The Fintech Scaling Show
Episode 64: Shifting Your Mindset with Colum Lyons

Episode 64: Shifting Your Mindset with Colum Lyons

August 30, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How has your mindset shifted as you’ve moved through the gears, and scaled your company?

Today on #theFintechScalingShow, Column Lyons, CEO of ID-Pal, opens up about his role as Founder and CEO, and how he has gone out of his way to learn and acquire new skills. All the time shifting his mindset gradiently so the company he builds is prosperous.

We go on to talk about how life and work are intermingled, but there is also a dose of reality for everyone as building a business from the ground up does take effort, resilience and sacrifices.

“Our business is moving 24/7, it’s doesn’t sleep ” Colum

But in the same breathe, Colum goes onto discuss how he makes cares for his team, so they can switch-off and this is reflected in the 4pm Friday call, where the team hop-on a call to close the week out

Episode 64,  Shifting your mindset, dives into the facets of scaling.

Key Discussion Points

  • How to upskill yourself as a Founder & CEO
  • The importance of moving burn-out from the equation 
  • Tactics to promote and communicate your product to the market

Quote: "Having scars in your past is a good thing, because if you have scars, you're not going to make those same mistakes again" - Colum Lyons

 

Links: 

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

Website: https://www.id-pal.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 63: Entrepreneurship and Social Bubbles with Ulric Musset

Episode 63: Entrepreneurship and Social Bubbles with Ulric Musset

August 27, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

What were you doing when you're 12 years old?

Today on the #fintechscalingshow, Ulric Musset, Founder and CEO of Vauban takes us down his path into entrepreneurship and how he started using the internet to earn money from 12 years old.

He goes on to walk through the “talent” challenge and what he’s doing to stand out from the crowd and source the best team to realise his vision. In an action packed episode, we go on to discuss how he launched gathered market feedback through creating a simple, but effective, landing page - and how this was a catalyst to really get going

We move on to talk about how Ulric is using social bubbles to educate his team and leverage this information “together” to truly understand what's going on in their target market.

Episode 63, Entrepreneurship and Social Bubbles, unpacks the secrets to using the internet as a secret weapon to learn and grow as you scale your business

Key Discussion Points

  • How to leverage social media to understand your target market? 
  • How to use the internet to grow yourself 
  • Ideas to learn together as a team

Quote: “ First thing is to focus on the why and  the impact of what we are doing more than the how” - Ulric Musset

 

Links: 

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

Website: https://vauban.io/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 62: Control Your Destiny with Didrik Martens

Episode 62: Control Your Destiny with Didrik Martens

August 23, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How are you stepping up and controlling your destiny?

Today on #fintechscalingshow, Didrik Martens, Founder and  CEO of Bizbot talks to us about the role of Founder / CEO, and why getting organised in your business is critical for you to enjoy the journey

He goes on to talk about the legal responsibilities of running your business and the critical parts one should be aware of as they set off. And we jump into the financial aspect, outlining key points to consider to guarantee prosperity as you grow.

Episode 62, Control your destiny, dives into the insides of what it really takes to be a Founder and CEO, the not-so-pretty stuff that you’ll need to learn as you grow and scale your business

Key Discussion Points

  • The Role of Founder and CEO
  • How to get organised and enjoy your business
  • Results driven, not time driven efficiency

Quote: “ Give value rather than discounts ” - Didrik Martens

 

Links: 

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

Website: www.bizbot.com

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 61: Changing Lanes with Myles Milston

Episode 61: Changing Lanes with Myles Milston

August 20, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:.

When you first played tennis or cricket,  were you instantly hitting the ball out the middle

Or, did it take time, dedication and some sacrifice for you to move through the gears?

Today in the #fintechscalingshow, Myles Milston, Co-founder and CEO of Globacap talks through his journey as Co-Founder and the path that lead him to starting up a business.

We dive into the different paths Myles went down, from Jazz musician to computer science graduate, all the while iterating and reflecting on both successes and failures as he lived his life.

Episode 61, Changing lanes, talks about life and how failures and reflection are a vital part of your journey as you continue towards a path of business in the fast paced world of a FinTech

Key Discussion Points

  • Learning from your life interests to create your own path
  • How to learn from both failures and successes
  • The different aspects of hiring as you scale
  • How to align your new team members to your mission

 

Quote: “ Failure is the best experience we can get. ” - Myles Milston

 

Links: 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/myles-milston/

Website: https://globacap.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 60: Passion is Essential with Alberto García Rodríguez

Episode 60: Passion is Essential with Alberto García Rodríguez

August 17, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

What is your true passion about life, about work? and can they intermingle and play out a duet together?

Today on the #fintechascalingshow,. Alberto, Founder, and CEO of Fortify, opens up about his passion, and how this set him on a path to make a difference in people’s lives through positively impacting them through the tech that he’s built.

Learning languages, and interacting with different cultures and people is a secret ingredient in creating meaningful relationships - and, at times, overlooked as we strive to do more “faster”.

A purpose-driven entrepreneur, Alberto dives into how starting and leading a startup is changing him and the lessons he’s learning every day as he builds his business from the ground up.

Episode 60, Passion is Essential, shows us for leaders to learn, grow, scale, and lead their teams to prosperity passion is an essential ingredient

Key Discussion Points

  • Life Lessons of a Startup Founder
  • Why being passionate about your business matters
  • How to create a business that fits in with your life, your mission

 

Quote: “ I think for the current decision-making we need to really have good advisors. ” - Alberto Rodriguez

 

Links: 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gralberto94/

Website: https://fortifylanguages.pory.app/

 

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 59: BlitzScaling a  Fintech with Toms Jurjevs

Episode 59: BlitzScaling a Fintech with Toms Jurjevs

August 13, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How do you scale your startup from 2 to 750 employees in three years? 

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Toms Jurjevs, Co-Founder & CEO of Sun finance provides a playbook of actionable steps that helped him and his team blitzscale as they went about achieving their vision.

Toms talks about his early experiences as a country manager and how this helped shape his business philosophy. But he knew this part of the journey was a stepping stone, as he had the  entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm to think outside the box.

Episode 59 BlitzScaling a  Fintech is an actioned packed episode that gives you the story behind one of Europe's fastest growing Fintechs, and goes to show that doing the little things better than others does count for something

Key Discussion Points 

  • Alternative routes to self-education as a startup founder
  • Why running lean matters as you scale
  • The five principles of scaling 
  • Why the little things can make a big difference

Quote: “Spend every Euro as it is your last one.” - Toms Jurjevs

 

Links: 

Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/toms-jurjevs

Website: https://sunfinance.group/

Scaling Now?  

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or visit our website https://scaleupconsulting.co.uk/

Episode 58: Trekking through Uncharted Terrain with Ralf Heim

Episode 58: Trekking through Uncharted Terrain with Ralf Heim

August 9, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

What terrain have you navigated on the route to learning and scaling your company ?

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow Ralf Heim, Founder and Co-CEO of Fincite, talks through how as a 19 year-old he got the best education one could imagine and helped scale a startup.

This early experience proved critical as later on down the road, he set-off on his own startup journey. And quickly being recognised as one of Germany’s fastest growing startups by the likes of the FT.

Episode 58, Trekking through Uncharted Terrain, provides a real life story of how to navigate your journey and make certain to consistently learn as you build your business and life ambitions

Key Discussion Points: 

  • Why taking the path less travelled can be fruitful
  • Remember referrals as you scale
  • How internal team investment pays dividends 

Quote: “ There is no marketing campaign, like word of mouth.” - Ralf Heim

 

Links: 

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

Website: hhttps://www.fincite.de/en/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 57:  Leadership as You Scale with Daniel Faloppa

Episode 57: Leadership as You Scale with Daniel Faloppa

August 6, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How did you start out on your journey to building your fintech?

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Daniel Faloppa, founder and CEO of Equidam talks about how he started out from university, and learnt the skills required to build a startup that helps other startups value their business using cutting edge technology

We dive into how Daniel came up with the idea for Equidam, and took it to market. Going onto talking about the importance of leadership as your company grows up.

Episode 57,  Leadership as you scale, gives you an inside view of how leadership is a skill that can be learned as you go through the journey of scaling your business

Key Discussion Points

  • How to take an idea to market
  • The different aspects of business development
  • How to work on your business, not in it

Quote: “ Valuation is the ultimate decision-maker. It's the only variable that puts together risk and return” - Daniel Faloppa

 

Links: 

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

Website: https://www.equidam.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 56: Building Tech to Scale with Rory Ryan

Episode 56: Building Tech to Scale with Rory Ryan

August 2, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How are you building your tech stack to scale?

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow. Rory Ryan, CTO at Pipit Global, talks about the critical aspects of creating a scalable and sustainable tech stack as your company moves through the gears and starts growing. 

Rory goes onto talk about his approach to scaling tech and outlines three critical steps to fast integration, which we all know is one of the hardest aspects of releasing and connecting software alongside other vendors or systems.

Episode 56, Building Tech to Scale dives into the techy aspects of scaling a fintech and shows us how to put the plumbing in from the ground up.

 Key Discussion Points: 

  • Three-steps to help you integrate faster
  • Aspects to consider as you scale your tech 
  • Standardization vs Bespoke build 

Quotes: “Compliance is where things were getting still. We put a lot more resources into compliance” - Rory Ryan

Links: 

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

Website:https://www.pipit.global/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 55: Finding Hidden Value Other’s Don’t with Michiel Meyer

Episode 55: Finding Hidden Value Other’s Don’t with Michiel Meyer

July 26, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

What are you doing to find your edge in a competitive market?

Today on the #fintechscalingshow, Michiel Meyer,  Founder and CEO of Workwize opens up about how the the roles he had prior to becoming a founder helped him land on his feet as he launched his startup.

We dive into how the experience of taking an idea, and then launching it into the market helped build his knowledge and toolset which would be used to good effect later down the road

Episode 55, Finding Hidden Value Others Don't is a jammed packed episode that looks at how startup founders can find their edge through building self-education before they take the leap.

 Key Discussion Points 

  • From idea to market launch
  • Difference between direct and indirect channels
  • Demand generation tactics & community building

 

Quote: “ The most important thing when starting a new business is having trust in each other” - Michiel Meyer

 

Links: 

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

Website: https://www.workwize.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 54: A Branding Masterclass with David Brier

Episode 54: A Branding Masterclass with David Brier

July 18, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How are you rising above the noise? 

My guest today on the #Fintech Scaling Show, David Brier, Chief Gravity Defier of DBD International talks about why your brand, not your product can elevate you and help you scale.

David is electric in this podcast and tells it as it is. 

Episode 54, A Branding Masterclass, help clients why your brand should be center stage as you scale up

Key Discussion Points: 

  • Why focusing on customer problems and aspirations is critical?
  • How to disrupt through branding?
  • How to look at the market, social media, and communities?

Quote:  “The pathway to our customer’s doors does not start at our front door, it starts at their front door.” - David Brier

Links: 

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

Website: https://www.risingabovethenoise.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 53: Disrupting Business Development with Ned Phillips

Episode 53: Disrupting Business Development with Ned Phillips

July 12, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How are you disrupting the norm? 

My guest today on #FinTechscalingshow, Ned Phillips, founder, and CEO of Bambu doesn't talk through how his tech is disrupting the norm, but how his sales and marketing team are leading the way in engaging with their community and in, so doing disrupting the status quo, when it comes to sales and marketing in financial services.

He goes on to talk about how using and leveraging digital platforms has allowed him to get his message out there and help break down the traditional barriers of the traditional barriers in financial services.

Episode 53 Disrupting Business Development provides insight into a new interface of what is an innovative way to connect, engage, and help your customers. 

 

Key Discussion Points

  • How to leverage social media platforms to scale?
  • Why thoughtful content helps drive engagement? 
  • How communities can help a brand evolve and scale?

 

Quotes:  “If you make decisions with bad intentions, it doesn't even matter if it's right. You shouldn't have done it.So go with your gut. ” - Ned Phillips

 

Links: 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ned-phillips/

Website: https://bambu.co/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 52: Scaling up in Ireland (The Ecosystem Built to Help Fintechs Scale)

Episode 52: Scaling up in Ireland (The Ecosystem Built to Help Fintechs Scale)

July 5, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How can you nurture an ecosystem that helps startups grow? 

My guests today on #theFinTechscalingshow panel talk through what Ireland is doing to support fintechs and how this is helping the economy and people's spread their wings cross borders.

Our distinguished experts give us a sneak preview of what it takes to set up and sustain the ecosystem that funds more startups than Y Combinator.

Episode 52 Scaling up in Ireland (The Ecosystem Built to Help Fintechs Scale) provides a playbook and platform for aspiring FinTech founders to leverage proving that relationships are the crucial ingredients as you scale.

Key Discussion Points

  • The Irish FinTech ecosystem
  • How to set up and facilitate a cross-border network? 
  • Why nurturing startups is critical to economic growth?

Quotes:

“ The attraction of FinTech is very strong for a lot of people, but when you're setting the company up, you have to have a very solid plan in place. And then you can ask for help. I think looking for somebody else to draw your planet for you, it is not the way to.” - Neil Ryan

“So you have to, you have to be able to change with the times and things can become pretty stale pretty quickly. I would say first and foremost, from my perspective, it's gotta be innovative” - Jack Clark

“I suppose we've kind of formed ourselves into an organization builds upon the connections that the guys have spoken upon.  Firstly, I suppose that that helps set the strategic direction for our organization” - Michael Concannon

Links: 

Linkedin:

Neil Ryan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-ryan-021b7431/ 

Michael Concannon - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-concannon-6b578719/

Jack Clarke - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-f-clarke-088b9229/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 51: It’s Never Too Late with Steve Pomfret

Episode 51: It’s Never Too Late with Steve Pomfret

June 28, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

How can you use your corporate career experience to set up and scale a business? 

My guest today on the #FintechScalingShow, Steve Pomfret CEO of Cygnetise talks openly about his journey from banker to consultant and starting and scaling a business. 

He is candid about how he's leveraged his board and team to fill in the areas outside of his expertise and how this has paid dividends.

Episode 51 It's never too late, provides hope to those who have an idea and a sense of realism about how they can use their corporate experience to move from idea to reality.

Key Discussion Points:

  • How to transition from corporate world to startup founder
  • How to leverage your boards experience to scale
  • The reality of scaling and moving from Founder to CEO

Quotes:  “Continuous change. Continue to change content, continuous improvement, you need to continually look at and review what you're actually doing and if it is appropriate” - Steve Pomfret

Links: 

Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pomfret-03b8391a/

Website: https://www.cygnetise.com/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 50: Democratizing Trade Finance with Dominic Broom

Episode 50: Democratizing Trade Finance with Dominic Broom

June 21, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

In a global world of trade finance, is it possible to move beyond the noise and create a democratized system?

My guest today on the #FintechScalingShow, Dominic boom, CEO of Fineon Exchange, talks through how tech is creating an opportunity to disrupt the norm and connect people in global trade.

He goes on to talk through the digital agenda and the impact this will have on both pre and post-trade processes.

Episode 50,  Democratizing Trade Finance, dives into tech and how AI this will play an integral part in building the systems, processes, and models in the new global trade ecosystem of the future

Key Discussion Points

  • The future of trade finance, in a digital world
  • How team mentoring can help propel you forward
  • How to setup referrals and partnerships that work

Quotes: 

“Managing the data and efficient processing of that data and understanding that data enables businesses and financial institutions through relevant applications to greatly enhanced their efficiency. And therefore in turn, that's underpinning a global economic model.That is revolutionary.” - Dominic Broom

 

Links: 

Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominic-broom-5908049/

Website: https://fineon.net/

Scaling Now?  

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Episode 49: Building a Rocket Ship with Linnar Schwarz

Episode 49: Building a Rocket Ship with Linnar Schwarz

June 14, 2021

Here’s what we talked about:

Is it possible to build a rocket ship as it takes off? 

My guest today on the #fintechscalingshow, Linnar Schwarz, COO of Candis, takes us through the playbook of assembling a team, processes and systems as the business took off.

Episode 49, Building a rocket ship goes full circle on data, philosophy, teams, conflict, and community as we unpack the secrets to a successful takeoff.

 Key discussion topics

  • How data plays a role in decision-making
  • Why organizing teams and structures early pay off in the long run
  • How to leverage your community as you grow.

 

Quotes: 

“We paid a lot of attention to how do we build the teams instead of just naturally falling into this functional way of building your company “ -  Linnar Schwarz

 

Links: 

Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/linnar-schwarz-a77382104/

Website: https://en.candis.io/

Scaling Now?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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?  

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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/martin-kassing/?originalSubdomain=de

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 

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