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Building a Fintech empire with Francois Lafortune, Founder and CEO @ Diagram

Point of No Return podcast

Release Date: 10/25/2019

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On this week’s show, we spoke with Francois Lafortune, Founder and CEO @ Diagram. Francois Lafortune is an entrepreneur and investor with fifteen years experience in building businesses in the financial technology sector. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diagram Ventures, a $85m venture builder that co-founds technology companies pursuing transformative innovation in the financial, insurance and healthcare sectors. Francois is also a Partner of Portag3 Ventures, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Québec, he sits on Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s advisory committee on Open Banking; and he is a member of the AMF’s Technological Innovation advisory committee.

Prior to founding Diagram, he co-led the Canadian Business Technology practice at McKinsey & Company. Francois holds an engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he started companies at the age of 13
  • What he learned in consulting
  • The idea behind Diagram and building a Fintech ecosystem
  • Validating ideas quickly and prototyping
  • Working with incumbents and disruptors

 

François is in the empire building business and Diagram is already creating world-class businesses. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

 

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