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Creating the neobank and embedded finance industry, with Sila CEO and Simple Co-Founder Shamir Karkal

In this conversation, we chat with Shamir Karkal, CEO and Co-Founder of Sila – a banking and payment platform for software teams building the next generation of financial products & services in regulated and unregulated industries.

A true FinTech pioneer, Shamir played a crucial part in building the infrastructure that would pave the way for online banking. In 2009, he co-founded Simple, the first bank of its kind in the United States, and later headed the Open Platform at BBVA. Shamir was drawn to serve smaller companies, co-founding Sila in 2018 with the goal of empowering financial innovations.

Shamir studied physics and computer science at Bangalore University and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys jiu-jitsu, long-range target shooting, and studying history whenever possible.

  • Lex Sokolin

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