By @SimonCocking great interview with Marieke Flament  Circle Managing Director for Europe. She will be speaking on the panel ‘Future trends to watch’ at our #Fintech20 event on October 26th. Get your tickets here.

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I am the Managing Director for Europe, where I oversee Circle’s operations across Europe. My mandate is to build our teams, and get our products to market across the region. My role encompasses overseeing a little bit of everything to ensure that the region performs effectively – that goes from regulatory relationships, to risk, compliance, go-to-market activities, PR, product and customer support.

How was the last year, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Circle has seen a fantastic growth over last year. In less than 12 months we’ve opened over 20 markets across the EEA zone and saw our consumer base grow by over 800% while transactions grew by 700%. Recruiting and scaling remains a challenge – I wish there was a magic way to get amazing people faster!

What are your plans for the future?

Continue the expansion and growth of Circle Pay across Europe. Launch more consumer products powered and enabled by blockchain.

What will you be talking about at this event?

How new technologies such as blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence are reshaping and transforming the financial industry as we know it, enabling to create new consumer products.

What inspired you to attend it?

Very happy to have been invited and thrilled to see the Irish FinTech community gathered for the event – it’s great to be able to network and mingle with peers to move the ecosystem,

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Dara Khosrowshahi (ex-CEO of Expedia, now CEO of Uber) is a leader who has impacted a lot my career and that I follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.
I also follow a lot of blockchain / FinTech experts and generally speaking people I meet and find interesting.
And I get my everyday inspiration from a lot of the women I meet – and the amazing people who work at Circle. We have a very unique culture with a lot of very smart, bright and fun people and working in such an environment is a privilege.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Follow me on LinkedIn and Twitter

The future of finance, fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency insights with Marieke Flament, Circle MD for Europe

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