Coconut was founded in 2016 by Samuel O’Connor and Adam Goodall through frustration with banks’ current offering for freelancers. Coconut is accepting early access requests and is launching in 2017.

Team

Sam O’Connor, Co-founder & CEO

Sam O’Connor, Co-founder & CEO

Sam is Co-founder & CEO of Coconut. He started his career at PwC before moving to Virgin Media. Sam then co-founded his first FinTech venture ProConfirm which was acquired by Confirmation.com, where he headed up sales and marketing for Europe before going freelance.

Adam Goodall, Co-founder & Chief of Product

Adam Goodall, Co-founder & Chief of Product

Adam is Co-founder & Coconut’s Chief of Product. He met Sam at PwC, then headed up Finance at a marketing agency before co-founding ProConfirm. Adam is a product manager, lean specialist and startup mentor. He co-founded Coconut with Sam in April 2016.

Ali Crossley, CTO

Ali Crossley, CTO

Ali has over 17 years’ experience working in startups, agencies and corporates. Working at Somo agency he built web and mobile apps for clients including Audi, BP and Red Bull. He’s a seasoned entrepreneur too, previously co-founder of Roxxor and DAD.

Hermione Way, Head of Comms

Hermione Way, Head of Comms

Formerly Head of EU Comms for Tinder, Hermione starred in her own TV show & worked for TechCrunch and The Next Web. She's a serial entrepreneur, and is now a freelance brand consultant who helps companies big and small accelerate growth of their brand.

Advisors

Robin Foale

Robin Foale

It’s safe to say that Robin knows a lot about business banking. He’s had 35 years' experience at Barclays and more recently as MD of business banking for Santander UK.

Matt Dowling

Matt Dowling

Matt knows the freelance market inside out. He’s the founder of the Freelancer club, one of the UK’s biggest communities of creative freelancers. He’s run a marketing agency, spent years as a freelance fashion photographer and has many entrepreneurial endeavours to boast about.

Nico Esteves

Nico Esteves

Nico is your man when it comes to building smart banking platforms. He was VP of Engineering at Osper, the mobile app and debit card for kids and as a freelance CTO has a wealth of experience implementing cards and payments schemes.

Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley

Mark was at the epicentre of the London Tech scene when he launched KPMG’s high growth tech team based out of Shoreditch. He went on to be the driving force behind KPMG’s small business accounting product, one of the biggest innovations in accounting in recent years.

Jes Fraser

Jes Fraser

Jes is our guy when it comes to legal and compliance. He was Compliance Director and Data Protection Officer with an international bank and now with a UK challenger bank. Jes is driving banking innovation through UK Open Banking and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.