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Talking Success: Connecting the Global FinTech Community

Talking Success: Connecting the Global FinTech Community

By TalentintheCloud
Talking Success: Connecting the Global FinTech Community is a podcast by TalentintheCloud, an Executive Search Firm specializing in FinTech talent. It’s hosted by Stacey Japhta and features the top CEO’s, Founders, Investors and Leaders in the FinTech industry where they dive into the highs and lows in their career, failed ventures, and latest trends. This podcast was created to inspire, teach and bring the FinTech community together. If you’re an industry fanatic or even a newbie to this whole FinTech thing, this podcast was made for you!
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Koen Vanpraet, Group CEO of PXP Financial – All things FinTech, tips on selling technology, & merging businesses
In this episode, we sit down with Koen Vanpraet, Group CEO of PXP Financial. PXP Financial aims to stay ahead of the game through innovation, new technologies and solutions to create a first-class payment experience for their customers. Koen discusses all things FinTech, tips on selling technology, and the challenge with merging two businesses.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Koen Vanpraet's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/koenpvanpraet/ PXP Financial's Website: https://www.pxpfinancial.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
26:40
December 18, 2020
Annette Evans, Head of People at GPS - All things FinTech, hiring the top software developers, & her experience as the first black female at GPS
In this episode, we sit down with Annette Evans, Head of People at GPS. Global Processing Services (GPS) is the trusted and proven go-to payments processing partner for today’s leading challenger brands. Annette discusses all things FinTech, how to hire the top software developers, and dives into her experience as the first black female at GPS.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Annette Evan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annetteankrah/ GPS's Website: https://www.globalprocessing.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
30:16
December 11, 2020
Tom Higgins, CEO & Founder of Gold-i - All things FinTech, how to get through ups and downs in the market, & how to validate a good business idea
In this episode, we sit down with Tom Higgins, CEO and founder of Gold-i. Gold-i has transformed the global retail FX trading market by providing retail brokers with the same execution and risk management tools as institutional brokers at a fraction of the cost. Tom discusses all things FinTech, how to get through ups and downs in the market, and how to validate a good business idea. TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Tom Higgin's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomhiggins-forexliquiditysolutions/ Gold-i's Website: https://www.gold-i.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
26:56
November 27, 2020
Mike Scott, CEO & Co-founder of NONA - All things FinTech, delegating as a remote CEO, & how to improve your daily routine
In this episode, we sit down with Mike Scott, CEO & Co-founder of NONA. NONA helps funded businesses accelerate their software projects. Mike discusses all things FinTech, delegating as a remote CEO, and how to improve your daily routine.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Mike Scott's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeadamscott/ NONA's Website: https://nona.digital/# Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/  
36:40
November 11, 2020
Paul Kent, CEO & Co-founder of Adumo - All things FinTech, Insourcing vs Outsourcing, & growing market share and diversifying through acquisitions
In this episode, we sit down with Paul Kent, CEO and co-founder of Adumo. Adumo is a Fintech with a vision to create an open and fair payment industry that drives economic inclusion and economic growth. Paul discusses all things FinTech, insourcing vs outsourcing, and growing market share and diversifying through acquisitions. TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Paul Kent's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulkentsa/ Sureswipe's Website: https://www.sureswipe.co.za/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
19:52
October 30, 2020
Fiona Roach Canning, Co-founder, Chief Product & Marketing Officer of Pollinate - All things FinTech, diversifying your talent pool, & work/life balance
On this episode, we sit down with Fiona Roach Canning, Co-founder, Chief Product & Marketing Officer of Pollinate. Pollinate is a software business, focused on reinventing merchant acquiring for banks around the world. Fiona discusses all things FinTech, how Pollinate is diversifying their talent pool, & finding that work/life balance during these new times.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Fiona Roach Canning's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fionacanning/ Pollinate's Website: https://www.pollinate.co.uk/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
29:53
October 22, 2020
Mandy Hickson, Motivational Speaker, author, & one of the first female fighter pilots - How to improve communication with teams & tips on becoming a motivational speaker
In this episode, we sit down with Mandy Hickson, Motivational Speaker, author of An Officer, Not a Gentleman, and one of the first female fighter pilots. Mandy shares stories about her journey as a fighter pilot, how to improve communication within teams, and advice on how to become a motivational speaker.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Mandy Hickson's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandyhickson/ Buy Mandy's book, An Officer, Not a Gentleman: https://www.amazon.com/Officer-Not-Gentleman-inspirational-pioneering/dp/B089M3ZL6G Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
28:30
October 8, 2020
Gregory Malgras, Head of Western Europe at MANGOPAY.com - All things FinTech, globalizing a local product, & calculating risk
In this episode, we sit down with Gregory Malgras, Head of Western Europe at MANGOPAY.com. MANGOPAY.com is an end-to-end payment solution for Marketplaces, Crowdfunding, and Fintech platforms. Gregory discusses all things FinTech, how to globalize a local product, and how to calculate the risk before accepting a job offer.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Gregory Malgras' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-malgras/ MANGOPAY.com's Website: https://www.mangopay.com Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
27:11
October 2, 2020
Daniel Döderlein, CEO & Founder of Auka - All things FinTech, launching a product directly to the market, & the steps to finding the right talent
In this episode, we sit down with Daniel Döderlein, CEO & Founder of Auka. Auka developed the first mobile payment platform in the Nordics (mCASH) and launched the first mobile payment solution in Norway. Daniel discusses all things FinTech, his experience with launching a product directly to the market, and the steps to finding the right talent.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Daniel Döderlein's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doderlein/ Auka's Website: https://auka.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
28:51
September 22, 2020
Joakim Sjöblom, CEO & Founder of Minna Technologies - All things FinTech, how to get your ideas in front of banks, & tips on working with the banking industry
In this episode, we sit down with Joakim Sjöblom, CEO & Founder of Minna Technologies. Minna Technologies is an innovation partner to retail banks a mission to bring power to the modern consumer. Joakim discusses all things FinTech, how to get your ideas in front of banks, and tips on working with the banking industry.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Joakim Sjöblom's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjoblomjoakim/ Minna Technologies' Website: https://minnatechnologies.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
15:45
August 21, 2020
Hamish Houston, MD Southern Africa of Network International - All things FinTech, tips on interviewing, & what it takes to be successful in sales
In this episode, we sit down with Hamish Houston, MD Southern Africa of Network International. For over 20 years, Network International has delivered innovative solutions that drive revenue and profitability for their customers. They provide a robust suite of payment products and services that are on the cutting edge of technology development. Hamish discusses all things FinTech, tips on interviewing, and what it takes to be successful in sales.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Hamish Houston's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamishhouston/ Network International's Website: https://www.network.ae/en Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
27:28
August 12, 2020
Yamandou Alexander, CEO & Founder of Makeba - All things FinTech, how to expand your business and product into Africa, & the informal market going digital
In this episode, we sit down with Yamandou Alexander, CEO & Founder of Makeba. Makeba goes beyond moving money forward for their customers and offers them innovative products that solve their most acute pain points. Yamandou discusses all things FinTech, dives into how to expand your business and product into Africa, & how to get the informal market to go digital. TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Yamandou Alexander's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yamandou/ Makeba's Website: https://makeba.money/us-eng/index.html Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
27:14
July 13, 2020
Leanne Bonner-Cooke, CEO & Founder of e-Bate Limited - All things FinTech, how to get investors, and tips for digitizing your business
In this episode, we sit down with Leanne Bonner-Cooke, CEO & Founder of e-Bate Limited. e-Bate is an affordable SaaS solution for decision-makers who need to implement and gain control of Rebate Management quickly, improving margins and reducing risk, through data insights. Leanne discusses all things FinTech, how to get investors, and tips for digitizing your business.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Leanne Bonner-Cooke's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leannecooke/ e-Bate's Website: https://www.e-bate.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
24:43
July 10, 2020
Angy Watson, Chief Strategy Officer of Tutuka - All things FinTech, the advice CEOs & young professionals seek from a certified coach, & how to leverage previous experiences
In this episode, we sit down with Angy Watson, Chief Strategy Officer of Tutuka. Tutuka simplifies the complicated world of card processing with APU technology that allows millions of Visa, Mastercard, and UnionPay transactions to be processed around the world. Angy discusses all things FinTech, shares the advice CEOs & young professionals both seek from a certified coach and gives tips on how to leverage previous experiences.  Angy Watson's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angy-watson-banks-7999b940/ Tutuka's Website: https://www.tutuka.com/ TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
26:33
July 2, 2020
Lee Ann Lancaster, Chief Growth Officer at Mama Money - All things FinTech, how to scale your business, & how to navigate the world when the cards are not stacked in your favor
In this episode, we chat with Lee An Lancaster, Chief Growth Officer at Mama Money. Mama Money provides an easy, safe, and low-cost way for foreign nationals to send money home to support their families. Lee Ann dives into all things FinTech, how to scale your business, and how to navigate the world when the cards are not stacked in your favor.  Lee Ann Lancaster's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeannlancaster1/ Mama Money's Website: https://www.mamamoney.co.za/ TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
27:04
June 26, 2020
Busi Mavunga, Founder and Inclusion strategist at Inclusiion Fusion - All things FinTech, what businesses look for when choosing FinTech products, and leaving corporate
In this episode, we chat with Busi Mavunga, Founder and Inclusion strategist at Inclusiion Fusion, and EnTEApreneur of loveTEAtime. Inclusiion Fusion drives digital, financial, gender, cultural, and racial inclusion through different initiatives across Africa. We chat about all things FinTech, what businesses look for when choosing FinTech products, and what gave her the courage to leave corporate to give her side hustle everything it deserved.  Busi Mavunga's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/busisiwemavunga/ Inclusiion Fusion Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inclusiion.co.za/ loveTEAtime Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveteatime.co.za/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
23:45
June 18, 2020
Jason Sive, Founder & CEO of Mobicred - All things FinTech, right time to launch a product, and getting to know your customers
In this episode, we chat with Jason Sive, CEO & Founder of Mobicred. The Mobicred platform is integrated into eCommerce sites, providing customers with a real-time secure facility to use across 2000 online stores in South Africa. Jason goes into all things FinTech, knowing the right time to launch a product and the importance of getting to know your customers.  Mobicred's website: https://mobicred.co.za/ TalentintheCloud's website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
16:07
June 4, 2020
Daniel Isaacs, CFO of Comcorp - All things FinTech, getting a promotion, and financial planning for businesses
In this episode, we chat with Daniel Isaacs, CFO of Comcorp. Comcorp is a proprietary software company that has serviced the South African financial services industry since 1994. Their focus is on digital onboarding, system integration, and operating industry platforms. Daniel goes into all things FinTech, talks about how to get that promotion and gives tips on financial planning for businesses. Daniel's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-isaacs-a32800113/ Comcorp's Website: http://www.comcorp.co.za/ TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
21:30
May 28, 2020
Brett Dyason, Co Founder & CEO of Hepstar - All things FinTech, scaling a business, and tips working with remote teams
In this episode, we chat with Brett Dyason, Co-Founder & CEO of Hepstar. Hepstar provides global supply and merchandising for travel ancillaries (travel accommodation insurance, cancellation waivers, global Wi-Fi, eSIM, and other similar products) to OTA’s, TravelTech companies, and airlines through their B2B based API technology. Hepstar focuses on helping their partners increase their ancillary revenues per booking. They are a global tech company that works with a range of global travel distributors like CarTrawler, Travix, AeroCRS, Gulf Air, turna.com, and Travelstart Group. Brett goes into all things FinTech, talks about how to scale a business, and gives tips on working with remote teams.  Brett Dyason's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettdyason/ Hepstar's Website: https://www.hepstar.com/ TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
33:08
May 22, 2020
Viola Llewellyn, President & Co-Founder of Ovamba Solutions - All things FinTech, disaster planning & advice for women leaders
In this episode, we sit down with Viola Llewellyn, President & Co-Founder of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award-winning African “TradeTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies for Banks and Central Banks so that they can serve emerging market SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant trade finance products. Viola discusses all things FinTech, how she helps African businesses with disaster planning, and dives into her passion for women leaders.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Viola Llewellyn's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vallewellyn/ Ovamba's Website: https://www.ovamba.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
29:11
May 14, 2020
Hannalie Marsh, MD of Wirecard Solutions - All things FinTech, markets adopting cardless payments & how to climb the corporate ladder
On this episode, we sit down with Hannalie Marsh, MD for Wirecard Solutions South Africa, looking after the Sub-Saharan African region. Hannalie discusses all things FinTech, how each market adopts to new technologies differently, and how to climb the corporate ladder. TalentintheCloud’s Webiste: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Hannalie Marsh’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannalie-marsh-3b31385/ Wirecard’s Webiste: https://www.wirecard.com/ Stacey Japhta’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
28:22
May 3, 2020
Swati Safeda, CDO of Nimble Group - All things FinTech, changing career paths, and importance of mentors
In this episode, we sit down with Swati Safeda, Chief Digital Officer at Nimble Group. Nimble Group provides Advisory, Outsourcing, and Asset Management services and capabilities into the Consumer, Corporate and Property markets in Southern Africa. In this episode, we discuss all things FinTech, changing career paths, and the importance of mentors.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Swati Safeda's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/swatimooruth/ Nimble Group's Website: http://nimblegroup.co.za/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
28:57
April 29, 2020
How to increase transaction volumes & retain your merchants in a downturn workshop - with Darren Franks, Andreas Demleitner & Simon Hardie
In this episode, we sit down with Darren Franks, CEO & Founder of TalentintheCloud, Andreas Demleitner, Co-Founder of Peach Payments & Simon Hardie, CEO & Founder of Findexable. Today we have a recording of our 1st of 6 series workshop - How to increase transaction volumes & retain your merchants in a downturn. Link to all Media (including the video recording of webinars): https://talentinthecloud.io/about-our-company/media/  Andreas Demleitner's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreasdemleitner/  Simon Hardie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-hardie-6b048a3/ Darren Franks' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenfranks/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/ TalentintheCloud's website: https://talentinthecloud.io/
01:31:26
April 22, 2020
Anino Emuwa, Founder of Avandis Consulting - All things FinTech, Women Empowerment, and overcoming downturns
In this episode, we sit down with Dr Anino Emuwa, Founder of Avandis Consulting. Avandis Consulting is a France based company with an office in Lagos working with entrepreneurs and business leaders to provide wide-ranging individualized solutions for complex strategy and financing needs. In this episode, we discuss all things FinTech, women empowerment and overcoming downturns.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Anino Emuwa's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-anino-emuwa/ Avandis COnsulting Website: http://avandisconsulting.com/ Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
31:29
April 16, 2020
Kevin Mutiso, Founder of Alternative Circle - All things FinTech, Entrepreneurial advice, African Founders, Zero Sum Game
In this episode, we sit down with Kevin Mutiso, Founder of Alternative Circle. Alternative Circle is a Kenyan based company that is a channel for financial institutions to provide digital financial services to micro-entrepreneurs through the SHIKA app. Kevin discusses all things FinTech, gives entrepreneurial advice, thoughts on African founders and the Zero-Sum Game.  TalentintheCloud's Website: https://talentinthecloud.io/ TalentintheCloud's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talentinthecloud/ Kevin Mutiso's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmutiso/ Alternative Circle Website: http://www.alternativecircle.com/ Kevin Mutiso's Blog: https://medium.com/@kevin.mutiso Stacey Japhta's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceyjaphta/
29:10
April 12, 2020