Bryan Claggett_FinTech Funny Man_Episode 76

Bryan Claggett is the Chief Marketing Officer and the Chief Collaboration Officer (great title) at Geezeo, a successful U.S.  banking PFM solution company.  He is a highly respected SME when it comes to fintech and marketing/communication.

But more importantly,  Bryan is the funniest man I know if fintech (sorry Ron Shevlin, you run a close second).  Bryan’s posts across all social media channels continue to crack me up on a daily basis.  He is the master of the Instagram post and proves you don’t need words to be funny.

Katryna Dow_Digital Rights Evangelist_Episode 75

I’ve been friends with Katryna “digitally” now for several years.  Few have her passion when it comes to an individual’s digital identity and the challenges facing us in the digital age.  Katryna has focused this particular passion into Meeco, the company she founded in 2012.

This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Katryna either.  During our interview for the www.femtechleaders.com series she stood under an umbrella in the driving London rain and wind; and despite these conditions she spoke with me for almost thirty minutes.  Told you; her passion for digital identity shines through.

Katryna Dow

Michael Kent _Remittance Reimaginer_Episode 74

I’m a big fan of Azimo, the international remittance company founded by Michael.  I’ve been to their office in north London (in Islington, not from from my favorite football club in the world), have already interviewed his company partner Marta Krupinska for FinTech5, and they even partnered with Arsenal legend Kanu as a spokesman for their company.  What isn’t there to love about Azimo?

Michael & Marta with Arsenal Invincible legend Kanu.

 

Yolande Piazza_The Change AgentEpisode 73

Ever questioned why one of the biggest global banks would choose a 30 year bank veteran to be the CEO of their internal fintech program?  That’s exactly what Citi did when they selected Yolande Piazza to take over the Citi FinTech CEO role after Heather Cox moved on to USAA.  It’s so easy to knock this choice – but let me caution you on being quick to judge.  Take a few minutes to listen to and get to know Yolande Piazza and you’ll agree with me; she’s the perfect fit.

This was one of my favorite interviews so far, mainly due to Yo’s (her friends call her Yo) transparency and honesty about attempting to be an internal disruptor at a global bank.  It ain’t easy folks, but my money’s on Yo.

Mike Sigal_Repeat Entrepreneur_Episode 72

Mike’s a bit of an under achiever when it comes to being an entrepreneur (yes, this is sarcasm).  He’s founded seven (7!!) companies, three of which had a successful exit and one with an IPO.  Very few people fall into this category which probably explains why Mike is a partner with 500 Startups and helps runs the 500 Fintechs fund for the company.

I’ve seen Mike in action as a mentor to fintech startups.  You simply couldn’t ask for a more seasoned and insightful champion.

Susanne Chishti_FinTech Angel_Episode 71

Ever get a little bit tired of all the hype, buzzwords, egos, etc. that come with the fintech territory?  My cure – spend five minutes chatting with Susanne Chishti.  Her energy and passion for the space will jump start your own enthusiasm for digital disruption (I had to throw in a buzzword phrase).

Susanne’s career covers the full gamut of financial services.  She’s been a highly successful consultant, banker, angel investor, author… take your pick.  Her latest ventures, FinTech Circle and the FinTech Book, are both worth an afternoon of browsing.

Oliver Bussmann_The Innovation Orchestrator_Episode 70

Oliver Bussmann earned his stripes when it comes to financial services innovation.  He has a long career in banking and technology leading digital and innovation transformation projects as Group CIO at UBS; and leadership roles Allianz, Deutsche Bank, and IBM.

Oliver is recognized globally as a fintech influencer and thought leader.  His blog on the Bussmann Advisory site and frequent posts on LinkedIn and other media outlets are a must read for those interested in the financial services industry.

Natasha Kyprianides_FinTech Maestro_Episode 69

I’m always interested in the career arc of folks in the fintech space.  Natasha’s story is a great example of how much the financial services space is changing.  If you would have asked Natasha what she’d be doing for a career when she was young she would have said “Musician”.   Banker or technologist would have never, ever come to mind for her.

Fast forward a decade or so and Natasha is a highly recognized and respected digital banking innovator for Hellenic Bank.  As Robert Frost said “she took the path less traveled”.

Laurent Nizri_ Entrepreneur Fintech français_Episode 68

Laurent Nizri is the founder and CEO of Altéir Consulting, created just after he helped launch Zebank in 1999, the first big internet bank in Europe.  For the last 15 years, Alteir and Laurent  have worked on projects and advised organizations of all sizes across the payment & digital finance industry. He is a recognized digital/mobile payments, digital/mobile banking, digital/mobile commerce & Fintech expert with a focus on strategy, business development, & innovation.  He also founded the Paris FinTech Forum, one of the fastest growing conferences over the past few years.

Céline Lazorthes_The Damn Passionate CEO_Episode 67

Ask Céline anything on any topic and you’ll get one damn passionate answer.  That’s what we in the fintech industry love so much about this serial entrepreneur.  I’ve lost count of the number of companies she has founded but I do know each of them was based on a real life issue she was facing while disrupting the financial services industry.

And you can just call her Céline.  Kinda like Bono or Madonna.  She is one of the fintech rockstars after all.