Jost Stollmann arrived in Australia by accident, when his sailing yacht hit an undocumented reef in Fiji in 2003. He had his yacht repaired in Brisbane, fell in love with Sydney and decided to stay. Since then, he has become one of the key pioneers of Australia's fintech ecosystem.
Before arriving in Australia, Jost was a driving force for innovation in Germany. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he created the German system and network integrator CompuNet in 1984 and turned it into a US$1B company. From this, he led the integration and expansion of GE Capital IT Solutions across Europe. Each role saw Jost take ‘the road less travelled’ and revolutionise the business and start-up scene in Germany.
Following his time at GE Capital, Jost was appointed as the Federal Shadow Minister of Economy and Technology, where he ran a successful campaign for Gerhard Schröder, who was elected as Chancellor of Germany in a landslide victory.
Being a passionate entrepreneur, Jost has played a pivotal role in disrupting the banking industry in Australia by challenging the big bank oligopoly. In 2006, he launched the digital challenger bank, Tyro Payments, offering integrated, mobile, cloud-based banking to Australia’s small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).
He has built Tyro into a prominent, digital challenger bank within the financial services sector, now employing more than 384 staff and processing more than $13.6 billion in EFTPOS transactions in the 2018 financial year. With Tyro being the first technology company in Australia to gain a full bank license in 2015, he has introduced ‘nextgen’ banking into the Australian market, providing 25,000 SMEs with frictionless banking and access to unsecured cash flow-based lending.
After more than 10 years at the helm of Tyro, Jost decided to step down as CEO and Director handing over the leadership to the next generation. Jost’s other major passions outside of his entrepreneurial endeavours are politics and sailing, having circumnavigated the world for two years (2002-2004) with his wife, Fiona, and their five children on-board his 130 foot, custom-built yacht.
Now he studies modern Greek in Sydney and Athens, is building a new sailing yacht in Trieste and preparing for a new circumnavigation (2020-2026) around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn
Tuesday 26 February 2019
5.00 for 5.30 pm
Pre-drinks & Networking
5.30 - 7.00 pm
Please call AICC on 93261700 for the venue details or refer to your invitation
Complimentary, by invitation only
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