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The Fintech Report Podcast - Episode 9: Ben Pfisterer, CEO & Co-Founder of Zeller

The FinTech Report

The FinTech Report Podcast: Interview with Ben Pfisterer, CEO & Co-Founder of Zeller “Business banking in a Box”: Strategy behind Zeller’s $81m Cap raise We welcome CEO and co-founder of Zeller, Ben Pfisterer, to the podcastJust last year, ex-head of APAC at Square, Ben, founded Zeller, an Australian integrated payments and financial services solution. The company recently announced a $50M fundraise, led by US VC firm Spark Capital, following its initial Series A funding round in March 2021. Zeller raised $81M in under 12 months, all before having a product on the market  — making it Australia’s most valuable pre-launch startup ever. Zeller’s product suite (Zeller Terminal, transaction account and MasterCard) launched in May, with early growth of 1,500 Australian businesses signing up in the first month and weekly payment volume growing 200% since launch. In this episode we discuss:Ben’s background, working at Jetstar, NAB, and recently, six years at Square…Background to Zeller – what makes Zeller different. Australian business banking is dominated by “the Big 4” and there is no innovation and many restrictive contracts.Three things companies all need; need to accept payments, they need to put the money somewhere, and then put the money to work – Zeller solves all three.Zeller call it “Business Banking in a Box” (terminal, account, Mastercard) (not an ADI or RADI, but will be at some stage)Zeller’s strategy is to take on the banks! With Australia’s fintech landscape booming, how are retailers benefiting from new competition against the big four banks? Zeller believes in transparency and is priced to appeal. Zeller offers businesses a startup package at $299, with no ongoing terminal rental fees etc, and 1.4% fee for payments.Zeller can sign up companies in minutes online (KYC, on boarding), tech built to be scalable and reliable. What makes Zeller different from the big four? Migration away from cash. We’ve seen a shift towards online payments during the pandemic; has it had an impact on in-person payments? How does Zeller think in-person payments will change post-pandemic?Zeller’s fundraising – some will go towards customer acquisition.Ben talks through his fundraising journey, his vision for the company and how the founding team has created a culture that was born in a lockdown/pandemic, his views on regulation and competition. Ben says Regulators need to help fintech startups with an ‘unfair advantage’ until they ‘get up on their feet’Our thanks to Australian FinTech News and Envestnet Yodlee for their support of The FinTech Report Podcast.

48mins

1 Oct 2021

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E124 - Ben Pfisterer, Zeller

Open the Pod Bay Doors

Ben Pfisterer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zeller, an alternative to business banking. Prior to founding Zeller, Ben was the country manager for Square in Australia. Zeller was founded in early 2020 and has seen massive growth since then, with several rounds of capital raises and a team of 100. Zeller is just getting started, with sights on becoming a multigenerational business that changes the landscape of the Australian payments industry and expands globally. Ben is an ambitious, fast-moving, and highly capable founder with many insights to share.Ian sits down with Ben to discuss…A high-level view of the payments industryHow Zeller raised a large amount of money in a short period of timeWhy each employee should be part-owner of the businessSquare’s recent acquisition of AfterpayThe growth of the Buy Now, Pay Later sectorHow resilience played a role in Ben’s journeyThe mental health pressures that many Founders experience...and much more!Quickfire RecommendationsBook: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah HarariPodcast: The Dropout, How I Built This, The DollopNews Source: AFR, The Age, The Australian, TechcrunchTech CEO: Mike Starkey (Athena)App: YR (Weather app)Productivity Tool: Slack, FigmaTV Show: Loki, Silicon ValleyTed Talk Topic: “Resilience and the difficulties faced when founding a startup”Zeller is hiring! Check out available opportunities.

53mins

26 Aug 2021

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Taking on the Big Four, with Ben Pfisterer from Zeller

Square Peg Founder Stories

This episode coincides with the announcement that Square Peg is proud to be funding Zeller again in 2021. Zeller is an innovative payment terminal now taking on the Big Four Banks. We talk to founder Ben Pfisterer about his family ties to finance, what it was like working with Jack Dorsey and the team at Square Payments, and the night that a few beers turned into $80million.

52mins

23 Jun 2021

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S3E3: Zeller's Ben Pfisterer | People Building Businesses S03E03

People Building Businesses

A conversation about using experience to build the right team and business. Zeller CEO Ben Pfisterer is the guest on this episode of People Building Businesses. Host Jason Lim and Ben talk about how Ben managed to become CEO of one of the fastest growing fintech startups. The podcast was produced, shot and edited by James Moussa.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

31 May 2021

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Bank to the future: Ben Pfisterer, CEO and Co-Founder of Zeller (Ep 22)

Bank to the future with Chris Titley

Today’s chat is with Ben Pfisterer, CEO, and Co-founder of Zeller. Zeller provides your business with everything you need to get paid, manage your cash flow, and access your money with an innovative, all-in-one solution. Ben, who previously was the country head of Square for 6 years, delves into detail around why they started Zeller, the progress they have made with the product offering and launch date as well as how important it is to create community and loyalty around a brand. Zeller recently raised $6.3 to fund their progress, led by Square Peg.

27mins

22 Sep 2020

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Bank to the future: Ben Pfisterer, CEO and Co-Founder of Zeller (Ep 22)

Morgans Financial Limited

Today’s chat is with Ben Pfisterer, CEO, and Co-founder of Zeller. Zeller provides your business with everything you need to get paid, manage your cash flow, and access your money with an innovative, all-in-one solution. Ben, who previously was the country head of Square for 6 years, delves into detail around why they started Zeller, the progress they have made with the product offering and launch date as well as how important it is to create community and loyalty around a brand. Zeller recently raised $6.3 to fund their progress, led by Square Peg.

27mins

22 Sep 2020

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Ep126 – Ben Pfisterer (Co-founder & CEO – Zeller) on the theory of horizons

The Startup Playbook Podcast

My guest for Episode 126 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was, returning guest, the Co-founder & CEO of Zeller, Ben Pfisterer. I first interviewed Ben in 2018 when he was the Australian Country Manager and Head of APAC at Square. Prior to this he was part of the team that launched Jetstar in Australia and […] The post Ep126 – Ben Pfisterer (Co-founder & CEO – Zeller) on the theory of horizons appeared first on Startup Playbook.

59mins

27 Aug 2020

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S1E3: Square's Ben Pfisterer | People Building Businesses S1E3

People Building Businesses

This week’s guest is Square’s head of APAC Ben Pfisterer. Ben has a hugely impressive career history with roles in Deloitte, Jetstar, NAB and Visa before starting his own company Kinetik Innovation. He moved to Square in 2014 and has overseen its huge growth ever since. The podcast covers his early career with Jetstar and the other corporates, moving to Square, his relationship with Jack Dorsey, the company's focus on regional Australia, their product range, their mission and more. You can subscribe to People Building Businesses in all the usual places: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and YouTube. The podcast is presented by Jason Lim and produced by Joe Harrington.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41mins

30 Jun 2019

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Ep080 – Ben Pfisterer (Country Manager – Square) on transitions and scale

The Startup Playbook Podcast

My guest for Episode 80 of The Startup Playbook Podcast is Ben Pfisterer, the Australian Country Manager for Square. Prior to joining Square, Ben had extensive experience within the corporate sector. He was part of the team that launched Jetstar in Australia and during his time at NAB he ran one of world’s first Mobile […] The post Ep080 – Ben Pfisterer (Country Manager – Square) on transitions and scale appeared first on Startup Playbook.

41mins

13 Mar 2018

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Australian Country Manager Of Square, Ben Pfisterer - Talking Business 2016, Ep29

Talking Business

31mins

19 Aug 2016