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Theodora Lau

Founder at Unconventional Ventures

Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States

44931 Followers

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

Theodora LauPoints
Academic0
Author10
Influencer449
Speaker0
Entrepreneur60
Total519

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.13
Business Strategy
Culture
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship
Fintech 54.27
Future of Work
Innovation 32.46
Leadership
Management
Startups 45.31
Big Data 30.41
Privacy 30.15
Cybersecurity 30.11
Diversity and Inclusion 47.18

Industry Experience

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

Publications

1 Advisory Board Membership
Steering Committee Member
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

10 Article/Blogs
My word of the year: Trust
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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

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