Well folks, it’s happened. The Inaugural MitchelLake Table Tennis Doubles Championship™ launched just over one week ago, and what a Championship it was!
Regardless of our age, we’ve all been exposed to a James Bond. Whether it was Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or my personal favorite Pierce Brosnan (yes there are plenty of others, but these are my top 3) we all know they each carry a certain swagger, as well as an ability to fully immerse themselves in the character they're playing in their respective mission (IF they chose to accept it!).
Last week, Frog Valley presented a Venture Capital-focused event at CAPCO with a panel of experts, looking to the year ahead. The panel comprised of Jeff Tijssen - Head of Fintech and Digital Partnerships at Capco; Gary Stewart -Director of Wayra UK; Cornel Chiriac - Managing Partner of London Venture Factory; and Fernando Valda - Investment Director at Nord Engine Capital. Below are the biggest takeaways from the evening.
“If we don’t get our act together and open up banking, the next-gen banking will not be here.” Jost Stollmann, Tyro
Over the past six months, I have been fortunate to work with many of the businesses and thought leaders that are shaping the future of FinTech in Australia. I recently stated my perspective of the FinTech ecosystem in Australia drawing contrasts to the growth I witnessed back home in the UK. This week, instead of spouting my own opinion, I was able to sit down with the leaders that I look up to; those that are pioneering FinTech in this country. Here, we are able to look back at the industry over the last 12 months in Australia and reflect on the year that was and what we can expect from the year ahead.
After a whirlwind 3 months in Southeast Asia (revisit Gemma’s time in Phnom Penh here, it was time to embrace winter in Europe. Luckily the transition was relatively smooth as we were based in the coastal town of Split where our workspace overlooked the Adriatic Sea and temperatures were mild enough for morning bike rides or hikes and beautiful sunsets in the evening.
So, 2016 is well and truly over. And what an absolutely crazy year it was. BREXIT actually happened. Donald Trump actually got elected to lead the United States of America. Andy Murray won Wimbledon again, and became the world number one tennis player (Tennis is a common theme of my posts. If you haven’t read me compare tennis with recruitment, take a look here). We said tearful goodbyes to a whole host of stars, including David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman and George Michael.
Cambodia has a very dark recent history, but during my month in Phnom Penh I was truly inspired by the locals who generally had a positive demeanor with a lot of hope for the future. From 1975 - 1979, the Khmer Rouge Regime resulted in the deaths of up to 25% of population. During this time the educated and elderly were particularly targeted, causing 50% of today’s Cambodian population to be under 25 years old.
This past month I discovered many of these young adults are passionate about empowering Cambodians and striving for a better future for their country. Learning about the emerging tech scene and various NGOs and social empowerment projects was very uplifting.