#65 Lee Hatton, Afterpay

Our good friend Lee Hatton from Afterpay joins Dexter Cousins as they discuss a world first partnership with Westpac.

Banking as a Service is real! Afterpay recently announced a landmark partnership with Westpac to provide a deposit account facility to Afterpay customers via the 10x/Westpac BaaS  platform.

It’s only six weeks since Lee was last on the show. Since then Afterpay has cemented their place as the jewel in Australia’s Fintech crown, by becoming an ASX top 20 company. And hitting new records with $2bn in underlying sales during the month of November!

It has been an incredible year for Nick Molnar, Anthony Eisen and the Afterpay team. Lee talks about 2020 highlights and what we can expect to see in 2021.

Lee also shares her thoughts on leadership and how the events of 2020 have challenged leaders like never before.

Find out more about Afterpay https://www.afterpay.com

#64 Fred Schebesta, Finder

Dexter Cousins chats to Fred Schebesta, Co-Founder of Finder and CEO of Schebesta Ventures on the FinTech Australia Podcast. 

Fred is a world-famous entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Finder, LinkedIn Top Voices of Australia 2020 and AFR Young Rich Lister.

It’s been another breakthrough year for Finder, with the launch of the Finder Money App. Fred talks us through the first 9 months, 100,000 users and the upcoming launch of their crypto product.

Fred chats about his newest venture, Schebesta Ventures, a programme where Fred shares his proven systems and strategies to help building realise their ideas and build successful businesses.

To find out more on Schebesta Ventures go to – https://www.fredschebesta.com/

To download the Finder App go to – https://www.finder.com.au/app

#63 Tim Cameron Transferwise

Dexter Cousins chats to Tim Cameron Australia Country Head, Transferwise on the FinTech Australia Podcast.

Transferwise is a world leading Fintech offering a cheaper, faster way to send money abroad.

It’s been a HUGE month for Transferwise in Australia, with APRA granting a Purchased Payments Facility license. Tim was also re-elected to the FinTech Australia board in 2020. We talk about the important role he and Transferwise is playing in making overseas transaction fees transparent and cheaper for Australians.

Transferwise have big growth plans in 2021, Tim talks Dexter through the 2021 strategy and shares his learnings from 2020. They also discuss the trends emerging in digital money and how COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of FinTech by several years.

Tune in for another bumper edition, candid chat and insights.

To transfer money instantly go to Transferwise

#62 Melissa Widner, Lighter Capital

Dexter Cousins is joined by Melissa Widner, CEO of Lighter Capital, the pioneer and leader in revenue based financing for tech start ups and scales ups. 

Seattle based Lighter Capital is backed by NAB and Silicon Valley Bank as well as US based VCs.   

Previously Melissa was the Managing Director of NAB Ventures, the VC arm of the National Australia Bank and a General Partner at Seattle based SeaPoint Ventures.  

She was the founder and CEO of 7Software, a Silicon Valley based enterprise software company acquired by Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR, acquired by SAP).  She was also the CEO of Northwest Industrial Supply.  Under her leadership, both companies generated over a 10X return to investors.  

She is the co-founder and Chairperson of Sydney based Heads Over Heels, an organisation that supports women entrepreneurs running companies with high growth potential. 

Melissa served as a lecturer at the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Business where she taught courses on venture capital and entrepreneurship. She was previously on the board of the AIC (AVCAL) and has served on the boards of several venture backed technology companies in both the US and Australia. 

For more info go to https://www.lightercapital.com/

#61 Danny Gilligan, Data Republic

Dexter Cousins is joined by Danny Gilligan CEO of Data Republic and Partner at ReInventure Group. 

It’s been a long time coming but we are delighted to bring to our listeners the insights of a true visionary in Danny.

As both a serial entrepreneur and experienced venture capitalist, Danny Gilligan is at the forefront of driving disruptive innovation in Data and Fintech. 

We talk about Data Republic and their revolutionary ‘data sandbox’.  Working with some of the world’s largest B2C brands including Singapore Airlines, ANZ and Westpac, Data Republic is helping companies encumbered by legacy technology innovate at warp speed.

Through Reinventure Group, co-founded with Simon Cant in 2013, Danny is pioneering a new model of corporate venture capital. We discuss the diversity and vision of Reinventure’s Fund across verticals such as data, payments, artificial intelligence, real estate, crime prevention and human resources.

Danny is also a founding director of Stone & Chalk, and founding director of peak industry body FinTech Australia.

So tune in and enjoy!

To discover data sharing 2.0 go to https://www.datarepublic.com/

#60 David M Brear, 11:FS

Dexter Cousins is joined by 11:FS CEO and Co-Founder, David M Brear.

As a good friend of the show and star guest of our second episode,  it seemed only right that we launch our 12 Fintech of Christmas special with David.

Digital Financials Services Is Only 1% Finished and this realisation has spurred David’s desire to establish an organisation that can actually support the industry through its greatest challenge.

11:FS is a challenger to the incumbent consultancies. We create innovative strategies and build out new propositions and ventures in the UK, US, Europe and Asia for some of the biggest brands on the planet. Alongside this 11:FS build in-house products from competitor benchmarking tools like 11:FS Pulse, to core banking and modern architecture systems like 11:FS Foundry.

In 4 years 11:FS has gone from zero brand and zero revenues to a multimillion a month business with one of the hottest brands in fintech all with zero external investment in the group. 

Join us as we talk about the year that was 2020, the impacts of Covid on the Fintech industry, the rise of BNPL and where the future of Fintech is headed.

David shares his leadership lessons of 2020 and his thoughts on what we can expect in 2021.

And if you want to tune in for the Afterdark debate on BNPL you can head over to https://info.11fs.com/after-dark-bnpl-debate

For more info on 11:FS – https://11fs.com/