Category Archives: Entrepreneur

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.

Brett King_FinTech Royalty_Episode 48

Best selling author, world class speaker, successful entrepreneur, top rated podcast and radio show host, futurist… we are running out of accolades to assign to Brett King.  How about all around nice guy and good friend.  I think this one works best for me.

I  first discovered Brett when I read his book “Bank 2.0” several years ago.  I thought he was a visionary then, and after all these years it is safe to say he is a leading visionary today on the future of banking and the digital revolution.

Anne Boden_Rebel with a Cause_Episode_47

Anne could have easily chosen to take the well traveled path and continued her career as a top executive with any of the global banks.  After all she has already served as the COO for Allied Irish Bank, the Head of Global Transactions Services for RBSG, and as a senior executive for ABN Amro, UBS, and several other large scale banks.

Anne, instead, chose the path less traveled.  She is the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, one of the leading “neo” banks out of the UK.  She has assembled an outstanding team around her that matches her outstanding personality.  We are happy to call Anne a friend of the pod.