Meet Daniel Roos, mentor of Startup Weekend Fintech!

We had a chat with Startup Weekend Fintech’s mentor, Daniel Roos.

Daniel is the co-founder and CTO of Vest Financial. He has experience building and selling fintech systems as well as running them at banks. Daniel co-founded a startup that went through Y Combinator and is now a growing company.

Why do you think there is so much buzz around fintech?

There is a big buzz around fintech because finance is a huge, traditional industry that  is important to almost everybody – thus it needs a lot of innovation and disruption. Fintech is absolutely awesome in both technology and market perspective. It’s connected to the market and it is also a real technical challenge.

How did you start your career in fintech?

It was actually totally random 🙂 I worked in the business for 15 years.  

I had a classic career in an very large company. Then a high school buddy from the US called me with an idea that was fintech related. So I took an eye on it, spent a couple of evenings with it and provided a ton of feedback.

So I went to the US, check it out and realized it was worth going for, soon after quit my job and  moved to California once we go into Y Combinator.

Generally the norm is to fund a startup early  and then if it doesn’t work out, you start a “normal career”. In my case, the “normal career” was first and then the startup one. It gave me a bit more experience and for me was actually good timing.

Which area do you think is a game changer in fintech right now and why?  

Many areas are important, but the one that is particularly interesting is consumer oriented finance. Bringing the consumers the same capabilities that have only been available for the private wealth management sector.

How would you pitch fintech to a 6 years old kid?

For a 6 year old kid, I’d say: “Money is important and you know you need to save your money. Do you like iPads? IPad is technology.  Fintech is sort of like working with iPads and money.”

As we know humans learn only from mistakes, could you tell us your biggest professional fuckup?

My biggest fuckup was pushing a system into production two weeks too early and living a month of pain because of it.

Who is the Elon Musk of fintech on your opinion?

I don’t think there is one, fintech is missing that kind of superstar personality.. Maybe they are to be discovered!

Being very traditional and staggering entities, what do you think can help banks to survive?  

For banks to survive, it is a matter of embracing change. They need to work with technology and become part of the fintech industry.

Continuing question about Elon Musk, do you think that there will be banks on Mars?

Absolutely, without a doubt!

Let’s speak about cryptocurrencies. Do you think cryptocurrencies will take over traditional currencies?

I can see cryptocurrencies taking a bit chunk of it, but probably as part of the mainstream. Central banks are already considering them, so, within that context they can get really big, otherwise they will stay to be a niche.

Are you using bitcoin from time to time?

I’ve only used bitcoin once. That was a weird promotion where you had to use bitcoin to get a good deal online.

What message would you send to you in the past,  let’s say you 20 years younger?

I would tell myself to go and try different things earlier. I spent 10 years at my first job..

Check out the interview with Daniel and prepare for Startup Weekend Fintech on the 27-29 January in SUP46!

Hurry up and register for Stockholm Startup Weekend Fintech on January 27-29!  

More information about the event and registration here: http://www.up.co/communities/sweden/stockholm/startup-weekend/10233




We have a story to tell

Mohamed

When Mohamed, a talented hairdresser and make-up artist, was 22 years old he went on an adventures trip for several days. He walked, he took the boat and travelled by train. Mohamed was not alone. It was a time when many of his fellow countrymen travelled. Mohamed reached his destination – a new world with nobody who would speak his language.

It was Sweden in June 2015 when the hairdresser and make-up artist Mohamed arrived from Syria fleeing the war and the fear of being forced into the army. After 6 months, he now knows that his adventure isn’t over.

Language, permits, prejudices, accommodation & work are just a few of the adventures he goes through. From February 5-7, Mohamed will tackle many of his challenges at the RefugeeACT Hackathon. Join him and develop an IT solution to help him and many other refugees for an easier and quicker integration.

Solution oriented

After February 7th, this list will be cut in half. At the RefugeeACT Hackathon, refugees will develop the solutions necessary for their change.

Grab your ticket now!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-stockholm-0216-tickets-19710869742

 




Join Stockholm Startup Weekend organising team, we are expanding!

Stockholm Startup Weeken is expanding and we’re looking for 4 volunteers to join the core team. Are you our next superstar?

Who are we looking for?

Are you good at writing, and interested in keeping the world up-to-date about our event? Can you help us make cool designs to help us look more attractive? Numbers person willing to keep track on our budget and finances? Do you have the charisma to help us attract sponsors and attendees? Or maybe some other useful skill you can use to help us out?

It is naturally an advantage if you have relevant experience or interest in startups, but we are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to get involved! What matters the most is that you’re committed, and that you have a fun and positive attitude, and of course, a genuine interest in helping to learn about and build the startup community.

Where do I sign up?

The next Stockholm Startup Weekend will be in February and April. You must be free either of the following weekends. You should expect to attend 3 meetings in Stockholm prior to the event.

  • 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2015
  • 17-19 Apr 2015

If you’re interested in joining the team, please email your CV along with a few words about why you want to get involved and your availiability, to stockholm@startupweekend.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.




Are you our next superstar volunteer?

The next Stockholm Startup Weekend is scheduled 21-23 Nov 2014 and we’re looking for two volunteers to join the core team. Are you our next superstar?

Who are we looking for?

Are you good at writing, and interested in keeping the world up-to-date about our event? Can you help us make cool designs to help us look more attractive? Numbers person willing to keep track on our budget and finances? Do you have the charisma to help us attract sponsors and attendees? Or maybe some other useful skill you can use to help us out?

It is naturally an advantage if you have relevant experience or interest in startups, but we are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to get involved! What matters the most is that you’re committed, and that you have a fun and positive attitude, and of course, a genuine interest in helping to learn about and build the startup community.

Where do I sign up?

The event will be held 21-23 Nov 2014, so you must be free that weekend! You should expect to attend 3 meetings in Stockholm prior to the event.

If you’re interested in joining the team, please email your CV along with a few words about why you want to get involved, to stockholm@startupweekend.org.




Stockholm Startup Weekend is kicking off tonight!

Stockholm Startup Weekend (Health & Wellness) will be kicking off tonight at SUP46!

It is the first Startup Weekend vertical in Sweden! All are welcome to meet Entrepreneurs, Investors and Experts within Health & Wellness industry.

More than 20 mentors will be helping you with your idea throughout the weekend, from ideation, to build & validation, business model and pitch.

So get your last minute ticket now if you haven’t already!

http://swsto0814.eventbrite.com

 




Bootcamp Tools

So, you’re coming to Stockholm Startup Weekend and want to prepare yourself by attending a pre-event bootcamp. Great! Here’s a few tools to help you to get the most out of your session.

  • Pitch the Idea

Check out the best startup pitch decks http://www.pitchenvy.com

Sharing and discussing 1000+ startup ideas http://www.ideaswatch.com

Practise your pitch and get feedback http://www.testmypitch.com

  • Business Model Vancas

A strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

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Learn more by taking an online course!

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Stockholm Startup Weekend May 2014 Winner Announced

Congratulations to the winner of Stockholm Startup Weekend May 2014

Abetic

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– People experiencing gaming on a whole new level! Making money by betting on your own matches and favourite tournaments.

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Special Mentions:

  • Rent a Space – It is a multisided platform to rent a space. It allows you to utilise unused space in your house or garage. You can list a space. You can find a listed place to rent.
  • CareWare – Good Karma merchandise
  • EQ – Optimized Queueing Systems: At EQ we build systems that enable users to manage their time and organizations to optimize their human resources allocation.

Well done All!