This week we caught up with one of our newest Advisory Board members, Matheus Riolfi, to get his thoughts about what motivated him to join the Marketplace Risk Advisory Board.
Matheus is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tint. Before this, he was the Director of International at Turo and launched the company in Canada, UK, and Germany. He pioneered the operations, including designing risk management in different stages of the company and sourcing insurance in various countries. He is a licensed insurance broker in all 50 US states, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual degree in business from University of São Paulo and Kedge Business School.
Our Advisory Board is the very lifeblood of everything we do at Marketplace Risk. From conferences and virtual events to resources and advice for startups, our board takes a hands-on approach to providing indispensable insight and guidance, drawing on their broad experience that spans a multitude of platforms and industries. We are so excited to welcome Matheus to the Advisory Board!
As Marketplace Risk continues to grow, we have expanded our Advisory Board, with calls for new members who can use their skills and experience to help startups. We asked Matheus a few questions to get to know him better:
Tell us what you do in / your connection to the marketplace / sharing economy space.
I'm the Co-founder and CEO of a startup that empowers marketplaces to embed their own insurance and guarantee products to protect their end-users.
What interests / fascinates you most about marketplaces / the sharing economy?
The community aspect: how strangers can come together and collaborate and optimize the use of resources/assets. Yes, this creates risk - and that's why this group exists - but most of the transactions work well.
How were you first introduced to marketplaces / the sharing economy?
As a consumer when I discovered eBay in 2005 and got fascinated by the variety of things we could buy/sell directly from other people. As a career when I joined Turo in early 2014.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Profession athlete of some kind - ideally soccer or tennis player.
What motivates you the most about your business/platform?
Change a backwards industry and help marketplaces help their users.
Do your friends and family understand what you do?
Very few - insurance infrastructure is not the easiest concept to grasp. They just know I'm in "the insurance and tech business".
What one or two things do you do each day religiously?
Check my emails, play Clash Royale for a few minutes in breaks.
Who inspires you from a business point of view?
I admire a lot of business leaders, but lately Elon Musk. I just drove a Tesla X the other day and got super excited about how it's 10x better than a normal car, so I really admire the company he leads and the bold moves. His personality is not ideal, but nobody is perfect ;)
What’s your favourite social media channel, and what was the last thing you posted on it?
Linkedin. Shared a blog post with reflections from our Series A.
What do you think the world of marketplaces / sharing economy will look like in 10 years?
Even bigger. The concept is already somewhat mainstream but I believe advances in the Trust and Safety/Ops + decentralization via blockchain can really empower peer to peer everything.
If you’d like to be part of a dynamic group of founders, operators and subject matter experts, and your expertise and ideas could help us to better support the marketplace ecosystem, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.