About Me

I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts on the current technology driven revolution taking place in the banking, investment and payments industry, otherwise known as ‘fintech’.  It’s changing the way we access and use financial services and banking products, bringing greater choice and power to consumers and small businesses alike.

My blog is my research, conducted in the wild, and shared with you. I love the inflection point where fintech collides with the social, economic and cultural shifts happening all around us. So this is what I tend to write about – plus brainstorm the odd product ideas every now and then too.

And on that front, I have too many ideas, so I figure it’s better to set them free, in the hope someone else (like you!) will take them, nurture them and, if it seems like they can grow into something better, make them happen! Ideas build on ideas, after all.

My Background

Between 2017 and 2019 I co-founded and was CEO of a fintech wealth startup, Zuper, successfully selling the business and achieving my first ‘exit’. Zuper helps young Australians invest their retirement savings in industries they are passionate about, save money and combine multiple accounts in the click of a button. At Zuper we were fascinated by the intersection of AI, investing and behavioural psychology, and its impact on shaping the $2.7 trillion pension market in Australia.

(NB: If you’re visiting this page from farther afield than Australia (like the US or UK), simply substitute superannuation for 401K or the pension. It’s all pretty much the same thing!)

Prior to Zuper – between 2009 to 2017 – I worked for Australia’s most successful fintech startup, Tyro. We started out specialising in payments, way before anyone believed tech heads could be successful selling finance products. In late 2015 we landed a full banking licence and raised $100M, making us the first true fintech to break into the challenger banking space.

While at Tyro I worked my way through sales, business development, marketing and product. Over the course of 2016 and the first half of 2017 I led the Go To Market team responsible for growing Tyro’s first deposit and lending books from scratch. Working in conjunction with the technical product leads and the credit team, we built a fully automated end-to-end on boarding platform that allowed a small businesses to activate a business bank account and accept up to $120K in funding in less than 60 seconds.

In 2019 I was awarded Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year, at the prestigious Finnie Awards, hosted by Australia’s preeminent fintech body, Fintech Australia.

Speaking

I’m regularly called upon to chair panels or present an insiders view of the fintech world in Australia. Here are some of my previous engagements

Previous speaking engagements

Millennial 20/20 14 -15 November 2017, Sydney. Give ’em what they want: Finance products of the future

Intersekt: Australia’s first Fintech Festival 2 – 3 November 2017, Melbourne. The Changing Super Game – Making the most of Australia’s strengths in Super.

IGCC 2017 Summit – Investor Group on Climate Change 9 -10 October 2017, Melbourne. Here come the start ups! A look at how new innovations in battery storage, ntech and other areas are changing the way we operate and disrupting different sectors in the economy.

IIA International Conference 2017 23 – 26 July 2017, Sydney. Digital Mobile Payments: What Does the Future Hold?

ISACA Sydney Chapter Governance 10 May 2017, Sydney. Governance considerations for a Fintech organisation

Next Money Fintech Finals 2017 Hong Kong – The (Fintech) World is Flat: – Postcards from 8 diverse fintech markets. Watch my presentation!

Payments NZ Conference 2016 – Auckland, New Zealand – Dynamics Network Panel.

Contact me

If you’d like to get in touch about consulting, media commentary or paid speaking opportunities then please contact me via linkedin, twitter or email. You can also subscribe to my blog and have my fintech commentary delivered straight to your inbox.