And last but not by no means least, there’s Anne.
Anne is our illustrious founder. A computer scientist by background, she led her first technology team at the age of twenty-five for Standard Charter. She then progressed through a thirty year career at some of the world’s biggest banks before launching Starling in 2014.
As she said at the FemTech meetup, “No one sets up a bank. And when I said I wanted to they all looked at me like the women is crazy.”
Yet now Starling is gearing up for launch. We’re customer-first, community built, unusual in that we have an almost even split between genders in the office. We’re from all over the world. We’re artists, technologists, financiers, marketers, and all hell-bent on transforming the way money fits into everyday life. Connect with us on social – we’d love to hear from you.
So what about you?
The voices of women like those here captured my imagination. And there are so many more – Paulina Sygulska, Andra Sonea, Megan Caywood, Diana Biggs, Dora Ziambra, Liz Lumley. All of them talk tech and innovation in a way that’s accessible, intriguing. They have real conversations. Are dynamic. Inclusive.
Now it’s your turn.
Maybe you feel like I did: a little out of your depth. That’s ok. On paper, I’m far from what many might think of as a woman in fintech (word-nerd, would-be writer, background in highly transferable subjects like philosophy and psychology). Yet now I’m up to all sorts of marketing mischief at Starling, learning to code (at last), and finding out more and more about how fintech can make a difference to our lives.
So if you’re interested in fintech, want to change the world and have a load of fun whilst doing it, why not check out some of our vacancies?
Alternatively, there’s another FemTech meet up in a couple weeks on developing your #PersonalBrand – we’ll be there too and you can check out the details here.