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Venkatesh Saha, Wise, on payments, DigFin VOX Ep 6

Wise’s Venkatesh Saha talks about scaling, wooing regulators, and the competition in payments fintech.



Venkatesh Saha, Wise

Venkatesh Saha is Singapore-based head of international expansion and partnerships at Wise, the cross-border payments fintech previously known as TransferWise.

Saha speaks with DigFin about the challenges involved with entering new markets around the region, and the all-important relationships with regulators. He also touches the competition, navigating uneven payment systems, and how fintech is driving down the cost of remittances.

  • Show notes:
  • 0:00 – Venkatesh Saha, Wise
  • 1:00 – Intro to cross-border payments, challenges
  • 3:00 – Wise’s conversations with regulators
  • 3:55 – When incumbents aren’t helpful
  • 5:25 – Leveraging domestic faster-payments systems
  • 7:25 – Are you scaling as you grow, or fragmenting?
  • 9:45 – Are banks copying your tech?
  • 11:00 – Visa/Mastercard partnerships
  • 12:55 – Crypto competition to payment fintech
  • 14:25 – Biometrics, eKYC, and databases
  • 15:15 – Wise’s wishlist for business development

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