Interviews

Richard Wang on how his technical experience supports his career in marketing and sales

ARYZE spoke with Richard Wang about his technical experience, his work in Silicon Valley with startups, and his current endeavor at DraperDragonFund. Richard’s current position is as Partner with DraperDragonFund in China. DraperDragonFund is a joint venture between internationally recognized venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and DragonVenture, which helped pioneer venture capital in …

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The big challenges of money-flow between Denmark and NGOs world-wide – and how to solve them

ARYZE spoke with Jacob Strange-Thomsen, Financial Management Specialist from the Danish Foreign Ministry. We discussed how funding flows from the Danish government to NGOs operating globally and the security challenges alongside this, which ARYZE aims to solve. ARYZE is tackling some of the greatest challenges caused by outdated financial infrastructures and incumbents. One of the …

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Andrew Batey on taking risks and entrepreneurship

ARYZE spoke with Andrew Batey about risk-taking, entrepreneurship, and his company Beatdapp Andrew Batey, also known as “Fidel Cashflow”, is an entrepreneur who enjoys the adrenaline rush of taking risks in his free time and also in his work. Andrew has taught advanced marketing and entrepreneurship courses at FIDM, and currently teaches Advertising and Marketing …

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UNICEFs Blockchain Engineer Mehran Hydary: Why tech and funding solutions are needed for international organizations moving forward

ARYZE spoke with Mehran Hydary, Blockchain Product Engineer at UNICEF to discuss how international organizations working globally could benefit from investing in innovation, tech, and payment solutions. Mehran Hydary works as a Blockchain Product Engineer at UNICEF where he is part of the office of innovation. Hydary’s involvement with blockchain began as he was working at …

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Pēteris Zilgalvis: How to stimulate the tech market through regulation and consultation

ARYZE spoke with Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain at the European Commission. He shared how to stimulate technology through regulations, recommendations or guidelines, and when to step in or let the market develop freely. Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain at the European Commission …

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ARYZE partners with Episode Six to launch a state-of-the-art banking solution

ARYZE has signed a partnership with financial technology provider Episode Six to unlock possibilities for more efficient and secure payment transfers. ARYZE has announced its newest partnership with Episode Six, a next-generation financial technology provider that enables financial institutions, fintechs and other innovative companies to create differentiated financial and payments products. As part of the …

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Investment advice: Opportunities and challenges in the UK market for Danish companies

ARYZE spoke to Maren Dolva, investment advisor at the Department for International Trade, part of the British Embassy in Denmark. She shared with us her experience of helping companies enter the UK market, and what companies should focus on along the way. As the Danish start-up scene is growing, for different companies the question comes …

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Susanne Hannestad: Fintech expansion beyond the Nordic borders

Susanne Hannestad, CEO of Fintech Mundi, a global fintech accelerator, spoke with ARYZE about market expansion opportunities for fintech and the significance of the Nordic payments space. With drive and excitement, Susanne Hannestad helps Nordic and Baltic companies scale globally. Getting to work with passionate, knowledgeable, and energetic people within the fintech space, is what …

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Jana Bulkin on Integration, Sustainability, and Blockchain’s role in the “New Normal”

ARYZE speaks with Jana Bulkin about her 20 years of experience in the IT sector, integration and sustainability, and Blockchain’s role in the “new normal” after Covid-19 Jana Bulkin is the CIO at IntegrationWorks Asia Co., Ltd, an assistant lecturer at Munich University of Applied Sciences and she started her own business S2Bconnected where she …

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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 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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