Amilcar Chavarria

Amilcar Chavarria

Expertise: Cryptocurrency, Fintech, General Business, Personal Finance, Investing
Title: CEO, FinTech School
Education: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Tulane University
Location: San Francisco, CA


  • Member of the The Balance's Financial Review Board
  • Fintech entrepreneurship and innovation advisor and consultant
  • Fintech, blockchain, and crypto Instructor, speaker, and author
  • Held senior management roles Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch


Amilcar is the CEO of FinTech School, a company focused on providing fintech and blockchain learning solutions to financial institutions, governments, regulators, and universities.

As an educator, Amilcar has taught cryptocurrency at Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to founding FinTech School, Amilcar was the co-founder and CEO of FundPaaS, a funding platform as a service servicing SMBs and holder of one of the few equity crowdfunding licenses in the US.

Amilcar has also run a boutique management consulting firm focused on financial innovation which led a major fintech player to launch the world’s first wealth management cloud, a robust set of apps and APIs that power robo advisors and Digital Wealth Management Platforms.

In 2013, Amilcar led a venture-backed startup to launch the leading payments and compliance engine for crowdfunding portals and as the product's general manager, he increased client growth by 300%.

Earlier in his fintech career, Amilcar founded and led BuckSprout, a fintech company focused on automating the financial advisory process and one of the earliest digital financial advisors. Amilcar serves as a mentor, advisor, and board member of several fintech companies including Apple Pie Capital, CommonBond, Hackers & Founders, and Plug n Play.

Amilcar has previously held various roles on Wall Street within senior management in trading and risk management technology, trading operations, and finance and investment analytics at Tier 1 investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. As a financial advisor, Amilcar built relationships with high-net-worth individuals and managed $20 million in assets.


Amilcar holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering (honors) and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management & Innovation. Amilcar previously held Series 7, 31, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

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