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Mess Haul - “Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Watch?” (plus: Fintechs for the Masses, National Security Risk of Antitrust) with Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik

July 15, 2022

In this episode of the Mess Haul, Nathan, Boaz, and Kshitish dip into luxury watches, fintech as an equalizer for inequality, and national security implications of antitrust actions. Some questions we ask (and maybe answer):  

  • Can luxury items like watches, fine art, or wine act as a store of value or inflation hedge like we’d usually expect of gold or real estate?
  • Do the benefits of fintechs equalizing access to the unbanked start to diminish with government involvement?
  • Will monopolies always raise the alarm about national security when the topic of antitrust action is brought up?

The Mess Haul features a more free-form conversational approach with multiple participants than our more interview-focused style. This format is designed to generate quick takes on a handful of recent topics, facilitating shorter, more opinionated discussion with a number of different perspectives. Each episode of The Mess Haul is (usually) recorded, edited, and released in the same day.

Today's conversationalists: Nathan Johnson, Kshitish Nanda, Boaz Salik

Hosted, recorded, and produced for FischerJordan by Nathan Johnson


FischerJordan is a New York-based consulting, thought-leadership, and outsourcing firm helping business leaders exchange complexity for clarity. We use rigorous data analytics, specialized staffing, and custom technology solutions to deliver workable strategies for clients in financial services and healthcare.  

Background articles for this episode:

  • Bloomberg Opinion on the connection between crypto crash and demand for luxury watches 
  • Qrius Magazine on how fintech can help equalize access to financial services in tough times 
  • Forbes on the (potential) national security risk of breaking up Big Tech's monopoly

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