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Theodora Lau

Founder at Unconventional Ventures

Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States

49264 Followers

Founder at Unconventional Ventures | Podcast host | Startup advisor | Public speaker | Writer

Theodora LauPoints
Academic0
Author28
Influencer493
Speaker14
Entrepreneur90
Total625

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider

Areas of Expertise

AI 34.92
Business Strategy
Culture
Digital Transformation 30.63
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship
Fintech 64.72
Future of Work 30.10
Innovation 31.06
Leadership 30.22
Management 30.27
Startups 35.17
Big Data 30.62
Privacy 30.15
Cybersecurity 30.10
Diversity and Inclusion 39.88
Cloud 31.05
COVID19 31.40
Customer Experience 30.06
Social 30.17
Health and Safety 31.68

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Professional Services
Telecommunications

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Publications

3 Advisory Board Memberships
Holt Accelerator
Holt Accelerator
April 01, 2020
AI Fintech Accelerator

We are modern day brokers, accelerating deals for fintech startups between corporate clients and investors. We help our partners navigate success through our investor and associated network of financial institutions; powered by an AI lab.

The Holt family has a history of investing, growing, supporting, and building financial companies for the past five generations. With the rising need for AI throughout all aspects of our daily lives, we have decided to launch Holt Fintech Accelerator that focuses on boosting AI capabilities of Fintech businesses and expanding their international network.

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Tags: AI, Fintech

BOND.AI
BOND.AI
March 01, 2019
The most advanced financial intelligence platform for banks & consumers, powered by the first of its kind EmpathyEngine

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Tags: AI, Fintech

Envel
Envel
September 01, 2018
The future is Autonomous! Imagine a bank with Autopilot that uses the power of Artificial Intelligence to guide your finances in real-time. Autonomous banking is finally here!

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Tags: AI, Fintech

25 Article/Blogs
How will 2021 be a catalyst for the future of financial services?
LinkedIn
January 05, 2021
With challenges come opportunities. How will 2021 be the catalyst for another wave of innovation and transformative applications of technologies within financial services and the industries that surround it? While we don’t (yet) have artificial intelligence that can predict the future, we certainly have seen so many iterative ideas rearrange banking’s business model.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Fintech

2020: A dumpster fire year
LinkedIn
December 22, 2020
It will be extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, to find one word or even one phrase to describe 2020. For many, it was a year of broken dreams and hardship. A global pandemic, coupled with a racial reckoning, leaving many of us feeling lost and exhausted.

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Tags: Startups, Fintech, Leadership

Longevity is the gift of time
LinkedIn
December 17, 2020
Longevity isn’t always associated with decline; we all start getting older the minute we are born. Yet, why is it such a taboo to talk about aging, even as we get older? What does it matter that we are blowing more candles on our birthday cake — after a moment of arbitrary time? Surely we have nothing against cake. But candles?

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Tags: Social, Fintech, Leadership

If you were a fintech genie...
LinkedIn
December 15, 2020
If you were a fintech genie in 2020, what wish would you grant?

For a year that is far from normal, with many of us being socially isolated, our first ‘obvious’ choice would have been: To be able to meet people in person.

As much as we have lamented the hassle of travel and as much as we appreciate the convenience of virtual conferences, after months of being cooped up in a house (many of us with small children doing distance learning), we can’t wait to actually be out and about to attend a live event, to have a cup of coffee or share a meal with our colleagues — rediscover the joy of serendipity moments.

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Tags: Innovation, Fintech, Leadership

We are here but to serve
LinkedIn
December 10, 2020
When we talk about digital banking nowadays, chances are, the conversation might quickly turn to one of the challenger banks launched the past few years — one likely positioning themselves as a new way of “X”. This would come along with their simplified user experience and bright colors designed just perfectly for those always-elusive millennials drawn like moths to a flame toward that ever-present metal card. The conversation would drift toward user engagement, bundles of perfectly unique user workflows, how much better these metrics were compared to incumbent banks, and how technology was changing the very dynamic of the business.

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Tags: Fintech, Management, Leadership

How Can Data Power the Money Experience?
LinkedIn
December 09, 2020
One thing that technology platforms from Amazon to Google to Facebook know is the value of data. These platforms know more about us — through how we use our mobile devices and applications, where we go, how we search, and what we buy — but to what end?

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Tags: Big Data, Management, Leadership

Accelerating the digital future in banking
LinkedIn
December 03, 2020
If you feel like we have accelerated digitally 3 years in 3 months, you are not alone. From grocery delivery to curbside pickup, consumers have adopted new habits in the shadow of the pandemic; or in some ways, re-adopted old habits (such as drive-through banking). As more people switch to online and acquire digital alternatives to in-person collaboration, exercise, retail, and healthcare, businesses must adapt to the fast-changing world.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Fintech

How to Keep Relationships With Your Customers Alive? The Money Experience.
LinkedIn
November 30, 2020
In a year where physical relationships have been completely eclipsed by the necessity for more digital means. This has created a renewed sense of urgency toward revamping experiences designed to improve customer engagement, reduce friction, add transparency, and retain critical connectivity — especially as we all sought out added reassurance during this time of crisis.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

New era demands new ways of thinking
LinkedIn
November 17, 2020
We live in a transformative time. From all aspects of living, working, and learning, our activities are increasingly taking place in the online world. Will COVID-19 become the tipping point for further digital transformation, just as how the Great Blizzard of 1978 became the trigger for ATM adoption?

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Fintech

Future of Work: Gig work, 1099s, and I feel fine?
LinkedIn
November 13, 2020
Is the future of work destined to be more transitory in nature? Will we all move from an average of twelve jobs in a lifetime to dozens upon dozens of gig work experiences, some lasting mere hours or weeks rather than years?

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Tags: Fintech, Future of Work, COVID19

Sign at the dotted line
LinkedIn
November 11, 2020
While customer needs are changing, the goal of a customer-centric organization has always been to deliver exceptional customer service, when the customers want it, and how they want it.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Fintech

Cloud at the heart of digital transformation
LinkedIn
November 09, 2020
The year 2020 has been transformative in many ways. We have adapted new ways of working and learning - and propelled new digital trends in a condensed time frame. New habits are formed, alongside new concerns and challenges – all of which have technology at the core.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Fintech

The story of data
LinkedIn
October 30, 2020
A picture says a thousand words, the saying goes. But what about the endless streams of data underlying those images? Or that which deciphers the broader picture of our digital activities and footprints? If data could talk — what kind of picture would it paint? What stories would it tell?

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Tags: AI, Fintech

Future re-imagined: With purpose and urgency
LinkedIn
October 22, 2020
When we look back at 2020, how would we remember this year? Surely, we would remember the weight of this global pandemic and the lives lost. The year has transformed every aspect of our lives — from how we work to where we work. With most of us socially isolated at home, organizations have had to adapt, technology has driven our labor and, for better or likely for the worse, the education of our children.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Fintech

The week that was — October 2
LinkedIn
October 02, 2020
I still remember the conversations over the past few years with Jimmy Chen, founder of Propel, a NY-based fintech that helps make SNAP more user-friendly while improving consumer financial health. One thing that he said in our podcast resonated with me a great deal: “People solve problems that they understand. The reality is that people who have the means to start a new company, or join a major bank and start a new initiative, generally come from a certain background that is not representative of everybody in the United States, especially that of low-income America.”

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Tags: Fintech, Leadership, COVID19

My word of the year: Trust
linkedin
December 30, 2019
New year is a time for reflection, when we look back at the year that was, and the journey that we have embarked on. It is a time when we reflect on our relationships with our friends, our work, and our family.

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Tags: Big Data, Privacy

FinTech Genie 2020
linkedin
December 20, 2019
What happens when you solicit your friends for what is on their fintech wish list? You open the floodgates, just like you when you ask your kids what they would want for the holidays. So what are our collective asks from the fintech genie, the generous one who grants more than just three wishes? Here’s what we would like to see.

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Tags: Fintech

Predictably unpredictable: Fintech trends for 2020
linkedin
December 14, 2019
As 2020 approaches, what does your crystal ball foresee for the world of financial services? How will China’s influence play out in Asia and beyond? What is the next iteration of the challenger bank model, super apps and platforms, and fintechs beyond payments and credit? Can broader societal challenges such as sustainability and the climate crisis finally make significant strides in how and where we invest? How will the financial needs of customers change in the new decade and how will banks react to all of this?

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Fintech

Heist for bytes
linkedin
December 06, 2019
Cybersecurity’s impact on financial services
2019 has been a banner year for cybersecurity incidents, with hackers targeting various state and local governments as well as private corporations. According to Varonis, hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average, 2244 times a day. In the first half of 2019 alone, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records, and the average cost of a data breach was $3.92 million. Not only are cybersecurity issues costly, they are also damaging to the brands. Some of the recent high-profile incidents include the Target data breach that exposed 40 million

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Fintech

A FinTech Thanksgiving - With Added Gravy
linkedin
November 27, 2019
The end of the year always seems to bring on moments of reflection, a time to think about the year just past, to be thankful for the gifts and experiences we have received, the lessons we have learned, and the memories and moments that inspire us to move forward.

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Tags: Fintech

AI in Financial Services - In Data We Trust
linkedin
November 21, 2019
This past year has been a busy one for emerging technologies, especially in regard to artificial intelligence (AI). AI startup funding reached a record high of US $7.4 billion during the second quarter of 2019, according to CB Insights. From healthcare to financial services, from digital surveillance to education, new use cases continue to emerge – along with headlines on the dangers and opportunities of such concentrated power. This is hardly surprising, given an increasingly digital economy and that our daily lives are increasingly powered by personalized data.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Fintech

March of the Pays
linkedin
November 15, 2019
2019 has been a whirlwind year for payments. Multiple mega deals were made, including the acquisition of Worldpay by FIS, buyout of TSYS by Global Payments, and Fiserv’s acquisition of First Data. Most recently, German-based Wirecard has agreed to acquire AllScore Payment Services, a Chinese payments group, for up to €109 million, following the footsteps of PayPal’s purchase of Gopay Information Technology, another Chinese payments group.

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Tags: Fintech

Digital Only Banks: Challenge we will - or not
linkedin
November 08, 2019
Are consumers finally ready to go all in with digital banking and ditch their branches? Some seem to think so, as a recent survey by Provident Bank indicated that “more than three-fourths of consumers prefer to deal with their bank through online and mobile channels.”

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Fintech

Build what matters - The unglamorous side of financial services
linkedin
November 01, 2019
Nothing like a natural disaster to bring us back to reality. Food, water, shelter, clean air, along with power and wifi, the basic modern day necessities that we need to survive. Things that we take for granted. And when it comes down to it though, it is the human connection – the communities that we live in and the bonds that we forge, that matters. We look at the unglamorous side of financial services in this episode.

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Tags: Fintech

A New Journey. A New Hope.
linkedin
October 24, 2019
By Bradley Leimer and Theodora Lau

A New Journey. There it was. Clarity around an ongoing thesis. Somewhere on the train outside of Bordeaux, reflecting on an article critical of Amazon and what had been discussed on stage earlier in the week, there was a bit of a revelation. There is something galvanizing about the art of travel that clears the mind and adds perspective to what you experience every day, and how the words and lives of strangers settle in your mind.

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Tags: Startups, Fintech

1 Founder
Unconventional Ventures
Unconventional Ventures
November 01, 2017
Developing and growing ecosystem to make banking better - and to better address unmet needs of consumers, including older adults and women. Connecting founders with funders - with specific focus on underrepresented entrepreneurs.

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Tags: Startups, Fintech, Diversity and Inclusion

1 Keynote
Theodora Lau: Innovando Para Adultos Mayores
EmTech Caribbean
June 05, 2019
El Futuro del Dinero:
Viene una revolución al sector financiero. Las nuevas empresas de FinTech están estableciendo niveles más altos para el servicio al cliente y la experiencia del usuario y los líderes del mercado históricamente se están adaptando utilizando nuevos modelos de negocios. ¿Cómo pueden las nuevas formas de pensar sobre el dinero crear un sistema financiero más simple, justo, rápido y más inclusivo para los individuos, las empresas y la sociedad en general?
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Tags: Innovation, Fintech

1 Panel
The Future of Fintech
#VCPopUp
March 08, 2020
The financial services industry has been deeply impacted by today’s global pandemic, and many in the financial sector wonder if the changes and technology adoptions we are seeing today will be temporary or permanent. On Thursday, May 7 from 3pm – 4pm CST, Unconventional Ventures Founder Theodora Lau and Bankrate’s banking editor Mary Wisniewski will discuss how switches to digital could cause a long-term change in behavior, whether or not fintechs will survive, and where the financial technology sector needs to focus next.

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Tags: Fintech

1 Speaking Engagement
Cloud Talks
DELL
January 04, 2021
Catch my chat with Michael Hale on how cloud infrastructure enables Steward Health Care meet key IT priorities worldwide.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Health and Safety

1 Steering Committee Membership
VC Innovations
VC Innovations
January 01, 2018
FinTech Talents is new two-day tech festival for London, focusing on the technology transforming financial services and the creators, innovators and users that are powering change. It is an event that aims to bring together a unique community of academia, financial services institutions, fintechs, service providers and the talent of today and tomorrow and explore the tech and talent driven future of financial services.

https://www.fintechtalents.com/

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Fintech

1 Webinar
Voice For Equality
YouTube
July 01, 2020
Bianca Phillips, Noelle Silver, Theo Lau, and Audrey Arbeeny talk about advancing equality in tech.


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Tags: Digital Transformation, Fintech, Diversity and Inclusion

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