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 →
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 →
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 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 →
My Immigrant Story
A few years ago I sat in the back of a Black Cab in London. The driver was listening to a talk radio station. I was on my phone (I hate talking in cars - trust me, I am not being rude, it makes me a little nauseous). At a stop light the driver held... 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 →
‘Well, actually…’ – Navigating the future of our industry in the age of #MeToo
A few weeks ago the Financial Times exposed the story regarding the treatment of women at a charitable fundraiser held at the tony Dorchester Hotel in London. The women at the party told tales of being groped, plied with alcohol and being propositioned for sex. Having spent over 20 years working in banking and technology,... Continue Reading →
Flash cards for gender diversity!
A few years ago I was watching a show about celebrating the anniversary of Saturday Night Live. The show debuted in the US in 1975. Most of us today have seen SNL clips of Alec Baldwin gurning his way through his Trump impression and of Melissa McCarthy skewering former White House Press secretary Sean Spicer.... Continue Reading →