Inside Australia's coolest finance company
Every year Jobadvisor.org gives out Coolest Company awards in a range of different categories. 2016 saw the introduction of the finance category and each of the top five has a unique mix of culture values, unique staff incentives, business expansions and other little perks available to their staff.
Taking the number one spot in this new category is World First, a company that uses specialist knowledge of foreign exchange markets alongside technical innovations to help its clients move money around the world quickly, securely and transparently. The company culture focuses on a professional environment where work gets done but with an equal amount of fun thrown in to keep morale high.
Managing Director Andrew Porter is thrilled World First has achieved this award. He says: “It’s something I am immensely proud of and feel is an acknowledgement of the effort we have always put in to ensuring the right balance of fun and work in our business.”
World First has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004 and despite this there’s still a good relationship across all departments. Porter says: “The business was founded by two guys who walked away from a bank and decided to do it differently. They have always fostered a fun culture in the company they created. Having built the business up here over the last seven years, from five to 60 staff, I think it is very cool that we still seem to have such an engaged and fun-loving team.”
This is down to the fact that the company takes its time to see if people are a right fit for its culture as well as the role they’re applying for. Screening people in this way means that the culture of inclusivity, fun and authenticity continues as the company grows.
Building this culture is important but World First manages to stay ahead of the competition too because happy employees work hard. Porter says: “It’s not all about having trendy things like open bars and in-house baristas - it’s about encouraging and nurturing total respect throughout the organisation, offering opportunity to grow professionally and personally with no toxicity at any level.
“I think ultimately these values flow over into great client engagement, and overall, adds to a strong competitive advantage and pretty cool environment to be a part of. The team works very hard and has produced some amazing levels of growth for our business over the last few years. Having fun along the way has made it all worthwhile.”
Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific
As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways.
To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments:
- Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
- Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
- Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
- Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps
What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out?
According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team.
Who Is Gustavo Quiroga?
At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’.
When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’.
Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here?
In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world.
As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.