Category Archives: Innovator

Dominic Venturo_Internal Disruptor_Episode 93

Dominic Venturo, the Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Bank, is one of those industry legends who floats under the radar somehow.  Those of us in the industry consider him to be one of the best in the business, someone who pretty quietly just gets things done.

More importantly, somehow I missed in my research how talented his daughter Sophia Venturo is.  She just released her first EP – listen to the song “Denver” – the talent shines through.

Richard Crook_Innovating Bank Ledgers_Episode 88

Richard leads a team of engineers and innovators looking at emerging technologies and their application across RBS. His current focus is on the application of distributed ledger technology including blockchain across RBS.  Or as Richard puts it, I’ve been focused on innovating banking ledgers way before this was cool.

Yes, it’s cool now.  Stop your sniggering.

Jennifer Tescher_Financial Health Innovator_Episode 82

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Jennifer Tescher is the founder, president and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation.  That’s CFSI.  Not CSFI as I, in my perpetual ADHD state, consistently call it.  Call it whatever you want, what really matters is the influence the organization and Jennifer has had over the past fifteen years or so.  There are few organizations and CEOs as dedicated to improving the financial health of consumers as Jennifer and CFSI.

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.

Neal Cross_Digital Banker_Episode-46

Neal is the modern definition of a “renaissance man”.  He is the Chief Innovation Officer for DBS, the banked named Digital Bank of the Year for 2016  by Euromoney.   Neal himself was recognized as the World’s Most Disruptive Chief Innovation Officer for 2016.  And Neal is also the founder of Hotel Orangutan, easily one of the coolest hotels you could possibly stay at in Indonesia.

Neal and his team at their offsite team meeting at Hotel Orangutan. 

 

Linda Duncombe__The Voice of the Customer_Episode 37

Linda wears many hats at Citi FinTech, as someone with her experience and passion for the customer should.  She is the Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director – Head of Growth for Citi’s innovation team.  Or, as she puts it, she’s the voice-of-the-customer.  And what a fun voice to have on your side.

Linda combines her extensive experience implementing digital solutions for banking customers with a pragmatic and candid lens always focused on what consumers are really looking for from the bank when it comes to engagement and products.

And if you really want to get her talking, ask her about “disruption”.

Vicki Zhou & Herbert Moore_The Wise Banyans_Episode-36

The ‘startup’ Wise Banyan has received quite a few accolades from industry experts and the media this past year.  All of it well deserving.  The company’s co-founders Vicki Zhou and Herbert Moore are the quintessential fintech founders.  Both are young, urban, bright,  and idealistic entrepreneurs striving to put a dent into the wealth management space.  And they are both a lot of fun to interview.

A little fun fact:  I recommended Herbert name his boat “Moore’s Flaw”.  This will make a hell of a lot more sense once you listen to the podcast.  Enjoy.

Nektarios Liolios_The Rainmaker_Episode-32

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with multiple start-up founders who have gone through the Startupbootcamp Accelerator Program.  And every single one of them have stated this was, without a doubt, the best and most intense program they’ve ever been through.  Talk with Nektarios, the co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp, for 5 minutes and you quickly understand why the program is so successful.  It reflects his passion, energy, and drive in ensuring the companies that participate in the program are ready to succeed.