Explain your job to a five-year-old
I help individuals and businesses to move money in the least expensive and most efficient way.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
I always wanted to be a pilot. That was very fascinating at a young age. As a teenager, I was awed by the tall skyscrapers I saw in movies and I wanted to design and build them. I always thought I’d be an architect. And I know I would have been a pretty good one.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
A few things matter in life. Being good to others, keeping fit and enjoying one’s self. By all means, travel. You are assured of being a millionaire if you learn the magic of compounding – be it in building skills or investing. Couple that with extremely large dreams and you can do anything.
What’s your favourite book?
It really depends. I jump from book to book. Currently, it is ‘The Beginning of Infinity’ by David Deutsch.
How do you unwind outside of work?
I take the kids to the park if I am in Paris. If I am traveling, it revolves around meeting new people and that also usually entails work.
What (singular) achievement are you most proud of?
The work we do with Eversend. I would really prefer it was being a great dad. That’s what I strive for.
A genie gives you one wish for the African tech ecosystem, what would yours be?
To fix early stage tech funding on the continent. There are great problem solvers that will never get the initial capital required to make those dreams come true. We will never know what they are capable of.
*Atwine Stone is the CEO of Eversend, an African neobank