Fintech Focus — November 2021
A curated selection of hires and promotions from across fintech and crypto. If you would like to sign up to receive this newsletter, please visit our website.
What We’re Following
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We’re all back from Thanksgiving🦃 and the Whole Foods receipts don’t lie — inflation has officially arrived.
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at crypto VC activity. MoonPay just raised the largest Series A funding round in crypto history with a colossal $555M 🚀. OpenSea may have just hit decacorn status🦄. Even historical documents have obscene valuations.
With dollar bills losing value faster than Peloton stock, it’s no surprise that digital currency and decentralized finance are continuing to charge ahead. “Who exactly is charging ahead?” you might ask. Jury’s out as to whether Jack Dorsey will be on the front lines, but one thing we’re certain about — his ranks will be awash with branded gym bags and fancy suits👔. Big banks are finally opening their arms to the wonderful world of crypto, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We just hope Wall Street took advantage of the Cyber Monday deals, because that’s a lot of Patagucci vests to buy. Think we can get WAGMI embroidered on the backs?
Getting paid in Bitcoin is cool, but let’s talk about the HBR case study that’s surely replacing our old Southwest Airlines standby. To all the NFT non-believers out there🙅🏻♂️, we’ll see your meme culture skepticism and raise you irrefutable ownership, distributed governance rights and community engagement. NFTs are more than Bored Apes and Gutter Cats🙀. They represent empowerment of the individual. NFTs are Taylor Swifting the digital world, and we are here for it👏🏾.
With a new season of Always Sunny right around the corner🥳, it only feels right to leave you with a little Danny DeVito x Discord magic. Be sure to read this Not Boring piece by Packy McCormick for the full (and very much not boring) story on how Discord may become the ‘natural social infrastructure’ of the metaverse.
🍷Cheers (with mulled wine in hand),
Blake, Catherine, Elizabeth, Ethan, Hugh, Kelsey & Scott
Who We’re Following
Brex: Adam Swiecicki was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Adam was previously an SVP of Finance. Michael Tannenbaum was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Michael was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer.
Candy Digital: Charlie Robbins joined as VP of Engineering. Charlie was previously a Senior Director of Engineering at GoDaddy. Link We enjoyed partnering with Scott Lawin and the Candy team on this assignment. Andre Llewellyn also joined as Chief Marketing Officer. Andre was previously Head of Global Brand Marketing at Instagram. Link
Circle: Kash Razzaghi was promoted to Chief Revenue Officer. Kash was previously an SVP of Revenue and Partnerships. Colin Brennan joined as VP of Treasury Operations. Colin was previously the Global Treasurer of ICG Markets at Citi. Link We enjoyed partnering with Patrick Corker on this assignment.
Robinhood: Frances Frei joined as a Board Member. Frances is a Professor at Harvard Business School. Link Baris Cetinok joined as Vice President of Product Management. Baris was previously a Senior Director, Product Management & Product Marketing at Apple. Link
Sotheby’s: Scott Milleisen joined as Chief Revenue Officer of Sothetby’s Financial Services. Scott was previously a Managing Director and US Head of Lending Solutions at JPMorgan Private Bank. We enjoyed partnering with Jasper Lewitton, Alex Klabin and Kara Freedman on this assignment.
Stripe: Matt Huang joined as a Board Member. Matt is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Paradigm. Link Kyle Vikström joined as Head of Americas GTM Finance. Kyle was previously a Director of Investor Relations at Microsoft. Link Christopher Van Woeart was promoted to Head of Product Risk & Strategy. Christopher was previously the Head of Treasury.
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