Michael is part of the Fintech Strategic Investments team which builds, backs and acquires innovative strategic financial services companies and technologies.
What do you like about your job?
The variety of projects and initiatives at Eight Roads keeps me interested and engaged. There is the flexibility to drive initiatives that you feel particularly strongly about – and working with a good bunch of people also helps!
What's been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?
Having progressed from Analyst to Manager at Eight Roads, the major learning curve has been in moving from a deep, analytical mindset to a broader, more strategic one. When recommending an investment, the stakeholder management, tactics and positioning of the deal is often more important than some of the granular detail. Saying that, I still like to understand as much detail as possible – I just try to avoid analysis paralysis!
Which sector or sub-sector do you feel particularly enthused about right now and why?
I’m very interested in how new technology and initiatives can disrupt and improve the way that we run business. I believe that banking, investment and insurance will all undergo a seismic change that will ultimately make them more transparent, accessible and user-friendly for the end consumer.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Worry less and collaborate more. There are too many unknowns in this world and you cannot plan how everything will unfold. I’ve always tried to maintain high standards in my work and by doing that most other things have tended to fall into place. I’ve also found that the best project outcomes occur when you get input from a wide range of people early on. I have a tendency to want to figure everything out myself, but more often than not there is a better way.
|MEng (Product Design Engineering), University of Strathclyde
||JRBH Strategy and Management