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Starling Bank founder: improve diversity in banking to avoid another financial crisis

Anne Boden is one of only a few women to hold several top banking jobs. Here, the fintech entrepreneur discusses the broken financial system and why she decided to go it alone

When she was growing up in Wales, Anne Boden’s career ambitions amounted to “a job in an office with a briefcase”, she says. Transforming the financial industry wasn’t part of the plan. “I probably wouldn’t have expected to have founded my own bank. But it needed to be done.”

Before launching online bank Starling in 2014, Boden had worked in the finance sector for more than 30 years. She held top jobs at UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, but in the aftermath of the financial crisis she decided banking needed a revolution.

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If you look at the big banks, the only difference between them is the colour of the carpet in the branches

Women have to achieve more, work harder, and be much more perfect to get the job compared ​​with a man

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Source: The Guardian