Who are the individuals that are driving the fintech wave, that are attracting billions of dollars in funding and that are transforming, and sometimes even disrupting the financial services sector? Besides the big names in Europe and America, where can they be found in Asia?
The Trailblazers of FinTech
They are the trailblazers of this movement, feared by banks, increasingly loved by governments, pushed by venture capitalists and celebrated at conferences. Having personally worked with hundreds of founders in Europe, Asia and North America in the past few years, fintech founders are a special breed. They are steering through regulatory and compliance waters and sometimes jealously looking at their counterparts in other tech industries, e.g. gaming or lifestyle, where scale might be easier and sales cycles shorter. Because fintech ecosystems are starting to take off in Asia, fintech entrepreneurs are the new stars in hubs like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.
So, let’s take a closer look at this species of fintech entrepreneur and see what kind of different categories can be identified. And just to be clear, there is no right or wrong. Everyone exists for a reason.