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 →
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 →
My bank is a bank, not my friend
Here we go folks. I am about to contradict myself. But maybe not, I can't decide. Maybe you decide. Ok, here goes. Five years ago, I wrote on Finextra that when it comes to social media, a bank should behave like a person, even if they are a bank. See here. At the time, the... Continue Reading →
When you fail you learn – Money 2020
I am sitting in an airport lounge in Amsterdam airport, drinking a Bloody Mary (much needed) after the 2018 Money 2020. I had a good week. I hung out with the FinTech Family, met some new friends IRL, interviewed two high flyers working on digital and cultural transformation at HSBC and did an old school... Continue Reading →
All my Generals are women
My dad was a history teacher. He retired a few years ago, but for almost 40 years my dad taught middle school history and social studies in the public school system in the neighboring town where I grew up in the US. He used to run 'The Civil War Club' at the school. Not sure... Continue Reading →
‘Well, actually…” Now ‘on Demand’!
Thank you all for taking the time to listen to our webcast yesterday 'Well, actually...Navigating the future of our industry in the age of #MeToo' We share some stories, we had some laughs, we defined 'manbassador' and we 'a-hem' shamed some trolls. 😉 Listen again here!
I’ve spent nothing on marketing!*
I did some media training with a group of startups from the Amsterdam branch of an accelerator last month. I did my talk, told my Finovate story (so many learnings!) and quoted George Orwell (as ya do). Then I sat down with the teams to do some one-on-ones. Inevitably, a phrase cropped up that I... Continue Reading →
Mirror, Mirror – What do I have to be complicit with today?
Oh, if DMs could talk! Well they do, our private and direct messages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Slack etc...are anything but private. This age of social media depends on giving us a facade of privacy. The only thing keeping me from making public screen shots of direct messages from colleagues, allies, friends and frenemies is... Continue Reading →
History will side with the ‘disrupters’
In my time, I have curated and organised my fair share of events. Events with exhibition halls, conferences in foreign countries, small roundtables and webcasts. I know what it is like to piece together a wish list of favoured speakers and have to balance that with the spokespeople from sponsors that bought their way onto... Continue Reading →