50: Steve Weston, Volt Bank 2.0

Dexter Cousins is joined by Steve Weston CEO and Co-Founder of Volt Bank.

It’s been a wild ride for Volt, as it has every neo bank! Volt have carved the path for a banking revolution as Australia’s first new bank of the millennia and the first ‘Neo bank’ to be granted a full banking license in Australia.

Tune in for a candid chat with Steve where we talk about the challenges of making the Neo Bank model work. Expect to see Volt hit the market with new consumer products in early 2021 and the Beta savings product is in market now.

The world has changed and the future of banking is uncertain. Steve shares the Volt 2.0 strategy which sees them partner with Microsoft to provide banking as a service to any business wishing to sell financial products.

It’s a strategy that will help Volt scale globally and at an exponential rate.

Impressive partnerships with Salesforce and Paypal in place gives Volt bank the opportunity to strike (excuse the pun, totally intended.)

Go to https://www.voltbank.com.au/

Ep 47: Daniel Wearne, Up

Dexter Cousins is joined by Dan Wearne, Head of Design at Up in celebration of Up’s 2nd Birthday.

It’s been an incredible two years since I attended the Up Bank launch party in October 2018. I was greeted at the door by Dan who instantly transferred $50 onto my Up account.

What I then witnessed was the birth of the Neo Bank in Australia. Since launch Dan has been instrumental in some world leading innovations in mobile banking. ‘Pull to save’ and giving Up Bank users their own API’s are just two innovations we discuss.

While Dom Pym is a great front man for the Up Band, he’ll be the first to tell you how talented his team are. And so it felt only right that with Up celebrating 2 years we shine the spotlight on Dan.

Find out more https://up.com.au

Ep 46: Aris Allegos, Moula

Dexter Cousins is joined by Aris Allegos , CEO and co-founder of Moula to talk about innovation in startups.

Aris is driven by the desire to provide Australian SMEs with a better way to access finance. Growing up around a family business, he experienced first-hand the challenges faced by SMEs. Before Moula, Aris spent over 15 years working in banking in London and Hong Kong, including roles with Credit Suisse and Nomura.

Moula is one of Australia’s most successful Fintech and part of the Governments SME lending scheme. An initiative between banks, government and Fintech to provide business loans to companies impacted by Covid.

Aris talks about the fast maturing Fintech sector in Australia, collaboration with govt and big banks and how Moula continues to innovate. It turns out you have to work really hard to keep innovating and it isn’t something that happens just because you are small and agile.

To find out more go to https://Moula.com.au

Ep 45: Angus Woods Adviser Ratings

Dexter is joined by Angus Woods, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Adviser Ratings.

Launched in 2014 Adviser Ratings puts the entire world of financial advisers and online advice tools at your finger tips.

It is an easy to use and transparent online platform which empowers customers and provides a valuable independent mechanism of consumer feedback for the industry.

The business has now pivoted to become a Data player and Dexter talks to Angus about their new partnership with the ASX.

Dexter and Angus recall how back in 2014, they talked about launching Adviser Ratings idea in a coffeeshop! Since then Angus has brought in major Advisers like David Koch and resisted the urge to sell out to a major bank.

If you like podcasts to be authentic, you’ll love this one!

You can find out more https://www.adviserratings.com.au/

And if you’re a financial adviser https://www.adviserratings.com.au/join/

The Finnies finalists 2020

Tier One People up against DLA Piper and King and Wood Mallesons for the Excellence in FinTech Support Services.

The award recognises the support services that have provided the highest level of assistance to fintechs in their operation and growth or a business that helps drive the growth of the fintech community through physical infrastructure (space), connections and capital.

We are up against consulting firms, legal support, accounting, technology companies and incubators/hubs/co-working spaces, accelerators and investment firms.

This is the first year an Executive Search firm has been nominated for the award. And to say we are delighted is an under statement. To be recognised by your peers and the people you serve is a huge honour and we are immensely proud to be up there against such strong competition.

Finnies 2020 promises to be the biggest and best yet!

Given the restrictions the event will be a mix of virtual and in person events. There’ll be a live transmission from The Studio (where we host the FinTech Australia Podcast.) Stone and Chalk will be holding small live events in Sydney and Adelaide.

People are also encouraged to host their own events and office parties. Fintech Australia will be shipping Alcohol and goodies if you host your own office event. We are already hearing of some cool waterfront venues being booked out here in Sydney!

And if you prefer to celebrate from home First 100 registrations will receive an exclusive gift box with goodies, alcohol discounts, sponsor gifts and other offers.

You can register for the Finnies here

You decide the winners.

And in an effort to get everyone involved, two categories this year will go to the people’s choice awards. You can vote for your favourite Fintech and help them get bonus points if you listen to their exclusive show on our special Finnies Podcast.

But be fast, you can only listen to the shows 7th – 14th October!

Vote now for Emerging Fintech of the year and Fintech of the year

Ep 44: Doug Morris, Sharesight

Dexter Cousins talks to Doug Morris CEO of Sharesight on the FinTech Australia Podcast.

Sharesight is an award-winning portfolio tracker used by over 150,000 investors around the world to accurately track their performance, dividends, and tax.

Coming from humble beginnings (an excel spreadsheet!) Sharesight is a privately (family) owned Fintech. With partners including Morningstar, ASX and CMC Markets, the tool plugs in to Xero and other accounting software through API’s.

Started by Kiwis Tony and Scott Ryburn (father and son) in 2008, Sharesight is a business you can’t help but admire. It has grown steadily and sustainably, setting solid foundations as it enters the next phase of growth.

Doug talks through his experiences of being a CEO in a family owned Fintech, Sharesights plans for growth and his tips on hiring for startups.

You can find out more https://www.sharesight.com/au/

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