I’m not sure what’s left for Gemma to accomplish in her career. She is a successful company founder (her company Moola just launched as we were doing the interview), has a new show on “Eat, Shop, Save” on ITV, has been an advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger on The New Celebrity Apprentice, has a degree in quantum physics, and the list goes on and on.
And she was a lot of fun to interview. A true renaissance woman.
I first learned about Monese, the company founded by serial entrepreneur Norris Koppel in an article profiling the company and Norris in TechCrunch back in 2016. I immediately reached out to Norris and invited him as a guest on the Breaking Banks podcast. I love everything about the company, especially because I lived through the experience of attempting to setup my financial life when I was an expat in the UK back in 2006. It ain’t easy folks…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love it when a company founder consistently blogs. Brad Feld, the tech founder legend, has been doing this for decades. Likewise, so has Ben Milne. Reading someones thoughts and insights, especially around creating, pivoting, and running a FinTech company is better than any reality show on TV.
Ben founded Dwolla way back in December of 2009. That’s the equivalent of 50 years in FinTech time. He is a sought after speaker on the FI circuit and a respected thought leader in the space.
His wife Jami is also a talented powerhouse. She is an accomplished photographer who is well know for her work in Des Moines’ art scene.
Luxembourg is serious about fintech. Just ask Nasir Zubairi the CEO of Luxembourg’s first incubator LHoFT. The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) is Luxembourg’s dedicated FinTech platform where finance and technology interact to shape the future of finance. And Nasir is the perfect choice to head up such an endeavor. He has had a long career in the financial services space in just about every leadership role imaginable.
You can learn more about LHoFT and Nasir on their website.
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