Eugene Plotkin is a Russian-born, Harvard-educated finance, business, and technology professional. Plotkin started as a Wall Street investment banker at Goldman Sachs and then later, Melvin Capital. During his time at Melvin Capital, he realized his passion for new technology, more specifically, for financial technologies. Today, Eugene Plotkin is a consultant for fintech startups as well as being the CEO for TechWallet, a startup that he helped found. Eugene Plotkin has a special passion for helping as many people use technology to understand and organize their finances as possible. He believes that technology should directly benefit its users and that fintech has the potential for exponential benefit.
Where did the idea for your TechWallet come from?
It came from the idea that everyone has the right to understand how money works, where it comes from, and where it goes once it leaves your bank account.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical workday begins for me at around 6 am. I rise and drink a cup of craft expresso. I then resume my duties as a dog dad and take my dog on a run through central park. Once we have both recovered from our morning journey, we both eat breakfast. I then shower and log on for a full workday from my home. Typically, this ends at around 7 pm when we both eat dinner. I keep myself loose and inspired by seeing what New York City’s jazz clubs have to offer.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Persistence, collaboration, energy, passion, and the desire to make the world a better place.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Technology as a way to empower its users.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Waking up at the same time every morning.
What advice would you give your younger self?
If what you do every day doesn’t benefit other people, don’t do it.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Muenster is the best cheese.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I would recommend finding the people you worm the best with and continuing to work with them. Nurture relationships with people who you trust.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Developing relationships, persistence, hard work, and a lot of luck!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I recently purchased an amazing standing desk. It has revolutionized my work day! Good posture is everything.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
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