Dear Lendable community,
When Daniel and I started working on Lendable in 2014, we spent most of our time talking about two questions. First, how could we do something that was aligned with our values. And second, how could we do it with people who we could learn from and learn with every day. I feel so lucky to have been able to do both of these! Over the last 9+ years, we have invested over $400m into fintechs operating in 73 countries, helped more than 3.2 million people and MSMEs get access to fair financial services, expanded our mission to include investing in decarbonization, and – most joyfully – had the privilege of getting to learn from and grow with an amazing group of people.
As Lendable moves into its next chapter of growth, I am thrilled to announce that Kevin Wood will be stepping into the CTO role to lead our technology team and I will be transitioning into a Non-Executive Board Member. Kevin has served as Lendable’s Director of Engineering since 2018, in charge of building out Lendable’s infrastructure that serves as the basis for all credit and impact analysis that we do. He brings more than 25 years of experience managing teams to build large scale data processing systems across industries. More importantly, Kevin has shown time and again that he cares deeply about the people who he works with and that he will continue to serve as another steward of Lendable’s mission as we grow to 100m people accessing fair financial services and beyond.
As we make this change, I will spend the next half-year zooming out from the day to day of running the business and collaborating closely with Lendable’s technology team to run two projects on our long-term technical strategy. After January 2024, my focus as a Non-Executive Board Member will shift to providing mentorship and guidance to Lendable’s tech team; working closely with and sitting on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to help ensure that Lendable continues to grow as a diverse and equitable workplace; and ensuring an ongoing commitment to Lendable’s mission, employees, and investors.
I couldn’t feel more excited for Lendable’s future and lucky to get to play a new role in the growth ahead, both in terms of impact as well as scale. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who have made Lendable what it is today, I feel proud knowing that you want to continue pushing it forward into that future. Here’s to many more years of amazing people and furthering our mission!
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Board Member — Lendable