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Interview with fintech recruiter Nako Mbelle

Interview with fintech recruiter Nako Mbelle. Photo by Shahrokost, Shutterstock.com
Written by Zack Miller

Fintech recruiter Nako Mbelle tells Zack Miller that, ‘Fintech skillsets in demand right now are pretty exotic’, for the latest Tearsheet podcast.

This week’s guest on the podcast is Nako Mbelle, who runs global recruitment boutique Fintech Recruiters, serving the financial technology market. She works with Fintech 100 clients in the US, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.

I invited Nako onto the show to talk about how top companies are identifying and hiring top talent in the fintech, and even more specific, the cryptocurrency market. We discuss what motivates employees in the space, and the type of packages firms are putting together to lure recruits.

“We have a number of blockchain roles right now,” she says. “It’s a variety of languages, because bitcoin is really built on C++, so there are people looking for C++ developers, even if you don’t know bitcoin. Python is big. Scala is another one. We’re looking for Ethereum developers. As you can imagine, these people are hard to find. JavaScript seems to be a really popular now, all of a sudden. People want stuff to look pretty and user friendly, so JavaScript is a big one.

“Demand is very much outstripping supply, and what I suggest to anyone listening to this podcast: If you’re really interested in pivoting in any way in your career, I highly recommend going to a meet-up in whichever city you are – a blockchain or Ethereum meet-up (I think Ethereum is just going to explode).”

“Not everybody writes books and not everybody writes articles, but we all know how to write,” she says. “I think that’s what’s going to happen – I think everyone will literally know how to code to some extent … it’s just that there will be specialists who do it really, really well. Others will interpret it at a fundamental level, and I think that’s where the market is going. I think coding will be literacy.”

You can listen to more episodes of the Tearsheet Podcast, and other fintech shows, on the BankNXT podcast page. Enjoy!

– This Tearsheet podcast is reproduced with kind permission. Some minor changes may have been made to the text to reflect BankNXT style considerations, but the podcast itself is always unchanged. Photo by Shahrokost, Shutterstock.com

About the author

Zack Miller

Zack Miller is founder of Tearsheet (formerly Tradestreaming), a vertical media company focused on the digital finance and fintech industries. Zack has worked with and consulted to many top venture-backed fintech companies, including Lending Club, Behalf, SigFig, OurCrowd and Seeking Alpha.

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