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A Closer Look Into FinTech and the New Normal
In this episode, I speak to Chris Evans and Nihal George of Oliver Wyman Digital. Rather than hearing from a founder or CEO of a startup, this instalment of the podcast focuses on an exciting area within the startup world: FinTech. This conversation spans many topics within this sphere such as: the current landscape of FinTech and which direction they see fintech heading in, as well the current pain points experienced by SME customers. We also talk about the role of financial services incumbents in innovating, the growing divide between the gig economy and the traditional economy, the impact of COVID-19 on the FinTech space and the potential disruption of the financial services industry by big tech.
After this discussion we touch on advice for students interested in FinTech and the importance of considering an endgame, why we're seeing highly capable students flocking to fintechs and startups as well as the cultural and structural differences between small fintechs versus large corporations and the impact one can have, and many other topics.
About our guests:
Chris Evans is the head of Oliver Wyman Digital in Australia and is a partner in the global Finance and Risk practice.
Nihal George is a Principal at Oliver Wyman Digital, specialising in FinTech and digital ventures.
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How to Start a Tech Company Straight out of Uni?
In this episode, I speak to Evan Wong of Checkbox. This conversation covers many topics, concentrating on the transformation of Evan's startup idea to a fully operational company. We also discuss his nuanced approach to leadership, Checkbox's hiring process and their company values, notions of performance and optimisation as well as a discussion on finding purpose in one's work.
About our guest:
Evan Wong is the founder of the multi-award winning enterprise software company Checkbox. He is also the founding mentor of Hero Education, aiming to guide young students on their future path.
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Take Your Share: How Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Lead to Startup Success
In this episode, I speak to Louise Chen of Share with Oscar. This conversation contains a range of topics primarily focusing on Louise's journey leaving the comfort of her position at Deloitte to co-founding a company and the attached challenges and trials. We discuss her experience at university, internships, her role at Deloitte and the lack of risk associated with that. We explore further notions of the shared economy, the future of travel and commuting, how AI will impact our cities and much more.
About our guest:
Louise obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)/Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and then went on to become work at Deloitte, originally as a consultant in Strategy & Operations and a senior consultant in Innovation. Louise is the co-founder of Share with Oscar, a community-based platform for sharing and booking private parking spaces. They were awarded Best Mobile App Startup in Australasia (2018).
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Hey You! Wisdom from a Veteran of the Corporate World
In this episode, I speak to Uzair Moosa of Hey You. This conversation covers a broad spectrum of topics starting with Uzair's university experience. We explore the Uzair's incredible corporate pedigree, his involvements in large companies and how he eventually ended up as CEO of an Australian startup. We also discuss a variety of other topics such as the importance of risk-taking (especially for young people), challenges in the world place, notions of leadership, getting his first job, the element of luck in a career and how he turned around a small airline company on the brink of bankruptcy, as well as much more.
About our guest:
Uzair has experience of working in Australia, Europe, Middle East and Asia in business development, sales and consulting with clients from various industries. He has devised and implemented growth strategies for expanding into new markets, developing existing market opportunities and introducing operational efficiencies in business processes.
Specialties: Devising and implementing business strategies, leading corporate turnaround efforts, restructuring organizations, growing business in fast paced environments, introducing cost efficiencies, executing and delivering on business targets
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Cache in Quick: How to Go from Office Job to Startup Stardom
Welcome to the first episode of Sit Down and Start Up!
In this episode, I speak to Caleb Gibbons of Cache Invest. We had a really interesting conversation covering his whole journey of how he started his own FinTech company, starting with his time at university. We explore his experience at university, working at MinterEllison Law Firm, transitioning into his own company and all the challenges that came with it. We also discuss a range of other exciting topics such as investing, leadership, the startup climate in Australia and much more.
About our guest:
As a successful investment funds lawyer at MinterEllison, Caleb saw how the financial system was built to meet the needs of bankers and wealthy investors - well beyond the reach of ordinary people.
So he started Cache with the goal of building financial products that empower ordinary people to make good investment decisions and grow their wealth over time.
Caleb has helped build multi-billion dollar investment products for some of the largest investment managers in the country, including Blackrock, Vanguard, Perpetual, Betashares, Colonial First State, Challenger, AMP Capital, and Magellan.
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