Interview with Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf, CEO of Flinks

Phil Siarri speaks to Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf, Cofounder and CEO at Flinks, a Montreal-based startup offering the only financial data aggregator dedicated to the Canadian market.

Hi Yves-Gabriel, nice to finally connect with you. Can you tell our audience a little bit about your professional background? What opportunities did you see in the market prior to launching Flinks?

From one venture to another, I got my hands involved in the fintech world, and eventually decided to reach out to a few businesses that were using financial data from US vendors to see if they’d be interested in moving to a faster, more-reliable, and Canadian-based solution if I’d built one. I received a number of letters of intent from several businesses and that gave me the validation to start Flinks.

The booming and most innovative Fintech companies all had one problem in common: no easy and reliable access to financial data. As an entrepreneur, I had plenty of ideas to innovate in finance that did not consist of building a financial aggregation API. I was facing the same problem with each idea: how could I build it without reliable access to financial data?

So far, you have secured a number of impressive clients notably Transferwise and Wealthsimple. How does your team approach relationship building?

From the very beginning, we decided that everybody at Flinks would be part of the sales team. Regardless of your role, you have to consider how your actions are going to provide value to our clients. If we had one key element that I could say have helped us going from zero to over a hundred companies using our API: everybody at Flinks does everything either to satisfy an existing client, or a new one. And I have to say that the Flinks team is doing very well in that regard. However, having a look at our results from a 14-month old company perspective, we’re really proud of these 100 companies using our API, including Wealthsimple and Transferwise as you mentioned, but also much larger organizations that we should be able to announce in the next months, including one of the top 10 financial institutions in Canada.

Do you see a lot of potential in the blockchain / cryptocurrency space for Flinks in terms of customer acquisition?

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