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I moved to Queensland from our Sydney office some 5 years ago and back then the startup eco-system was almost non-existent. In order to connect the community somewhat, I started chapters of Silicon Beach on the Gold Coast & Brisbane at the end of 2011, which has a combined community of around 2,700 members.

You would have to be living under a rock in Sydney to miss the rumblings that a few digital consumer banks are on the way in Australia. Xinja just this week announced their entrance loudly to the market through their raise via Equitise. A new way to bank is coming to Australia. So when I recently travelled back to the UK I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down with one of the pioneers of New-age banking - Anne Boden. Anne is the CEO of Starling Bank the UK’s first ever “NeoBank” to provide a Current Account. Through our conversation we were able to discuss the creation of how NeoBanks came to be, why Anne decided to “just build a bank” and some great lessons along the way for future bank builders in Australia.

Fintech Inteviews: Spriggy

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In my final FinTech CEO interview, I sat down with Mario Hasanakos, co-CEO of Spriggy. Spriggy has been a true FinTech, startup success story, joining the first H2 accelerator back in 2015, and recently raising their Seed round of $2.5 million. Their much loved product educates young people on how to manage money with a prepaid Visa card linked to app that parents and kids use together.

I sat down with Mario to get his full cradle to Seed round story, and some insight into this experience.

In a world where technology is evolving faster than we ever thought possible, augmented reality is one of the most exciting new technologies people can’t take their eyes off. It’s predicted to generate more than $120 billion in revenue by the year 2020 and we’re only at the start of that journey.

Leading innovators like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Sony, have set the precedent for the future of AR through investments and strategic moves. Imagine a world where our environment comes to life through digital layers that give relevant, contextual information in real time; digital layers that enhance our real world. AR is precisely as it is defined: an augmented, or some might argue, improved, reality that we live in.

Plattar is a cloud-based platform that comprises a template driven app builder and easy to use drag-and-drop content management system for managing AR experiences, and can deploy content to any device. Plattar operates on a SaaS subscription model, and for larger projects provides bespoke content solutions and support. This combined with a custom consulting service makes for a powerful solution to enterprise and SMB clients. Plattar are currently working with some of the leading brands in the world.

After successfully completing their seed round and securing A$1.1million last year, Plattar is looking for an experienced COO to help take them through their next growth phase.

As the COO, you’ll be responsible for everything from developing a strategy that complements the vision set by the CEO to full responsibility of the P&L and Growth metrics. You’ll be managing a team and be hands on with driving the product roadmap. This is a chance to get in on the ground floor with one of the most exciting new technologies around and help build it into a global leader in the augmented reality market.

To be successful in this role you’ll need a strong, proven background in either product, sales/marketing, operations, consulting or relevant start-up experience and used to pitching and raising capital for a business.

If you want to find out more, please apply here.

Over the coming weeks, I will have the pleasure of sitting down with many of Australia’s leading FinTech CEOs. Each will be discussing the specific vertical of Financial Services they are looking at and share their insights.

For the first interview in this series, I sat down with the CEO of GROW Super, Josh Wilson, to discuss the stream of innovation that is occurring in the Superannuation vertical.

Tequila Valley

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Mexico City, or Ciudad de México, CDMX for short, is one of the largest cities in the world with over 22 million people and a lot of traffic. Over the past couple of decades the city has been going through major transitions and gentrification and today the city looks and feels modern and safe. This is especially true of the areas where I spent the majority of my time, Roma and Condesa, where most of the cities startups are located.