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Interview with Chris Gledhill

by | Sep 12, 2017 | Interviews,

Chris Gledhill

Chris Gledhill

CEO and Co-Founder at Secco
Key Topics:FinTech, Digital Banking & Financial Services, Open Banking, APIs, Blockchain, Digital/Virtual/Cryptocurrencies, Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning/Machine Learning, Big Data, Mobile Tech, Wearables, VR/AR, IoT, Biometrics.
Location:London, UK
Bio:

Top global FinTech Influencer, Technologist and Digital Nomad, Chris is on a mission to reinvent banking. Former lead of disruptive innovation labs at Lloyds Banking Group, Chris is now CEO and co-founder of reputational-economic startup Secco. Chris regularly speaks and blogs about financial services and is considered a thought leader in FinTech. Chris is passionate about disruptive technologies such as Digital Currencies, Blockchain, AI, Biometrics, Internet of Things, Big Data & APIs, Chris lives in South-London with his wife and 2 children.

How did you get to become an expert in fintech?

I’ve always been involved in Tech, I studied Computer Science at Uni and was a Technology Consultant at Accenture for many years across multiple industries including banking but I guess the Fin bit properly started in 2012 when I was working as Mobile Architect for Lloyds Banking Group in London. It was an exciting time in banking as mobile moved from novelty to primary customer touchpoint.

I started an Innovation role looking increasingly at the future of Financial Services and spent time out in Silicon Valley immersed in the budding FinTech ecosystem out there. I did extensive research, built a huge network and founded an innovation lab specifically focussed on disruptive innovation in financial services. Throughout the journey I found social media to be a valuable online tool and I rapidly progressed from content consumer to content curator to content creator and with it my social media following in FinTech grew. Offline I travelled the world speaking at FinTech events and collaborating on FinTech initiatives.

What areas of fintech are you most passionate about?

  • The future of money – The evolution of currency as it changes form, definition and value. Current trends in crypto currencies are clumsy early indications of a much bigger movement around the democratisation of value definition.
  • The future of banks – The ongoing role of banks going forward as value shifts away from Fiat money, particularly around custodians of data and identity and social media integration.
  • Societal impact of the changing financial landscape – The Privacy, Security & Social implications of upending 2000 years of economics, most pressing being the impact on civil liberties of the cashless movement.

Which fintech influencers influence you?

FinTech can be a bit of an echo chamber sometimes so I seek out those with something new to add such as…

Outside of fintech who else influences you?

Which brands or products stand out for you in fintech?

  • Incumbent Banks: Barclays, DBS
  • Challenger Banks: Monzo, N26, Starling
  • Publications: The Financial Brand, FT, Telegraph, Techcrunch
  • Regulators: The FCA
  • Other FinTechs: TransferWise, Nutmeg, Cabbage, Currency Cloud
  • Industry Tech Disrupters: Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Starbucks

If a brand wanted to work with you, what offline / online activities would you be most interested in?

  • Influencer Marketing
  • Speaking Opportunities
  • Podcasts/Webinars/Vlogs
  • Research Contributions
  • Guest Lecturing
  • FinTech Consultancy & Services
  • Ideas as a Service (IaaS)

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

You can email me on chris@seccoaura.com, drop me a message via Twitter or on LinkedIn


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