TBLP 145 | Andrew Graham: Fintech Leader

Andrew Graham is an experienced leader who brings people and technology together to solve hard problems. He is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. With its free credit score and report monitoring, personal loans, and financial product recommendations, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. Borrowell is one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies approaching a million users. The company has received significant recognition, including being named to the Fintech 100, a list of the top 100 fintech companies globally compiled by KPMG, a “Company-to-Watch” by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program, and Canadian Fintech company of the year (2018).

This episode has one thing cleared out that being a leader entails an enormous amount of responsibility, especially at dealing with startup ones. Andrew shares his viewpoints on this matter, being the co-founder and CEO of Borrowell who led it from startup all the way to scaling it up to whatever possible growth it may reach. And together with the responsibility involved, he shares the strategies, practices, tips, and practical ways he could employ to stay on top of his game and reinforce the leadership skills he already possesses.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Challenges of leading a startup company
  • What nurtures his leadership skills and blindspots he discovers about himself
  • The benefits of executive coaching
  • Challenges faced by emerging leaders at this time
  • Creating financial products to lower financial stress

Links

Andrew on LinkedIn

Borrowell

Reading List

  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness – Ichiro Ishimi and Fumitake Koga

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 144 | JP Chauvet: Lightspeed Leader

JP Chauvet is the President at Lightspeed, a hands-on, forward-thinking executive with proven ability to implement change and drive growth. He has this in-depth understanding of technology, product development, finance, and sales management.

He has years of operating internationally across North America, Europe, and Asia. He’s got a proven track record of achieving targets and completing on business initiatives with both large established software vendors as well as fast-growing start-ups. He is a strong leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team player qualities and enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

Today we have JP talking about taking rein of a startup company and scaling it up into a fully grown sales organization. This episode is not complete without him talking about strategies and effective processes and systems he put in place to bring the company to its newfound business growth. It may look like an overnight success to the outside world but the amount of work he put into it makes it all worthy of discussion too.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Turning around the “Jack of all trade” culture
  • How does he make people buy into the company’s vision
  • JP’s first 100 days on his role as Chief Revenue Officer at Lightspeed 
  • What are his key performance-driven and go-to-market strategies
  • What feeds his leadership skills

Links

JP on LinkedIn

Lightspeed

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Slingshot VoIP, a leader in business voip services

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 143 | Mike McDerment: Accounting Software Leader

Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, cloud-based accounting software that is used by 160 countries around the world and is currently ranked second in America.

Mike spent three and a half years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Outside of FreshBooks, Mike is a dad, a husband, a son and a brother. He is somebody who loves the outdoors. 

In this episode, he talks about the different roles of a CEO and its ambiguity around the role. 

Mike shares the leadership challenges that he had to overcome that became part of his development path in the earlier days.

He also discusses his knowledge on developing and growing as an effective business leader.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The three different types of CEO’s
  • Understand your CEO’s leadership style 
  • How to effectively work with your CEO given their leadership styles
  • How early challenges help create his development path
  • Why it’s important to foster a work-life balance for you and your employees

Links

Mike on LinkedIn

FreshBooks

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 142 | Alfredo Tan : Culture Innovation Leader

Alfredo Tan is the chief digital & innovations officer at WestJet Airlines where he is responsible for building a culture of innovation. He is also an industry professor and keynote speaker who is very passionate about science and technology. He describes himself as “someone who got lucky along the way.” 

When he’s not doing part-time lectures at McMaster University, he spends most of his time at home with his rescue animals. He also gives keynotes where he talks about cultural innovation and digital transformation. Alfredo loves going on vacation with his rescue animals and loved ones and plans to avail of the “work from Maui” which he himself implemented. 

Because of his hunger to learn and constantly improve, he went to Harvard school to do the AMP program earlier this year and is currently pursuing formal education in the legal framework which he doesn’t even need at this stage in his career. 

In this episode, Alfredo explains the different perspectives of what innovation could mean and restate the importance of focusing on what matters. He also shares the challenges he’s faced when he started building a culture of innovation. Alfredo discussed the importance of having mentors and things that he could have done differently if he was to ask his 20-year younger self. 

Don’t miss this very interesting topic about cultural innovation and the many lessons that you will learn about leadership. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How changing the mindset can help solve problems.
  • Alfredo’s guiding principle in his team
  • How having a mentor can guide you in making big decisions
  • Why it’s important to keep on learning and improving
  • The importance of taking the time to enjoy the journey more

Links

Alfredo on LinkedIn

WestJet Airlines

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP046 | Alexander Peh: Be Willing to Listen

Alexander Peh, a passionate technology focused FinTech leader, with international experience in the payments, digital commerce, software development and media industries.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at RBC.

Before RBC, he led Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Inc based in Canada and the UK.

An active startup advisor and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on Advisory Boards at the MaRS Discovery District and The BC Tech Association.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What brought Alex from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, UK, to finally Canada
  • How he adjusts when he moves organizations
  • What it means to live by the “open, honest, and direct” mantra that
  • Why he looks at life in 2-3 year chunks now

Links

Reading List

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.