We are delighted to announce this week’s Inspirational Woman in Business: Nutmeg’s Chief Customer Officer, Lisa Rodwell. Nutmeg is one of the first digital wealth management apps, which has raised $147.9m in funding since 2012. Previously Lisa has worked in some of the most exciting start-ups, including Moo, the disruptive global printing business, where she was their Chief Revenue Officer and Wool and the Gang where she was the Chief Executive Officer. Lisa also sits on the board of Pact Coffee and is a Venture Partner with MMC Ventures.
1. Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Apply for those roles that seem like a stretch. Seize those opportunities that scare you. Just go for it!
2. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
I do remember my parents being really worried about the fact I wanted to quit my job without another one waiting in the wings. I’ve done that 3 times and landed on my feet each time in better more fulfilling roles.
3. What would you tell your younger self?
Start your own business. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but I have never started my own thing. I’ve worked with founders to build their businesses, but never my own. I don’t think I imagined I could have started my own business when I was 25. I think it’s much more accessible and acceptable today to be an entrepreneur than it was when I was starting out. Plus, there’s less to lose at 25 when you have fewer commitments.
4. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
Wealth management has always been something that seems so exclusive and male. Since Nutmeg and other tech-driven providers came along, it has been changing, making it more transparent and accessible. In particular, I am excited about making our industry more friendly and welcoming to women as they need to be considering investing even more given the massive pension gap that exists.
5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Tech entrepreneurs. I love their big audacious goals and dreams. I love that they keep going even when the going gets really tough. I love how our lives have evolved thanks to some tenacious tech entrepreneurs.