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Author: Tier One People - Dexter Cousins

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Tier One People presents Fintech Chatter. Dexter Cousins brings exclusive interviews with the biggest names in Fintech to discuss their secrets on:Hiring the best talent - creating a winning culture - launching and scaling successfully - raising capital - innovation. Plus loads of Fintech industry news and views.
110 Episodes
In episode 78 of Fintech Chatter Dexter Cousins is joined by Steve Vallas, CEO of Blockchain Australia.It's a big week for Blockchain Australia as they launch the very first Blockchain Week, a festival bringing together over 100 speakers to talk all things Blockchain.Blockchain Australia aims to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology by industry and governments across Australia as a means to drive innovation in service delivery across all sectors of the economy.Steve shares his candid views of where the industry is at in Australia and what Government and industry needs to do to make Australia a real innovator in the space.For more info go to attend Blockchain Week go to Steve on LinkedinLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Head of Operations
In episode 77 Dexter Cousins chats to Stephen McNulty, Chief Growth Officer of Haventec.Each month Dexter showcases one of Australia's up-and-coming innovators. To kick off the series, we feature Haventec.At the core of the Haventec proposition is a remarkably simple idea, beautifully executed – protecting digital identities from harm, and keeping ‘data that matters’ safe – the key foundations for digital trust. Haventec has developed a suite of technologies that eliminate the need to centrally store sensitive credentials and data, providing the ultimate preparedness for when the enterprise is breached. About Stephen.Stephen has lived in Sydney for the last 15 years, moving here from London. His career has featured roles in Engineering (Ford Motor Company),  Technology (Accenture and Avanade), Products (Apple) and Security with his current company, Haventec. When you meet Stephen he will inevitably talk to you about four things - his family, his mountain bike, his love of music. And privacy…Find out more about Haventec Follow Stephen on LinkedInListen to Haventalk podcastLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Head of OperationsDo you like the show? Please leave us a review 🙏🙏
In episode 76 Dexter Cousins is joined by Chris Boas, Managing Director APAC of Q2  a software business that creates simple, smart, end-to-end banking and lending experiences.Chris chats about the role Q2 is playing in the Australian Fintech sector, where Q2's software (Cloud Lending) is used to power Fintech like Athena and Prospa.Chris also shares some of the work Q2 is doing around the world, including some 900 banks and credit unions in the US.And Chris shares his insights on the rapidly changing world of banking since the Covid-19 pandemic.Connect with Chris on LinkedInFind out more about Q2About Q2Cloud Lending Solutions empowers the global lending & leasing community to connect with their borrowers in a whole new way by fundamentally transforming the borrower's experience. Built on Salesforce, the world's #1 CRM, Cloud Lending Solutions is the industry's only end-to-end lending and leasing software specifically designed to digitize the entire lending process. Cloud Lending continues to expand globally across five continents and over twenty-three countries.Launch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Be at the forefront of digital banking innovationDo you like the show? Please leave us a review 🙏🙏
In Episode 75 Dexter Cousins is joined by Chris Skinner, author, commentator and (in his own words) "troublemaker"Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology, and as an independent commentator on fintech through his blog, the His latest book (sixteenth!) is called Doing Digital, and shares the lessons of doing digital transformation learned through interviews with BBVA, China Merchants Bank, DBS, ING and JPMorgan Chase. He chairs the Financial Services Club and Nordic Future Innovation, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of various firms including Mode, Moven and Meniga. Mr. Skinner has been an advisor to the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, and is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University as well as a TEDx speaker. In recent years, he has been voted one of the UK’s foremost fintech observers by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters. He is also co-founder with renowned artist Basia Hamilton of The Portrait Foundation,, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts.Find out more about The Finanser Follow Chris on LinkedinLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Be at the forefront of digital banking innovationDo you like the show? Please leave us a review 🙏🙏
Dexter is joined by Mark Fordree from Ignition Advice for episode 74 of the Fintech Chatter podcast. Founded in Sydney in 2014 by Mark and Mike Giles, Ignition Advice is a global leader in digital advice technology, with unique capabilities to deliver advice across investment, retirement and insurance.  Ignition offers a full end-to-end platform for enterprise, including onboarding, consumer engagement, compliant advice, sales completion, ongoing account management and client servicing. Ignition entered the European market in 2017, building a skilled team in Dublin. In February 2021, Ignition Advice continues to grow with a move into the UK market establishing new teams in London and Edinburgh. Following a successful Series B fundraising event with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Ignition is well funded to support business development and product research, accelerating their global growth.Find out more about Ignition Advice Follow Mark on LinkedinLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Be at the forefront of digital banking innovationDo you like the show? Please leave us a review 🙏🙏
#73 Domm Holland, Fast

#73 Domm Holland, Fast


In episode #73 Dexter chats to Domm Holland, the Co-Founder and CEO of Fast, the world’s fastest online login and checkout platform. Founded in Australia and currently headquartered in San Francisco, Fast is a privately held company founded by Domm and Allison Barr Allen and funded by Stripe, Addition, Index Ventures, Susa Ventures and Sugar Capital.Widely known as the ’World’s Fastest CEO,” Domm is an entrepreneur and self-taught engineer who has founded and scaled companies in the logistics, transportation and technology sectors.Fast's mission is to make buying online faster, safer and easier for everyone. Its Fast Login and Fast Checkout products enable a one-click sign-in and purchasing experience that makes it easier for people to buy and merchants to sell. The company's products work on any browser, device or platform for consistent, stress-free purchasing. Fast is entirely consumer-focused and invests heavily in its users'  privacy and data security, with a Zero Fraud Guarantee on chargebacks for sellers. Domm previously founded and served as CEO of Tow, an on-demand vehicle towing platform in Australia that processed more than $50M in transactions. During his tenure there, Domm was awarded the top spot on the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 and recognized as the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year.‍Domm has worked across Australia and the U.S., working in national and multinational telecommunications and technology companies, including Dell, with deep cross-function experience. His background provides him with a unique perspective that spans R&D, sales and operations, all of which have contributed to his vision for Fast.Find out more about Fast Follow Domm on LinkedinLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Be at the forefront of digital banking innovation
In episode #71 Dexter Cousins chats to Nathan and Michael as they celebrate the 2nd birthday of Athena's official launch. Athena is on a mission to save Australians a whole lot of money and help pay off their home loan faster. Founded in June 2017 to revolutionise the home loan industry and make it better in every way, Athena built an innovative digital home loan platform to deliver savings to borrowers, backed by local home loan experts.Athena is backed by Australia’s leading investors, including AirTree Ventures, AustralianSuper, Hostplus, Macquarie Bank and Square Peg. Athena has been the proud recipient for Finnies Emerging Fintech Organisation of the Year Award for 2 years in a row – 2019 and 2020.Nathan WalshCo-founder & CEO, Athena Home Loans, AustraliaNathan Walsh, Athena’s Co-founder and CEO, is a fintech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ expertise in financial services, top-tier consulting and legal practice. Nathan is a former NAB executive who started his career with BCG before taking senior roles at Citi and NAB in wealth management. At NAB, Nathan founded Nabtrade and built it from an idea into a $40 billion platform over 7 years, winning multiple innovation awards along the way.Follow Nathan on LinkedinMichael StarkeyCo-founder & COO, Athena Home Loans, AustraliaMichael Starkey, Athena’s Co-founder and COO, has an entrepreneurial background, having been the co-founder of iSelect in AU. He spent 7 years at NAB in personal banking, was a board member of the Australian Payments Council and ASX listed Homelands Ltd and former director of the New Payments Platform (Australia’s new real-time payments network). Follow Michael on LinkedinFind out more about Athena hereLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
In episode #70  Dexter Cousins is joined by 86 400’s founding CEO, Robert Bell. They chat about the proposed acquisition by NAB.86 400 is Australia's first smart bank. Launched in September 2019 with an unrestricted banking license, the smart phone only bank has been the trail blazer for Aussie neobanks launching home loans, energy switching, joint accounts, budgeting tools with new feature releases on an almost weekly basis.With an ecosystem approach 86 400 partners with many Aussie Fintech including Zip, Uno, Data Action. And with the proposed sale to NAB, Tier One People believe this is a landmark day for Australian Fintech innovation.About Robert Bell:Rob is committed to helping Australians take control of their finances is the driving force behind the 100+ strong team at 86 400. Rob has extensive leadership experience in financial services across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Prior to 86 400 he held Executive and CEO roles at Cuscal, Australian Unity Bank and ANZ including CEO positions at both ANZ Japan and ANZ Fiji.Launch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins is joined by Jason Pellegrino, CEO of Domain Group on the FinTech Australia Podcast.You might be asking why a Real Estate listings platform is featuring on a Fintech podcast? Tune in and find out why in this super interesting show as Jason shares the Domain Group strategy and their move into Fintech!Jason spent 10 years with Google as Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand. As a member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Leadership Team, Jason held leadership positions across Sales, Operations and Strategy.He shares his views on the role Big Tech is playing in the future of payments and financial services.About Jason:Prior to Google, Jason worked in several roles over 15 years spanning Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Finance at Dakota Capital Partners, LEK Consulting, PepsiCo International and KPMG.Jason holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and an MBA (Distinction) from The London Business School.Jason is a member of the Innovation Taskforce of the Business Council of Australia, a member of ASIC's External Advisory Panel and a Board member of Plan International.Launch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins is joined by Martin McCann CEO and Co-Founder of Trade Ledger, the world’s first open digital banking platform that gives banks the ability to assess business lending risk in real-time. Tune in as Dexter and Martin discuss the Fintech landscape and how Trade Ledger has evolved since launching four years ago.As an avid technologist, business leader, investor, academic researcher, and public speaker Martin is passionate about the digitisation of business.Prior to founding Trade Ledger, he accrued 20 years’ experience creating, growing, mentoring, and investing in innovative global technology companies worldwide.He has been CEO of Global Innovation Ventures, GM of SAP's Cloud Solutions Division overseeing a period of extraordinary growth, and CEO and Research Director of software consultancy, Inn-vision.Follow Martin on LinkedinFind out more about Trade LedgerListen to more episodes of the Fintech Australia PodcastLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins is joined by Toby Norton-Smith to celebrate the 1st anniversary of x15 Ventures - a venture scaler focused on building, investing or acquiring ventures that can deliver the next generation of services in and around banking, advantaged through integration and support from CommBank. Prior to x15 Ventures, Toby was General Manager of Digital Growth at CBA, was CEO of a fintech venture in the wealth space (StocksInValue), and commenced his career at McKinsey and Co.Tune in for a candid and insightful chat as Toby shares how he and the x15 team are taking a different approach to CVC.  Toby also shares some exclusive news on the latest talent and venture acquisitions. And he gives his views on the future of Fintech and why banks need to focus on collaboration.Find out more, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins ushers in 2021 and season 3 with Claire Alexander, Head of People at Limepay. In this special show Dexter fields questions from you, the listeners, on Fintech career advice.Tune in as Claire and Dexter discuss which skills are in demand, which skills you should focus on developing, what stage a Fintech will hire specialists over generalists and how to position yourself when applying to roles in Fintech.They also share insights on resumes, cover letters and how to work best with recruiters. As well as covering one or two career dilemmas.Find out more about Limepay at Claire:Claire has extensive experience in talent acquisition, HR strategy & transformation and coaching.Combined with her passion to build start-ups, Claire also has a coaching business that supports her clients to achieve their career goals using simple strategies and NLP frameworks. Since arriving in Australia Claire has spent the last 10+ years in the talent acquisition and HR space. More recently she supported Zip Co to expand globally as their Global Head of Talent and Organisational Design.Claire is now helping to scale Limepay, an upcoming Fintech set for rapid growth over the next 12 months. Follow Claire on LinkedIn Launch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
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.comLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins chats to Fred Schebesta, Co-Founder of Finder and CEO of Schebesta Ventures on the FinTech Australia Podcast. 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.We also chat about Fred's newest venture, Schebesta Ventures, a programme where Fred shares his proven systems and strategies to help building realise their ideas and build successful businesses.Fred is a world-famous entrepreneur, LinkedIn Top Voices of Australia 2020 and AFR Young Rich Lister.To find out more on Schebesta Ventures go to - download the Finder App go to -, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week Head of Operations
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 TransferwiseLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week As mentioned on the show
Dexter Cousins is joined by Melissa Widner, CEO of Lighter Capital, the pioneer and leader in revenue based financing for tech start ups and scale 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.  Melissa is also 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 Of The Week Be at the forefront of digital banking innovationLaunch, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
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, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week As mentioned on the show
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.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 more info on 11:FS -, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and RecruitmentJob Of The Week As mentioned on the show
#59 Joe McGuire - MyMy

#59 Joe McGuire - MyMy


Dexter Cousins chats to Joe McGuire, CEO and Co-founder of MyMy, a Malaysian FinTech  tackling the issue of financial inclusion.Joe is an Aussie and has spent part of his career with Commonwealth Bank before joining Airwallex in the early 2017 Joe spotted a huge opportunity in Malaysia and began the journey of what he is planning to be Malaysia's first Neo Bank.In building MyMy's core system from scratch, Joe and the team is re-defining financial services in Malaysia.  And having built the technology platform, MyMy has spun off another business to challenge rising stars like Railsbank.Tune in for a super interesting discussion on the challenges faced launching a start up in Malaysia, the size of the SE Asia opportunity, the obligatory Covid-19 'Pivot' and why the Neo Bank model will prove to be a winner in the next decade.For more info go to, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
Dexter Cousins chats to Yanir Yakutiel, CEO and Founder of Lumi, Australia's fastest growing, 100% digital, business lender. They've built a platform from scratch to deliver a 100% digital process from lead generation, origination, credit risk assessment through to loan execution.Yanir is now on his second startup, as a native Israeli entrepreneurship is in his DNA. We talk about what makes Israel such a special place for innovation in Fintech. Although Australia has a very different culture, Yanir has been able to distill the Israeli values and approach and apply them successfully to Lumi.Yanir shares his tips for building a diverse, high performing team at the forefront of innovation. And in the spirit of keeping things authentic, Yanir delivers in the traditional Israeli way, with a lot of chutzpah!To find out more go to, Scale, Innovate Leaders in Fintech Executive Search and Recruitment
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