Stefan Klestil



Stefan is Partner at Speedinvest, an early-stage tech fund with offices in Vienna and Silicon Valley. At Speedinvest, he is responsible for FinTech investments across EMEA and takes a very hands-on approach to support founders on strategy, busdev and corpdev. He has 20 years of experience in the international payments and banking technology space as Advisor, Executive, Incubator and Investor. Stefan is board member of Wirecard, Holvi, Iyzico, and Curve and advisory board member at Number 26 and Investly. Previously he was President Central and Southern Europe at First Data, Partner at Roland Berger, and Principal at A.T. Kearney based in New York and Vienna. He holds Masters Degrees from Columbia University and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. 

Event Sessions Featuring Stefan Klestil

Fireside Chat

Applications of Open Banking in third‐party marketplaces

London Summit 2018 - Monday 26 March 2018

  • Boden believes that while PSD2 and Open Banking are important, the marketplace model is "a step beyond that". Starling Bank has always been compliant with these regulations since it was founded, making it better placed than most incumbents to make good decisions about how best to serve its customers through data. However the offering of third-party products is "not to be done lightly", or dismissed as an add-on: the Starling Bank marketplace proposition is continually and carefully assessed to manage its risk, while fulfilling all its regulatory requirements. 
  • Klestil wonders whether the incumbents will eventually catch up to their digital counterparts in terms of making these marketplace partnerships, but Boden believes that the model will outrun them all. While big banks will try to copy every feature that digital banks currently offer, they won't be able to copy the neobank cost-base. At the moment, Starling Bank has more than 90 firms queuing to negotiate partnership deals for its marketplace. By the end of 2018, Boden hopes to have 25 of those partnerships go live. Once business accounts are live, Starling hopes to expand its marketplace model to cater to its business customers, too.
  • While a lot of people have been trying to figure out how GDPR and Open Banking might work together, Boden believes that GDPR won't have a large effect on digital banks. Being digital first and foremost means that they're already ahead of the game. By September 2019, all banks will have to catch up in line with regulation.

Articles Featuring Stefan Klestil

The rapid rise of OakNorth Bank

13th April 2018 | Ryan Weeks