Perched on the edge of a conference table, wearing anything but a suit, Sandy Kemper, founder of C2FO, is unlike any C-suite executive I’ve interviewed before. But then again, you have to be an ‘out of the box’ thinker to create the world’s first working capital marketplace. Here, Kemper shares his vision for the future of the company – and explains how corporates can leverage technology to turn receivables into cash flow and payables into income.
Eleanor Hill (EH): You’ve just returned from a C2FO company retreat where you tackled the topic of nationalism. How does this relate back to working capital?
Sandy Kemper (SK): One of our main aims at C2FO is to build global connections between companies and nations. Today, we serve customers in 175 markets and 60-plus currencies worldwide. Anything that is an impediment to that – such as the rise of nationalism and the spread of anti-globalism – we consider to be a systemic and endemic threat to the world’s continued prosperity and peace.
So, to set the scene for thought-provoking discussions on this topic, we held our retreat at the National World War I (WWI) Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. This provided the perfect backdrop because nationalism rose swiftly post-WWI, ultimately leading to fascism and WWII.
We brought in experts to help us understand why nationalism is occurring now and what this means for the global working capital ecosystem.