In the latest instalment of our Meet the Team series, we sat down with our newly appointed CTO, Greg Collins, to find out his interests, pet peeves and top trends to look out for.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My wife and I moved from Christchurch, New Zealand in 2004 and have settled out east in mighty might Mitcham. We have 2 kids (Finn, 9 and Poppy, 6) and 5 chickens, but no other family within cooee. On the weekends I love trail running and last year completed the Wonderland 37km race in the Grampians.

When did you join myprosperity? Where were you before?

I joined myprosperity on the 7th of January 2019, before then I worked at Australian Unity in South Melbourne heading up solutions delivery.

What would you say is the top trend to watch out for in the accounting and financial planning industries

An increased level of personalisation and an increased level of customer experience. We are increasingly surrounded by tools and products that tailor the information we want to see to our personal situation. Personal finance tools are likely to follow this trend, which will put more onus on financial professionals to maintain quality relationships with their clients while scaling the number of clients they have. To meet this demand, financial professionals will need to continue to embrace their “soft” skills and utilize products that give them communication channels and insights into their customers’ needs with minimal effort and time commitments.

 

What would you say is the most overrated trend?

Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed and public digital ledger that has been on the scene for some time now. It is most well known for implementing the cryptocurrency BitCoin. For the owners of platforms that manage to create a messaging and storage standard within their industry, this will be particularly powerful technology, allowing for a public source of truth that can be trusted by multiple parties. However, financial companies are more likely to be connecting to an API that is backed by a blockchain technology than implementing it themselves. In its niche, Blockchain is proving to be very powerful, but as a tool that every company should be owning and running, it’s proving to be a hammer that is looking for a nail.

 

What’s a little-known fact about Greg

I love cooking! My kids and I will often make our own pasta during the weekend. Having eggs from my own chickens gives the pasta a particularly deep yellow colour.

 

Quick Round:

  • Biggest pet peeve? Badly dressed men i.e. running shoes with jeans, shirts and jackets that don’t fit
  • Favourite sport? Trail running next to a babbling brook
  • Favourite food? Italian – Lasagna

When it comes to the company, what are you most excited about for 2019?

Scaling our offering so it’s easy for partners to get started, see the value and engage with their customers.