TrueTalk with George
Meet our driven and musical colleague, George, our Product lead in the Payments team at TrueLayer.
George is our payments trailblazer who is fearlessly leading the development and growth of our 🚀. His work ethic, customer-focused attitude, and big picture thinking are inspiring to all TrueLayeristas! Did we mention he also conducts Westend orchestras and wins in his spare time? 🎼💻
Tell us what you do.I’m a Product Lead at TrueLayer, building out our payments platform.We’re a small team made up of product and engineering folks. We’re growing fast, and building product that is changing the payments industry; making faster payments accessible for every business. We use open banking to facilitate bank-to-bank payments, disrupting an industry dominated by card scheme monopolies. Every day is interesting for our team, whether you’re an engineer or a product manager.Most of my time is spent building our payments product strategy, managing the engineering workload, and sharing knowledge across the organisation so that our clients can integrate in the smoothest way possible.
What are you most excited to work on over the next few months?In the next few months, the payments team will be so that we can start building some exciting new features in the digital money space 🛠💰. The next evolution of the product moves beyond building connections to PSD2 Payment Initiation APIs. We are creating an end-to-end platform that can service everything a merchant needs to send, receive and reconcile payments in the fastest way possible. We’re going to be the first in the industry to do this and will be solving a huge pain for any company issuing payments digitally, anywhere in the world.Until now, there has been no way for a merchant to access the fastest payment rails in every region they operate in. will be providing this, democratised for the every day, unregulated merchant.
What attracted you to TrueLayer?Before TrueLayer, I was running a FinTech startup for 3 years focused on machine learning as a service in the finance industry. This experience developed my love of building financial products that enable businesses, and I knew that I wanted to work on a similar product again.TrueLayer is an enabler and I love this. We don’t build products that compete with our clients, we provide the rails and infrastructure for everything from startups to enterprises to build exciting financial products — whether they are using financial data or using faster payments. A huge market is emerging for businesses that provide the ‘plumbing’ and TrueLayer is one of the leading companies in this area. This was really exciting for me.
How do you maintain balance while working in a fast-paced startup environment?
Like many product managers I know, when I get excited about a product, I go all in. Obsessive focus fuels innovation and leads to the best products being built. However, it can also lead to burnout and I felt this hugely when I ran my startup. I think it is really important to have a creative outlet that is totally separate from work.For me, this is music 🎼. All throughout my childhood, music was my obsessive focus. A couple of times a month I sing in and conduct cathedral choirs and often deputise in the Westend as a conductor ⛪️. It is so different in every way from work that it acts as both an outlet and a hobby. This helps me maintain balance.