Yusuf has been with us since the beginning and been an outstanding contributor to Wagestream's success. His knowledge, experience and wise counsel on all things banking and fintech has made him a trusted source of knowledge in all our strategic decision making. He's an exceptional investor and friend to the company; we're lucky to have him. We'd like Yusuf to not invest in any more startups so he can spend more time with team Wagestream (!)
Yusuf is a London based Partner at QED Investors with a focus on UK and European financial technology and consumer finance companies. Yusuf joined QED in 2017, and his career has spanned roles as an operator, advisor, entrepreneur and investor. His current portfolio of investments include Wagestream, Fidel API, Capitalise, Rest Less, Wayflyer, and Weavr.
Yusuf started his career at Capital One in 1997 where he helped develop many of the innovative lending solutions in the underserved credit segment. Subsequently he joined the Financial Institutions M&A Group at JPMorgan, advising banks and specialty finance companies.
He started his professional investing career in 2006 as a Director of Principal Finance at Lehman Brothers, funding specialty finance and consumer credit companies in Europe, including early fintech plays such as some of the first online loan originators in Sweden. Prior to joining QED, Yusuf was an Investment Director with the growth private equity fund Eastgate Capital, helping emerging companies and entrepreneurs build lasting consumer franchises by leveraging the power of data analytics.
Yusuf holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors, and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce with Distinction. He completed his undergraduate degree with a dual concentration in Finance and MIS.
Yusuf is fluent in English, Swedish, and Turkish and has a working knowledge of German. He is currently studying Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.