On Episode 30, I talk with Lorenzo Garavito of Iris. Iris is the first neobank focused on the corporate and business sector in Colombia. The needs of entrepreneurs have evolved and they now need digital solutions to help them move in this new world. When Iris first launched, they started with a digital business savings account that included free transactions, it was interest-bearing and had no maintenance fee. This was light years different than what traditional lenders and banks would offer these either small or entrepreneurial-type businesses.
John has been in communications since graduating from Creative Communications at Red River College Polytechnic in Winnipeg in 1992. He launched one of Canada's first digital-only local news sites called Winnipeg First in 2007, which led to digital editor postings with the Winnipeg Free Press and Edmonton Journal. In 2012 he joined Bankless Times as managing editor, later becoming president and CEO. He and the Bankless Media co-founders completed a sale and exit in August 2021.