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Setting up a Challenger Bank from Scratch | (with Anne Boden, Founder & CEO of Starling Bank) | Fintech

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Would you leave your current job to set up a new challenger bank from scratch?

This week, our dynamic duo in Fintech Ronit Ghose and Gaurav Dhar will be sitting down with Anne Boden, the founder of Starling Bank, to talk about her entrepreneurial journey in establishing one of the most successful challenger banks in the world!

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Listen to the podcast to hear about:

  • Hear the untold story of Starling Bank
  • Explore the challenges she faced getting the company off the ground
  • Learn how digital banks are complying with regulations and policy frameworks
  • Discover the role of technology in the future of banking
  • Unlock the key advices for the future entrepreneurs in financial services industry

    00:00 Journey to setting up a challenger bank from scratch
    22:06 Pitching Starling Bank to potential investors
    28:28 The mission statement of Starling Bank
    33:30 Launching the Starling Bank
    38:38 Revenue drivers for Starling
    43:25 Regulatory environment and regulators

Episode Guest

Anne Boden

Founder & CEO of Starling Bank

Anne Boden founded Starling in 2014 after a distinguished, 30-year career at some of the world’s best-known financial heavyweights, among them Allied Irish Banks, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO. She sits on the board of UK Finance and is an adviser to the Board of Trade. She was awarded an MBE for services to financial technology in 2018. As CEO, she oversees the Executive Leadership Team and is a member of Starling’s Board of Directors.

Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Global Head, Future of Finance at Citi

Ronit Ghose is the Global Head, Future of Finance, Citi’s think tank for the future of money and technology. Ronit’s current areas of focus include Digital Assets, the Metaverse, Web3, the applications of AI to Finance and other frontier topics. Previously, Ronit was Global Head of Banks and Fintech Research for Citi.

Ronit is an Advisor to various Governments, Universities, VC investors and tech firms in the UK, UAE and Africa. Prior to joining Citi, he worked at the British Bankers’ Association and was a research assistant in the UK Parliament for a former Prime Minister. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford & a postgraduate diploma from the University of London.

Gaurav Dhar

Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners

Gaurav is a seasoned leader in the FinTech industry and currently serves as the Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners in Dubai. He is also a board member of Deem Bank, The Mena Fintech Association and TiE Dubai.

With over 19 years of experience at Marshal, he has established himself as a pioneering force in the development of FinTech ecosystems and solutions. 

By devoting his personal time to working with innovators, he has built an extensive network of relationships with VCs, incubators, accelerators, start-ups, and angel syndicates, both locally and globally.

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