Meet the CEO Training Bankers for Tomorrow’s Future


This week’s Expert Perspective comes directly from Money20/20 Asia. A fantastic event with a fabulous line-up of speakers, we were particularly delighted to talk with Michelle Katics who spoke on how startups are solving challenging bank compliance issues. As CEO of PortfolioQuest, Michelle has developed a platform with the goal of training tomorrows bankers, so naturally, we wanted to get her thoughts on disruption in finance! The Expert Perspective with Michelle Katics Michelle Katics, Co-founder of PortfolioQuest What excites you about the first Money20/20 Asia I think one thing that really excites me is the integration of cross verticals that we are finally seeing come to fruition. GrabPay is a great example. We’re seeing integration that's truly being driven by the customer experience and customer data. We've talked about it for a long time and I think now finally we're going see that happen. How do you see fiance in 10 years? I…

Advice From an Entrepreneur Who Made the Switch From Traditional Finance to Fintech


Ok, so you know our game by now: Fintech = Land of Opportunities (for everyone working in finance) and we're doing everything to share our message. But sometimes a good story is all that's needed to illustrate a point, which is why we were particularly happy to speak with the Fintech entrepreneur, Dann Bibas who left banking to start his own venture. After leaving his role and Citi he decided to upskill to give him the tools to make his dreams a reality and co-founded Fountain, an investment platform to help you better manage your money. The Expert Perspective with Dann Bibas Dan Bibas, Co-founder of Fountain Can you introduce yourself and your start-up? I’m the co-founder at Fountain, and joined the startup world after nearly 4 years at Citigroup. At Fountain, we’re empowering people to invest towards their goals. By automating the advice process, and bringing it online, we’re making personalised…

A Fintech Masterclass from the Founder of SuperCharger, Asia’s Leading Fintech Accelerator


This week we had the pleasure to interview Janos Barberis (CFTE Boardmember). A Millennial in FinTech, Janos is recognized as a top-35 global FinTech leader by Institutional Investor Magazine. His expertise, developed with his PhD at HKU, is focused on looking at the best approach to regulate technology in finance whether delivered by start-ups, traditional banks or tech companies. He has founded 3 ventures to date: SuperCharger (Fintech Accelerator), FinTech Book (Publication) and FinTech HK (Research). His wide field of expertise and wealth of experience across multiple disciplines puts Janos in a very small group of individuals who have a 360 perspective of Fintech disruption. The Expert Perspective with Janos Barberis As a respected leader, how do you see finance in 10 years? It is hard to project 10 years into the future. Truth is technology can greatly accelerate the inflection point. For example, I recently moved to Austria and ordered…

Lessons on Fintech from the Millennial founder of Loot Bank


On the 6th edition of The Expert Perspective, we caught up with the founder and CEO of Loot Bank, Ollie Purdue.  The Millenial effect Look among the early adopters of Fintech products and you'll likely find a large chunk of them are millennials. Fact is by 2020, millennials will become the most important demographic by any measure, so it's only fitting that we have a millennial Fintech entrepreneur share his thoughts on the future of banking. As the founder of Loot Bank, Ollie has set out to redefine the banking experience by making it more user-friendly and geared toward millennial needs.  Quickfire Q&A with Ollie Purdue   How do you see finance in 10 years? I think the current account is still going to be the most important product in peoples lives, but it will be much smarter. It will automatically budget and manage your money for you and then suggest other financial…

CFTE at Money20/20 Asia 2018 – the prelude


Roll out the red carpet because on March 13th the worlds leading Fintech and payment event series will hold their first event in Asia. Money20/20 Asia 2018 will be held in ASEAN Fintech capital, Singapore, a city fast-becoming synonymous with the booming ASEAN marketplace for Fintech solutions.  CFTE at Money20/20 Yet Again For our part, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that our co-founders Huy Nguyen Trieu and Tram Anh Nguyen have been invited back to speak at the event. Last year, at Money20/20 Europe, they had the honour of becoming became the first couple to speak at a Money20/20 event. This time around, against the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands, Huy and Tram Anh will speak alongside the industries top name including Ghela Boskovich, Ravi Menon, Anthony Tan and Peter van der Does to name a few. Tram Anh’s talk In last year’s event, Tram Anh delivered a highly engaging presentation “Will Your…

The Expert Perspective with Megan Caywood, Chief Platform officer at Starling Bank


This week on 'The Expert Perspective' we were very excited to catch up with Megan Caywood who serves as Chief Platform Officer for Starling Bank, a technology company with a banking license that is disrupting finance at its core. Megan has been pivotal in steering Starling to become one of the most promising of the so-called UK challenger banks and as chief platform officer, she has helped to mastermind the ‘Starling Marketplace’, an app based suite of financial products. Named on the Forbes 30 under 30 she took time out to share some of her hard-won wisdom… How do you see finance in 10 years? In sum: mobile, global and connected. Financial services are increasingly moving to be mobile based (native apps on iOS and Android in particular), and additionally, many Fintech startups are beginning their journey to become globally accessible (which is even easier when companies are mobile-based), and I…

Around Fintech in 80 Days: EP2 – What is Fintech (PART 2)


In the 2nd episode of Around Fintech in 80 Days series, Huy picks up where Nicolas left off and dives deeper to help provide a more complete understanding of Fintech by answering some of Nicolas' burning questions. You can also view this episode on iTunes | YouTube  About Around Fintech in 80 Days Around Fintech in 80 Days is a unique mentoring process brought to life as a series of Vlogs originally published on Facebook where a Fintech Entrepreneur (Huy Nguyen Trieu) mentors an ambitious young startup founder (Nicolas Tonnard) on how Fintech is transforming the finance industry and the opportunities this represents. In their discussions, they cover a range of topics including Blockchain, P2P Lending, Bitcoin, Challenger Banks, Machine Learning, Big Data, Open Banking and much more. The series is split into 12 chapters with each chapter containing a series of videos explaining the theme in more detail as follows:…

Around Fintech in 80 Days: EP1 – What is Fintech? (Part 1)


In the first episode of the series, Nicolas explains the thinking behind launching the series and begins to explain to the audience his definition of Fintech based on his reading on Huy's Fintech and innovation focused blog, Disruptive Finance. You can also view this episode on iTunes | YouTube   About Around Fintech in 80 Days Around Fintech in 80 Days is a unique mentoring process brought to life as a series of Vlogs originally published on Facebook where a Fintech Entrepreneur (Huy Nguyen Trieu) mentors an ambitious young startup founder (Nicolas Tonnard) on how Fintech is transforming the finance industry and the opportunities this represents. In their discussions, they cover a range of topics including Blockchain, P2P Lending, Bitcoin, Challenger Banks, Machine Learning, Big Data, Open Banking and much more. The series is split into 12 chapters with each chapter containing a series of videos explaining the theme in more detail as follows: 1.…

The Expert Perspective with the VP of WorldRemit, Alice Newton-Rex


This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alice Newton-Rex from WorldRemit, which is creating new opportunities for communities across the world by lowering barriers to access financial services - a true Fintech disruptor in every sense. As VP of Product at WorldRemit, a service which helps users send millions of pounds to family and friends around the world each month, Alice sets the product vision for the 90-person product and engineering team at WorldRemit, and leads the product and UX team to invent, design and deliver new products and features that meet the needs of users in over 140 countries. How do you see finance in 10 years? Finance will be seamlessly connected to the rest of our lives, and financial services will be primarily provided by non-traditional players, e.g. the big tech companies. A company you like in Fintech? Lemonade: they’re an AI insurance firm who’ve hugely simplified the…

The Expert Perspective with the Founder of a Disruptive Media Startup


From blockchain to robo-advisory services to AI, disruption in finance is everywhere. For any professional, the next logical step is to understand the impact of this disruption. Enter The Market Mogul. As a disruptive media company itself, it's on a mission to reinvent the newsroom to bring you all sides of the story on the things that matter most to you, not only from a tech perspective but also in politics, global affairs, finance and business. It was, therefore, a privilege to sit down with Rav - whose had stints at Bain, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs - to get his perspective on Fintech disruption. How do you see finance in 10 years? Finance industry will be further pushed towards decentralisation, both through the technological progress, but also through societal shifts. There will definitely be a number of new disruptive behemoths, but the incumbents shouldn’t be discounted from innovating either.  A company you…