On December 11 and December 12, some of the brightest minds in fintech are coming to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin. While we’ll sit down with some of the most famous tech CEOs and investors, the agenda is particularly packed when it comes to fintech.
On the main stage, I’ll interview GoCardless CEO Hiroki Takeuchi about the company’s impressive trajectory. GoCardless has a shot at becoming a global leader when it comes to payments via direct debit. The startup has been building an API that lets you collect payments at a global scale, even if your customers are on the other side of the planet.
Later that day, Sophia Bendz, Siraj Khaliq, Hiro Tamura and Niall Wass, all key partners at London-based VC firm Atomico, will talk about their investment strategy. And Atomico has invested in many well-known fintech names over the years, such as LendInvest, Klarna and Habito.
Talking about Klarna, the company’s CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski is making his Disrupt debut to talk about how he turned a small Stockholm-based startup into a payment giant. The company is now looking to storm the U.S. and has managed to reach a higher valuation than almost any other privately held company in the world.
Sofie Quidenus-Wahlforss from omni:us is going to talk about how she’s using machine learning to turn complicated insurance contracts and legal documents into actionable insights. And if you think cryptocurrencies are part of the fintech industry, we’ll also sit down with Ethereum researcher Justin Drake to talk about scaling the Ethereum blockchain.
Charlie Delingpole, founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, and Yoni Assia, founder and CEO of eToro, will share a stage in a discussion that is pretty self-explanatory: “How to Radically Change Finance Through Fintech Startups.”
In addition to panels and fireside chats, like this one, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield to compete for the highly coveted Battlefield Cup.