Today, we speak with Jeffrey Stewart, CEO and Co-Founder of Lenddo, which combines microfinance techniques and social media connections to build consumers’ creditworthiness and provide access to financial services.
What does “Made in NY™” mean to you and your company?
Lenddo’s customers are in the emerging markets, but our CEO, CTO, Head of Data Science, Head of Engineering and Product Manager call NYC home. NYC is great for Lenddo because of the depth of its existing technical talent pool and its ability to attract top technical talent from around the country.
What can be done to maximize the “Made in NY™” campaign?
The most important growth constraint for Lenddo is access to top engineering, software development and mathematical talent. The “Made in NY™” campaign should do more to attract talent from across the country. Let’s actively get 1,000 engineers from places like St. Louis and Ohio. NYC is a world-class city with world-class startups, so working together, we should be able to get them here for interviews.
What else can be done to promote early stage entrepreneurship in NYC?
Nothing would promote entrepreneurship more than sizeable NYC-based IPOs. Microsoft reshaped Seattle. Dell reshaped Austin. Google, Facebook, Intel and Apple reshaped Silicon Valley.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
Lenddo’s role in the NYC ecosystem is to be the “sizable IPO” of the NYC tech community. As we continue to grow, we hope to attract dozens, and eventually thousands, of developers to the region.
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