About the event

Today, more and more companies are making social responsibility a crucial part of their business model and offering fintech solutions targeted toward those who have had difficulty accessing traditional financial services. We Are FINTECH LA is bringing together founders, innovators, and decision-makers in the financial technology sector, for a dynamic night of discussion and learning around this problem and how companies can best approach solving it. Michele Sconiers, Co-Founder of SPARE is hosting this event.


Mitch Berman – Managing Partner Berman Strategic Advisors

Mr. Mitchell Berman is a 35-year entertainment and technology media veteran, who has participated in the launch of 6 start-ups and a successful IPO. These initiatives span social enterprise, mobile/PC games, streaming OTT video, e-commerce, education technology, eSports, video-on-demand, interactive television, cable and satellite entertainment television channels, digital music, YouTube influencer channels, augmented & virtual reality, and subscription-based entertainment products and services.   LinkedIn 



D’ontra Hughes – Founder SPARE

Mr. D’ontra Hughes began his journey in the financial sector, working for JPMorgan/Chase. During his time with the company, he worked in the loss mitigation department for the banks’ mortgages. In his position, he looked for solutions to problems that greatly impacted those who were afflicted by economic hardship and needed help surviving in the complicated and fee ridden financial services industry. Shortly after leaving the JPMorgan/Chase, D’ontra founded the innovative fintech company, SPARE. LinkedIn

Bobby Rahmanian – Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Checkalt

Bobby Rahmanian is the Chief Product & Innovation Officer for CheckAlt. Mr. Rahmanian brings more than 23 years of experience in product, payments, business operations, and technology to his role at CheckAlt. Bobby previously served as VP of Product Management for Kinecta Federal Credit Union where he drove innovation for debit and credit products, and online/mobile core payment features for Kinecta. Mr. Rahmanian served 3 years in an advisory board role with CO-OP Financial Services. LinkedIn

Ted Tekippe VP – Payment Operations at Papaya

With 20 years of experience in Financial Services, Ted Tekippe has spent over a decade leading innovative companies in the payments industry. From 2008-2012, Mr. Tekippe helped Green Dot Corporation grow into the largest provider of financial services to the underserved, culminating in a $1B IPO and first-ever approval to become a bank holding company in the prepaid space. From its founding in 2012 to acquisition by Verifone in 2015. LinkedIn


Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401

Cross Campus has been called the epicenter of SoCal’s vibrant coastal tech and entrepreneurial community. Located just blocks from the Metro Expo Line and walking distance from the beach and great amenities, this Santa Monica office space has a vibe all its own. You can’t miss the eye-catching building mural, while inside you’ll find thirty-foot ceilings in the coworking space, vibrant colors and lots of natural light in the shared offices. Once inside, the vibe is friendly and amenities like single origin coffee, craft beer, and kombucha nourish the mind. Santa Monica continues to host LA’s most iconic business events and is home to a community of members who value lifestyle, wellness, and creativity.

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