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10 Fintech CEOs any bank should hire. Not sure AT ALL they would go, though…

Another list, this time about Founders & CEOs.
I am in the plane flying back from amazing Cape Town, after the Local Innotribe challenge and once again intrigued by the entrepreneurs talent and the drivers that push them to be different, to stand up, to take risks, to look for something that is not done yet.
This is not a “top 10 whatever”, rather a list of people I had the opportunity to meet in the past months and one day I would love to put all of them together in a room and create something new, like a CEO Hackaton. Could be amazing !

Yoni Assia
eToro CEO, guru of innovation in capital markets and extremely focused entrepreneur.
I like his irony, his openness and the fact he is never short of smile on his face.
Yoni could have done anything in life, anything that requires an exceptional intelligence.
Yoni is a pioneer, copied by many now and he is no short of creativity, vision and an exceptional feeling for the best customer experience.

Marc Dowds
Marc, CEO of Trov, is discover of my friend Peter(Van) at one of the Sibos(Es) – I think it was Toronto – and we talked about ideas for hours… Since then, we spend more time in trying to meet than actually meeting. Marc is a tech enthusiast. Someone who knows how to build – and exit, for sure – businesses and he has the power to explain with an irresistible clarity the most complex issue. Love his brain and how strong is our bond even without seeing each other much

Thomas Deluca
Thomas – CEO, Former AMP now… 2 different names will let him explain – and I met for the 1st time at the Gym of an IFC event. Then Innotribe, then we (SBT) became his main investor in the first round. Thomas is not the typical startupper. He is a business builder and inspires the confidence a financial institution needs to trust his company.
Humbleness, vision and cleverness in the same person. I love it.

DJ Didonna
DJ – CEO, EPL – is also an Innotribe Alumni. The passion for what his idea does is very deep and so is the understanding on the market. He knows – extremely important – how to surround himself with talent. DJ is driven by his mission, not by the money, which makes his personality really special.

Jilliene Hillmann
CEO, Realty Mogul, Jilliene is a true strong personality combine with an achiever mindset that makes her really special. I spoke also about her in the Fintech Women post few weeks ago. Her assertiveness, her expertise and the way she communicates what she does make her really special. I was captivated the minute she started presenting, I still remember it.

Shivani Siroya
Also starred in another post, Shivani is the co-founder of Inventure. She looks like a university student but is an illuminated CEO, driven by the impact that her start-up is bringing to the lives of developing markets people. So bright.

Alex Sion
Moven co-founder, not an easy place to be as Brett is taking a lot of place (and the reason why I don’t feature Brett as an entrepreneur is the reason why I don’t call Roger Federer a Tennisman). Alex is a powerful tech savvy with great marketing skills. Rare combination.

Paolo Galvani
Italian international entrepreneur, Founder of MoneyFarm, very competitive market, Paolo inspires trust and breath cleverness. Not because we have the same passport, I promise.

Michael Kent
No Bullshit CEO of Azimo, I love Michael. Pragmatic, market savvy to the max, smart and could teach many VC partners on how to conduct DD on startups.
I also – simply – love his style and the velocity at which his mind works.

Robert Bell
Rob – CEO, KlickEx – is a fantastic person to start with and so brilliant that sometimes he needs a translator to really make himself understood. (Although a translator should have very high IQ as well). We have met so many times. I coached his pitch as many times and yet he keeps changing and being more and more successful with his idea. A Genius Entrepreneur.

More to come

 

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Matteo

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