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Gaurav Sharma, CEO & Co-Founding father of Capitalize — Simplifying Retirement Financial savings | by Anirudh Singh | Wharton FinTech


In at the moment’s episode, I’m joined by Gaurav Sharma, CEO and Co-Founding father of Capitalize a venture-backed fintech firm in New York targeted on the retirement financial savings market.

Gaurav and I cowl a variety of subjects, together with:

The Dimension of the 401K Rollover Difficulty:
After working in monetary companies for 10 years and at numerous corporations, Gaurav gained acute data of the U.S. 401K financial savings challenge — when staff change jobs, their 401K accounts don’t change with them. Coming from Australia additionally helped Gaurav acquire perspective on what a extra easy, necessary financial savings account seems to be like. Having grown up round entrepreneurs, Gaurav determined to sort out this drawback himself. Capitalize has discovered that 15–21M individuals change jobs and 401K accounts per yr, and roughly 1/third of these individuals money out their accounts, ($100M in complete) paying taxes and penalties on their cash. One other 3–4M individuals go away their cash behind for an prolonged time frame. With these inefficiencies, Capitalize has calculated that there are $1.35T in belongings sitting inside forgotten 401Ks.

Capitalize’s Product and Buyer Base:
Capitalize gives an internet expertise that helps customers discover their previous 401K accounts, evaluate and choose the suitable IRA, and deal with the rollover course of on-line through top-tier shopper service to ensure the cash will get consolidated into 1 new account. Presently, Capitalize predominantly serves people of their late twenties by mid-30s which have had 3–5 jobs since graduating. Nevertheless, Gaurav has seen this shopper base broaden past the early adopters, right into a extra mainstream viewers. The success of this product has made Capitalize one among Time’s Greatest Innovations in 2021.

The Fundraising Course of:
Capitalize raised its Collection A spherical in February of 2021 from numerous distinguished fintech buyers, together with Canapi Ventures (lead), Bling Capital, Greycroft, RRE Ventures and Walkabout Ventures. Gaurav credit investing in private relationships with VCs, and conserving them appraised of the progress Capitalize was making, for the success of their Collection A spherical. Whereas the fundraising course of is rarely straightforward, Gaurav and the crew felt like they have been capable of streamline it as a lot as doable.

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Gaurav Sharma:
Gaurav leads Capitalize’s mission to assist individuals save for retirement. Earlier than founding Capitalize, he labored for a few of the best-known monetary establishments, together with JP Morgan, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and as an investor at well-known hedge fund Greenlight Capital. After seeing how exhausting it’s for most individuals to know their retirement accounts, he determined to construct an organization that makes it simpler. An Australian by start, Gaurav lives in New York together with his spouse and their adopted pet, Lorenzo.

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Concerning the Creator:
Anirudh Singh is a second-year MBA Candidate at The Wharton Faculty, the place he’s a part of the Wharton FinTech Podcast crew. He has a ardour for financial growth, enterprise capital, monetary companies, and all issues FinTech. Don’t hesitate to succeed in out with questions, feedback, suggestions, and alternatives at singhan@wharton.upenn.edu.

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