1. If you had to name a “single most impressive thing” about Vintage, what would it be?
The People. It’s all about the people.
2. What is the most valuable investment that you’ve ever made?
We relocated to London a few years back when my daughters were still very young. Spending time with them, especially during the first few months, helping them settle in, learning a new language, and exploring London with them was an amazing time (even if sometimes quite challenging). It was a great, unique, and fulfilling experience for me.
3. What advice would you give to founders in fundraising?
Start raising before running out of cash and be well prepared before you kick off the fundraising process. You need to have a strong cash management plan, asking yourself, what if things don’t go exactly as expected? Lastly, as much as you can, look for a partner whose values align with yours, and align with how you view your company’s path to scale.
4. What is something you would still like to learn how to do?
There are quite a few, but to start, I really want to learn how to play the drums.
5. What advice would you give your younger self?
Keep playing a team sport, as it will give you so many important skills – being a team player, overcoming challenges, enjoying victories but understanding that tomorrow is a new game, managing your time, and just enjoying the game!
6. What is the one item you can’t live without?
A passport. I was dazzled when I got my passport for my first travel experience. I have a strong desire to travel and explore, and it can only be achieved (in most cases) with a passport.
7. Learnings – A: What piece of advice would you give yourself when you started your career journey? B: What advice would you ignore?
A: Work hard but remember to take breaks.
B: Failure is not an option. Failure’s always an option and yet… you’ll be fine.
8. What do you have your eyes on right now in the industry/news?
The banking crises. Recession risks have been re-ignited by the recent banking collapses. The collapse panicked markets, piling pain on weaker financial institutions already struggling with the unintended consequences of soaring inflation and high-interest rates. At the same time, consumers and companies are facing increased pain from rising interest rates. This banking crises is a wake-up call about managing risks, particularly cash and treasury management, but it generally also emphasizes the importance of doing risk assessments.
9. What is the one place you have never been to that you would like to visit?
The Maracana (Rio de Janeiro). As a big football fan, I have been to most of the top football stadiums, but I haven’t had the chance to visit the Maracana, which is one of the most notable stadiums in a country that lives and breathes soccer, situated in one of the most beautiful cities throughout the world.
10. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you were older?
It was more like when I was a teenager. I was curious about what’s going on in the minds of the people who commit crimes, learning about their characteristics, what motivates them, and what conflicts they have. Tony Soprano’s character is an excellent example of why I was probably enthused about it.