The Purpose of this Club
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.
Teddy Yerdon, a rising senior focuses on organizing the calendar, curating industry analyses, and giving lectures on pertinent club topics.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 SpoerriFair Business vs Internet Privacy
by Ted YerdonThe Very Basic History of Robo Advisors
by Luca SullivanWhy Blockchain? Applications and Implications
by Dan GanttA Blockchain Value Proposition
by Kevin Leffew