Shaun Weston chats to Silvan Schumacher about Swanest, and how the do-it-yourself investing platform came into being.

I spent some time on a Skype call to Belgium last week, recording this podcast for BankNXT. The subject was a beta fintech startup called Swanest, which plans to ’empower do-it-yourself investors’. It’s another in a pleasingly long line of fintech companies looking to change financial services, and CEO Silvan Schumacher was open to any line of enquiry I was able to throw at him (including why he used to dress as a clown).

He goes on to explain how the complex topic of investing is broken down into a more manageable and understandable platform through a combination of beautiful design and simplicity. Silvan also talks about the fintech scene in Belgium, being customer-centric, the influence of the global financial crisis, and the challenges the team faced in getting Swanest up and running.

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Shaun Weston

Shaun Weston is Senior Editor of BankNXT and Backbase, and a creative content provider specialising in digital projects, marketing and social media. He has worked with businesses that focus on editorial strategy for online or print, consumer or B2B, and his work includes The Economist, SAS, Oracle, Future Publishing, FoodBev.com and Backbase.

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