In the spotlight
Which global fintech trend are you most excited about and why?
The inclusivity and democratisation of investing and managing our savings. I’ve always been really passionate about financial education in the mass market, as I myself was never comfortable enough investing until I started working in finance. It is incredible to see that in just a few short years companies like Moneybox or Robinhood have entered the mainstream giving more people confidence to plan for their future and invest beyond savings accounts. At the same time, there is still so much more to be done to help us holistically plan and manage our income over the long term, like pensions or other investing products.
What is the fintech you wish you had backed and why?
Probably payments companies like Visa and Mastercard. They have been around for a long time and are so entrenched in our spending. As we move towards a cashless society faster than ever it’ll be interesting to observe how they embrace the growing shift to fully digital payments.
Which entrepreneur would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
Jeff Bezos. Who wouldn’t? I’m amazed every day by the sheer size and impact Amazon has on our daily lives, especially as it still continues to innovate so quickly. It might even start competing at scale in the fintech world. Having had the chance to work at Amazon’s first European robotics site a few years ago, the process is a sight to see and a true testament to Jeff and the team for having built, scaled and constantly improved up on it. I recommend a site visit for anyone– happy to give you a tour!