Podcast Episode #11: Sophie Wehrle – General Manager DACH @PlayPlay – Playbooks and structure for international growth
In this episode of “Go-to-Germany Stories,” Andrea Vaugan invites Thorsten Seeger, Group COO of October and the CEO of October Germany.
October is a European FinTech specialized in business lending. Leader in continental Europe, it has already financed thousands of SMEs for a total amount of over €1 billion in France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
Based on his extensive experience in the traditional banking sector and FinTech industry, Thorsten shares insights into October’s initial business-model-specific challenges and their solutions, such as opting for a partnership strategy over direct marketing.
Thorsten also walks us through the learnings those inside and outside of the FinTech cosmos can takeaway from October’s early market entry days. He outlines their strategy for the all-important brand- and trust-building, showcasing once again how essential a deep-founded knowledge of the German market and its customers is.