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What is the future of SME banking? While most new banks are betting on technology to cater to the unique needs of the small businesses, a handful are betting on good old-fashioned relationship banking. Regardless of the approach, small businesses are at the heart of any society and economy, and the new waves of SME-only banks are making strides to make the lives of business owners easier. In this episode, Meaghan moderates a debate with four change-makers in the business banking world: Team Human features Jason Oakley, Founder & CEO of Recognise Bank, and Elliott Limb, CCO of Mambu, and Team Tech features Jessica Holzbach, Co-Founder of Penta, and Michael Nuciforo, CEO & Co-Founder of Thrive.
Jason is the Founder & CEO Recognise Bank. He has had a stellar 35 year career in Banking, starting at Natwest/RBS before moving to Close Brothers, before becoming one of the early employees at Metro. Jason helped grow the loan book from £60m to £2.5b in the near 3 years he was there.
Elliott is the Chief Customer Officer at Mambu. With over 20 years in banking and fintech, he’s been named as one of the most influential people in fintech. At Mambu, Elliott is focused on a customer-centric approach to doing business, growing revenue and helping banks build flexible and scalable solutions.
Michael is the CEO and Co-Founder of Thrive, an automated financial management platform for SMBs. Prior to starting Thrive, Michael founded Parkhound – Australia's largest online car parking marketplace – which was acquired by Spacer in 2017. From 2010 to 2015, Michael lived in London and was Head of Mobile Banking at RBS for two years and then at Lloyds Bank for three years.
Jessica Holzbach co-founded Penta and served as its Chief Customer Officer on the Management Team for over 4 years, scaling the business to over 30.000 customers, 150 employees and more than EUR 45m in funding. As CCO and MD she was responsible for Penta's growth and was honoured by Forbes on the “30 under 30” list, Capital’s “Top 40 under 40” and won the German Startup Award of 2021.
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