Category Archives: Mentor

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.

Roberta Profeta_ Global Mentor_ Ep 65

Roberta Profeta goes by Robbie to her friends.  This pretty much includes everybody involved in the London FinTech scene.  Talk to just about anyone in Canary Wharf and they’ll have a story about Robbie.  She is an active mentor and also a strong voice for women in tech.

She also recommended The Machine Stops as a great read.  My copy of the book is on order.

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.

James Moed_Innovation Wrangler_Episode 56

James Moed is a highly sought after speaker, thought leader, and consultant when it comes to service design.  I first saw James present on experience design in Barcelona at a Next Money conference a few years back.  I remember thinking “Man, this dude gets it.” and immediately sought him out when he finished his talk.  James still gets it; it being the need for financial services (and now other industries in his role at Veon) to really understand what matters to consumers when using technology.

Alessandro Hatami_The Matchmaker_Episode 52

Alessandro Hatami – his name alone tells a wonderful story.  Part Italian (a true Roman) and part Iranian, Alessandro is both both the nicest and most well dressed man I know in FinTech.  He is the classic networker and matchmaker for companies which is perfect for his role at The Pacemakers.  He is also one of the most active mentors for startups I know in the fintech space.

Liz Lumley_Tech Rainmaker_Episode 49

Sting once had a hit song titled “An Englishman in New York”.  Liz is an “American in London”.  And, unlike many Yanks, I’m sure her fellow Londoner’s are thankful for her presence.  Liz is the Managing Director at Rainmaking.  And what is Rainmaking you ask?  Listen to the podcast and find out!

Liz is also an outspoken advocate for women in technology which I personally am very thankful for.  If you are ever at a conference and you see Liz on the agenda as a speaker or panelist – make sure you go hear her.  She is 1) hilarious, 2) very, very smart, 3) well connected / networked, and 4) did I mention she is hilarious?