Category Archives: Entrepreneur

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.

 

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.

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.

Ben Milne_Node Master_Episode 64

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.

Nasir Zubairi_The Incubator_Episode 62

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.

Ramona Ortega_Humble Hustler_Episode 59

“The Humble Hustler” – we didn’t come up with that title; Ramona did.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a more active and inspiring company founder than Ramona.  She has been a corporate securities attorney, founded a consulting firm, and is currently the founder of My Money My Future,  which the company’s website describes as “a company with a mission ­driven financial tech company that combines tailored content and simple to use tools to empower underserved Millennials manage their money with confidence.”

Take a few minutes to chat with Ramona like I did at Money2020 in 2016 and you be filled with confidence too.

Daniel Gusev_Wishful Tinkerer_Episode 58

I first met Daniel at Finovate in NYC back in 2016.  I was immediately taken by two things when we spoke:  1) Daniel is one of the rare breed of founders who is incredibly intelligent but can also describe his product simply and succinctly; and 2) He has the best English accent of any Russian founder I’ve ever met.

If you ever get a chance to see Daniel present his product FinFit (or any other new product he comes up with) be sure to take notes.  And take a few minutes to chat with him.  You’ll thank me later.