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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Mariano Belinky, Santander InnoVentures

No. 15 Mariano Belinky, Managing Partner, Santander InnoVentures

Mariano Belinky
Managing Partner
Santander InnoVentures

Spain’s Banco Santander dived into fintech financing in July 2014 with the launch of Santander InnoVentures, a $100 million fund taking aim at five targets: digital delivery of financial services; e-commerce and payments; online lending; investment product distribution; and big-data analytics. “We envision, three or four years out, having an ecosystem of companies that can create portfolio value by working together and with the bank,” says Mariano Belinky, who has been InnoVentures’ London-based managing partner since last fall. Previously a McKinsey & Co. associate principal in New York and an adviser to Santander, the 40-year-old was recruited by Victor Matarranz, a Banco Santander executive vice president and McKinsey alum, who saw in Belinky an ideal blend of banking, strategic and technological expertise. Belinky urges colleagues to view competition in a new light: “When you look at our app, it’s not really competing with Barclays and Citi. It’s competing with Uber, Google and every single app that I have on my phone.” After working as a junior quant trader at CCC La Capital del Plata in his native Argentina, Belinky in 2001 earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and computer science at New York University. He put in three years as a research technology associate at hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates and five years of doctoral studies in artificial intelligence at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya before joining McKinsey in 2008. InnoVentures’ investments include participations in an $80 million Series C round for Palo Alto, California–based mobile operating system company Cyanogen and in a $32 million Series A round for distributed-ledger protocol developer Ripple. Belinky anticipates adding to his seven-member team and expanding coverage to Latin America in the coming year.

The 2015 Fintech Finance 35

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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