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Payments Industry Insights with Marqeta Managing Director
Today's guest is Ian Johnson. Ian is Managing Director at Marqeta, Europe and he has spent most of his career in payments.
In this episode, we go over the evolution of the payments industry ; Some of the biggest misconceptions in the fintech world ; The role of financial managers and how it has changed after the rise of new tech ; The role of traditional banks ; How do companies think about security and trust in the adoption of new payment methods and service providers ;
Common biases that fintech companies have to battle with when pitching to corporates ;
What people don't know about credit cards ; The power of open APIs and other topics.
Robert Hadfield: Key Learnings in Finance Operations
In this episode, Dendra systems' finance manager Robert Hadfield shares his unique perspective on the role of finance teams and how it has it evolved because of automation, how can the finance manager contribute to the rest of the organization by system and process implementation as well as the challenges that come with that. He goes on to discuss the importance of scaling finance operations and choosing the right software tool for your company.
Jenny Herald on using OKRs to achieve better company results
Jenny Herald's career started in the US Air Force and US Navy subsequently.
Though her background is mainly in finance and operations, she has found her true calling in Wunderlist and later Microsoft, where she led and supported product teams, crafted and executed the product strategy to deliver one of the most popular to-do applications in the world.
During our conversation, we talked about what working in the navy taught Jenny on the importance of customer success; moving from California to Berlin and the importance of making decisions from a clear mind; Why OKRs matter, and what most companies worry about the most? ; How can financial managers benefit from using OKRs? ; Gtmhub's unique approach to building an OKR software and other topics.
Louisa Murray on the Evolution of Banking and Her Path from Trading to Operations
Today's guest is Louisa Murray.
Louisa is a Chief Operations Officer at Railsbank which is Payhawk's partner e-money institution.
Louisa's career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector. She made her mark early on as one of the first female derivative traders at Barclays and CIBC and has been recently named a 'Rising Woman in Crypto' by Wirex and The Fintech Times.
During our conversation, we also discussed: the role of banks and how it has changed over the years; financial managers in the world of open banking; the importance of real-time financial models; the value of EMI and Raisbank in particular, and Louisa's current role as Chief Operating Officer.
Jean-Christophe on Growth Marketing and Reinventing How Companies Deliver Value
In this episode, Jean-Cristophe, founder of Mad Kings, talks about his journey from programming to business and his trip to Silicon Valley that inspired him to found his first company - Pictawall, which served clients like Tomorrowland.
During our conversation, we also talk about his transition from traditional to digital marketing; founding a company based on the growth hacking methodology; filtering ideas; changing company culture; common mistakes in implementing the growth marketing strategy; challenges in expense management, and Mad Kings' vision for the online economy.
Jean-Cristophe is the Co-creator of the Growth Marketing Canvas and Founder of the Mad Kings growth agency.
His background is in business and IT, and now he’s mainly focused on helping companies implementing Growth Marketing methodology.
Roland Manger on Challenging Investors’ Biases & The Promise of Emerging Europe
Roland Manger, Co-Founder & Partner at EarlyBird, started his career as an entrepreneur when he joined Cybernet, providing enterprise-grade Internet service all across Germany. The company eventually became the first Internet-related company in the country that went public.
Roland moves on to start one of the best-performing venture capital firms focusing on early-stage investments in Europe - Earlybird.
During that time, there was a gold rush and hundreds of similar companies raising capital. However, according to Roland, it was their systematic approach and insight that led Earlybird to stand out and become one of the top-performing VCs in Europe.
During our conversation, Roland also shared what some common investors’ biases are; why and how he started the Digital East Fund; his focus and vision for Emerging Europe; the importance of anticipating change; what it takes to be a good founder, and his experience with Payhawk.
Insightful and truly inspiring!
The beauty of this show is the intimacy you get with someone you’ve never met before.
Suddenly, you hear their life story and you relate to their journey.
Insights from people I always wanted to hear!
Recommend 100% !