From these interviews we learnt:
- Why people are leaving financial institutions to work in fintech
- Advice for graduates looking at fintech as a career option
- Generalism vs specialism (what David Epstein calls ‘range’)
- How intellectual curiosity will take you far in any career, especially fintech
Hear from leaders across all aspects of fintech about what is fintech, how to get into it and how to make a mark in the fastest growing sector of finance.
Work in Fintech founder Matt Cheung (also CEO/co-founder of ipushpull and co-founder of RANsquawk (now known as newsquawk) and Ying Cao (former Head of Digital Products at Barclays Investment Bank) teams up with the Work in Fintech founder members to interview fintech founders, CEOs and CTOs about what you can do to gain an edge in fintech.
Office of the CTO,
Partner & EMEA CIO,
Senior Product Manager
Founder & CEO
CEO & Founder
Group Head of Trading and Banking Solutions
London Stock Exchange Group
Exec. Director, FICC
CEO & Founder
CEO & Founder
The former UBS graduate and Goldman Sachs developer made his first move into fintech by being one of the first employees of fintech giant Revolut. There, Lewis pioneered the cryptocurrency feature in the payments app and scaled the team to 50+. He built the first of its kind crypto offering within a challenger bank over the course of a couple of months was responsible for bringing $300M+ trading revenue in due course.
Now Lewis runs engineering at Blockchain.com, one of the most successful crypto wallets with 67 million users and counting.
Lewis Tuff joins Work in Fintech founder Matthew Cheung and founder member Jagraj Singh to help unravel where cryptocurrency is headed, and how students/graduates can get into and make their mark on the industry.
Learn how Damian Sutcliffe went from developer to Partner and EMEA CIO at Goldman Sachs.
Damian shares his thoughts on fintech, ideas for start-ups and advice to those looking to excel in their careers in fintech, data and financial markets.
Damian started off life as a management consultant at Accenture and was seconded to Goldman Sachs. Damian liked Goldman so much that he moved to his former client, first, as a developer and then rose through the ranks across London, New York and Tokyo to become a Partner and managing thousands of people.
Now retired, Damian is a PhD student at Cambridge studying Computational Biology. He is also an advisor to McKinsey and start-ups including ipushpull.
Damian Sutcliffe joins Work in Fintech founder Matthew Cheung and founder member Jagraj Singh to learn why fintech is important and how to get ahead in a career in financial technology.
James Tromans discovered coding from a young age then later studied psychology at Oxford. Learning a combination of qualitative, quantitative and analytical thinking helped set up James for a career spanning startups, financial markets and big tech as well as earning a PhD in Computational Neuroscience of Vision.
Learn how having a technology background is not a prerequisite to work in fintech and discover how people skills, an entrepreneurial mindset, proactivity, passion and a thirst for knowledge will help you to accelerate your career.
James is now a Technical Director within the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud specialising in data engineering and machine learning. Prior to joining Google, James worked in capital markets at Citi in various front-office currency trading and technology leadership roles, most recently as Head of Data Science. Before Citi, James was a Fintech co-founder and started the first regulated (UKGC) business on a public cloud called Trade Chase.
James Tromans joins Work in Fintech founder Matt Cheung and founder member Amrit Khatkar and they discuss the importance of fintech, cloud, data and machine learning while James offers lots of career advice to people who would like to work in fintech.
Before teaming up with founder of Work In Fintech, Matt Cheung at ipushpull, Neil Weatherall amassed 16 years worth of experience at prestigious banks such as NatWest Markets & RBC Capital Markets where he ran Sterling Inflation Trading. Throughout this period, Neil experienced how technology revolutionised the trading floor.
Starting at Natwest Markets (then known as RBS) on the graduate training scheme Neil worked his way up to running an incredibly successful trading desk at a time when RBS was one of the best known trading houses. Neil has now moved from investment banking to fintech and is Head of Technical Sales at ipushpull. Neil, alongside Matt, is an example that you can forge a successful career within fintech without having software skills such as coding.
Neil Weatherall joins Work in Fintech founder Matt Cheung and founder member Daniel Taiwo as they discussed Neil's careers, important skills to break into Fintech and the future of Fintech.
Over the past 14 years Chris Scott, Senior Product Manager at TP ICAP gained various valuable experiences in product management of equities, derivatives and trading systems.
Throughout this period he has played a leading part of the electronification of financial markets and fintech.
Chris Scott started off as a credit and fixed income broker at ICAP in 2007, moving into a front office business analyst role and finally moving into product management. For the past 4 ½ years he has been a Senior Product Manager at TP ICAP.
In 2019 he graduated with Distinction from the CASS Business School with a MBA in Corporate Finance.
In this episode Chris Scott joins Matt Cheung and Helene Lipp and gives valuable advice for graduates in developing the right hard and soft skills for getting a job in managing products in fintech organisations. He outlines the importance of patience and where most students fail in getting their dream job. Furthermore, he explains how his MBA at CASS Business School helped him to expand his skills and approach new challenges.
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Toby Babb, Founder and CEO of Harrington Starr, shares what you need to know for an interview how students can beat the tough competition to landing your dream job in Fintech.
Toby is the founder and CEO of the Harrington Starr Group. Harrington Starr was launched in 2010 and focuses on the Financial Technology sector with offices in London and New York. The Group also owns The North Starr, a specialist Technology Sales talent acquisition business. He hosts the Fintech Focus podcast and Fintech Focus TV, edits the Financial Technologist Magazine and is the Chairman of the Fintech Influencers networking community. He had been in the recruitment industry for 21 years having spent the first 10 in leadership roles for 2 listed recruitment groups. He has been named Agency Leader of the Year and the Entrepreneur of the Year by Recruiter Magazine.
Toby Babb joins Work in Fintech Founder, Matthew Cheung, and Founder Member, Ben Ford, to help our listeners better understand the necessities for landing a role in any career, the 4 soft skills every recruiter looks for, and how students can come out of the pandemic with the job of their dreams!
Nirvana Farhadi, global influencer and RegTech pioneer discusses the future of finance, sharing her thoughts on technology and its best attempt to disrupt regulation and finance.
Nirvana started her career on the trading floor, after graduating with a degree in Law. She quickly rose to strength on her ability to spot where financial companies are exposed to compliance issues. Nirvana emerged as a global influence in RegTech, heading Regulatory Transaction Reporting at KPMG UK before becoming Global Head of RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs at Hitachi Vantara.
Aside from full-time work, Nirvana has had a continued influence on the sector becoming a MIT Technology Review Global Panellist, and Non-Executive Board Member for 5 modern regulatory companies.
Nirvana Farhadi joins Work in Fintech founder Matthew Cheung and founder member Ben Ford to elaborate on the evolving force of regulatory technology, explaining how law, finance, and technology students can dominate a career in the sector.
Dean Berry, Group Head of Trading and Banking Solutions at the London Stock Exchange Group joins to discuss; career reflections in Trading, Broking and Fintech as well as advice on the importance of resilience, following your passion and how students can take advantage of opportunities in financial markets.
Dean's pursuit to learn and enthusiasm in the face of challenges along his journey, created opportunities to work across leading finance market institutions such as ANZ, Deutsche Bank, ICAP, BGC as well as the London Stock Exchange Group (Refinitiv).
Transitioning from 16 years as a derivatives trader to electronic trading in Broking and finally Group Head of Trading and Banking Solutions, Dean's incredible career and insightful lessons are essential for all individuals looking to make an impact in their career.
Andy Mosson, Executive Director in Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at JP Morgan was Lieutenant at the Royal Air Force, he studied Physiology and Marketing before doing an MBA in Strategy & Finance at CASS Business School in 2009. After that, he moved onto a sales desk and ultimately into trading technology at JP Morgan. He has been working at JP Morgan since 2013.
His incredible and uncommon career path is an inspiration for everyone who is interested in learning new skills and trying different things out. His career and captivating lessons are essential for all students, graduates or young professionals looking to make progress in their career.
Andy Mosson joins Matt Cheung and Helene Lipp to discuss his uncommon career path which ultimately led to finance and trading technology, the experiences he made and how students can impress in the finance industry. He explains how important it is to be resilient and not being scared of failing. Furthermore he emphasises the significance of networking properly.
Serial entrepreneur Max Rofagha, is founder and CEO of Finimize. Before Finimize, Max co-founded an e-commerce startup with 200 employees and sold it in 2015. Now he spends his days leading Finimize strategy and basically doing every job you can think of. He also mentors at Techstars and Startup Bootcamp and was named one of Forbes "30 under 30" for 2016.
Max is a unique guest as the majority of his professional career has been spent running & building his own company. In this interview, Max sheds light on how to build a successful fintech as well the important skills needed to be successful within fintech.
Mark Martin MBE, founder of Urban Teacher & UKBlackTech shares why he feels diversity is important in the technology industry, his journey from being a teacher to being a founder of two companies as well as how he is equipping the next generation with technology skills.
Mark works with industry, including Google, Microsoft, Apple and Adobe, and the education sector, including the University of Hertfordshire and South Bank Engineering UTC.
Mark started off as a teacher, teaching young children how to use desktop skills. After realising that there was a disconnect between what was being taught and what the industry wanted, Mark went out to invite tech start-ups into schools to try and bridge this gap.
Lord Mayor William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London joins to discuss; his vision for the City of London, London being the next Silicon Valley, the importance of returning to the office and why Green Finance might be a once in a generation opportunity.
Being the first Lord Mayor in nearly 200 years to have 2 consecutive years in office and with over 30 years of experience across Investment Banking and multinational institutions, the Lord Mayor is well equipped to provide insight and advice into the future of finance and the next generation of opportunities for young professionals.
In this episode, Lord Mayor William Russell joins Work in Fintech founder Matthew Cheung and founder member Amrit Khatkar to discuss the future of finance, how to make an impact in your career and what makes London so special as well as many more topics.
Ying Cao, Fintech Entrepreneur, Board Member of several prominent Fintechs, and Former Head of Digital Products at Barclays Investment Bank, shares her experiences of the Fintech ecosystem and how her perspective on the work-life balance has changed during her illustrious career.
Initially starting out as a Strategy Consultant at the Oliver Wyman Group advising Fortune 500 companies, Ying helped launch several key business models and products. After OWG, Ying's work led her to Barclays Investment Bank, working on digital products, workflow automations and data science.
Being an entrepreneur herself, she has built businesses and products which attract hundreds of millions of funding and now serves as a mentor and business ambassador for Barclays Open Innovation Platform (Rise) to coach Fintech companies for business growth and product development. She has also set up her own business called Liyt Coaching, which focuses on mentoring individuals to accelerate their growth and development.
In this episode, Ying joins Work in Fintech founder Matthew Cheung and founder member Jagraj Singh to discuss emerging Fintech technologies, motivation for work, and how students/graduates can get into and make their mark on the industry.
Christian Frahm, Founder and CEO of United Fintech, joins Matt Cheung and Helene Lipp to discuss his entrepreneurial career path, having founded e.g. CFH Group in 2008 and United Fintech in 2020, a phenomenal new concept which enables banks and financial institutions to accelerate access to innovative digital technology from a wide range of fintech's specialising in capital markets.
Christian Frahm studied Finance at Boston College and started off his career in Sales at Bloomberg and SaxoBank, left Saxo Bank in 2007 as a Senior Executive Director and focused on founding own businesses in the Fintech space.
His incredible and career path is an inspiration for everyone who is interested in the startup space and how to learn important skills which are needed for an entrepreneurial career. His career and captivating lessons are essential for all students, graduates or young professionals looking to get a foot into the startup environment, becoming a founder themselves or to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
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