This week’s Day In The Life Interview comes with Ezechi Britton, Co Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Neyber.
Neyber’s goal is to help their members achieve their financial goals whether it’s simply being more confident about handling money matters, saving money on debt repayments or building up to a big purchase!
1. First can you tell us a bit about your job? What does your company do?
I am a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Neyber. I direct our technology team and have overall responsibility for the delivery of Neyber’s operating platform. Neyber is an award-winning financial wellbeing provider that helps UK employees to be better with their money. We partner with employers to support their workforce’s financial wellbeing with access to affordable, salary-deducted loans and financial education insights – all at no cost or risk to the employer. Our vision is to build a community of employees who can confidently deal with money and have access to fairer finance when they need it. We have been recognized as one of the top 50 most disruptive companies in the UK by Real Business and won “Benefits Innovation of the Year”, at the Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards. We were highly commended for “Innovation in Consumer Finance” at the Money Age Awards and are the Financial Wellbeing provider to the winner of the Employee Benefits Awards’ “Best Financial Wellbeing Strategy”. We’ve also received great endorsement from our customers who love our products and service and commended us at the AltFi “People’s Choice Award”.
2. What brought you to this area?
After graduating from the University of Kent with a Degree in Computer Science, I developed a career in investment banking technology working in senior roles at Lehman Brothers and then Credit Suisse in Zurich. Creating Neyber, as a socially inspired Fintech business, enabled me to fulfil my desire to be an entrepreneur “for good”. In practical terms this means working in a business that delivers on both diversity and financial inclusion; issues that are of fundamental importance to me.
3. What time does your day start, and what does your typical work day schedule look like?
As the CTO of one of the UK’s fastest growing Fintech businesses my work schedule runs on a 24/7 basis. This is also a factor that arises from start-up businesses too, where the requirements of business creation and platform development run hand in hand. I intersperse my work schedule with training in the gym, Salsa dancing, martial arts and climbing. What’s important here is the maintenance of a flexible approach that enables me to achieve the outputs required by Neyber while looking after my own wellbeing too.
4. What kind of projects are you currently working on?
My current focus is the scaling up of Neyber’s technology platform. This underpins the operability of our business and will ensure our continuing success as the company expands its customer base. I am also working on Neyber’s outreach and public profile too through speaking at events, networking and giving media interviews. This is vital for the company too because we operate in a tremendously competitive market, where brand recognition and “share of voice” greatly contribute to commercial success.
5. What do you consider the greatest achievement in your work to date?
I’m proud to have conceived and delivered the technological platform that “bootstrapped” Neyber. Without this we would not have the company that exists today. I also Co-Founded a business that is helping to make financial inclusion a reality in the UK and that is delivering a diverse working environment for over 80 people.
6. What is the one app you could not live without?
7. What’s the best thing about working at your company?
Taking control of my own destiny and helping to deliver a diverse and socially inclusive company that delivers products that will help working people across the UK to manage their finances.
8. Where is the after work hangout?
You can usually find us in one of the local bars in Shoreditch.
9. Who is your professional role model?
It has to be Elon Musk.
10. What makes London a good city for technology and start-ups?
London is a truly global centre for business and technology. Its social/economic foundations provide immense energy and inspiration for technologists and investors. We also have a great regulatory environment as a consequence of the FCA’s oversight of the financial services sector and benefit from the work of Innovate Finance, UK Fintech’s trade body.
11. Which tech trends are you most excited about?
There are so many, but I would highlight in particular Blockchain, autonomous vehicles and biotech; all of which will revolutionise the way that we all trade and live over the next decade.
12. What are the top 3 qualities you look for in an employee?
Eagerness to learn; the ability to learn; humility to learn from the work community
13. And finally, what is the one piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur starting out?
Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint!