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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.

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Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Ronit Ghose is the lead author of Citi’s GPS Bank of the Future and FinTech report series – the first edition has had more than 250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi, and one of the most read FinTech reports ever published. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. He is the Global Head of Future of Finance in Citi Research. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Ronit previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Gaurav Dhar

Gaurav Dhar is the CEO of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal in Dubai. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 19 years now He strives to continually be on the frontier of building FinTech ecosystems and solutions. His personal time is spent on working with and investing directly in innovators, with a view to the future of Fintech both locally and globally via his cache of relationships which include VCs, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups and Angel Syndicates. In his position as a board member of the MENA FinTech Association and several advisory positions to international family offices, start-ups, and funds, he looks to grow the relationships within the FinTech and start-up ecosystem to contribute towards the education of budding disruptors and eventually the growth of economies and the job market where possible in the MEA Region and abroad.

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