Cameron Dart | CEO of Australian FinTech
Success leaves clues.
Finance Strategists sat down with Cameron Dart of Australian FinTech. He shared his thoughts on the past, present, and future of the company, as well as insight gained from running the business.
Who is Cameron Dart?
Q: Who are you and what’s your background?
My name is Cameron Dart. I’m CEO of a media company focusing on the burgeoning fintech industry. I’m Australian but have lived and worked in the US and UK (and obviously Australia), working for boutique merchant banks, global investment banks, property development/finance, and 7 years ago started Australian FinTech (www.AustralianFinTech.com.au) – the first of our fintech news and information platforms.
Q: Who has been your biggest influence, and why did they have such a significant effect on you?
There are two people – my father and a former boss. Both have mentored me in business and in life, and also the combination of a hard-working/fun life balance.
Q: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
It’s very much a cliche and until it happens you think ‘yeah right’, but find something you love doing and it won’t feel like work, and if you put in the very hard yards and are fully committed, you’ll make something of it.
Q: What is Australian FinTech?
Australian FinTech is the No.1 site in Australia for all things fintech-related. We help promote Australian fintech companies to Australia and the world, as well as promoting the Australian fintech industry. We’ve posted over 7,000 news articles, have around 900 fintechs on our directory, 33,000+ social media followers, and over 4 million hits on our site.
Q: What makes Australian FinTech different from its competitors?
First to market – We had the foresight back in 2014/2015 that ‘fintech’ was going to be massive, and we were right. Hard work – We put in thousands of hours every year. I personally averaged about 70 hours per week every week during 2020 and 2021. Customer service – We drop everything to support and promote the needs of our members and supporters. Precision – We try not to make any mistakes and when we do, we learn and vow not to make them again. And with all that, we’ve blown any would-be competitors out of the water.
Q: What led you to start Australian FinTech?
My business partner and I had both come from various finance/banking backgrounds and in 2014 came across this new term ‘fintech’. We decided to build a platform where we could showcase fintechs and broadcast their news to Australia and the world. We added more and more features to our site trying to do everything and anything, but after feedback and reviewing what worked and what didn’t, we slowly stripped everything back to what people were really interested in and that’s where we are at today with the site.
Q: What has the experience of building the business taught you?
If you build it they will come…. BUT only as long as you put in a lot of hard work, back yourself and look after those who look after and support you. Don’t waste time on time wasters.
Q: Where do you see things headed for you and the company in the next 5 years?
With the success of Australian FinTech in Australia, we thought ‘why wouldn’t this business model work in other countries’. So in 2021, we rolled out US FinTech, Ireland FinTech, and UK FinTech as well as rebooting our global platform, International FinTech. We plan to roll out an additional 20 country-specific fintech news platforms over the next 3-4 years. So in 5 years time I hope all our platforms are helping fintech companies all over the world get their news and products and services out to an ever-growing global audience.
For more information, visit AustralianFinTech.com.au