Who is Sergio Rodriguez?
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.
I have been mentoring and coaching Product Managers and entrepreneurs at Article 1, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Plato. Since January 2022, I'm mentoring my colleagues.
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.
Last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn