40 Minute Mentor

Episode 16

February 17, 2020

Building High-Performing Teams with David M. Brear

We’re really excited to bring you this special bonus episode of the 40 Minute Mentor with one of the most well-known figures in FinTech – the awesome David M. Brear, CEO of 11:FS.

11:FS are made up of some of the greatest minds in FinTech who are working to build and launch next-generation digital propositions for some of the biggest financial institutions in the world.

In just 4 years they have achieved some incredible results as a challenger consultancy, whilst also launching one of the top business podcasts in the UK. Their strapline alone – Digital banking is only 1% finished – gives you a flavour of their drive to challenge the status quo and disrupt the industry.

As a fellow podcast host and passionate sports fan, David and James had a lot to talk about! We have admired 11:FS for a long time so it was a real honour to sit down with David to find out more about his own career path and hear first-hand the incredible journey that 11:FS have been on.

“I think humans are good people. I don’t think anybody sets out to be a bad person. But I think many of the incentives that are put around people within organisations can turn good people bad.”

David M. Brear

Tune in to discover

30 second CV [03:05]
Dream of becoming a professional athlete [03:36]
Pivot to finance [06:05]
The rise of UK FinTech [07:41]
The origin story of 11:FS [09:13]
Incentives turning good people bad [12:08]
The opportunity for 11:FS [14:47]
Team culture at 11:FS [21:47]
Impact of sport on your career [24:03]
Finding the best people [26:14]
"Finished" doesn't exist [29:56]
Mentorship [35:09]

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Helpful links

💙 I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at ku.oc.cmbj@semaj

➡️ If you want to find out more about David M Brear, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbrear/ 

➡️ If you want to find out more about 11:FS you can have a look at their website –  https://11fs.com/

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