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The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett: E107: Starling Bank: Building a $1.5 Billion Business Against The Odds: Anne Boden

The Episode “E107: Starling Bank: Building a $1.5 Billion Business Against The Odds: Anne Boden” of “The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

The story of how Anne built her business is a genuine blockbuster of entrepreneurship and perseverance. Starling is one of the biggest FinTech companies in the world, with billions in deposits, but after listening to this you’ll be amazed how it was possible. 
When her co-founder walked out of the company, and took the funding with him, Anne walked in to an office where she was the only employee on the books, and had to start the company she’d built all over again. Little by little, she came back, and a year later landed a mega investment deal in one of the most incredible stories we’ve ever had on this podcast. 
What really shines about Anne is the clear sense of mission she’s infused her company with. Anne really cares about doing right by the customer, and cleaning up an industry that historically doesn’t have a record of giving people a fair shake. Anne is in business to make the world a better place, and we think after listening to this you’ll agree that Anne’s story shows business success can come from the most unlikely places. 
Topics
  • Humble beginnings
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Starting Starling bank & clashes with Tom at Monzo
  • Raising funding
  • What have you learnt about raising investment?
  • Managing your emotions when running Starling
  • Work life balance – maintaining relationships
  • Key advice you would told your younger self
  • Our last guests question
Anne:
Anne’s book:
Our Episode with Tom from Monzo:

A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 29 year old ex CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted and I don’t have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.

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