David Grunwald joins ARIE Capital Group


David Grunwald, formerly of Farfetch and Google, joins to oversee strategic direction for ARIE Ventures and ARIE Finance

ARIE Finance, one of the world’s first fully regulated, bespoke digital banking and financial ecosystems, has today announced the appointment of David Grunwald as Group Director of Strategy. David will be responsible for corporate and investment strategy at ARIE Ventures, and will also oversee the development of ARIE Finance’s marketplace banking services, strategic partnerships and the creation of ARIE Lab, an incubator for financial technologies that will serve the ARIE platform.

David joins ARIE after three years as a Vice President at Farfetch, a global marketplace and technology platform for luxury, where he built a team focused on startup investments, a technology accelerator, platform strategy and strategic projects including Farfetch’s founding membership of Facebook’s Libra / Diem international cryptocurrency and payments network. Prior to Farfetch, David spent eight years at Google, where he initially helped to build a multibillion-dollar global B2B channel partnerships team and subsequently led startup outreach and worldwide partnerships at Google for Entrepreneurs, a division founded within Google Ventures.

Simon Tobelem, ARIE Group CEO, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome an individual of David’s calibre to our growing team at ARIE Capital Group. David brings invaluable experience in the startup and venture capital ecosystem, and is one of the few people in the world with the vision and technical insight necessary to drive the growth of our marketplace banking offer, a game-changing, next-generation approach in Digital Banking that will enable clients to build and manage their own bespoke banking experience, whatever their needs and wherever they may be.”

Earlier in his career David founded technology startups and was a strategy consultant in the EMEA digital sector. He is also an active angel investor, and board advisor to marketplace startups.



For more information:
Stephen Benzikie / Sam Barton
Hydra Strategy
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