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Sean Wise – ‘Customers are the real people validating fintech ideas’

Sean Wise – 'Customers are the real people validating fintech ideas'. Image by Nadia Buravleva, Shutterstock.com
Written by Zack Miller

Zack Miller talks to Sean Wise about how fintech entrepreneurs, investors and partners can grow the next generation of financial services.

I’ve seen a lot of fintech startups. Some ideas, they’re just meh, while others knock your socks off. What’s the difference? What makes an idea worth pursuing while others should be put out to pasture?

This week’s guest on the Tearsheet podcast is Dr Sean Wise. He’s a university professor, bestselling author, international business speaker and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. He spent five seasons as a consultant for CBC on the mega-hit venture reality show Dragons’ Den, before moving in front of the camera as the host of Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Sean joins us to talk about his new book, co-written with venture investor Brad Feld, called Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job. We discuss how fintech entrepreneurs, investors and partners can size up ideas, partner and grow the next generation of financial services.

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

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– 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. Image by Nadia Buravleva, 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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