The Fintech Scaling Show
Episode 48: A Founders Story with Mark Vedel

Episode 48: A Founders Story with Mark Vedel

June 7, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes a founder, a founder? 

My guest today on the # Fintechscalingshow. Mark Vedel, the founder of Inscale, talks us through his journey into becoming a founder. He opens up about the lessons he learned as he tracked through Papua New Guinea with nomads in the 80s.

He goes on to talk about how being a survivor has helped him as he launched Inscale and built an international business with a global footprint

Episode 48, A Founder Story, dives into the mind of a true entrepreneur and artist as we listen to how he created his life.

 Key Discussion points

  • How non-technical skills can help as you go to launch your business
  • Why founders thrive on uncertainty
  • What to look out for as you scale  your company

Quotes: 

“So I think the best thing you can do is get some key customers. Focus, the more you focus on something small and the more narrow that is, the easier it is to be successful. “ -  Mark Vedel

Links: 

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/mavedel/

Website: https://www.inscale.net/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

 

Episode 47: Don’t Look Behind, Move Forward with Jan Speelman

Episode 47: Don’t Look Behind, Move Forward with Jan Speelman

May 31, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How do you turn around a business as you're building it? 

My guest today on the #Fintechscalingshow, Jan Speelman dives feet first into how to turn around a company and at the same time, keep team morale up as you change your lanes.

Jan Talks about how blocking out the noise is so important as you move into unchartered territory. 

Episode 47, Don't look behind move forward, demonstrates the resilience, grit, and determination required to lead a business in a turnaround situation. 

Key discussion points

  • How being human has a positive impact on culture.
  • How strategy brings clarity to unchartered territory. 
  • The importance of continuously developing sales leads.

Quotes: 

“Leverage your ability to be a bit more structured to, to do more longer-term thinking and help your organization forward “ -  Jan Speelman

Links: 

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-speelman-b9bb7710/

Website: https://agicap.com/en/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 46: Helping Banks to Create a Digital Future with Timothée Grüner

Episode 46: Helping Banks to Create a Digital Future with Timothée Grüner

May 24, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

What are you doing right now to help the banking infrastructure evolve as we move towards a digital future?

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Timothée Grüner, CCO of Antelop Solutions shares his insights into how Antelop Solutions help the banks innovate at pace by allowing them to offer  their customers a digital solution for their credit cards.

Timothée  goes on to talk about how the payments world is evolving and adapting to the digital space and how Antelop Solutions have built a robust vision and  industrialized the delivery mechanisms to allow banks to get their product to market much quicker than what used to be the traditional methods. 

Episode 46, helping banks to create a digital future, is a strategic masterclass into how to build out a strategy to scale, and at the same time provides an insider's view into payments innovation 

Key Discussion Topics

  • The importance of strategic and growth drivers
  • How to create and execute on your value proposition
  • How to industrialize your delivery methodology

 

Quotes: 

“I had the clear and  strategic vision on what was the solution that we could bring to the banks, how we could approach them and on which markets we should focus and prioritize. Splitting this into  growth drivers and strategic drivers. That's very important to understand  that you need a clear strategic development vision on where you want to bring that stuff up in the future years. “ -  Timothée Grüner

 

Links: 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timoth%C3%A9e-gruner-2954577b/

Website: https://www.antelop-solutions.com/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 45: Gamification as you scale with Stephen Old

Episode 45: Gamification as you scale with Stephen Old

May 17, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

Is it possible to gamify your business as you scale?

My guest today on the #FinTechscalingshow, Stephen Old, head of business acquisition at Strategic-Blue shows how gamification has played a vital role in moving the needle, in helping teams pull together as the business moves through the gears.

Steve goes on to talk about how his knack for solving problems has helped drive business growth on a year in year out basis, and why this is an important part of scaling.

Episode 45, Gamification as you scale opens up a debate and how you can use engaging tools to drive your employees forward together.

Key Discussion Topics:

  • How different experiences help as you scale a business
  • What is gamification, and how to use it effectively
  • The art of problem solving as you jump over the hurdles

Quotes:

“I feel very accountable to myself and I want to feel like I've done the right thing. I want to feel like I've done a good job. And I think in scaling, that's really important because sometimes you've just got to sit there and do it and hit the phones or spend the time doing those things that keep you working late that night, because that's what's needed to win that logo that helps you win the next logo. And then it start that domino effect.  ” -Stephen Old

Links:

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-old-6ab15082/

Website: https://strategic-blue.com/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 44: Using Data to Unlock Power with Julian Cork

Episode 44: Using Data to Unlock Power with Julian Cork

May 10, 2021

Here’s what we talked about: 

Are you using data in a way that empowers your teams?

My guest today on the #FintechScalingShow, Julian Cork, COO of LandBay speaks about how he is using data to turbocharge his business.

Julian goes on to share why it's vital to have the right governance in place as you scale, and the importance of setting this up early doors and not as an after thought as your business starts scaling.

Episode 44, using data to unlock your power is a masterclass in strategy and execution from a FinTech leader that is scaling one of Europe's fastest growing Fintechs.

Key Discussion Points.

  • Why  governance should we put in place at the start of your journey and how it can empower you going forward
  • How to adopt an agile philosophy in your business to truly move the dial
  • How to use data to empower your teams
  • How to foster collaboration as you scale

Quotes:

“People realize that they need to really work very collaboratively to make things happen across those different departments.” - Julian Cork

Links:

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliancork/

Website: https: https://landbay.co.uk/intermediaries

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 43 Unlocking the African Volt with Simon Ellis

Episode 43 Unlocking the African Volt with Simon Ellis

May 3, 2021

Here’s what we talked about: 

How can your mission impact society?

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow Simon Ellis, CEO and co-founder, of Smart Wage asked this poignant question as he set out to launch his startup. 

Simon goes on to talk about earned wage access and why this is vital and how his solution is helping many in society to actually just afford the essentials in order to survive.

Episode 43, unlocking the African volt, dives into an important topic and uncovers why it's vital to stay true to yourself as you build out a business.

 

Key Discussion Points:

  • How consulting tools helped him on his startup journey
  • How to set up the systems and processes in your startup?
  • Why agility is important as you scale up?

 

Quotes:

“Being adequately prepared for whatever is next, predict the possible outcomes and always putting your best foot forward can enable you to deliver your goal ” - Simon Ellis

Links:

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-ellis-2aa14a8b/

Website: https: https://smartwage.co.za/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 42: Pivoting to Survive with Tom Britton

Episode 42: Pivoting to Survive with Tom Britton

April 26, 2021

Here’s what we talked about: 

Have you ever been underwater and finally, when you finally come up for air it's a huge release?

This is what it feels like to pivot and at the end of the day, achieve what you set out to do in order to survive!

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Tom Britton, co-founder of Syndicate Room, talks through his experience of changing lanes and the tough call he had to make along the way.

 Episode 42 Pivoting to Survive; outlines the toolkit required to make the most out of a pivot, and in the process make certain to bring your team along with you.

 

Key Discussion Points

  • Pivot or pack-up, the decisions required to pull through
  • How to galvanize your team as you change lanes?
  • How tech can create efficiency and reduce overheads?

Quotes:

“The pressure of a startup is very similar to the pressure on an athlete. You have to perform on the day. There's constant pressure to evolve to get better, to grow, to win. ” -Tom Britton

Links:

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tombritton/

Website: https://www.syndicateroom.com/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 41: Scaling Disruptive Ideas with Derk Roodhuyzen de Vries

Episode 41: Scaling Disruptive Ideas with Derk Roodhuyzen de Vries

April 19, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

Have you ever had an absolutely fantastic idea, but at the end of the day, the product wasn't able to reach market or you weren't able to scale the business? 

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Derk Roodhuyzen de Vries, the CEO and co-founder of Fixico shares how he came up with a revolutionary idea of how to digitize the car repair process. 

Derk opens up about the process he had to go through and is still going through in order to really shift the mindset of a market that was, and in some instances still is outdated, towards a digital future - this is the Fixico mission (and what a mission it is)

Episode 41 Scaling Disruptive Ideas: talks about a journey of a startup from the humble beginnings of Amsterdam to the international arena and all the learnings in between.

 Key Discussion Topics

  •     Why looking at opportunities outside your core offering is a must?
  •     How to educate a market for the digital future
  •     How to scale across borders

Quotes:

"The right mindset, belief, spirit, and character are important in your company. Especially when you're growing"- Derk Roodhuyzen de Vries

Links:

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derk-roodhuyzen-de-vries-09a6983a/

Website: https://fixico-business.com/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help! richard@scaleupconsulting.co

Episode 40: To Scale, Find the Right People with Martin Kassing

Episode 40: To Scale, Find the Right People with Martin Kassing

April 12, 2021

Here’s what we talked about: 

As you scale, have you found that attracting the right talent is an endurance race, rather than a 100metre dash ? 

My guest today on #thefintechscalingshow Martin Kassing, CEO of Upvest talks about this and the importance of finding the right mix of people in the surge to grow. Martin also highlights the compounding effect that comes from trusting your people to passionately drive your vision as you work to create a sustainable and thriving workforce.

Episode 40 To Scale, Find the Right People:  dives deep into the thoughts of a fintech leader’s philosophy on how to not only attract the right talent but secure the right values and also build the right strategies to ensure there’s proper flow as talent comes into the business, helping the business to scale.

Key Discussion Topics:

  •  How to build relationships & foster trust in your people
  •  How to develop a talent management system to scale
  • How empowerment creates leverage

 

Quotes: 

“You need to be incredibly fast in actually getting the right information and in asking the right questions  ” - Martin Kassing

Links: 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derk-roodhuyzen-de-vries-09a6983a/

Website: https://upvest.co/

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help!  richard@scaleupconsulting.co 

Episode 39: How Philosophy Determines Your Path  with Gerard Bernal

Episode 39: How Philosophy Determines Your Path with Gerard Bernal

April 6, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:  

Have you ever stopped to think how your business philosophy acts as a guiding principle as you grow?  

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Gerard Bernal, CEO and Co-Founder, of Balio shares his insights into breaking down inward thinking, as we discuss the highs & lows of his startup. Gerard goes on to talk about the advantages of creating a community around values, something that’s helped his philosophy evolve. 

Episode 39: How Philosophy determines your path gives rise to taking ownership of your journey, because if you don’t expand, then inevitably the opposite happens! 

Key Discussion Topics:  

  • Why your philosophies should continuously evolve   
  • Building strong communities to help develop your business 
  • How to build your lifestyle into your business 

 

 

Quotes:  

“When you are creating an online community with good ideas, good product, a good philosophy. They become the ambassadors. They are creating the brand. ” - Gerard Bernal 

Links:  

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerardbernal/ 

Company Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/balioapp/ 

Website: https://balio.app/ 

Scaling Now?  

Want to speed up your scaling journey with my help? Get in touch with me here to see how I can help!  richard@scaleupconsulting.co 

 

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