Lisa Terziman
Co-Founder and CMO of Fentury

Dinu Bubulici

Q: How does it feel to run your own business?

A: I feel like I had found a purpose in my life.

Build what you feel is lacking in the world

I always wanted to be independent. I started working at age 16 and had a scholarship, so I didn’t need to borrow money from my family. However, I quickly noticed that living on my own required a great deal of financial planning. I tried a few apps that wasted too much of my time, and if I missed adding a couple of expenses, I had to start all over again. This made me feel like the financial world was lacking something important.

This is why we decided to build Fentury – a small accountant that is always with you and advising you on how to imrpove your financial habits. My key to success was, and still is, to never give up and learn from every situation, even when the signs are pointing toward failure. Startups are stressful and intense to launch, and I’ve had my share of sleepless nights thinking about all the things I need to do. But then I realize I’m not just doing it for myself, but also millions of young people around the world.

Lisa Terziman, 21, is the Chisinau-based co-founder of Fentury, a company started in September 2014. Fentury is a money saving assistant that helps you cut off unnecessary spending and plan ahead. The app is available in over 50 countries, including Germany. Lisa has studied computer science, finance and banking, and was a volunteer with green organizations before starting Fentury.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.