Startup in Estonia: #S2 E5 - Financial Technologies

In the fifth episode, we are focusing on financial technologies, covering the topic with Kaidi Ruusalepp, the CEO of Funderbeam and Norris Koppel, the CEO of Monese.

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Kaidi Ruusalepp is the founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the global funding and trading platform of private companies built on blockchain. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and the Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. She is also an Ex Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission.

Norris Koppel is the founder and CEO of Monese, an online banking platform that offers quick current account opening for all EU residents. Norris founded Monese after his first-hand experience of the hassle involved with opening a bank account in a new country. Prior to starting Monese, he built multiple FinTech companies in the UK.

The podcast is hosted by Joao Rei.

Topics covered in the episode:
  • How did Monese and Funderbeam get started?
  • The role of Blockchain in FinTechs
  • How to think outside the box in the financial sector?
  • How to build trust in the financial sector?
  • Expansion plans for Monese & Funderbeam
  • How do traditional banks look at FinTechs?

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Stay tuned for the next episode in two weeks!

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