Virginia Bassano
Virginia is a member of the Europe Ventures team and joined from Citibank where she worked in the investment banking Fintech team

What’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

Launching my own business has been very challenging and exciting, I have learnt a lot from that experience and now I am keen to support exceptional founders in their scaling-up journey. 

Which tech trend are you most excited about at the moment and why?

Whether it is consumer, healthcare, payments, or luxury, there is no longer an industry that technology does not impact. 2020 was an unprecedented year for European tech companies, a year in which the term ‘technology disruption’ took on a completely new meaning. Having covered fintech for a few years, I am very excited about payments companies in general and sub-sectors such as digital banking, buy-now-pay-later, digital remittances and alternative financing. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of the payments industry by two to three years - I am looking forward to seeing how the fintech space will look like in 2030!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Do not hurry; do not rest.” There is no need to rush - if you do things with passion, patience, perseverance and determination, results will come.