Money without Borders:
Fintech's Impact on Education

An Interview with Flywire CEO Mike Massaro

Flywire CEO Mike Massaro shares how Fintech has revolutionized the international education payment system, in a dialogue with GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori and GLOBIS students. He also shares about his company, fintech, and entrepreneurship.

 

As the Chief Executive Officer of Flywire, Mr. Massaro has successfully grown organizations for the past 12 years, both in start-up environments and multi-billion dollar companies. Prior to Flywire, he was Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Corporate Development at Carrier iQ, ranked #9 in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies of 2011, where he lead the global sales team in revenue for five years as well as being responsible for new market development and global alliances. Prior to Carrier iQ, he held numerous sales and consulting positions at edocs, Inc. which was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2004 and subsequently by Oracle in 2005.

Mr. Massaro began his career as part of the technical risk services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Babson College.

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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