Foundations of Fintech

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Leonard N. Stern School of Business


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Who should attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for participants who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience – Participants with all levels of work experience are welcome to attend
  • Job Functions – Ideal for students seeking a general overview of Fintech, and for students planning for future in-depth study of any of the key topic areas
  • Prerequisites – Intended for individuals with general knowledge of the financial system and of basic finance concepts; additionally, students must have a desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection

About the course

Electronic markets. Digital cash. Open banking. Automated investing. These are just some of the latest disruptions to the financial services industry. But how do these new technologies actually function? What are the implications for banks, businesses, and consumers? And, perhaps most importantly, what are the limits, risks, and societal implications? Whether you work in finance or tech, hope to have a career in fintech one day, or want to learn more about this emerging area, Fintech will answer these questions and more.

Fintech is divided into six sections focused on key fintech areas: innovation, technology, incumbents vs. startups, valuation, risk, and implications. Each section contains lessons with video lectures, readings, and assessments to facilitate learning. Students will also have the option of attending live video sessions with Professor Kathleen DeRose where additional questions and topics will be addressed.

Program Takeaways

  • Fintech Innovation and Technology – Distinguish between financial and industrial innovation, the pros and cons of financial innovation, and its evolution and technologies
  • Incumbents, Startups, and the Challenge of Valuation – Gain an understanding of how Fintech is reconfiguring financial services business models and whether these business models will be meaningfully different than traditional financial services models
  • Fintech Risk and Policy Implications – Identify the operational and technology risks of Fintech and its broader policy and social implications


Module 1: Innovation

Week 1

  • Introduction to Fintech
  • Innovation and Technology

Week 2

  • Innovation in Financial Services
  • Defining Disruptive Innovation
  • Live Q & A Session 1
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Technology

Week 3

  • Data Analytics Overview
  • Machine Learning Basics

Week 4

  • Machine Learning
  • Digital Sales and Marketing
  • Live Q & A Session 2
  • Module 2 Assessment (Part 1)

Week 5

  • Behavioral Finance and Technology
  • Encryption and Security

Week 6

  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain Business Models
  • Live Q & A Session 3
  • Module 2 Assessment (Part 2)

Week 7

  • Web Services
  • Technology Strategy and Platforms
  • Live Q & A Session 4

Week 8

  • Economics of Platforms
  • Module 2 Assessment (Part 3)

Module 3: Cases

Week 9

  • Disruption in the Five Financial Functions

Week 10

  • VC Funding
  • Case Study: Loot
  • Live Q & A Session 5

Week 11

  • Case Study: Trumid
  • Case Study: Betterment
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Valuation

Week 12

  • Fintech Valuation
  • Booms and Busts
  • Live Q & A Session 6
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Risk

Week 13

  • Operations and Technology
  • Regulatory Risks

Week 14

  • Cyber security, Fraud, and Crime
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Implications

Week 15

  • Financial Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Fintech's Future
  • Module 6 Assessment


Kathleen DeRose

Kathleen DeRose joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance in September 2017, after having been an Executive-in-Residence and adjunct professor at the School since 2016. Kathleen is the Director of the FinTech Initiative at the NYU Stern Fubon...

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