Forces of Disruption, Evolution, and Innovation in Finance

From BitCoin to banking, disruption in finance is everywhere. Even the future of something as tangible as cash is being called into question as credit cards and mobile payments continue to be adopted globally.

On this panel, top fin tech executives will share their thoughts on the future of payments, finance, savings, and investments. Learn if a cashless future will become reality. Gain insight into the latest fin tech trends. And understand what the implications of disruption in finance could even mean for your retirement.

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Catherine Berman, CEO and Co-founder, CNote

Third-time entrepreneur Cat Berman is co-founder and CEO of CNote, the nation's first savings products delivering a 40x better return with 100% social impact. Prior to CNote, Cat maintained senior roles at Charles Schwab, Deloitte Consulting and Astia.


Tomas Puyeo, Head of Marketing and Product, SigFig

Tomas is the Head of Marketing and Product at SigFig. Before that, he was Chief of Staff and General Manager at Zynga across the Marketing and Product organizations. Before that, he directed Viral Products, Games, and Paid Acquisition at RockYou. Tomas has two MSc in Engineering from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and Ecole Centrale Paris, and an MBA from Stanford.


Eric Wiesen, General Partner, Bullpen Capital

Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, marketing technology and next-generation computer interfaces. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.

Eric is currently a board member at Imgix and Yieldbot and an advisor to several companies. Successful prior investments include Braintree (acq: PYPL), Flipswap (acq: Hyla Mobile), Hyperpublic (acq: GRPN), Makerbot (acq: SSYS), TapCommerce (acq: TWTR), Singleplatform (acq: CTCT), and Venmo (acq: Braintree). He also sourced or led a number of other investments including Bark & Co., Collective Health, NerdWallet, Paperless Post, Sailthru, Viglink, and YipitData.


John Rampton, Founder and CEO,

s serial entrepreneur who now focuses on helping people to build amazing products and services that scale. He is the founder of the online payments company Due. He was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine. Time Magazine recognized John as a motivational speaker that helps people find a "Sense of Meaning" in their lives. He currently advises several companies in the bay area.



Matt McNamara, Director of Engineering and board member, Expensify

Matt McNamara is the Director of Engineering and board member at Expensify, a San Francisco based startup. He has been focusing on creating expense reports that don't suck since 2011. Matt is an enthusiastic people-driven generalist software developer with a special interest in web application development, user experience, and design. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Dayton, with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.



Gregory Kennedy, President and Co-Founder, Uncharted Minds

Gregory Kennedy is the Co-Founder of the highly regarded Uncharted Minds Thought Leadership Series. The series has featured speakers from top Silicon Valley companies such as Airbnb, Lyft, Medium, PayPal, Coinbase, BoostVC, Misfit Wearables and more. Gregory is a sought after thought leader, speaker and author whose writing has been featured on The BBC, VentureBeat, YahooFinance,,, and Marketing Profs. A former creative director and user interface designer, he has held marketing roles at InMobi, TapSense, and AdRoll. Born in New York City, he now calls Berkeley, California his home.

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6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking and refreshments

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wrap up and meet the speakers


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