FinTech Goes Open Source with Rob Underwood, Chief Development Officer of FINOS

Ryan Zauk
Wharton FinTech
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2 min readOct 12, 2020


In today’s episode of the Wharton FinTech Podcast, Ryan Zauk sits down with Rob Underwood, Chief Development Officer of FINOS.

FINOS, short for the FinTech Open Source Foundation, is a global community creating open-source solutions for financial services. As a community of people, companies, and events, FINOS’s purpose is to accelerate collaboration and innovation in financial services through the adoption of open-source software, standards, and best practices.

Their 30+ member organizations include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Github, Citi, Symphony, and many more. They have over 300 contributors developing over 40 open-source projects.

Before FINOS, Rob served as CTO at Relay Graduate School of Education; was Executive Director of TeachCS; founded CodeBrooklyn; and later, after starting his own consulting firm, TTM Advisors, advised and consulted for edtech startups such as Codesters. Before these roles, Rob was a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP and KPMG Consulting/BearingPoint. Earlier in life, Rob spent time both teaching and working in Japan after graduating from Colby College.

In this episode, Rob covers:
- The genesis of FINOS and its purpose
- How the world’s leading financial services and tech companies get involved with FINOS
- How these brutally competitive firms work together
- Some of the most exciting projects they’re taking on
- His love for the Grateful Dead and Phish
…And much more

To learn more about FINOS, you can click the links below as well as find Rob on Twitter at @BrooklynRob.

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Ryan Zauk is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School, where he runs the Wharton FinTech Podcast. After graduation, Ryan will join Morgan Stanley’s Menlo Park Office focused on technology. He has a passion for music, media, and all things FinTech.

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Ryan Zauk
Wharton FinTech

Head of Media at @Whartonfintech. Hosting America’s #1 Fintech podcast, and absorbing all things Fintech.