The young visionaries changing banking

The young visionaries are re-shaping the financial industry.   John Collins was 19 when he founded Stripe with his brother Patrick, and  Ollie Purdue was 21 when he dropped out of university to found neobank Loot.

The fact that there are so many young people carpe diem – seizing the day – is brilliant.  And it’s not just that they’re young, but diverse too. There are many female entrepreneurs and founders from different ethnic backgrounds here. This is also a testament to change and enlargement.

Sure, the world is a very different place to the one I entered in the 1980s. It is far more global and far more transparent; it encourages change and challenge, rather than suppresses it; and it recognises that young visionaries are probably far more capable of harnessing the power of technology than the last generation.

All candidates on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Finance list for Europe were carefully selected by a first-class panel of judges including Dr. Jens Ehrhardt, Chairman of Munich-based DJE Kapital AG, Luciana Lixandru, Partner at Accel in London, and 30 Under 30 alumnus Ramin Niroumand, CEO of fintech company builder Finleap.

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