Shimon Kogan, Affiliate Professor of Finance — Fintech 101 | by Anirudh Singh | Wharton FinTech

In right now’s episode I’m joined by Shimon Kogan, Affiliate Professor of Finance with positions at Arison College of Enterprise, Reichman College and The Wharton College.

Shimon and I cowl a spread of subjects, together with:

Shimon’s Fintech Course:
I took Professor Kogan’s fintech course at Wharton, and instantly after the primary class knew that I wished him on the present. The course highlights the rise and success of the fintech business, together with case research on Ant, LendingClub and R3. Key subjects within the course and on the episode embrace:

  • Why fintech is extra tech than monetary companies
  • The rise of fintech after the 2008 monetary disaster
  • Inefficiencies and alternatives in monetary companies general (together with a take a look at worldwide cash transfers)
  • Improved lending by way of different information
  • The influence of improved tech (like machine studying and blockchain) on the business

Why Fintech is a Nice Business for Younger Professionals:
Professor Kogan sees vital additional potential for progress within the fintech business, sighting that monetary companies makes up 7% of world GDP, and subsequently fintech has solely scratched its floor. He additionally believes the business is especially nice for younger professionals that worth quantitative and artistic considering, and those who place an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation. Lastly, with the rise of defi and internet 3, Professor Kogan sees fintech changing into much more embedded in on a regular basis life. We additionally contact on the success of fintech internationally, sighting the scale of the underbanked inhabitants, the small enterprise panorama, the quantity of enterprise capital cash within the space, and the steadiness of the regulatory surroundings as key success elements for international corporations.

What Professor Kogan is Most Excited About Shifting Ahead:
Professor Kogan highlights a number of areas he’s significantly enthusiastic about, and which will play an excellent bigger position in his class shifting ahead, together with:

  • Blockchain, crypto, defi, and the potential of composable international open-source monetary companies (Professor Kogan plans to pilot extra teachings on crypto and defi within the subsequent yr)
  • Embedded insurance coverage and the power of machine studying and blockchain to rework how info will get captured


Shimon Kogan:
Prof. Kogan is an Affiliate Professor of Finance, with positions at IDC Herzliya and the Wharton College. He was on the school at MIT Sloan, Carnegie Mellon College, College of Texas at Austin, and Duke. He held a number of investment-management positions and board advisory roles. He earned his MBA and PhD from the College of California at Berkeley and his BA from Tel Aviv College.

Dr. Kogan’s analysis focuses on behavioral finance with utility to capital markets. He’s taken with understanding how info is processed in markets and his method is interdisciplinary, integrating instruments and insights from machine studying and AI. His analysis appeared in a number of the career’s high journals such because the Evaluation of Monetary Research, Journal of Finance, and the American Financial Evaluation, and he was invited to current his work in main conferences and universities, similar to MIT, Wharton, Harvard, and Yale.

His instructing is concentrated on machine studying, information science, and blockchain, and their implications for finance. He has been instructing Fintech, Information Science for Finance, Funding, Portfolio Administration, Derivatives, and Behavioral Finance. He’s concerned with a number of startups within the fintech house and is commonly invited to talk about these points in each educational and practitioners’ conferences.


In regards to the Writer:
Anirudh Singh is a second-year MBA Candidate at The Wharton College, the place he’s a part of the Wharton FinTech Podcast staff. He has a ardour for financial improvement, enterprise capital, monetary companies, and all issues FinTech. Don’t hesitate to achieve out with questions, feedback, suggestions, and alternatives at

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