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Adam Nash, Daffy CEO & former Wealthfront CEO, on using technology to improve people’s financial lives

In this conversation, we chat with Adam Nash, the co-founder & CEO of Daffy – a new fintech platform focused on charitable giving. Adam has served as an executive, angel investor, and advisor to some of the most successful technology companies to come out of Silicon Valley. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Acorns, the country’s fastest-growing financial wellness system, and Shift Technologies (Ticker: SFT).  

Adam has previously served as President & CEO of Wealthfront. He has held executive and technical roles at Dropbox, LinkedIn, eBay, and Apple. Adam also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches “Personal Finance for Engineers.” As an angel investor, Nash is well known for being an early investor in Firebase (sold to Google), Opendoor (Ticker: OPEN), Figma, Gusto, and over 90 other startups. Adam holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Harvard.


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1’30”: The formative experience behind Adam’s career & starting at Apple in its heyday

9’59”: The building experience during the internet boom that lead to roles at eBay and other leading Web2.0 companies

13’22”: The evolution of consumer sentiment towards E-commerce at eBay

18’43”: Embedding software in Web1.0 to initiate the possibility for engagement & what this meant for product at LinkedIn

25’21”: The Web2.0 approach to building software & the initial hypotheses around extending the Silicon Valley method to financial services

32’36”: Daffy – the idea, what drove its inception, and what the future looks like

37’40”: The art of giving via a Fintech app – the methodology of how to make generosity a major driver of Daffy’s user journey

41’37”: Channels to use to connect with Adam and/or to learn more about Daffy

  • Lex Sokolin

    Chief Cryptoeconomist @Consensys , repeat fintech founder, artist in love with systems. Follow me for insider analysis of Web3, Fintech, and DeFi.