I am Sergio Rodriguez Lopez (he/him), a Head of Product in Fintech, based in Paris, France. I have more than 15 years of experience in e-commerce and Payments. I am a Software Engineer who discovered product management by accident when looking for a balance between Technical feasibility, Customer Desirability and Business viability. I have been a Product Owner, Product Manager, Sr Product Manager, Lead Product Manager, and now, Head of Product.
In my current role, I lead the teams building the Payments, Finance and Compliance Platforms in one of the top scale-ups in France: ManoMano. A Marketplace for Home Improvement, Gardening and DIY available in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK. In 2020, we made more than €1.2 billion in GMV (~$1.4B USD). Recently, I have also started to lead the Product Operations Team to continue growing and scaling our amazing Product Team.
Before joining ManoMano, I worked for PayPal for eight years in different roles on the Product Team. It was a fantastic opportunity to launch products globally to millions of customers with a distributed team. When I moved to Paris, I had a back-end feature team in Bangalore, India and a front-end feature team in San Jose, California.
Before PayPal, I worked for Citibank for five years in their acquiring and e-commerce business. I led the committee at the Central Bank that implemented 3-D Secure in Mexico.
I believe in gender equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2020, I hired a brilliant young woman with no previous experience in Product Management, and I have been teaching and coaching her on the fly.
I love living in Paris, so much that I have become a promoter of the French Dream. I have launched a podcast called Le French Dream, where I interview people working in the French Tech to learn about their experience and inspire other people to relocate to France.
I love to keep learning. Recently, I completed Mastering Design Thinking from MIT online. My team was one of the top 3 final projects of my cohort. I am teaching myself piano using only an app: SimplyPiano. I am also learning how to be a barista.
I am married to a Nutritionist and I am the proud owner of a Shih Tzu.