Matt Grasser

Matt Grasser

Principal Consultant, Portfolio Engagement Manager, Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce

Matt Grasser is a Principal Consultant at BFA Global. As a seasoned technologist and entrepreneur in the US startup scene, he has founded and served in leadership roles in several NYC-based startups. Since 2015, he has turned his attention to the set of global issues surrounding underserved and otherwise vulnerable populations. In particular, he has been keen to work on some of the more pressing challenges in the financial and social inclusion spaces that can be addressed via mindful, human-centric, and augmentative applications of technology, data science, and lean product design tools. Examples include his development of an Innovation Gallery for highlighting the accessibility of modern transformative technologies like computer vision, machine learning, and geospatial intelligence; acceleration of Fintech startups via targeted coaching, technical development, and training; and introduction of a new generation of RegTech/SupTech solutions to empower authorities in the modern era.

Matt holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics when he withdrew to focus efforts on his growing startups: Bytemark, an international mobile payments and ticketing platform; and LDLN, a post-disaster-oriented Locally Distributed Logistics Network that empowers "dark" communities without requiring an external power grid or internet/cellular infrastructure.

Publications by this author

What makes customers choose one transaction product over another?
Digital Financial Services |

What makes customers choose one transaction product over another?

This is the second case study in our report, ‘Inclusion and Your Bottom Line’, which outlines a new mixed-method...

By Shirley Mburu
Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech
Digital Financial Services |

Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech

Alongside product-market fit and adequate control of data, underlying tech quality is a key determinant of whether a startup...

By Matt Grasser
Catalyst Fund toolkit helps startups get AI ready
Inclusive Fintech |

Catalyst Fund toolkit helps startups get AI ready

In India, we’ve seen a vast array of AI solutions deployed across all sorts of industries. Funding of AI...

By Rasima Swarup
The DataStack blueprint
Policy and Regulation |

The DataStack blueprint

    The DataStack, introduced below and elaborated on in our more detailed report, is both (a) a map...

By Simone di Castri
Financial Authorities in the Era of Data Abundance: RegTech for Regulators and SupTech Solutions
Policy and Regulation |

Financial Authorities in the Era of Data Abundance: RegTech for Regulators and SupTech Solutions

Financial service providers are quickly adopting regulatory technology (RegTech) to ease the burden of compliance. This white paper shows...

By Simone di Castri
Six Steps to an Intelligent AI Strategy: The AI Readiness Toolkit
Inclusive Fintech |

Six Steps to an Intelligent AI Strategy: The AI Readiness Toolkit

Are you a startup seeking to prepare yourself for artificial intelligence (AI), but don’t yet have a concrete strategy...

By Matt Grasser
R²A Case Study: AML Data Infrastructure Prototype
Policy and Regulation |

R²A Case Study: AML Data Infrastructure Prototype

The Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission (Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores, or CNBV) requested a partnership to...

By R2A
R²A Case Study: Chatbot Prototype
Inclusive Fintech |

R²A Case Study: Chatbot Prototype

The consumer complaints system at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippines Central Bank, hereafter BSP) was limited by...

By Simone di Castri
The RegTech for Regulators (R²A) process
Policy and Regulation |

The RegTech for Regulators (R²A) process

The purpose of this working paper is to share the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator’s (R2A) approach, process, and tools...

By Simone di Castri
R²A CASE STUDY: API AND VISUALIZATION APPLICATION PROTOTYPE
Policy and Regulation |

R²A CASE STUDY: API AND VISUALIZATION APPLICATION PROTOTYPE

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippines Central Bank, or BSP) Supervisory Data Center (SDC) was receiving incomplete, late, and...

By R2A
R2A Chatbot Prototype Helps the Philippine Central Bank Sort and Resolve Complaints – Video
Policy and Regulation |

R2A Chatbot Prototype Helps the Philippine Central Bank Sort and Resolve Complaints – Video

Teaming with fintech vendor Sinitic, BFA Global’s RegTech for Regulators Accelerator program trialed a chatbot solution for BSP’s complaints...

By R2A
A Quick Guide to Nanoprojects: A Lean Method for Product Design
Inclusive Fintech |

A Quick Guide to Nanoprojects: A Lean Method for Product Design

At BFA, we have been working on an R&D program called FIBR. We partner with local businesses in Ghana...

By Matt Grasser
Racing into Machine Learning: Data Readiness and the Developing World
Inclusive Fintech |

Racing into Machine Learning: Data Readiness and the Developing World

Machine Learning (ML) technology can help us draw important insights from data, but it is imperative to recognize a...

By Matt Grasser
What does Machine Learning Have in Store for Inclusive Fintech Startups?
Inclusive Fintech |

What does Machine Learning Have in Store for Inclusive Fintech Startups?

How Destacame.cl Uses Predictive Algorithms to Serve Underbanked Customers The lending and credit scoring sector have more data than...

By Matt Grasser
Three Reasons Why Open APIs Will Transform Fintech Innovation in Emerging Markets
Inclusive Fintech |

Three Reasons Why Open APIs Will Transform Fintech Innovation in Emerging Markets

Open APIs can be crucial in getting a new product or set of features to market quickly and efficiently....

By Matt Grasser