"Laura's guidance on expanding the team has been exceptional. She understood what we were looking for immediately and articulated it more crisply than we could ourselves, but more importantly than that she gave great practical advice on how to achieve it." Dan Mitchell
co-Founder & CEO, Hivemind
In the spotlight
Which global fintech trend are you most excited about and why?
It is exciting to see the next generation of benefits providers that seek to address both the mental and financial health of employees. Companies like Capdesk that encourage greater employee ownership and alignment feel like a big step-forward in enabling innovative companies to attract, motivate and retain talented teams globally.
What is the fintech you wish you had backed and why?
Mint was the precursor to a number of the great web-based money management tools and neo banks that are revolutionising financial services today. It grew to 10 million users in just 4 years and overcame the trust barrier through rigorous validation, a great product, high content marketing and a simple user experience.
Which entrepreneur would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
I've always been intrigued by Richard Branson, self-made and the epitome of an entrepreneur who is not afraid to test and learn. His determination, resilience and desire to drive positive change are qualities I see in many of the founders I work with and his sense of adventure and fun are part of what make the Virgin brand so irresistible. If it was on Moskito, even better!