Finding the Right Way to Accelerate Growth in Fintech Companies

Find how fintech companies balance people, products, and customers to thrive in a dynamic market.
Ernesto Di GiambattistaJune 19, 202419 min

The fintech market has been, and continues to be, highly competitive and dynamic. For companies in this space, success hinges on the critical balance between people, product or service, and customers. Assembling a team of talented and driven individuals that bring a diverse range of skills and experiences to the table fosters an environment that emphasizes creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. Whether they’re founders, engineers, or marketers, each member plays an important role in steering the startup towards its goals. Cultivating a culture of collaboration and adaptability empowers these individuals to collectively navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that come their way.

Equally as important is developing a product or service that resonates deeply with a company’s target audience. This requires a thorough understanding of customer preferences, behaviors, and trends in the fintech space. This knowledge is often attained through market research, user testing, and iteration. By continuously refining their offerings based on customer feedback and market insights, companies can ensure that their products or services remain relevant and competitive in an ever-changing landscape.

Companies must also pinpoint and cultivate the right customers by identifying the ideal customer profile using more than just demographic data. Companies must understand what motivates their customers‚ÄĒunderstand their pain points and purchasing behaviors on a deeper level. By tailoring marketing strategies and messaging, and the customer experiences to resonate with these target segments, companies can forge meaningful connections and foster long-term relationships that drive sustained growth and success.

In this article, we will delve into these factors that catalyze the growth of a fintech company. From using the EIEIO hiring method, to strategic decision-making to operational excellence, and from customer acquisition to product innovation, we will explore the multifaceted dynamics that underpin a company’s journey from inception to expansion.

The Right People

The people are the lifeblood of any company‚ÄĒthey’re the driving force behind the company‚Äôs success. When a company has the right people in place, it fosters a culture of excellence and collaboration and employees are motivated to perform at their best while also supporting each other.

When it comes to building teams, hiring managers should use the acronym EIEIO.

The first E stands for Energy. Does the person you are meeting have the energy to do the job? The I stands for IQ (or EQ). Does the person listen and can the person ask really good questions and engage? That‚Äôs really important when you are considering someone for an outward-facing role (such as sales or customer success). The E stands for experience. From an academic standpoint, does the person have relevant education and training, as for a CPA for example. And then, what is their ‚Äúlife experience‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthis could be more important and relevant than their formal training background.

The first three letters‚ÄĒEIE‚ÄĒ are all negotiable. For example, sometimes you meet someone that you like and they have very little, relevant experience, but you may want to take a chance on them.

The last two letters are I and O. I stands for integrity. HR managers should ask themselves, will the person be accountable to meet specific deadlines and deliver on a certain project when it’s needed? The final O for organizational fit. Do we connect and can we have a conversation? An example of this is the airport test. If the plane is delayed, is the person going to want to go to the lounge, grab a cup of coffee and start talking about a project and engage with me for a couple of hours or are they going to disappear and read a book. This can give a hiring manager a good gut-feel for how this person will fit culturally and organizationally, how they’ll respond to situations.

EIEIO is a really good and simple method for employers looking to hire and invest in someone.

The Right Product or Service

The concept of offering the right product or service cannot be overstated for any company as it directly impacts the company’s competitive edge in the fintech space. Companies must clearly state what the business problem is that they are trying to solve, and they do their due diligence to ensure there IS a problem to be solved with this product (product market fit). Sometimes the ideal solution may take a while to get there, but companies should first try to solve something today and get on a journey, because not everything can be done at once. Companies need to pick and choose what to get started on and the rest will take care of itself.

Companies can then begin to foster loyalty with early adopters/early customers and attract new customers through positive word-of-mouth. Conversely, a mismatched offering can lead to customer dissatisfaction and erosion of market share. Understanding and delivering what customers really want or need ensures longevity and sustainability in a competitive marketplace.

The right product or service must also align with the company’s core values and business objectives. When customers associate the product or service with positive attributes such as quality, reliability, or innovation, it enhances brand reputation and credibility. This alignment also facilitates strategic growth and expansion, as the company can confidently leverage its brand equity to explore new markets or diversify its offerings.

Choosing the right product or service will also maximize profitability and operational efficiency. By focusing resources on developing and delivering offerings that resonate with the target market, companies can optimize their return on investment. This includes streamlining production processes, minimizing waste, and effectively allocating marketing resources. A well-received product or service often commands premium pricing, increasing profit margins, which leads to investments and prosperity for the company in the long term.

The Right Customers

Identifying and targeting the right customers is paramount for the success of a fintech business. Understanding the demographics, psychographics, and behavior patterns of the target audience allows companies to tailor their products or services to meet specific needs and preferences. In order to do this, companies need to make it personal for the customers. The customer must be able to answer why it is a problem and why your solution is unique and more different than anyone else and ultimately going to make the customer’s life better.

By focusing on the right customers, businesses can allocate resources more efficiently, whether it be marketing efforts, product development, or customer service. A loyal customer base tends to generate repeat business and referrals, reducing the cost of customer acquisition and increasing customer lifetime value. Satisfied customers are more likely to provide valuable feedback and insights, enabling continuous improvement and innovation.

Having customers serve as brand ambassadors will also amplify the company’s reach and influence within their networks. Peer recommendations and online reviews can significantly impact purchasing decisions, especially in today’s interconnected digital landscape. This organic growth not only expands the customer base but also enhances brand reputation and credibility, further reinforcing the company’s position in the market.

By addressing this critical balance between people, product or service, and customers, companies will be able to provide valuable insights and actionable strategies to help both start-up and incumbent fintech organizations.

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Ernesto Di Giambattista, Chief Operating Officer

A passionate entrepreneur, Ernesto Di Giambattista has started several successful businesses, including security orchestration firm ZeroNorth, which he led through multiple rounds of funding and deployment at several Fortune 100 companies. In January 2024, Ernesto was named COO of Genesis Global Workforce Solutions, overseeing all Genesis Global operations including developing new channels of business and streamlining operations to grow and scale the company. Di Giambattista was named COO of Genesis Global after founding Genesis Accel in 2021. Under Di Giambattista’s leadership, Genesis Accel successfully built an emerging opportunity fund where he oversaw investment in over a dozen companies and advised multiple investments on strategic exits over a short 24 months. Genesis Global’s core business is staffing direct hire, temporary workforce, and contract consulting but it has expanded to now offer technical outsourcing, cyber security services, and access to venture funding. As one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the staffing industry, Genesis Global has grown 385% over the last five-year period, and is now operating in seven countries, impacting over 50 industries.

Ernesto Di Giambattista

A passionate entrepreneur, Ernesto Di Giambattista has started several successful businesses, including security orchestration firm ZeroNorth, which he led through multiple rounds of funding and deployment at several Fortune 100 companies. In January 2024, Ernesto was named COO of Genesis Global Workforce Solutions, overseeing all Genesis Global operations including developing new channels of business and streamlining operations to grow and scale the company. Di Giambattista was named COO of Genesis Global after founding Genesis Accel in 2021. Under Di Giambattista’s leadership, Genesis Accel successfully built an emerging opportunity fund where he oversaw investment in over a dozen companies and advised multiple investments on strategic exits over a short 24 months. Genesis Global’s core business is staffing direct hire, temporary workforce, and contract consulting but it has expanded to now offer technical outsourcing, cyber security services, and access to venture funding. As one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the staffing industry, Genesis Global has grown 385% over the last five-year period, and is now operating in seven countries, impacting over 50 industries.

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