Wake Fintech Club

Learn about the different ways that technology can connect users in ways that disrupt the financial industry

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The Purpose of this Club

Industry Connection

We will be actively analyzing key firms in the industry - focusing specifically on their business models (how they have driven growth and earned revenue), and technical approach (how have they accomplished their goals)

Transformation of Banking

How has the concept of a 'bank' shifted over the past decade? Is Venmo a bank? How has digital fund transfer changed the industry? – These topics and more will be covered.

Develop Technical Skills

We aim to be the first club to take advantage of the 'Wake Forest Innovation Quarter' and utilize all that it has to offer. Workshops will be hosted to help students learn systems integration, hardware, and software as related to Fintech applications.

Quantitative Trading

Learn how high-frequency trading (HFT) has disrupted the investment banking industry by leveraging computative power and deep learning algorythms. We will cover how to write Python scripts to perform quant trades and go over key algorithms and models – including 'Black-Scholes' and more.

Blockchain

A blockchain is a cryptographically verified ledger distributed to all active participants in a network. As a result of cryptography and the 'network effect' it is hacker proof. The blockchain is a key concept related to Fintech and has many applications in the realm of IOT, smart-contracts, and digital conflict resolution.

Cryptocurrencies

Focusing on the 'Big 4' – Ethereum, Bitcoin, Zcash, and Ripple –we will address the theory behind how cryptocurrencies work as well as how they are being implemented across the web. Domestic and international regulatory schemes will be covered as well as meaningful use cases.

Our Team

The Wake Fintech Club has a dedicated board who has set out to help members in anyway possible. We'd love to hear from you!

TED YERDON

President

Teddy Yerdon, a rising senior focuses on organizing the calendar, curating industry analyses, and giving lectures on pertinent club topics.

Rob Michele

Vice President

Robert Michele is a Mathematical-Economics major pursuing minors in Statistics and Computer Science at Wake Forest University. A sophomore, Robert is Wake Fintech’s cryptography expert and cryptocurrency futurist.

Luca Sullivan

EXECUTIVE OF AUTOMATED WEALTH ADVISING / WEST COAST CLUB RELATIONS

Luca Sullivan is from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a Finance major starting his Junior year at Wake Forest in August 2017. His fintech interests are focused on the technology's perpetually evolving significance within the wealth advising and banking industries.

Dan Gantt

Treasurer

Dan joins our team as a Freshman with two years of experience in an entrepreneurial leadership program. Dan notifies members of club meetings, acts as a liaison with the administration, and spends his free time writing articles on his Medium account.

Lucy Shen

Recruitment

Alex Brockman

Technology Analyst

Alex Brockman is a current student at Wake Forest University planning on majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He has experience working for several startup companies including Cloudistics and Sonim Technologies. Other than being passionate about all things tech, he is an avid drummer, athlete and loves to travel.

Sydney Rivers

Quant Trading Research Analyst

Sydney, a current senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Computer Science, is passionate about finding different ways that technology can disrupt the finance world. She enjoys topics around ideas of big data, blockchain, machine learning, quantitative research, women in STEM, etc.

KEVIN LEFFEW

ADVISOR

As a Wake Forest alumnus, Kevin Leffew acts as an advisor to the club. Kevin is currently an Account Technology Specialist at Microsoft and has a background with Storj, Adobe, as well as other industry firms.

ABOUT THE WAKE FINTECH CLUB

Interested in the future of finance?

Our Mission

The Wake Fintech Group was created in order to facilitate conversation related to the evolving nature of the way we can store, exchange, and invest funds by utilizing advancements in technology. Focus lies on high-growth sectors, including: mobile banking, cryptography, quantitative trading, blockchain, future-facing revenue models, and more.


We hold bi-weekly meetings which are generally free of form – open-table and discussion focused. We hold active discussions in our 'Slack' Group, as well send weekly emails detailing industry updates and highlighting member analysis. All content created by our members will promoted through our Twitter, Medium, website, and email channels

The Wake Fintech Group has three primary goals:

  1. To foster interest on Wake’s campus in the industry through hosting relevant guest speakers, brand evangelists, and tech workshopsover the course of the semester.
  2. To learn. Wake Fintech will provide biweekly industry updates, as well as an actively curated Medium publication where members can help foster their understanding of industry trends and developments. Whether a slack group member, or recipient of the mailing list, the goal of this club to provide a unique learning opportunity for all people.
  3. To build financial adaptability. The blockchain facilitates a new paradigm how we manage, exchange, and invest our money. As a cutting-edge club, we strive to be frontrunners in this movement through adapting, in whatever ways we can, to the rapidly transforming monetary world.

Club Info

  •   301 461 3080
  •   2431 Quantum Court; Winston-Salem, NC

Blog

Check out our Medium Publication – where we write about a wide range of current topics related to the fintech industry



Examples:

Guide: How to Farm Storj With a Rasberry Pi and External Hard Drive

by Brad Spoerri

Fair Business vs Internet Privacy

by Ted Yerdon

The Very Basic History of Robo Advisors

by Luca Sullivan

Why Blockchain? Applications and Implications

by Dan Gantt

A Blockchain Value Proposition

by Kevin Leffew