On this episode of FinTech Focus TV, Toby is delighted to welcome Rodney Williams, Co-Founder SoLo Funds & LISNR to the show. Rodney tells us how his background in branding unconventionally led him to his unique solution for short-term lending. And the journey since then has been equally eye-opening. From organic growth to future-proofing the business, Rodney has created a firm that is redefining what's next for financial services. SoLo Funds has created a marketplace for borrowers and lenders to come together. It is truly an incredible community-orientated firm disrupting the industry. But getting to this point hasn't always been a linear journey. Rodney talks about the challenges they have experienced since they raised money, understanding his target audience, what he has learned from regulators, and how he deals with the ever-present stigma in the space. Thank you Rodney for joining us on this episode of FinTech Focus TV!Stream or watch the full episode below.YouTubeSpotifyAppleBuzzsprout
Welcome to another episode of The Families of FinTech. Today, Nadia is joined by the wonderful Barbora Juhaszova, Global Digital Marketing Lead at SAP Fioneer.Since the birth of her son, Barbora has been passionate about the support that should be given in the aftermath of birth and the return to work. In today's episode, she shares her thoughts on how companies can be more inclusive and supportive of new parents.Barbora shares, "let’s not forget that it takes two to become a parent; I don’t think in 2022 we should expect women to still take on the brunt of the responsibilities that come with having a child." This is a great episode which we hope many of you will be inspired by. Thank you, Barbora for sharing your passion for inclusion for parents!Stream the full episode on your chosen platform below.SpotifyAppleBuzzsprout
Joining Nadia in the studio for this episode of the ground-breaking Women of FinTech Podcast is Kate Wilson, Global Head of Consumer Deposits and Payments at RFI Global.Kate's tenure at RFI Global is well beyond the average often seen across our industry. We explore why Kate has stayed at RFI Global for over 10 years; from exposure and the opportunity to engage with a variety of roles, to the evolving growth-orientated culture, we gain an exclusive insight into the retention strategy at the company.The pair go on to discuss DE&I at industry events, sharing what it takes to empower voices often underrepresented in financial services panel discussions. Presenting and public speaking wasn't an inevitable engagement for Kate; but with the right support structures and positive training, Kate was elevated to feel comfortable as a public speaker. We gain insight into the further actions we can take to roll the latter approach out to the entire marketplace.And Kate also reminds us of the importance of ensuring our approach to inclusion is reflective- not one crafted by an isolated group. This will undoubtedly innovation in FinTech as we begin to speak to an inherently more diverse consumer-base.Kate's thoughts on family policies at companies is also highly revealing of the work we all still need to do to #walkthetalk for change across the entire industry.Thank you Kate for joining us on the Women of FinTech Podcast!Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platformhere.Apple Podcasts:Spotify:
Welcome back to another episode of FinTech Focus TV. Today, Toby is delighted to be joined by the fantastic Nick Root, CEO of Intergiro.Nick's career started in banking where he worked at two of the world's oldest financial institutions, but for the last 6 years, he has taken the entrepreneurial route with Intergiro.A curiosity towards the endless potential of the internet–for example, cryptocurrency, Inter-Bank Fund Transfer (IFT), marketplaces, platforms, and "all the usual suspects"– led Nick and his colleagues to build an all-in-one platform offering multi-currency bank accounts, card issuing and card acquiring across Europe.Nick shares his gratitude for the corporate world and the lessons he learnt along the way. But, as a self-proclaimed misfit, Nick sought to use his technical knowledge to support his creative side and construct innovative new products and services. In this episode, he shares how he made his vision a reality and has accomplished running a remote-first business– even before the pandemic!You can watch or stream the full episode on your chosen platform below.YouTubeSpotifyAppleBuzzsprout
Joining Nadia in the studio for this episode of the The Talent of FinTech Podcast is a brilliant duo from Funding Circle: Victoria Bradford, People Director; and Poonam Verma, Director of Talent Development, Culture and Belonging.This episode is an exploration of a firm doing incredible things to redefine what it means to work in financial services. Both Victoria and Poonam share the values that are driving this transformational approach, sharing foundational principles such as:Think Smart; Making It Happen; We Stand Together; Always Be Open; Live The Adventure; Being Obsessed Over The Customer.And this is all underpinned by a wider commitment to DE&I. Most clearly displayed through an initiative they run named Open Circle, DE&I for Funding Circle is about creating a destination where everyone's voice is valued. Uniqueness is celebrated and no voice or question is muted.Poonam and Victoria share what's next for a firm already offering so much. 2023 will see their values truly come alive- and we can't wait to watch this journey!Stream the Full Episode now on your chosen podcast platform:Apple Podcasts:Spotify:
On this episode of The Women of FinTech Podcast Series, Nadia is delighted to welcome Janine Hirt, CEO of Innovate Finance, to the show.Janine shares with us her fascinating and industry-changing thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion; ideas which have catalysed the rise of DE&I in the space, and ensured it is at the fore of everyones agenda.A big focus for Janine is people retention within the financial services space. With the average tenure being just 13 months for a technologist, Janine stresses the work we can all be doing to build environments and cultures that allow people to build a stake and place in the industry.Janine will be familiar to many of you; her active role across countless industry events, and her prominent position as CEO, makes Janine an unmissable voice in the space. Utilising her platforms to inspire and enact change, Janine empowers us all to utilise our privilege and position to unlock opportunities to get better and create actionable change.Stream the full episode on your chosen podcast platform:This is a brilliant episode- thank you Janine for joining us!
Joining Toby in the studio for this episode of FinTech Focus TV is Curtis Evans, Managing Director at Jacobi Strategies.From humble beginnings at a BBQ, to now being one of the most transformational pieces of Buy-Side technology on the market, we explore the solution-driven journey Jacobi Strategies has been on thus far.And having recently secured Series A Funding, their growth plans are starting to look incredibly exciting. As Curtis tells Toby, "we wanted to fund because we wanted to accelerate". Having proved their product concept to the market, Jacobi Strategies is now brilliantly positioned to engage in unparalleled innovation, and introduce further technological disruption to the marketplace.And turning to internal positioning, Curtis shares the opportunities team members are given to get closer to get clients, better understanding their unique pain points- and subsequently providing far more reflective solutions. The team are equipped for success.Thank you Curtis for joining us on this brilliant episode of FinTech Focus TV!Watch the Full Episode now on YouTube:Or Stream the Full Episode on your chosen podcast platform...Apple Podcasts:Spotify:
Welcome back to another episode of the Women of FinTech. Today, Nadia is joined by the fantastic Tiama Hanson-Drury, CPO at Minna Technologies. Tiama is an internationally-recognised product leader, board director, c-suite exec, public speaker, corporate adviser and leadership mentor. Her Chief Product Officer experience spans the US and European roles in large multi-national and high-growth tech scale-ups. She is here today to share her story and some of the lessons and learns along the way. From starting in sales to moving to product marketing and eventually to product director, Tiama's career journey has taught her all about knowing your worth and advocating for yourself in a dynamic industry. Tiama also shares her thoughts on the importance of building diverse product teams to build innovative products that focus on a wide range of challenges and people. Finally, the pair talk about modern issues surrounding female empowerment and the mentality towards advocating for yourself in a male-dominated workplace. From her own success, she is driven to help others achieve their career goals and actively mentors women across the globe. This episode is full of tangible action we can all take to empower ourselves and others.Stream the full episode via your chosen platform below.AppleSpotifyBuzzsprout