Team

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Vladislav Solodkiy

CEO and Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC
Founder of Life.SREDA VC. One of TOP35 most influential fintech-investors in the world in 2015 and 2016 (by Institutional Investor magazine), and of TOP100 fintech-ecosystem builders in Asia in 2015 and 2016 (by E&Y and NextMoney). Contributor for Forbes, TechInAsia and many other business and tech- media. Speaker and judge at Money2020, European Fintech Awards and many other fintech events.

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Igor Pesin

Partner and Investment Director at Life.SREDA VC
Igor Pesin is a Partner and Investment Director at Life.SREDA VC, a global fintech-focused venture capital fund, headquartered in Singapore. Being responsible at Life.SREDA for the investments throughout their entire life cycle, Igor has executed more than 20 fintech deals across the world – in the US, Europe, CIS and Asia. Some companies, invested by Life.SREDA, are well-know benchmarks in the fintech space: Simple bank (sold to financial group BBVA), Moven, Fidor, Anthemis, SumUp, Allset, Rocketbank, Lenddo etc. Among 20 investments, Igor executed 7 successful exits through M&As and secondary deals.

— Board/Advisory Board Member at SumUp (Germany), Allset (US), Fastacash (Singapore), SoftPay (Vietnam), Scorista (Russia), Lenddo (US), Ayannah (Philippines), Mobikon (India), Yolopay (Singapore)

— From April 2016 Igor serves as CFO and managing director at Life.SREDA’s newly formed Banking on Blockchain fund (London)

— From June 2016 Igor serves as interim CEO for Life.SREDA’s strategic portfolio company in Asia BAASIS (www.baas.is ), the first Pan-Asian open-API bank-as-a-service platform aimed to address main challenges of fintech in Asia and create infrastructure for the whole industry.

Previous Igor’s background includes mix of corporate and entrepreneurial experience: 5 years in management consultancy and M&A (Strategy Partners Group, KPMG, IT businesses of JFK System) and 4 years as serial entrepreneur, launching and managing own startups in the e-commerce and tech space.
Igor passed a full-time MBA program in management, finance and investments at SKOLKOVO (US, China, Russia), entrepreneurship and innovations executive program at MIT Sloan (US), holds degrees in math and economics from The Higher School of Economics (Russia)

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Chris Skinner

Partner, Life.SREDA BB fund
Author of bestsellers «Digital Bank» and «ValueWeb». One of the most famous fintech ambassadors and star-guests at most of fintech events across the world. Such leading business magazines like Forbes, WSJ and others named him as one of TOP5 fintech-influencers in the world. For 15 years he is consultant for leading banks regarding innovations in their businesses.

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Thomas Labenbacher

Partner, Life.SREDA BB fund

Thomas is a Financial Services expert, an ex-Banker and a serial FinTech entrepreneur.

Thomas was Co-Founder of Fidor Bank International and Fidor Pays. Fidor has been sold to BPCE, the 2nd biggest French banking group. He also built an e-wallet company and successfully sold it 2015. Recently, he was a founding partner of a company dealing with loyalty programs and the Blockchain technology.

Prior to his entrepreneurship, he spent 15 years in banking. He was heading up the Transaction Banking Division in Raiffeisenbank International including. Before joining Raiffeisen he was a member of the management board of the Western Union International Bank being responsible for Retail. He started his banking career at GE Capital.

Together with Chris Skinner, Thomas is founder of the Financial Service Club CEE.

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David Brear

Partner, Life.SREDA BB fund
David M. Brear is the Co-Founder and CEO at 11:FS. David’s has been immersed in the technology of financial services for as long as he’s been working and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in Banking, Insurance and Fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies.
His CV takes in senior roles at banks, insurers, research and analysis firms and consultancies. He spends his time these days helping banks, insurers, regulators and governments be better and has established 11:FS, along with other industry household names, to become a truly subject matter expert led source of benchmarking, research, advice and investment for banks and FinTech.
David has recently, in addition, launched an investment fund with Chris Skinner and Life.SREDA, who have had such successes as Moven, Simple and Fidor. The investment fund will focus on bringing clarity to banks with regards to Blockchain development and will invest in early stage Blockchain startups.
Before 11:FS David was most recently the Global Director of Digital Banking in Gartner with senior roles before this at Infosys, Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva and Foolproof. With a deep range of experience and qualifications across a number of digital disciplines, gained from years working on agency, consultancy and client side for a number of top financial services global brands, David has a truly unique vantage point on the FinTech and Banking industry and doesn’t mind sharing it.
Specialties: FinTech, FinServ, Digital Strategy, Digital Compliance, Digital Operating Models, User Experience Design, Service Design, Mobile Banking, Personal Financial Management tools, eCommerce, Online Proposition Development, All aspects of Digital Marketing, Pay Per Click, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Affiliate Marketing, Aggregators, User Testing, User Experience, Human Computer Interaction, Stakeholder Management.

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Simon Taylor

Partner, Life.SREDA BB fund
Named by Next Bank Europe as one of the 40 who’s who in Fintech.
Fintech and Blockchain / Distributed Ledgers are hotter than the sun. Should you be investing? What’s the right strategy?

The topics I’m reading, writing about and loving at the moment
1) Crypto-currencies, the Blockchain and all things Ripple, Stellar and Bitcoin.
2) Banks and API platforms. Why and how to execute.
3) R+D as a Service. Buying Innovation, and Challenger Brands
4) Identity as a Service. Because self sovereignty of identity is everything.