WHAT I DO
I currently lead the Market & Competitive Intelligence function for Checkout.com, the 2nd largest Fintech globally.
My main challenge: scaling this organisation.
This brings me to continuously reflect on Productivity, Management, and Leadership.
My professional expertise sits at the interface between Strategy, Data, and Product.
WHO I AM
I spent all of my childhood and teenage life reading about 50-100 books per year. The only sanction my parents had found that would have any impact on me was: “That’s it, you’re not allowed to read for X days.”. And that would still simply lead me to ruin my eyes reading under my blanket with a lamp torch at night. I read about science, history, literature. I studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and philosophy.
I thought I understood many things. Obviously I didn’t because I had zero life experience, but it gave me deep knowledge roots and consumption habits.
I spent the first 3 years of university studying the world through the prism of theoretical mathematics and physics, chemistry, and molecular biology. I taught physics and chemistry at university. Although incredibly enjoyable and useful, I realised those were not providing anything close to an exhaustive mental frame to truly understand the world beyond physical reality.
I then spent the following 3 years studying economics, quantitative finance, management, and strategy. I plunged myself into behavioural sciences and evolutionary psychology.
Still not enough to truly understand what matters.
I worked in strategy consulting, asset management, and built and lead product teams in two different Fintechs. I lived in several countries, worked with incredibly smart and successful people, learnt a third language and culture.
Guess what - it helped, but still not enough.
I also experimented a lot on the side: human psychology through professional magic tricks, decision-making under stress through private plane piloting and mountaineering, personal resilience through barefoot running and some MMA.
For 2.5 years, I have been building and leading the Business Intelligence function for Checkout.com, the 2nd largest Fintech globally. I also started writing and publishing online.
Those two experiences forced me to think about how I actually consumed and processed knowledge, how I made decisions, and how I actually thought. I started mapping them, analysing them, and fixing them. I started seeing my blind spots much more clearly, and I learnt more in that year than in any other I can remember.
The last catalyst was that my wife and I had a wonderful baby daughter, and I started wondering how I could save her some of those 30 years of trial and error. I still don’t think I know much - or at least nowhere close enough of what I would want to know - but I understand much better how to learn and apply what truly matters.
I am building this knowledge base in Roam Research, the most disruptive knowledge product created since the Internet.
Incidentally, my new position in Strategy at Checkout.com means that my core professional and personal challenges have now converged. My professional mission? Ensuring that decision-making is leveraging the right strategic insights.