Building a Fintech empire with Francois Lafortune, Founder and CEO @ Diagram

October 25, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Francois Lafortune, Founder and CEO @ Diagram. Francois Lafortune is an entrepreneur and investor with fifteen years experience in building businesses in the financial technology sector. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diagram Ventures, a $85m venture builder that co-founds technology companies pursuing transformative innovation in the financial, insurance and healthcare sectors. Francois is also a Partner of Portag3 Ventures, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Québec, he sits on Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s advisory committee on Open Banking; and he is a member of the AMF’s Technological Innovation advisory committee.

Prior to founding Diagram, he co-led the Canadian Business Technology practice at McKinsey & Company. Francois holds an engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he started companies at the age of 13
  • What he learned in consulting
  • The idea behind Diagram and building a Fintech ecosystem
  • Validating ideas quickly and prototyping
  • Working with incumbents and disruptors

François is in the empire building business and Diagram is already creating world-class businesses. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

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