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.
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’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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
I first met Huy at London’s Canary Wharf a few years ago. Several of my friends in the industry were meeting up for a drink or two and Huy joined us. He was still working for Citi at the time as a MD and we immediately hit it off. We both share a passion for the ongoing digital revolution in banking and finance. Huy is a well known mentor and influencer in the London fintech scene. It makes perfect sense that he would start an organization like The Distruptive Group.