I immediately hit it off with Stephen. We were introduced by Kim Hong from Trullio and we spent must of the interview cracking jokes and riffing off each other. Therefore, for this write-up, I’m going to continue giving Stephen a hard time. He is one of those younger, hip, good looking, in shape, well-dressed, successful founders you’d expect to find on the cover of a magazine. Well done Stephen.
Ohad Samet describes himself this way on this Twitter profile: “One of the best Ohad Samets in the world.” That one sentence pretty much sums up Ohad. He is funny as hell, smart as hell, sharp witted as hell, and he is the founder of one hell of a product in TrueAccord.
Bianca has done more in her brief time on the tech scene than most people have accomplished in a 30 year career. She’s founded multiple companies stretching across multiple industries and has now fully grasped the impact biometrics can have on the question of digital identity. Make sure you check out Bioconnect.
Spend five minutes chatting with Bianca and you will feel ready to conquer any mountain. Exactly what I’d look for in a great founder.
Chloé James is Group Media and PR Director and Editor of the Australian Retail Banker and Global Retail Banker for global business intelligence and digital media provider, RFi Group. She is also a presenter on Sky News Australia. What makes Chloé stand out in my opinion is the authenticness of her love of tech and its potential impact on improving consumers’ financial lives.
There are several reasons I’m friends with Dion. 1) He’s smart as hell; 2) he heads up fintech for CapGemni so we basically have the same job; 3) he has less hair than I do; and 4) he is a huge Arsenal football fan. What more could you ask for in a friend?
At this point Fidor Bank is a fintech dinosaur, which is actually a compliment. Matthias Kröner, the CEO of Fidor, founded the bank in Germany back in 2009. Many of the current concepts and themes of “Neo” and “Challenger” banks have their roots in the Fidor ethos. Matthias has, and continues to be a true revolutionary when it comes to banking and fintech solutions. I loved interviewing him.
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.
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