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Current’s Stuart Sopp on building a bank with customers’ best interests in mind

  • As a trader, Stuart Sopp thought he could do more to help the people not being served by the banking system.
  • His challenger bank Current targets people living paycheck to paycheck and teens.
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Current’s Stuart Sopp on building a bank with customers’ best interests in mind

When you talk to the founders of many of the leading challenger banks, you sense that they each have a touch of revolutionary in them. They see the present financial services system as broken — some more, some less — and their firms are out to provide better options for the bulk of people out there.

Stuart Sopp’s the CEO of Current. Growing up through the industry as a trader, Sopp made a decision midway through his career to leave his job as a trader and build a challenger bank that’s targeting Millennials and Gen Z with lower — or no — fees and early direct deposit. Current saw 200,000 new users in April and May during the height of the Corona crisis. The company has more than 1 million active accounts.

Sopp joins us to talk about the genesis of Current and how it’s helping its target customers. In a crowded field, he describes how Current differentiates itself from the other offerings out there. Sopp tells us how he thinks he can double his userbase in 2020.

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Current’s positioning

Distribution is changing. We have gone from branch network to the Internet. When we founded Current, few had gone fully mobile. In the 2010s, we experienced peek iPhone. 


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