The 2013 Tech 50, “Masters Of A Volatile Universe” – and I’m #33!


This morning came with this amazing news: Institutional Investor, a well known and read American financial magazine, has named me #33 in their 2013 ranking of the top 50 people in financial technology.

The online article is here.

When you look at the quality of the people on the list, and the tagline “Masters Of A Volatile Universe” – what is there to say? I just feel incredibly honored.

Aaron Timms, one of the journalists, wrote the very nice bio, mentioning my teens spent in Burundi. Aaron and I had breakfast a short while ago in New York, and he wanted to know everything (!) about me in order to write this bio. Well done!

Thanks Institutional Investor and senior contributing editor Jeff Kutler!

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The Sandbox For Disruption


I was recently in New York for the Innotribe Startup Challenge showcase. It was for some time that I needed to get in touch with TABB Group. We had missed to connect several times in my previous visits to New York, but this time it worked and I met Paul Rowady.

It was truly a meeting of the minds. Paul and I immediately aligned on the key topics of innovation in financial services and more particularly in capital markets. So much so that Paul said “why don’t we put some of this on video?”. I readily agreed and here is the result.

TABBForum video.

It was interesting, stimulating and … fun (make sure you see the last 2 minutes)!

Paul has invited me to speak at the upcoming TABBGroup event on Nov 19th in New York. I’ll be there!