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Jul 15, 2020

About this nugget:

This nugget was pulled from episode 268 from an interview with Paul Desmarais III,  Cofounder Portag3 recorded live during Canada Fintech Forum back in October 2019. This nugget is on 3 characteristics every founder should have. 

What is a nugget of the week?: 

The host John Siracusa has recorded over 300 episodes as the host of the Bank On It fintech podcast where he interviews founders building the future of fintech and the VCS/Angels who fund them. 

With each interview there’s this wow moment when the person interviewed has shared something really special, unique or a reminder on how founders or investors should think. So, here we are delivering those moments to you in the form of a bite sized nugget.

About Paul Desmarias III:

Paul is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sagard Holdings and is based in Montreal. He is also the Executive Chairman of Portag3 Ventures and a Senior Vice-President of Power Financial and Power Corporation, as well as Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics, and Vice-Chairman of Imerys.

Previously, Paul was Assistant Vice-President in the Risk Management Group of Great-West Lifeco beginning in 2012. He worked in project management and corporate strategy at Imerys in France. He began his career in 2004, working for five years with Goldman Sachs in the United States, in the Investment Banking and Investment Strategy Groups, as well as in the Special Situations Group.

About the host: 

John Siracusa, is the host of the ‘Bank On It’ podcast recorded onsite in Wall Street at OpenFin.   He’s a highly sought after fintech, VC and financial services industry enthusiast and connector. He’s in the center of the fintech ecosystem, keeping current with the ever-innovating industry.  Stay in the fintech know by subscribing to ‘Bank On It’.

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