This is a real shame for us – not least because we’re genuinely interested in how the major financial institutions are going to respond to the ever-changing dynamics of the workplace and to the threat of innovative new kids on the block. On a personal level, it’s also a shame because we’ve really grown to like the area.
So, on what is a perfect pre-Spring afternoon, we find ourselves wandering through Canary Wharf and heading down towards the pier and the river, where we find the new home of one of those aforementioned ‘new kids’ – Revolut.
Revolut is one of the current leaders in the FinTech market and has grown substantially since being founded in 2015. When we say grown considerably, we’re talking about a business that, in just four years, has attracted some four million customers, undertaking more than 250 million transactions and has a total value of over £25 billion. In four years!
The firm was founded by CEO Nikolay Storonsky and CTO Vlad Yatsenko. In a former life, Nikolay was a trader with Credit Suisse where he experienced first-hand the astronomical fees applied to foreign exchange transactions. Then there was a lightbulb moment – fast forward to today, and Nikolay has reinvented the way in which we spend and transfer money abroad.
Prior to co-founding Revolut, Vlad spent 10 years building financial systems at tier one investment banks. Vlad has been at the forefront of Revolut’s award-winning technology, helping build a next generation banking experience.
The company required a fresh new space, which celebrated their rapidly growing business, and turned to ThirdWay Interiors to challenge the conventional ‘corporate’ workplace in the heart of this financial hub.