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Daniel P. Simon Releases New Book That Details How 2008 Forever Changed the Concept of Money

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The 2008 financial crisis caused major disruption in the finance world, leading to a seismic change for consumers and the banking and finance industry. Since then, technology has become a staple in how people manage and operate their finances whether they realize it or not, and even bigger changes are on the horizon.

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That’s what led Daniel P. Simon, CEO of Vested, a global financial communications firm, to dive deep into the historic financial technology or fintech revolution we saw this last decade, and how it has changed the way we work with money. Released today, The Money Hackers: How A Group Of Misfits Took On Wall Street and Changed Finance Forever, (HarperCollins Leadership), reveals the dramatic story of fintech’s major players and explores how fintech is transforming money itself.

The Money Hackers focuses on some of fintech’s most powerful disruptors such as Credit Karma, Venmo, Braintree, WeChat, WorldRemit, and more, and uses their incredible stories to explain not just how the technology works, but how the thinking behind the technology, ideas like friction, hedonic adaptation, democratization, and disintermediation, is having a drastic effect on the entire banking and finance industry.

“I am honored to be included as a Money Hacker alongside an incredible roster of industry peers,” said Renaud Laplanche, co-founder and CEO of U.S. Neobank Upgrade. “Dan has done an incredible job showcasing fintech’s story which has led to a myriad of improvements in the financial industry, including affordable and responsible credit now being delivered to millions of families.”

In a profile of the Money Hackers, readers will feel empowered with the knowledge needed to spot the opportunities that the next wave of fintech disruptions will bring, and understand the critical pain points that fintech is resolving in the decade to come.


Daniel P. Simon is chairman of the Museum of American Finance communications board and CEO of Vested, a global financial communications firm. He has represented some of the most recognizable brands in finance and fintech, including Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg L.P., and Goldman Sachs. He’s a regular columnist for Forbes, Markets Media, and Cointelegraph and is a regular commentator on platforms like Cheddar, Asset TV, and FinTech TV. His podcast Wall & Broadcast has over 100,000 downloads.


“Simon captures the essence of the crypto movement, highlighting its potential and its challenges, and artfully describes what it means in layman’s terms.”

-Michael J. Casey, Bestselling author of The Age of Cryptocurrency

The Money Hackers tells the story of how fintech came to be and why you should care.”

-Maria Deam, Former Vice Consul of Fintech and Banking Innovation at the British Consulate and Head of Open Innovation Programming at Citi FinTech

“At its heart, The Money Hackers is a classic story about entrepreneurship…a perfect read for anyone who is motivated by pushing boundaries and dreams of one day disrupting an industry.

-David Siegel, CEO of Meetup and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University

“Money Hackers weaves together an exhilarating tale of technology, change and consequences.”

-Mark Wjejen, Former commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

“Simon seamlessly weaves fintech’s biggest steps and players into a cohesive and striking narrative…a must-read in 2020 and beyond.”

-Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief at Investopedia

“Dan is a gifted chronicler of financial innovation.”

-Adam Dell, CEO of Clarity Money

“Through a series of engaging profiles, Simon explains how the rulebook of finance has been completely rewritten.”

-Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founder and COO, Kabbage

“Until “The Money Hackers” I didn’t know who had created the fintech revolution and how transformative it is and will eventually be to every financial institution and transaction on Earth! Simon has written a fascinating, entertaining and inspiring tale of the entrepreneurial outliers creating the revolution.”

-Consuelo Mack, Host of PBS WealthTrack