Jun 28, 2022 • 26M

Sophia Goldberg, The Field Guide to Global Payments – Unlocking Opportunities and Understanding the Complex and Fast-Changing World of Payments

Miguel Armaza sits down with Sophia Goldberg, entrepreneur and author of the recently published book: The Field Guide to Global Payments.

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Miguel Armaza sits down with Sophia Goldberg, entrepreneur and author of the recently published The Field Guide to Global Payments, a great book about the complex and multifaceted payments industry where Sophia gives a great overview of the different payments systems around the world, the players who make this space go round, as well as some of the exciting innovations driving the future of payments.

I’m almost done reading it, and I highly recommend you pick up a copy, especially if you’re a fintech and finance operator, investor, or have aspirations to join the industry. Every page will make you smarter and you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the complexity of one of the most important technologies in our economy.

In this episode, we discuss:

Understanding why there are only six dominant payment networks (Visa, Mastercard, etc) worldwide and why Square and PayPal might become the next major networks.

“They [Networks] serve this really important force multiplier between billions of humans and millions, if not a billion merchants globally. And how do you get people to pay each other? And how do you get people talking in the right way? How do you build trust into it? And so it is really hard to both build that two-sided relationship and also the trust and usage to make it work.”

Real-Time Payments (RTP). Understanding the downsides and opportunities of this technology and why we probably won’t move to a world of full RTP.

“I would be surprised if we ever have full RTP for everything. I think it's also why we won't see crypto takeover as the payment rail for everything... I think there's a lot of utility in that delay and there's a lot of downsides… But on the other side, a lot of money is made by the system on that delay.”

The world of crypto payments and why Sophia is not ready to endorse it just yet… and a lot more!

“I'm not super bullish on large decentralized groups of people making quick and expedient decisions that are good for a financial system. And I know that's probably very unpopular.”

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Miguel Armaza is Co-Founder & Managing General Partner of Gilgamesh Ventures, a seed-stage investment fund focused on fintech in the Americas. He also hosts and writes the Fintech Leaders podcast and newsletter.