#PFF Fintech Founders podcast

Paris Fintech Forum

Fintech is not only a concept, nor is it only about money. First of all you have entrepreneurs, who decided to disrupt one of the oldest industry against the odds. Those entrepreneurs are on their way to make History, or at least they tried. But to get there, they have been through ups & downs, opportunities & pains, success & difficulties, and we are not only speaking about business.

Our 6 featured guests have been trying to change the way financial industry works in many different areas : banking, insurance, payment, money transfer, lending, trading, etc...

In 2022, Laurent Nizri, the founder of the Paris Fintech Forum, met in person 6 of those entrepreneurs coming from all over the world to deep dive in their journey in long and insightful conversations, far from the sales pitch, closer to an intimate dinner between old friends, to get as close as possible of the "Magic spark" behind their success.

Be prepared to a quite unconventional format.

Featured guests :

  • Ricky Knox, co founder of Tandem & Azimo,
  • Norris Koppel, Founder of Monese,
  • Renaud Laplanche, Founder of Lending Club and Upgrade,
  • Kathryn Petralia, co-founder of Kabbage,
  • Cyril Chiche co-founder of Lydia,
  • Scott Walchek, Founder of Trov

This podcast of 6 exceptional episodes has been recorded from March to August this year and will be broadcasted weekly from November 9 2022.


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In conversation with Renaud Laplanche, CEO & co founder of Upgrade
5d ago
In conversation with Renaud Laplanche, CEO & co founder of Upgrade
In this episode we meet Renaud Laplanche in his San Francisco office to share his ongoing journey in the Fintech industry. Renaud is a serial entrepreneur and many of us also know him because he was the founder of Lending Club. Launching a lending startup in the subprime crisis time was quite special, but in the end, as everybody knows, the story had fabulous moments leading to a record high Nasdaq intro end of 2014, and some trouble times 2 years later when he finally stepped down as CEO and left the company. Shortly after that he created another Fintech, Upgrade, now being another Fintech unicorn and facing a lot of traction. Today we discuss of everything. EVERYTHING. And as usual, we are not focused on product or business promotion, but on his real entrepreneur life since he was a child working early the morning with his father to his latests experience with Upgrade. Believe me, as an entrepreneur Renaud has a lot of insights to share with the community, and his feedbacks on the ups and downs of his journey, the relations with investors and cofounders, the IPO, etc...  could be very useful to any Founder, not only fintech ones!   Teaser : did you know Lending club was not his first startup experience and that among other things one of his first entrepreneur journey was heavily impacted in a physical sens on September 11, 2001?    Make yourself comfortable, take a coffee and let's go for 110+ minutes of close and personal conversation with Renaud.   This podcast is produced thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors Credit Mutuel Arkea  - a French retail bank very active in digital in general and Fintech in particular for more than 15 years now-, BPC – a global leader in payments,  transaction & digital banking -  & Research Industrial systems Engineering, a recognized IT service provider with more than 20 years experience in IT infrastructure & architecture. I can tell you that those companies do love entrepreneurs as much as I do.  More information about who they are and their activities can be found on our podcast page here.
In conversation with Renaud Laplanche, CEO & co founder of Upgrade
5d ago
In conversation with Renaud Laplanche, CEO & co founder of Upgrade
In this episode we meet Renaud Laplanche in his San Francisco office to share his ongoing journey in the Fintech industry. Renaud is a serial entrepreneur and many of us also know him because he was the founder of Lending Club. Launching a lending startup in the subprime crisis time was quite special, but in the end, as everybody knows, the story had fabulous moments leading to a record high Nasdaq intro end of 2014, and some trouble times 2 years later when he finally stepped down as CEO and left the company. Shortly after that he created another Fintech, Upgrade, now being another Fintech unicorn and facing a lot of traction. Today we discuss of everything. EVERYTHING. And as usual, we are not focused on product or business promotion, but on his real entrepreneur life since he was a child working early the morning with his father to his latests experience with Upgrade. Believe me, as an entrepreneur Renaud has a lot of insights to share with the community, and his feedbacks on the ups and downs of his journey, the relations with investors and cofounders, the IPO, etc...  could be very useful to any Founder, not only fintech ones!   Teaser : did you know Lending club was not his first startup experience and that among other things one of his first entrepreneur journey was heavily impacted in a physical sens on September 11, 2001?    Make yourself comfortable, take a coffee and let's go for 110+ minutes of close and personal conversation with Renaud.   This podcast is produced thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors Credit Mutuel Arkea  - a French retail bank very active in digital in general and Fintech in particular for more than 15 years now-, BPC – a global leader in payments,  transaction & digital banking -  & Research Industrial systems Engineering, a recognized IT service provider with more than 20 years experience in IT infrastructure & architecture. I can tell you that those companies do love entrepreneurs as much as I do.  More information about who they are and their activities can be found on our podcast page here.
In conversation with Norris Koppel, CEO & Founder of Monese
Nov 16 2022
In conversation with Norris Koppel, CEO & Founder of Monese
In this episode we meet Norris Koppel in his London office to share his ongoing journey in the Fintech industry. Serial entrepreneur (Yep, Monese is definitly not his first one), Norris shares with us without any filters his (very)  personal drivers, the issues he had with past co founders and/or investors, the fabulous support of his familly even if rule number 1 was "don't lose the familly money on that fintech project", and many advices for the one who would like to launch a startup today.  Small teaser: did you know that Florida was THE place where everything began regarding Monese story? You'll discover that and much more in that second episode of our #PFF Fintech Founder mini series. Those episodes are more Founders audio biographies than classical podcasts, we hope you'll enjoy it! Make yourself comfortable, take a coffee and let's go for 85+ minutes of close and personal conversation with Norris.   This podcast is produced thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors Credit Mutuel Arkea  - a French retail bank very active in digital in general and Fintech in particular for more than 15 years now-, BPC – a global leader in payments,  transaction & digital banking -  & Research Industrial systems Engineering, a recognized IT service provider with more than 20 years experience in IT infrastructure & architecture. I can tell you that those companies do love entrepreneurs as much as I do.  More information about who they are and their activities can be found on our podcast page here.