Which Zurich FinTech startups are you particularly impressed with?
I continue to be fascinated by Lykke. The founder, Richard Olsen, is a true visionary and his objectives for Lykke and blockchain as a whole are an inspiration to me. Besides Lykke, we have other very exciting projects in the field of FinTech at Trust Square. However, some of these are still operating in “stealth mode”– so it is too early to talk about them just yet.
Is there an exchange in terms of FinTech between research, politics, startups, and the major banks in the City on the Limmat?
Yes, more and more. We have a number of people on the political stage who are extremely interested in this topic and have recognized the opportunities that arise by focusing on this subject at an early stage. The ETH and the University of Zurich have already been working in this field for some time, and there are various professorships that are geared towards blockchain. In addition, an increasing number of startups are taking up residence in Zurich. This combination of factors gives me confidence that we are well on track.
Which Fin-Tech expert would you like to invite to Zurich to exchange experiences, and why?
I always enjoy discussions with my friend, Michael Casey, author of the book, “The Age of Cryptocurrency”. This book was the reason why I finally plucked up courage to give in my notice at UBS. But there are other fascinating people who are very open towards the topic of blockchain and the opportunities arising for FinTech and the financial system – such as Don Tapscott and William Mougayar, two very interesting visionaries.