When I was at school, my teacher sent home a note. ‘Elizabeth has trouble following directions.' You see I had opened my milk carton from the ‘wrong end’. <==Meaning the end that didn’t have the little blue ‘Open Here’ stamped on it. The first time I did it – it was an accident. The second... Continue Reading →
Barclays, Transferwise and the curse of Sassy Magazine
I was 14 years old when I put my August 1986 copy of Seventeen magazine in the trash. I remember it well. I was at my family’s beach house close to Cape Cod. It was the ‘Back to School’ issue. Jennifer Connelly was on the cover. She looked beautiful, tall and slim with long thick brown hair... Continue Reading →
456 Day Ones ago – FinTECHTalents was an idea
Around 15 months ago Victor Cruz had an idea. That was FinTECHTalents. The idea was that this event would bring together, not only FinTech innovators from startups, growth companies and incumbent financial institutions, but also computer science students from the UK and Europe’s top universities. This event would not be an event at all, but... Continue Reading →
A few years ago, at a popular ‘FinTech innovation demo show’ in London, a Russian payments company brought out the scantily clad ‘Miss Russia’ to demonstrate how the audience could use their payments app to purchase her clothing line on the internet. Many people – men and women – in the audience were shocked. My... Continue Reading →
What type of FinTech’er are you? Take the Quiz!
A well known person in the FinTech space once commented that if you couldn’t dine out on FinTech every night – you weren’t doing FinTech right. From bank elevators, to the free beer at co-working spaces – it would be hard not to bump into someone who works at a fund or an accelerator, grinding... Continue Reading →
Tech and Talent in Tandem – A FinTECHTalents Webcast
As the sun continues to shine over Great Britain this summer, we gathered together some of our favourite steering committee members to have a chin wag about our upcoming FinTECHTalents Festival this October. Listen to our special Tech and Talent in Tandem webcast now! Mitesh Soni, Senior Director, Innovation and Fintech at Finastra, Diana Biggs, Head of Digital Innovation... Continue Reading →
Banks are from Jupiter / Startups are from Mercury
A while ago I read a promo for a webcast that read something along the lines of ‘Our industry experts will talk through best practice to enable successful bank startup partnerships.’ I read that line several times ‘best practice to enable successful … partnerships’ and I thought to myself… Liar liar, PANTS ON FIRE!!! Anyone who claims to know... Continue Reading →
How to Write a Good Brief When Working with Influencers
https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/16079/327035?utm_content=buffera963a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer We're very lucky to have 3 top FinTech influencers join us for this discussion on the importance of writing a good brief when working with influencers. Specificity vs flexibility – is it important to be very specific with an influencer about what you’d like them to do or should you accept it’s better to... Continue Reading →
Why did I join?
About a year ago I had a thought. While I was fulfilling my emotional needs via my personal blog, Girl, Disrupted, which tends to explore my inner thoughts, outer failures and minor moments of brilliance 😉. But from a more practical point of view I needed to see what I could offer – what ‘products’ I... Continue Reading →
Give women a platform: meet the tech workers challenging the all-male panel – The Guardian UK
A group of campaigners believe the shortage of women at tech industry events has just one cause - they are being actively excluded.
My very very strange year … of being myself
The very first full blog on this site 'Disruption Sucks' just days after myself and my entire team, and many other people, were made redundant from their jobs, I wrote: "When you get to the end of any road – whether you ran there or had the stop sign shoved in front of you –... Continue Reading →