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How to Build AI for Institutional Finance

April 5, 2024

Interviewee Introduction: Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis is the Co-Founder and CEO of, a SaaS tool leveraging AI for the private equity industry. It provides PE with an AI-managed due diligence process manager and deal flow evaluator all in one single platform.

Prior to founding ThinkChain, Tony had an illustrative career in finance and went to Stanford University in the US, where he thought of the idea to launch lab testing software for medical cannabis, leading to the creation of Confident Cannabis. This venture was backed by FJ Labs, Founders Fund, and YC.

Aside from his Master’s qualification from Stanford, Tony’s credentials also include a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.


In this episode with Tony Lewis, you will learn:

  • Tony’s experience at Stanford University, why he decided to launch Confident Cannabis, and how he scaled it
  • After leaving the US in 2021 and returning to the UK, how Tony went about finding a good co-founder 
  • How Tony stumbled across ThinkChain and what the product does now 
  • What the proprietary, hard to replicate element is for ThinkChain 
  • How Tony is approaching customer acquisition for ThinkChain 
  • What challenges Tony thinks ThinkChain faces, if any 
  • How Tony feels about fundraising for ThinkChain and how he thinks about raising the next round if he needs to 
  • What lessons Tony can share with other SaaS founders 
  • Who Tony would like to see on the SaaS Minds podcast, a book he would recommend to other SaaS founders, a founder or business leader he admires the most, an underrated SaaS tool he uses, and the best piece of advice he has ever received.

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Book Recommendation

  1. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

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