MarketOrders COO, Sukhi Jutla, talks about Why Diversity Matters with @FintechChat on 8th Aug 2018 – Do tune in!

 

Why “Diversity Matters” and how can #FinTech build a diverse workforce? Don’t miss our #FinTechChat and join the conversation with Sukhi Jutla, World’s 1st #BlockchainAuthor, next Wednesday, 8th Aug, 10AM. Follow us @FinTech_Chat.

 

 

 

Next week on 8th Aug 2018 at 10am GMT, Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders co-founder & COO,  will be live on Twitter talking to @FinTechChat on why diversity matters and how #FinTech can build a diverse workforce. They will discuss topics such as:
 

    • Why diversity matters in #FinTech
    • What are the biggest challenges in building a diverse workforce?
    • Why do we need more Women in FinTech?
    • How do we make the FinTech sector more Inclusive and Diverse?

 

…and much more so please do join in the conversation.

 

 

Don’t miss out and ear mark the date and time and join in the conversation. Follow us @FinTech_Chat and see you then!

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

The 2018 Asian Women of Achievement Awards – A celebration of incredible Asian Women

 

Sukhi Jutla and HRH Countess of Wessex at 2018 AWA Awards

 
Our co-founder, Sukhi Jutla, was a finalist in the entrepreneur category of the AWA Awards and we celebrated the event last week with a gala dinner held in association with NatWest, the 2018 Awards were held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Her Grace The Duchess of Wellington, Tulip Siddiq MP, Baroness Amos, Director, SOAS University of London, Rachel Johnson, Journalist, Author, Lewis Lukens, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy in London and actress Amrit Maghera

 
The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 1999, celebrate multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. We put on a platform, the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women; and informing a new, positive, pro-diversity debate.

 
Sukhi said, ‘I feel honoured I was selected as a finalist in the entrepreneur category and I hope to use this platform to further shine a spotlight on the amazing things female founders and entrepreneurs are doing”.

 
Here are a few pics from the eve and it was great to also meet HRH Countess of Wessex, definitely a photo moment!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

Why the Gold industry needs to wake up to the reality of blockchain technology

 
I walked into the newsagent to get some water and nibbles as I was driving a long way to visit one of my customers on the outskirts of London. It should have been an uneventful occurrence to grab a bottle of water when my eyes darted to what I thought was an ATM machine. But this was no ordinary ATM.

 

It said ‘BITCOIN ATM Machine

 

 

 

I instantly looked at the shop owner and he smiled back and said,’ I know what your thinking’ as if he had read my mind!

 

I am a passionate advocate for blockchain technology and recently qualified as an IBM Foundation Blockchain Developer to quench my growing thirst for how this technology suddenly became more mainstream and the ways in which it is already disrupting traditional industries. (see my last post where my co-founder Sukhi Jutla, became the works, first author, to have a book published on the blockchain.

http://s752989504.websitehome.co.uk/get-women-fintech-interview-marketorders-coo-co-founder-sukhi-jutla/

 

I continued to look at the Bitcoin ATM machine as I had heard about their existence but till now thought it was the myth. I didn’t realize people were using cryptocurrency to pay for their water bottles already!

 

Though blockchain tech is relatively new (it’s under a decade old), I am a newcomer to this industry but it’s changing so fast already. I have recently begun to get really inspired and excited about the way this technology can bring about huge changes especially in making things move more efficiently. In the gold industry, this means more transparency in the supply chain process as well as in confirming the origin of products.

 

So thought I was surprised to see my first Bitcoin vending machine, it certainly won’t be the last time I will see it. Perhaps next time, I may even pay for my bottle of water with a cryptocurrency!
 

 Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao
 

How to get more women into FinTech – an interview with MarketOrders COO and co – founder Sukhi Jutla

 
In today’s post @WomenInTech interviewed our co-founder and COO, Sukhi Jutla.
 

Sukhi is passionate about helping more women get into tech and MarketOrders also aims to
promote and champion more women in tech.
 


 
Read on for the full interview in which Sukhi shares her views on:

  • the changes in the FinTech space over the last few years
  • how we can inspire more women into FinTech careers
  • the importance of equality
  • inspiring words for female founders

 

Has the gender landscape changed in the FinTech environment from what you have seen over the last few years? If so, in what way?
When I started out in banking over a decade ago I was usually the only women in the meeting room. Or one of only a handful when attending related conferences. But today, with the explosion of FinTech becoming more mainstream and more and more people entering entrepreneurship, I see more women entering the FinTech space.
This is also because FinTech has expanded out of the constraints of banking and is now spilling into other areas of our day to day lives, such as blockchain being used in the creative industries by authors and musicians. FinTech is no longer constrained to the big banking giants. It has now become more accessible and is being used in different ways. And this is great becomes it encourages more women to consider working in this area.
 

What can we do to inspire more women into Fintech?
FinTech from the outside does seem like a male-dominated industry as people tend to think its all about computing and coding. But the essence of this industry is all about how to be more creative using people and technology. And it is these skills precisely; people skills and creativity, that i think women have plenty of expertise and strengths in.
To inspire more women into FinTech, we need to highlight the key skills and aptitudes it takes to succeed in this field and let women know that they don’t have to be coders or programmers to do well in FinTech.
We need to show that FinTech is all-encompassing and welcomes all skills and backgrounds. And more importantly, that it is an industry open to anyone as long as you are creative and curious and have a desire to use technology for good.
Showcasing and highlighting women’s efforts and success in the world of FinTech is also a good way to show other women that FinTech is a viable career path for them. It’s important that we champion and support each other!
 

What does equality mean to you?
Equality means being given opportunities and awarded credit based on what you bring to the table regardless of your gender or background.
What would you like to see change in regards to equality in FinTech?
There should be more focus on showcasing all the industries that FinTech is shaking up. It’s no longer just the domain of finance. For example, blockchain is shaking things up in traditional industries such as fishing, shipping and even gold jewellery.
The more we can share about how FinTech is changing our lives, the more we can raise awareness that FinTech is not just for the banking elite, but open for anyone who is curious and creative enough to want to see how technology can be used to disrupt their industry.
For example, my company, MarketOrders is looking into how blockchain can be used in the traditional gold jewellery industry. From payments to verifying the source of the gold, there is a lot of scope for change and creating better processes and systems.
 

What inspirational words would you offer to other women?
Identify the types of skills and work you enjoy doing and that brings out the best in you. Then find work that will use those unique abilities you have. I call this your ‘Unfair Advantage’ and talk about it in my book ‘Escape The Cubicle: Quit The Job You Hate, Create A Life You Love’.
For example, if you are great at organising and getting things done, then you can look into working for a FinTech startup that needs those types of skills.
FinTech is not only for coders and programmers. Every successful company needs a balance of skills and abilities and you need to see what you are good at and how you can best contribute. And the added bonus is when you do work you, love, you never have to work a day in your life!
FinTech is going to continue to be a growing part of our lives and there has never been a more exciting time to jump in and shape this exciting future. So I welcome you to join this growing industry and put your stamp on it!
 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao