LAB Radio Episode 32 – Hong Kong RISE Conference and Bucket Technology, a digital piggy bank platform

In this episode, we’re at the RISE conference in Asia’s World City, Hong Kong. Chris Groshong, CEO of CoinStructive, caught up with a company called Bucket Technologies that aims to help us deal with the issues and costs of handling physical change.

Bucket Technologies Team Francis Hwang, Daniel Kam, Mac Ling and Chris Groshong at the RISE Conference in Hong Kong
Francis Hwang, Daniel Kam, Mac Ling (left, Bucket Technologies) and Chris Groshong (right, CoinStructive Inc.)

Bucket is a “digital piggy bank platform” which aims to bridge the worlds of coinless cash transactions. Bucket alleviates the stress and significant costs associated with the production, distribution and handling of physical coins.

Their mission is “to accelerate humanity’s transition to a digital economy” as the world first global aggregator of coin currency for consumers and enterprise users.

Coins Cause Global Problems

Hot off the RISE conference trail, our guests for today’s show from the Bucket Team include:

Francis Hwang
Francis Hwang, CEO of Bucket Technologies

Francis has over a decade of experience in creating, launching, and managing successful businesses. Having always gravitated towards enterprises and ideas that question and disrupt the status quo, it was a natural step for Francis to start Bucket Technologies. Coming up with the concept for Bucket over 10 years ago, Francis finally set aside other ventures to focus and commit to his mission of eliminating coins and alleviating the environmental and governmental stresses from the production, distribution, and management of coin currency.

Francis recently moved to Bentonville, Arkansas and when he isn’t working or travelling for Bucket you will find him off-roading with his wife Kristine in the Ozarks.




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Daniel Kam, President and COO

Daniel is a successful entrepreneur who has launched and built several businesses in the technology, managed services, manufacturing, and hospitality/F&B industries. He has over 20 years of B2B/B2C sales and marketing experience within various commercial sectors including cloud-commerce, telecommunications, and graphic arts. Daniel regularly speaks and networks with leading companies and organizations on topics such as leadership, innovation, branding, and operations management.

When Daniel is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 girls, cooking or going after big fish (literally, not metaphorically).




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Mac Ling, Managing Director, Asia

Mac has over 15 years of technology and marketing leadership experience in corporations, SMEs, and startups, in both the United States and Asia. His personal mission of leaving this world a better place than he found it made joining the Bucket team an easy fit.  His ability to take technical solutions and create simple value propositions for end users has served him well in both B2B and B2C environments and is committed to Bucket’s mission of eliminating coins and alleviating the retailer and consumer stresses from the use and management of physical coin currency.

Mac’s past experience includes leading Boost Mobile’s Digital Media business, heading up marketing and service delivery for i-Admin, Asia’s premier payroll outsourcing provider.  Mac received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.  He is also a certified Marshall Goldsmith executive coach.

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After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • The origin story of Bucket and how the founders envisioned the company
  • What Bucket is and what problem they solve
  • The extraordinary cost associated with dealing with loose change
  • How Bucket made a critical partnership deal with a US bank (same one Square uses) to help structure the stable coin and add liquidity
  • That the current Point of Sale system has never been upgraded and how they are going to add a bucket button on payment processing devices for cashiers to easily use
  • Why the team worries that people will not learn from history and repeat previous mistakes

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Here’s an interview with Francis Hwang:

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