Interviews

Tony Craddock: COVID-19 and future payments – the role of regulators, Central Banks and industry competitors

ARYZE spoke with Tony Craddock, Director General of the Emerging Payments Association, where he talked us through some of the biggest payments developments taking place due to COVID-19 and how involved parties can play a role in moving money forward. Before the industry changed drastically due to COVID-19, the development of payments was on a …

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Scale-up advice: How to get funding and enter a new market

ARYZE spoke with Canute’s Rasmus Bjørn Dahl to discuss scaling to new markets. Dahl shares his experience from helping Danish start-ups scale successfully and tells us some key challenges to overcome. If there is one thing that Rasmus Bjørn Dahl is extremely passionate about; it is to see start-ups grow and succeed. From the early …

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Promoting a multidisciplinary approach to understanding money, systems, Bitcoin, and blockchain technologies

ARYZE spoke with Brandon Quittem about the multidisciplinary nature of understanding Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies   Brandon Quittem is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and passionate Bitcoiner. Brandon is also a researcher and as he puts it, “my superpower is taking complex information and turning it into simple, actionable, intelligence”. During his interview with ARYZE, Brandon …

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Blockchain and supply chain: Their distributed nature and great compatibility

ARYZE spoke with Stephan Nilsson, founder and CEO of UNISOT. He shared with us how Satoshi’s white paper inspired him to found UNISOT, the need for improved supply chain management, and how blockchain can be leveraged for social impact.  The future of blockchain adoption is a widely discussed topic. Whereas in some cases the technology …

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U.S. Congressman French Hill: Forwarding Fintech will help keep the U.S. competitive

ARYZE spoke with U.S. Congressman French Hill about the Task Force on Financial Technology in U.S. Congress and U.S. goals regarding fintech, blockchain, and digital currencies   U.S. Congressman French Hill is a member of the Committee Task Force on Financial Technology in congress which is devoted to further understanding fintech’s role in America. He …

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Dr. Mihaela Ulieru: Advising both Governments and Businesses on Fintech and Blockchain

ARYZE speaks with Dr. Mihaela Ulieru about her experience advising both governments and businesses on fintech and her take on government interest in blockchain Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is experienced, well-educated, and well-accoladed. She currently works as a fintech advisor and mentor as well as Chief Alchemist at SingularityNET. Dr. Ulieru has advised multiple governments including …

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Data-Driven Defense Evangelist Roger Grimes on Security

ARYZE speaks with Data-Driven Defense Evangelist Roger Grimes about focusing on the right security risks and some of the security potentials of blockchain technology Roger Grimes is a self-proclaimed Data-Driven Defense Evangelist. One often sees the term evangelist in tech circles, and don’t get it confused with religion. A technology evangelist is someone who strongly …

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Economist Wouter Landzaat: Collaboration between banks and fintech is key to develop better services

ARYZE spoke with Wouter Landzaat, a behavioral economist at London Economics, to discuss the competition between traditional and modern finance, where collaboration should emerge, and how to make fintech solutions mainstream. From the London Economics offices, Wouter Landzaat researches the many financial developments taking place today. The economic consultancy firm works within the highly competitive industry of …

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ARYZE Academy: Develop your Intercultural and Business Skills

ARZYE speaks with Lisa Lombardi about her intercultural and business background and her experience with the ARYZE ambassador program and ARYZE Academy Lisa Lombardi is an ARYZE ambassador enrolled in ARYZE Academy. The ARYZE ambassador program provides a platform for people to develop and expand their innovative projects while ARYZE Academy offers educational tracks for …

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Top five tips: How to quickly improve your SEO rating and how it could benefit your business

Recently, we spoke with Nicolai Vittrup, founder and CEO of Webamp, about his story behind the digital agency and his exciting company culture. In this article, he continues to share his insights and explains to us what SEO is, the misconceptions around it, what it can give a company, and how to improve it. Search …

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Expert John Hill on Fintech Technologies and Financial Institutions

John Hill speaks with ARYZE about his book Fintech and the Remaking of Financial Institutions, emphasizing the balance between the innovation of startups, the dominance of already existing financial institutions, and the already commonplace presence of fintech technologies John Hill is a professor of Economics and Finance who is deeply involved in the fintech sector …

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Entrepreneur stories: How to create company culture and defend it during corona

ARYZE spoke with entrepreneur and digital specialist Nicolai Vittrup about the story behind his agency Webamp. He shared with us his approach to building company culture and how to protect team spirit during times of corona. Founded in 2015, Webamp has grown to be a successful digital agency specialized in SEO, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, …

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ARYZE Ambassador: Tokenising the plastic eco-system

ARYZE ambassador Daniel Otto speaks about his current project Monetising Plastic Waste on the Blockchain and how he became involved with ARYZE The ARYZE ambassador program provides a platform for people to develop and expand their innovative projects and to get the word out about them. The ARYZE ambassador program promotes ideas that are both …

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Tech entrepreneur and diversity advocate Nim Haas: ‘‘There is an important distinction to be made between diversity and inclusion’’

ARYZE spoke with marketing and communications expert in fintech and payments, tech entrepreneur, and advocate for diversity, Nim Haas. She shared with us how her tech journey started, the misconceptions companies have of diversity, and what needs to happen to improve inclusion in the industry. One of the voices that cannot be missed when it …

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Social Impact Ventures

Social Impact Venture’s Laura Cramer: “Impact is not a cost burden”

ARYZE spoke with Forbes Europe’s 30 under 30 member Laura Cramer, who is Investment Manager at Social Impact Ventures. She discussed how to measure and increase social impact, and the advantages of being a woman under thirty in the finance industry. Long before she became an impact investor, Laura Cramer learned first-hand the importance of …

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PR expert Laura K. Inamedinova’s top 5 advice on maximising press for tech

ARYZE spoke with Laura K. Inamedinova, tech communications and PR consultant, entrepreneur, and successful writer, as she shared her top 5 advice for getting press and publicity for tech companies. If there’s one thing that is clear about Laura Inamedinova, it’s that she likes to get things done. She has written for Forbes and Huffington Post, …

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NORD.investment’s David Harboe is a “tech nerd with business skills”

NORD.investment’s David Harboe is a member of Forbes Europe’s 30 Under 30 List for finance 2020. He told ARYZE how he built NORD, the tech company’s next steps, and his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur under thirty. David Harboe may be only twenty-nine, but he is a seasoned tech entrepreneur. Since the age of …

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Thought Leader Paolo Sironi: ‘‘Transparency and financial literacy go hand in hand’’

We spoke with Paolo Sironi, IBM Fintech Thought Leader and author, to discuss transparency in fintech, emerging economies, and financial inclusion. A highly involved expert in the industry, thought leader, IBM Industry Academy elected member; these are only some of Paolo Sironi’s roles in fintech. He has written multiple bestselling books such as ‘Financial Market …

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Technology experience designer Vanessa Julia Carpenter’s Top 5 pieces of advice for turning chaos into opportunity

ARYZE spoke with artist and technology experience designer Vanessa Julia Carpenter about starting her new company, Kintsugi Design, and her advice on how to successfully build and grow a startup during this uncertain period. Photo: Hedda Rysstad Vanessa Julia Carpenter works right at the intersection of art and technology. She has a PhD in Designing …

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Bernie Akporiaye’s bold vision of financial inclusion

ARYZE had the opportunity to speak with Bernie Akporiaye of fintech startup MaTontine regarding financial inclusion. We discussed the company’s goals, the nature of financial exclusion in Francophone Africa, and what most financial services providers get wrong when trying to break into this market. Bernie Akporiaye has a bold vision of the future of financial …

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Translation and Tech: The journey of bootstrapping a company from 500 dollars to millions

ARYZE spoke with Diction founder and CEO Martin Boberg about bootstrapping his company, adapting to industry tech advancements and his best advice for entrepreneurs. We met with Martin Boberg in Diction’s bright and beautiful office in downtown Copenhagen. The office space was vibrant and busy, with large windows overlooking the old buildings of the city …

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Anna Maj on the Future of Payments: “This is a Team Play”

We spoke with fintech expert Anna Maj to discuss the future of payments and how to bridge the entire finance value chain. To say that Anna Maj is a busy woman is a massive understatement. As the Fintech Leader at PwC, she is responsible for driving the fintech agenda. Her work ranges from providing fintech …

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Portugal Fintech’s Simão Cruz: “We have to close the gaps in the industry”

As part of our Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance interview series, ARYZE spoke with Simão Cruz to discuss Portugal Fintech, rising trends in the fintech sector, and the importance of collaboration to close the gaps within the industry. Portugal Fintech is a community designed to foster inter-communication and collaboration between different players of the fintech …

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Experts on blockchain in 2030: “We haven’t seen nothing yet”

On April 1st, ARYZE held a live-streamed virtual event about blockchain in 2030. The discussion covered how crypto will look in 2030, the privacy and regulation implications of increasing use of blockchain infrastructure, and how it will change our lives as consumers and workers. The Blockchain 2030 event was hosted by ARYZE CCO Rasmus Bruun …

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Female Invest’s Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen: “the biggest mistake is to never get started”

As part our forthcoming Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 Finance interview series, ARYZE spoke with Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen of Female Invest, the Danish investment community dedicated to closing the gender investment gap. We discussed how the company was founded, why the gender investment gap matters, and how the company is working to eradicate it. As Anna-Sophie …

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Iværksætterhistorier’s Esben Brandborg Østerby: “Follow the high school party principal”

On his podcast, Iværksætterhistorier (Entrepreneurial Stories), Esben Brandborg Østerby interviews Danish entrepreneurs about the journeys behind their ventures. Østerby told ARYZE about how he became a podcaster, what he has learned about entrepreneurship, and some of his favourite stories about Danish start-ups. When I approached Esben Brandborg Østerby in the hallway of ARYZE’s shared office …

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ARYZE’s Ambassador Program: Building the Next Generation of Fintech Projects

Peter G. Mikkelsen talks about his vision for ARYZE’s ambassador program, his history in the crypto space and his journey leading to joining ARYZE. ARYZE’s ambassador program is designed to support innovative people to develop the next generation of fintech projects. Anyone with an idea is welcome to apply, and ARYZE will offer them the …

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TechBBQ: A networking festival, where people come to learn, (re-)connect and get inspired

TechBBQ is an important conference for ARYZE. In this interview with Startup Program Manager Zivile Einikyte, we offer an insight into “the biggest startup and innovation summit in Scandinavia”. TechBBQ is the biggest and most important tech conference in Denmark. People who are not familiar with the event often wonder about its name, and that …

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Navroop Sahdev: “Converging Tech is Leading a Global Transformation”

ARYZE spoke with Navroop Sahdev of the Digital Economist and MIT to discuss divergent thinking, converging tech and the resulting emergent economic transformation.  ARYZE had the opportunity to talk with MIT’s Navroop Sahdev, whose new platform, The Digital Economist, aims to place humans at the center of technological convergence. Friendly and down-to-earth, Sahdev’s passion and …

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Taylor Ryan’s Top 5 Best Marketing and Efficiency Tips

ARYZE sat down with Taylor Ryan to discuss his two start-ups, life as an expat entrepreneur and his top five tips for marketing and efficiency. Taylor Ryan has the friendliness, self-assuredness and high-energy of an American entrepreneur juxtaposed against a calm, insular society. Our discussion, which was fast paced and riddled with swears, covered work …

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