YLD INNOVATE * 3 october 2017


YLD innovate is exclusive networking event series for C-level technology, business and product executives designed to discuss business growth where technology can help.

YLD innovate 2017 gathered tech gurus featuring speakers from digital banking industry to discuss engineering and product strategies that drive phenomenal growth, empowering talent and consumers. 

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Bill Scott - YLD innovate

Bill is VP of Venmo Engineering, PayPal Consumer Engineering, Identity & Next Gen Commerce. It is an interesting journey leading engineering teams for an established S&P 100 fintech company as well as one of the hottest fintech startups in the U.S. Before PayPal, Bill created and led the User Interface Engineering organisation at Netflix and was Technology & Design Evangelist at Yahoo. Early Mac Game Developer.


In this talk, Bill will share his unique perspective from his time at Netflix as well as his experience in transforming a 15+ year old established fintech company to act like a startup and keeping an acquired startup acting like one. The goal is to distill learnings from the over 30 years of working with teams to create great customer experiences. These learnings are applicable in any field, but there are specific learnings he will share from both the entertainment industry and the payment industry.


Tom Blomfield, CEO, Monzo - YLD innovate

Tom is the CEO/Co-Founder of Monzo, a new kind of bank, designed for smartphones. Tom previously founded GoCardless, a fintech startup that has gone on to raise $25m. In 2013, he was nominated as one of the Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by the European Commission. He gives talks regularly about the future of banking and fintech.


In less than 3 years, Monzo has become a fully-licensed UK bank, with technology systems built from scratch in-house. Tom talks about their journey so far.


Marie Steinthaler, Zopa - YLD innovate

Marie is Head of New Products at Zopa, the fintech pioneer that invented peer-to-peer lending. Her previous experience spans almost 10 years of growing early stage businesses, including leading marketing at kids TV app company Hopster, now a global hit with preschool parents - and their kids. She is passionate about to create compelling experiences by combining user empathy with great technology and a level of emotional engagement that takes a product from good to great.

Why we're launching a bank

Zopa, the world's first peer-to-peer lender, recently announced their plans to launch a next-generation bank. Marie will talk about what went into this decision and how Zopians are delivering on this ambitious mission while continuing to grow their profitable peer-to-peer business. 


The talks will be followed by a curated panel including all spakers and Ben Chisell - Product Director at Starling Bank. Anthony Mann, CEO of Make Us Proud will facilitate the conversation around scaling digital banking products with engineering, product and business strategies. 

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3 october 2017
Everyman Cinema Canary Wharf

YLD innovate 2017 venue


18:30 Doors open
18:40 - 18:50  Welcome and introductions by Nuno Job, CEO, YLD
18:50 - 19:20  Staying a Fintech Startup - Bill Scott, VP Engineering, PayPal
19:20 - 19:40  Why We're Launching a Bank - Marie Steinthaler, Head of New Products, Zopa
19:40 - 20:00  Comfort break
20:00 - 20:20  Building a Smartphone Bank - Tom Blomfield, CEO, Monzo
20:10 - 20:30  Panel session on scaling digital products - all speakers and  Ben Chisell - Product Director at Starling Bank. Lead by Anthony Mann, Founder, Make Us Proud
20:30 - 21:00  Networking, drinks, canapés, and beyond!
21:00  Event ends

* The event is free and exclusive to technology, business and product executives in small gathering. Spots are very limited, please register your interest in advance. 

Everyman Cinema, Canary Wharf
2 Crossrail Place,  London E14 5AR


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