Inside the Vacuum

Inside the Vacuum

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Inside the Vacuum podcast explores the lives and journeys of founders and technology leaders as they work to overcome challenges in an ever-changing world. Hosted by Marcel Klimo of Vacuumlabs.


#015: Understand your customers across borders, not just in your home market (Peter Murray of W2 Global Data)
Sep 23 • 10 min
On this episode of Inside the Vacuum, we talk with Peter Murray from W2 about changing needs of identity verification and anti-money laundering across the world, so that you can understand who your customers are across the world. Here is a quick rundown…
#014 Empowering merchants after government doubles number of cards in India (Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya of ZUP SoftPOS)
Sep 15 • 10 min
In this episode of Inside the Vacuum, we talk with Jaijit Bhattacharya from Zerone Microsystem about the Indian payment card market and how his mobile POS is empowering millions of merchants to now accepts payments in a country, which nearly doubled the…
#013 Biometric payment cards are a competitive advantage in the world of COVID (Angela Davies of Thames Technology)
Sep 10 • 13 min
In this episode of Inside the Vacuum, we talk with Angela Davies from Thames Technology about issuing cards and how biometric cards are the next generation of secure payment perfectly suited for the current world Here is a quick rundown of the episode:…
#12 War stories with Dom Pym (Up Bank)
Sep 2 • 58 min
In this episode, we interview Dom Pym, co-founder of Up Bank about the open banking landscape in Australia, the launch of their banking API and how their focus on being a contrarian technology company has helped them bring features to market in record…
#11 War stories with Brano Vargic (Home Credit Vietnam)
Aug 25 • 27 min
In this episode, Brano Vargic talks with Marcel about the fintech scene in Southeast Asia, hypergrowth of the local market and gives tips on how to get started in the region as a company coming in from Europe or the Americas. Brano is currently the COO of…
#10 War stories with Paul Taylor (Thought Machine)
Aug 19 • 35 min
In this episode, we speak about the cloud, banking, and complexity of the system. Switching his career from speech to banking, Paul reveals his insights on establishing a successful company and challenges that need to be overcome. Here is a rundown of the…
#09 War stories with Michal Smida (Twisto)
Aug 12 • 37 min
In this episode, we talked about Buy now, pay later service which has a big potential in CEE region. Also, Michal shared history and challenges of Twisto as well as his predictions for future. Here is a rundown of the episode, if you want to jump ahead:…
#08 War stories with Monika Nemeth (Fintech Zone)
Aug 5 • 29 min
In this episode of Inside the Vacuum, we speak with Monika Nemeth about her transition from the telco sector into finance and payments. The fintech and banking sector is going through a massive opening and renaissance due to open banking regulation like…
#07 Investing and banking with Sheel Mohnot (Better Tomorrow Ventures)
May 13 • 24 min
Sheel is co-founder of Better Tomorrow, a seed stage VC firm investing in Fintech companies globally. His own startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits – a payments company and a high-stakes auction company, and he is GP of the 500 Fintech…
#06 Startups in the fintech industry with Mary Alcantara (MKB Fintechlab)
May 6 • 40 min
Mary Alcantara is the Deputy Managing Director of MKB Fintechlab, Hungary’s first fintech innovation lab and design competence center owned by MKB Bank. At Fintechlab, Mary leads the innovation team, brokers bank partnerships with startups and scaleups,…
#05 Know your bank customer in context with Balazs Vinnai (W.UP)
Apr 29 • 24 min
Balazs Vinnai is a serial entrepreneur, investor and mentor for growth stage companies.He is currently the president of W.UP, which helps banks unleash the power of real-time data to understand and serve their customers better. In this episode, we speak…
#04 Embedded payments with Brad van Leeuwen (Cledara)
Apr 22 • 44 min
Brad van Leeuwen is the COO and co-founder of Cledara. He enjoys creating things that make the world better. His personal mission is to try to understand things from first principles and move from there. Cledara’s mission is to make SaaS scalable for the…
#03 On the Future of Payments with Nick Kerigan (Barclaycard)
Apr 15 • 52 min
Nick Kerigan is a Fintech and Payments industry veteran, most recently at the role Managing Director - Future Payments at Barclaycard. His team has been responsible for designing and developing innovations such as the award-winning Grab+Go and Dine &…
#02 How making friends early helped Cledara grow with Cristina Villa (Cledara)
Apr 1 • 21 min
On this episode of Inside the Vacuum, we speak to Cristina Vila, the founder of Cledara. Cristina founded her company after seeing how painful managing software-as-a-service subscriptions was for other founders and their CFOs. Cledara empowers companies…
#01 How an aspiring drummer became a fintech founder with Ivan Muck (ff.next)
Mar 24 • 29 min
On the first episode of Inside the Vacuum, we speak to Ivan Muck, the co-founder and CEO of Family Finances. Growing up in a family of musicians, he dreamed of becoming a professional drummer and ended up helping banks and fintechs understand the needs of…