Over the summer, we’re going to publish separately a number of audio interviews we’ve recorded at conferences and other events in the past few months for our weekly podcast.
We recently kicked off things with an interview with Jacob de Geer, one of the founders and chief executive of Swedish mobile payments startup iZettle.
Today, we’re publishing a recent interview with venture capitalist Mark Tluszcz, the Luxembourg-based co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, which has backed the likes of Skype, Wix, Lesara, FreedomPop, OpenX and Outfittery.
Tluszcz and I talked about Mangrove’s current status and investment strategy, and the state of the European tech industry, but we also touched upon one of his pet peeves – if you follow Mark on Twitter, which you should, you will know that he is quite outspoken and critical about the fairly recent hype around European fintech businesses.
Spoiler alert: Tluszcz doesn’t believe European VC firms have invested in truly disruptive fintech startups just yet. In his words: “They’re great businesses, but they’re never going to be world-beaters.”