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Published 15/06/2015

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Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf
Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast
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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Regulating Digital Currency talk during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Max Keiser during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Mike Waldron and Sheelan Yousefizadeh at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Mike Waldron and Sheelan Yousefizadeh at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Nell Watson at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Tom Gonser at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Meagan Eisenberg of mongoDB during day one of EnterConf. Pic Mark Marlow
15 June 2015; Delegates prepare ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates prepare ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Nicolas Huss of Visa Europe speaks at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, Stripe, in conversation with Adrian Weckler. Delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; The Bitnet stand ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; The insight stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of Centre Stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; The insight stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates networking during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the audience as Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, Stripe, in conversation with Adrian Weckler. Delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view of exibition stands as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Nicolas Huss of Visa Europe speaks at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the audience as Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, centre, of Stripe, meets delegates during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, centre, of Stripe, meets delegates during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates at the Invest Northern Ireland lounge during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates at the Bitnet lounge during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates in attendance during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Indie film investor and venture capitalist Amy Nauiokas will speak on the first day of the MoneyConf event.

Ms Nauiokas is founder and president of venture investment firm Anthemis and media financing firm Archer Gray.

She helped bring Dublin indie movie Once to Broadway - it went on to win eight Tony awards. She has played a role in many small independent films, showcasing the films at the Sundance Film Festival.

Things could have been so different if it wasn't for a lie-in on Monday, September 11, 2001.

She worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of New York's World Trade Center, where 658 colleagues died.

She went on to play a major role in rebuilding the company.

Her talk, the second on Monday morning, will be called Making a Fintech Comeback.

In 2008 she set up her own business investing in financial technological firms, among them property research website Zoopla.

Other successful investments include Climate Corporation, sold to Monsanto in 2013 for just shy of $1billion.

Businesswoman who was ‘one of the lads’

From being the first woman to work offshore on a UK oil rig to being number two in Mastercard, Ann Cairns knows how to take her chances when she sees them.

Ms Cairns, president of international markets at MasterCard Worldwide, will speak tomorrow about ‘Opening Up a World of Opportunity’.

She started out as a research scientist before making the move into offshore engineering, where she said she “was definitely one of the lads”.

Ms Cairns then embarked on a long career in financial services, with six years at Dutch bank ABN Amro, where she was chief executive officer of transaction banking. A 15-year career followed at Citigroup as chief operating officer, e-Business, where she led US, European and Japanese operations.

She made the transition to restructuring as the crash hit in 2008. This led to a major role in helping wind down failed investment bank Lehman Brothers in Europe.

In 2011 she made the move to Mastercard where she is president of international markets.

Global company started in spare bedroom

Northern Ireland will be able to showcase its own success stories in the tech world. Newry’s Brian Conlon is founder of First Derivatives and Belfast Telegraph Business Personality of the Year 2015.

He will lend his insights to a panel discussion, The Capital Markets Story, today.

His firm, which now employs 1,200, had humble beginnings.

High-powered jobs in financial markets of the sort he was used to were thin on the ground in Newry when he came home in the mid-1990s after working in London and travelling wherever his work brought him.

He started in a spare bedroom in the family home with his mum as his secretary.

The software and consultancy firm saw pre-tax profit rise by 120%, from £7.9m in 2014 to £17.5m this year.

Revenue increased 19% from £69.9m to £83.2m in the financial year ending February 28, 2015. The headquarters remain in Canal Quay, reflecting Brian’s personal links to Newry. But it has 13 offices including in Dubai, Philadelphia and Singapore.

John made his first million while at school

At 17, while his contemporaries were looking to revise for their exams and planning which university to attend, John Collison was making his first million.

In 2008 Mr Collison and brother Patrick, 19 at the time, sold their software business Auctomatic for €3m (£2.2m). 

The entrepreneur, from Limerick, then returned to school to complete his leaving certificate before heading off to study psychology at Harvard in the USA.

After leaving the university he set up payments company Stripe in 2010, along with his brother. It has seen rapid growth and attracted £145m in funding.

The company has been turning heads with investment from the likes of PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel — who was an early investor in Facebook — Max Levchin and Elon Musk. Stripe is currently used by 17,000 websites and is available to be used in 20 countries, including the UK and Ireland. Mr Collison will kick off the week as the first speaker at the MoneyConf event this morning.

Belfast Telegraph

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