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Ep.72 The Rise of Icelandic Fintech: Heroism and Entrepreneurship at the Edge of the Habitable World – Gunnlaugur Jonsson, CEO & Founder of the Fintech Cluster

We have to admit it, when it comes to Iceland, we are slightly bias. The country offers some of the most spectacular scenery one could visit as well as some astonishing natural attractions and world class hospitality. It is also home to ingenious down to earth people who have achieved the extraordinary feat of making this mid Atlantic largely uninhabited landmass, a thriving nation with all the infrastructure, industry and services, needed to prosper its 360,000 population.

In our recent visit to Reykjavik we had the opportunity to meet, amongst many inspiring entrepreneurs, Gunnlaugur   , CEO and Founder of the Fitnech Cluster. In this engaging conversation we hear how Iceland’s fascination with heroism combined with its self sufficiency and necessary ability to adapt, is creating some outstanding fintechs that are born global from their inception.  Learn about how the past and recent history of this Nordic nation continues to shape its approach to finance and the way in which visionaries are role modelling a new breed of financial services to the rest of the world.

Chris Crespo
Chris Crespo
Chris is a Founding Partner and Chief Editor at Nordic Fintech Magazine, where he simplifies complex financial ideas into easy-to-understand content. With nearly 20 years of experience in management consulting and financial services, including leadership roles with some of Europe's largest banks, he offers profound industry insights. Previously serving as the Chief Futurist at the largest bank in the Nordics, Chris has sharp views on the Future of Financial Services, Money, Disruption, and Ethical AI in Finance. He is also a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Singularity University and Copenhagen Business School, where he frequently discusses the future of Money, Finance, and Entrepreneurship in Financial Services. As a Behavioral Economist, Chris is passionate about studying how human behavior and decision-making relate to risk. He also delves into the connections between psychology, leadership, and technology within financial services.