Breaking Banks: Theo Lau

Theo Lau

, Unconventional Ventures

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Theodora (Theo) Lau leads the financial services vertical in AARP’s Market Innovation group, which seeks to spark innovation in the public and private sectors for the benefits of 50-plus cohort. She focuses on developing and growing an ecosystem of financial institutions, corporations, startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and accelerators to better address the unmet needs of older adults. As part of her work, she regularly advises startups in both financial services and healthcare/caregiving space, as well as selects startups to participate in accelerator programs. She also manages the Financial Services portion of the AARP LivePitch Program. For 2017, of the 10 finalists that were selected, they have collectively raised over $10.5 million within 6 months of the conclusion of the program. Theo was named one of 44 "2017 Innovators to Watch" by Bank Innovation, ranked No. 2 Top Female FinTech Influencers by Onalytica, and named LinkedIn Top Voices for Economy and Finance. Theo has over 20 years of experience in championing and executing multi-million dollar programs and solutions to Fortune 100 clients worldwide. As an experienced strategist with a proven track record, Theo program managed and delivered end-to-end quality services to next generation wireless technology and telehealth providers, implementing customer-impacting initiatives across functional teams and geographic locations. Theo is guest contributor for Irish Tech News, Financial Brand, Let's Talk Payments (LTP), Financial Revolutionist, and American Banker. She has been featured on various podcasts by American Banker, Bank Innovation, and INV Filter. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a Master of Science in Project Management from George Washington University.


May 23, 2019

Is Banking Finally Ready for AI?

JP Nicols hosts Greg Palmer, VP of Finovate and Theodora Lau, Founder of Unconventional Ventures discussing some of the major themes from #FinovateSpring: Digital Banking, Financial Inclusion, and Digital Lending;… LEARN MORE


Mar 07, 2019

Fintech For Good

Jason Henrichs and JP Nicols host Theo Lau from Unconventional Ventures, talking using technology to do good for customers and communities, and some of the challenges faced by community banks… LEARN MORE


Jan 17, 2019

Living Your Extra Life

How can you live your extra life in 2020? Find out as Brett King and Chloé James host Theo Lau and HealthTech and Digital Wellbeing experts John Nosta and Chris… LEARN MORE


Dec 27, 2018

Moven Forward

Brett King, JP Nicols and Jim Marous are joined by Theodora Lau and Spiros Margaris, talking Fintech 2020 and where the momentum we gained in 2018 is going to take… LEARN MORE


Aug 16, 2018

Fintech: Banking's Anti-Aging Cream

Startups and incumbent institutions alike focus their digital efforts on Millennials. This generation is digitally native, but does that make everyone else a digital deadbeat? Far from it! Fintech is… LEARN MORE


May 17, 2018

Finovate: Past, Present and Future

JP Nicols and Theo Lau recap last week's big Finovate show in Santa Clara, California with guests Greg Palmer from Finovate and Steve Ramirez from Beyond the Arc. We'll also… LEARN MORE


Jan 25, 2018

Can Voicefirst help Banks stay profitable?

Customers are switching to VoiceFirst devices at a rate that outpaces other adoption. And unlike many technologies, VoiceFirst adoption is high with all generations, particularly GenX and older. Many businesses-… LEARN MORE


Dec 14, 2017

Fintech 2018: What's Next

In the last 5 years, Fintech has grown from an group of outsiders to the heart of financial innovation. 2017 is the year that Fintech IS banking. Banks have adopted… LEARN MORE

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