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The Untold Stories of Change
45 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Robert Hadfield: Key Learnings in Finance Operations
43 minutes | May 30, 2021
Jenny Herald on using OKRs to achieve better company results
Jenny Herald's career started in the US Air Force and US Navy subsequently. Though her background is mainly in finance and operations, she has found her true calling in Wunderlist and later Microsoft, where she led and supported product teams, crafted and executed the product strategy to deliver one of the most popular to-do applications in the world. During our conversation, we talked about what working in the navy taught Jenny on the importance of customer success; moving from California to Berlin and the importance of making decisions from a clear mind; Why OKRs matter, and what most companies worry about the most? ; How can financial managers benefit from using OKRs? ; Gtmhub's unique approach to building an OKR software and other topics.
31 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Louisa Murray on the Evolution of Banking and Her Path from Trading to Operations
Today's guest is Louisa Murray. Louisa is a Chief Operations Officer at Railsbank which is Payhawk's partner e-money institution.Louisa's career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector. She made her mark early on as one of the first female derivative traders at Barclays and CIBC and has been recently named a 'Rising Woman in Crypto' by Wirex and The Fintech Times.During our conversation, we also discussed: the role of banks and how it has changed over the years; financial managers in the world of open banking; the importance of real-time financial models; the value of EMI and Raisbank in particular, and Louisa's current role as Chief Operating Officer.
33 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Jean-Christophe on Growth Marketing and Reinventing How Companies Deliver Value
In this episode, Jean-Cristophe, founder of Mad Kings, talks about his journey from programming to business and his trip to Silicon Valley that inspired him to found his first company - Pictawall, which served clients like Tomorrowland. During our conversation, we also talk about his transition from traditional to digital marketing; founding a company based on the growth hacking methodology; filtering ideas; changing company culture; common mistakes in implementing the growth marketing strategy; challenges in expense management, and Mad Kings' vision for the online economy. Jean-Cristophe is the Co-creator of the Growth Marketing Canvas and Founder of the Mad Kings growth agency. His background is in business and IT, and now he’s mainly focused on helping companies implementing Growth Marketing methodology.
53 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
Roland Manger on Challenging Investors’ Biases & The Promise of Emerging Europe
Roland Manger, Co-Founder & Partner at EarlyBird, started his career as an entrepreneur when he joined Cybernet, providing enterprise-grade Internet service all across Germany. The company eventually became the first Internet-related company in the country that went public. Roland moves on to start one of the best-performing venture capital firms focusing on early-stage investments in Europe - Earlybird. During that time, there was a gold rush and hundreds of similar companies raising capital. However, according to Roland, it was their systematic approach and insight that led Earlybird to stand out and become one of the top-performing VCs in Europe. During our conversation, Roland also shared what some common investors’ biases are; why and how he started the Digital East Fund; his focus and vision for Emerging Europe; the importance of anticipating change; what it takes to be a good founder, and his experience with Payhawk.
23 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Gijs Spaans on Growing the LIFEAID Brand
Gijs is the European director at the LIFEAID beverage company. Gijs started out as a professional soldier in the military and then eventually moved into sports and Crossfit training & fitness in particular. He quickly fell in love with the entrepreneurial side of training. He has owned several gyms and supported online shops in the meantime.During our conversation, he shares how he started working for LIFEAID, grew the business in Europe, and sustained it in the toughest times of Corona.
42 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Hristo Borisov - A story of change
In this episode, Hristo Borisov, founder at Payhawk, takes us for a look behind the curtains of a Techfin startup. During our conversation, he shares the journey that led him to programming and eventually to becoming a product manager in Telerik. He then tells the story of how he left the security of a well-paid job in a big company to create the product that will ultimately make him most proud - Payhawk.
17 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Raquel Orejas - The Path from International Development to Customer Success
How did someone from Spain who spent the majority of their career working on international development end up in a Bulgarian fintech company? Raquel was brave enough to share her story. In the first episode of the Untold Stories of Change, you will find out how her early life influenced her career ; why she studied business but spent the majority of her career in international development ; what was it like to enter the world of startups ; the tools she uses when she's overwhelmed.
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