In Part 1, I declared “I love products, but I absolutely believe in the power and prowess of platforms.” And I shared the customer backdrop (within investment banks) in which two of the most successful Financial Technology (FinTech) platforms ever were conceived. Here in Part 2, we cover the two prevailing product strategies adopted respectively on their way to being wildly successful in devising solutions to address customers’ pain points. It should be noted that when this frontier opened up, the field was crowded. However, only a few giants from yesteryear’s FinTech gold rush remain in business today. …


After announcing this month’s inspiration courtesy of Zaha Hadid, came the gruesome and chilling events in Atlanta. Accordingly, I have chosen Medium as the venue to host and share my writings of over a decade now on topics which I believe influence how we think about building products and businesses, and how we challenge ourselves as managers, leaders and above all, global citizens involved with innovation. Now a few words about Atlanta….

It is easy to speak up about issues which enjoy widespread support. It takes courage to speak out about issues which some consider controversial. As a parent of…


Kartal Pendik Urban Centre Masterplan — Zaha Hadid Architects

“I love products, but I absolutely believe in the power and prowess of platforms.”

I began my Wall Street career as a user of what I believe remains one of the most successful platforms ever invented worldwide irrespective of industry. Its main rival today in the Financial Technology (FinTech) space, started life with a different business DNA and viewed the world from an entirely different perspective. Yet this rival developed a successful platform too. During that first stint on the Street, I also saw the birth of arguably one of the most successful financial analytics businesses ever launched. Fast forward…


The #1 question I receive unsolicited on LinkedIn tends to be from students and young professionals seeking advice about pursuing a career in FinTech and product management. While there are leading career experts and business executives out there with lots more to say (and justifiably so), here are the six themes I usually share with them:

1) It is great that in thinking about their careers, they have taken the initiative to reach out to industry professionals to learn more about what to expect along a given career path. There is arguably no better first step than seeking advice from…


CEOs / founders and management teams are increasingly asking me to what extent 2020 should inform (or reorder) their 2021 strategic priorities, especially innovation initiatives? Here is some of what I am sharing:

  1. The #1 driver of deals in 2020 was “acquiring” and / or “investing” in new capabilities. Partnerships and joint ventures (JVs) were a popular vehicle for achieving this in several sectors including FinTech, healthcare, technology, and media & telecommunications.

*In 2021, I expect to see out-sized opportunities for innovative startups to attract investments, especially from well capitalized partners.

2) The global pandemic favored “Tech ready/enabled” companies. Intellectual…


One of the delights of a “product guy” is the ongoing opportunity to learn and create cool stuff. Building products which clients embrace is both satisfying and exciting! Getting it right though — whether it be a new feature or entirely new offering — is neither easy nor common. It involves brainstorming, lots of listening to salespersons, clients and each other, tons of inspired teamwork across various disciplines, and luck of course. So, it is always a thrill and a privilege when the marketplace validates the output.

One of my many product exploits entailed developing an API based market information…

Franz Archibald

Product Management & Marketing | Corporate & Brand Strategy | Innovation & Intellectual Property Monetization | Market Development & Political Economy

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