EP21: Innovate or Die! #MakerZone

December 13, 2016

Come with us to get an Insider View and meet the Startup Rock-Stars at StartupBootCamp London! What is a Startup Accelerator? How do you super-charge a Startup giving them 18-months of growth in only 3 months? How do you vet down 2,300 companies to select down to 20 for grueling interviews and 10 startups who get proper acceleration. (skip ahead to 16:00 for a quick Whiteboard session on this!). What are the hot areas in Euro-FinTech 2017? Should FinTech startups outsource their Tech stacks? Today we cover a lot of ground - so buckle up for more super-premium high-quality content!

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EP.20: How to Screw Up Innovation & Waste Millions #MakerZone

December 9, 2016

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." – Leo Tolstoy
"I know a company that hired 600-700 people to build a project better than a startup, and where are they now?" Listen to Devie Mohan rip apart corporate innovation processes. She took the road less traveled: combining market research, computer engineering, marketing & branding strategy together to give banks and FinTechs the knowledge they need to launch new value propositions that have impact.

"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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EP. 19: How to Succeed in Fintech (The Fintech Book) #MakerZone

December 2, 2016

"If you're going to be playing seriously in this game - you gotta play with big boys and big girls." - Nicole Anderson (Co-Founder of Fintech Circle Innovate)

Nicole Anderson & Susanne Chisti are some of the smartest women I've met in the fintech game, and WOW, do they have the "hustle" factor! Nicole rushed to her stage keynote 5 minutes after we clicked the off-switch.

Episode 19 features in-depth insights from the two senior business leaders who founded The FINTECH CIRCLE (LinkedIn group with over 17k members). The conversation is super rich and dynamic in terms of the business maturity and guts it takes to create truly new value propositions in banking.

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Ep.18: FinTech Made in Switzerland #MakerZone

November 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered, why don't corporate's open up their incubators to the outside world and host some real start-ups? Well, that's exactly what SIX (the Swiss Stock Exchange) did in 2016. SIX recently opened its F10 accelerator to help promote and develop fintech startups from around the world but with a focus on Switzerland.

In today's episode I meet Andreas Iten (@pouderi) and Thomas Landis (@landis34) who founded this great initiative. I wanted to get a first idea about what these guys are up to and how myself and others can best collaborate with F10.

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Ep. 17: What Is Wealth? #MakerZone

November 22, 2016

Clients see their total wealth as their businesses, real estate, aircraft, collectibles, art and family heirlooms - but bankers only want to talk about research, stock markets and trading financial instruments.

In today’s #MakerZone we have a good conversation with Douglas Azar, a fintech entrepreneur and investment advisor. This is another real-life example of how a wealth management startup (Wealthinitiative AG) is changing the game with their platform supporting top tier wealth management institutions and family offices. Wealthinitiative internally matches their clients’ requests (buying and selling) in real estate, art, passion investments and business deals.

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Ep. 16: Why Amazon Alexa Really Matters for Banks

November 16, 2016

Clients see their total wealth as their businesses, real estate, aircraft, collectibles, art and family heirlooms - but bankers only want to talk about research, stock markets and trading financial instruments.

In today’s #MakerZone we have a good conversation with Douglas Azar, a fintech entrepreneur and investment advisor. This is another real-life example of how a wealth management startup (Wealthinitiative AG) is changing the game with their platform supporting top tier wealth management institutions and family offices. Wealthinitiative internally matches their clients’ requests (buying and selling) in real estate, art, passion investments and business deals.

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Ep. 15: There’s Fintech in Africa? #MakerZone

November 14, 2016

You always hear fintech startups based out of London, Singapore and SF, but Kingali, RWANDA? Today we bring in the most interesting man in African Fintech - Louis-Antoine Muhire. As the founder of MERGIMS (a payment platform for basic services) - he's one of the pioneers of transformation in the the African financial technology scene.

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Ep. 14: Startups & Corporates Working Together (Real-Life Case Study) #MakerZone

November 11, 2016

Many in the fintech world have the notion that corporations and startups can’t mutually benefit from each other without one buying out the other. Startups are therefore reluctant to partner with larger, more established companies. In this #MakerZone we talk about The Suprise Club working together with a big bank to improve client relations.

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Ep 13: Christina Kehl, The Queen of Fintech #Makerzone

October 27, 2016
In three short years since moving to Switzerland, she co-founded InsurTech startup Knip, completed a Series B led by Route 66 Ventures and obtained over 600,000+ downloads. On top of that, she's recently been named one of Europe's Top 100 Female Founders by Forbes as well as PwC's 40 Under 40 Women in Business. 

On this #MakerZone, Christina Kehl joins us to give us value on short topics like Switzerland as a startup hub, corporate innovation, how governments should support fintech's and banks, working with regulators, crypto-valley and the future of the finance hubs.
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