decade since the last major financial crisis that saw the birth of the industry, FinTech is still in its early stages. Thousands of entrepreneurs have tried their hand at disrupting the space, but only a few have been able to stand out in the crowd and take away market share from incumbents. With an increasing number of financial services looking to leverage technology, opportunities for new companies abound.

Yet, success in FinTech seems elusive. What does it really take to make it? Is it the idea? The timing? Hard work? The business model? Or just sheer luck?

Who better to help us figure out the answers to these questions than Jason Gardner, CEO & Founder of Marqeta?

Jason has first-hand experience in building a FinTech Unicorn from the ground up. Under his guidance, Marqeta has established a modern and global standard for card issuance by developing a cutting-edge processing platform and partnering with leading technology firms and financial institutions. Prior to his time with Marqeta, Jason founded two other companies, Vertical Think and Property Bridge, which was later acquired by MoneyGram.

Join Aditya Khurjekar and Amit Goel for an exciting kickoff to our new series featuring leading FinTech founders, with an exclusive interview with Jason Gardner. With an incisive no-nonsense discussion on leadership and business strategy, we will dig deeper into the factors driving Marqeta’s growth, and the key to success in the FinTech industry. Marqeta pioneered the space, which is now known as “financial infrastructure APIs.” In the early days, it must have been hard to imagine such APIs and have that kind of extraordinary conviction to continue executing it for 10 years. Join us as we dive into these interesting insights with Jason!

Jun 2, 2020 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jason Gardner
CEO & Founder @Marqeta
Jason Gardner is the founder and chief executive officer of Marqeta, Inc. Under his leadership Marqeta has defined the global standard for modern card issuing, developing an industry-leading issuer processor platform that now powers the world’s most innovative companies.
Amit Goel
Founder @MEDICI
Amit Goel is the Founder of MEDICI Global and also leads the company’s Research & Advisory business. He has been recognized as a Top 100 FinTech Influencer in the world and Top 10 in Asia multiple times.
Aditya Khurjekar
CEO & Founder @MEDICI
Aditya Khurjekar is Founder & CEO at MEDICI Global. In 2012, Aditya founded the breakout conference on emerging payments and financial services, Money2020, which was acquired by i2i Events Group in 2014. Until 2011, Aditya was the new business development executive responsible for all mobile payments and commerce initiatives at Verizon, where he managed the company’s investments and partnerships in mobile wallets, remote/online checkout, digital offers, remittances, and other pioneering projects in the early days of FinTech. Since 2008, he had business ownership for the mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon, which was acquired by Google in 2015. The technical specification is now used in all major mobile contactless implementations such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay.