Chatting with Monzo’s Tom Blomfield

For legacy banks playing catch-up, Monzo is a fast-moving target – but that doesn’t mean its founder subscribers to tired entrepreneurial clichés.

Waking up at 3:45am, on the treadmill by 4am while going through emails, reading a book a day and finding time to meditate – that’s the myth of the superhuman startup founder. It would be “pointless even if it were true”, says Tom Blomfield, the 33-year-old co-founder of one of Europe’s newest unicorns – digital bank Monzo. Recently, the company raised more than £200m in funding and plans to expand into the US.

“It’s like, come on. I typically get up after 8am, I love to sleep,” laughs Blomfield as he sits in his Finsbury Square office. His downtime is spent playing Starcraft or cooking with his girlfriend. “I read these things and feel inferior for about a second, until I realise it’s bullshit.”

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