Inspired by finews’ list of the hottest bankers in Switzerland, we thought we’d have our fun come up with a fintech startup version of this list.
Given how hot the weather is today, we thought you would also appreciate this list of top 10 hottest men within the fintech space handpicked by the ladies in our editorial team.
Since it is 2019 and the measure of men should not be reduced to just their looks, this list also takes into consideration their achievements as well, which is why the list will be selected from Switzerland’s Top Fintech Startups of 2019.
Of course, it goes without saying that this list is meant to be light-hearted read and is written in the spirit of good fun.
Check it out and enjoy the rest of your (maybe last) summer holiday for 2019.
The 10 Hottest Swiss Fintech Founders and CEOs
10/ Nicolas Blanchard, Co-Founder, Apiax
Blanchard started his career as a software developer in the financial service industry and graduated later with a BSc in Economics, Marketing and with a CAS in Crisis Communications.
Prior to Apiax, Blanchard was the head of marketing of Appway, a software company based in Zurich, and co-founded food startup delicioustaste.
9/ Daniel Sandmeier, CEO, Instimatch Global
Daniel Sandmeier is the CEO of Instimatch Global, a P2P lending platform for institutional lenders and borrowers.
Sandmeier has more than 20 years of experience in banking and financial markets, has broad knowledge and experience in private and investment banking, and is a recognized industry expert in equities, derivatives and structured products. He previously held positions at Credit Suisse as well as the Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA).
8/ Christian Weder, Co-Founder and Software Engineer, Yapeal
Christian Weder is a co-founder and software engineer at Yapeal, an upcoming neo-bank in Switzerland that aims to redefine banking. The YapApp would be based on blockchain-inspired technology, and some features include a fully-digital onboarding process, AI to figure out one’s lifestyle and habits, a digital budget advisor called the Financial Amigo, among others.
Prior to Yapeal, Weder was a software engineer at UBS.
7/ Andrej Majcen, Co-Founder and Head Client Services, Bitcoin Suisse
Andrej Majcen is the co-founder and head of client services of Bitcoin Suisse, a company providing private and institutional clients with a wide-range of crypto-related services such as brokerage, hyper-secure storage of crypto-assets, bespoke ICO-services and other crypto-financial services.
Majcen joined the company in autumn 2013 as an an account manager and became later the compliance officer. He also held the function of COO at Bitcoin Suisse. Today, Majcen is responsible for all relationship managers of the brokerage and retail department.
6/ Kevin Linser, Founder and Marketing Lead, Selma Finance
Kevin Linser is the founder and marketing lead of Selma Finance, a robo-advisor aimed at bringing investing “down to earth.” Linser is a marketer (MSc) specialized in service and brand development. At Selma Finance, Linser helps users to get started with the platform and keeps them up to date.
Prior to founding the company, Linser held positions at NAU App, a London-based mobile service, EFS Business Consultancy and P8 HOFHERR.
5/ Julien Schillewaert, CEO, PriceHubble
Julien Schillewaert is the CEO of PriceHubble, a proptech startup aimed at improving the understanding and transparency behind real estate markets via data driven insights. PriceHubble uses machine learning to offer insights based on analytics via simplified data visualizations along the entire real estate value chain.
Prior to PriceHubble, Schillewaert was the chief product officer of fintech company MoneyPark.
4/ Florian Kuebler, Co-Founder and Board Member, splend!t
Florian Kuebler is the co-founder and a board member of splend!t, an Internet platform for educational finance connecting students with private investors to provide them with a quick and fair source of financing their education.
Kuebler is also the CEO and founder of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform LEND, and previously worked at Zürcher Kantonalbank and UBS.
3/ Jan Brzezek, CEO, Founder and Board Member, Crypto Finance
Jan Brzezek is the CEO, founder and a board member of Crypto Finance, a fintech holding company providing blockchain-related services.
Before founding Crypto Finance, Brzezek held various positions at UBS Asset Management, Wealth Management & Investment Bank. At UBS, Brzezek was responsible for the smart structured product proof-of-concept, and worked several years in derivatives and fixed income sales and trading for the bank in Zurich, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Prior to his career at UBS, he was a derivatives expert at the SIX Swiss Exchange.
2/ Joël Winteregg, CEO and Co-Founder, NetGuardians
Joël Winteregg is the CEO and co-founder of NetGuardians, an award-winning Swiss fintech that has developed the first augmented intelligence solution for banks to prevent fraud.
As NetGuardians CEO, Winteregg both guides innovation of NetGuardians core solutions and drives business development, with a focus on Europe and Africa. With almost 10 years as an entrepreneurial business leader, he has solid experience in research and development (R&D) and as a software engineer, including as a security specialist with the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies.
1/ Michael Noorlander, Co-Founder, neon
Michael Noorlander is the co-founder of neon, a startup providing fully-service digital accounts with Visa debit/credit card tracking and controlling.
Prior to neon, Noorlander was a strategy consultant and previously held positions at Strategy&, part of the PwC network, as well as UBS. He holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen.