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Startup Particular! Wharton’s High Fintech Startups with Gaby Campoverde, John Garner, and Nate Soffio | by Anirudh Singh | Wharton FinTech

In right this moment’s particular episode, I’m joined by three of my classmates, Gaby Campoverde, John Garner, and Nate Soffio. Together with getting their MBA, Gaby, John, and Nate are additionally founders of fantastic fintech firms.

We cowl a variety of subjects, together with:

Gaby Campoverde and Miren:
Gaby and Miren are on a mission to broaden entry to financing capital for small enterprise homeowners throughout the U.S. They do that by empowering monetary establishments with information and software program to optimize the mortgage consumption processes. Gaby grew up in Queens, New York, and felt the dearth of monetary companies merchandise inside her neighborhood. After spending time as a product supervisor in monetary companies earlier than her MBA, Gaby determined to launch Miren whereas at school. The group is at the moment engaged on its MVP launch.
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John Garner and Card Curator:
In 2017, John deliberate a visit to Korea and Japan with a number of of his associates. After planning the journey, he utilized for the bank cards he wanted to fund the journey, spent 5 months incomes factors, and ultimately managed to fund the journey on factors and miles. The full money worth per particular person was about $26K. On returning, John and his father (and present co-founder) thought by the success of this course of and determined to make a enterprise out of this mannequin. Card Curator lately launched the brand new, free model of its app which serves primarily as a card advice device. Shifting ahead, John goals to license this function out to different fintech firms. The corporate additionally has an extra product that enables customers to set their journey targets, and learn to obtain these targets.
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Nate Soffio and Portabl:
When transferring from New York to Pennsylvania, and updating every of his monetary companies purposes alongside the way in which, Nate felt the ache level that many shoppers have with regards to monetary id. Throughout this time, Nate additionally contemplated an increase in fragmentation of monetary companies purposes for U.S. shoppers, the rise of fraud, altering monetary companies rules, and an more and more messy relationship between id information disclosure and monetary id. Noticing these traits in late 2020, he determined the time was ripe for Portabl. Nate and Portabl consider that customers ought to be capable to personal a model of their monetary id and take it with them anyplace they go. The corporate has lately introduced the closure of its $2.5M pre-seed spherical.
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For these curious about getting their MBA, the three additionally discuss their skill to stability finishing the MBA program and constructing an organization on the similar time.


Gaby Campoverde:
Gabriela Ariana Campoverde is CEO and Founding father of Miren. She is at the moment an MBA candidate at The Wharton Faculty and Masters in Pc and Info Know-how at Penn Engineering. Previous to her graduate research she labored at a WPP company, American Categorical and Goldman Sachs. She is enthusiastic about constructing merchandise for working-class, immigrant communities throughout the US and is a proud New Yorker. She studied Artwork Historical past and Linguistics at Swarthmore School.


John Garner:
John Garner is the CEO and co-founder of Card Curator, a bank card rewards optimization app. Previous to beginning Card Curator, John spent 5+ years as a volatility dealer for Merrill Lynch, and left his Wall Road job to comply with his actual ardour: bank card rewards and journey. John went on to invent the Card Curator algorithm known as CardArb, which nets its customers 5–10% or extra in rewards on their day by day card spending. He’s an professional in all issues associated to bank cards and free journey, and loves serving to others crack the code within the factors and miles sport with the Card Curator app. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Dartmouth School, and a Grasp of Enterprise Administration from the Wharton Faculty of the College of Pennsylvania.


Nate Soffio:
Nate is within the house stretch of his MBA at Wharton, the place he serves as Co-President of Wharton Fintech. He spent 10 years constructing and launching identity-focused merchandise at startups within the US and within the UK/ EU, specializing within the know-your-customer (KYC) panorama and privacy-preserving adtech. Proper earlier than Wharton, he lead KYC at Arachnys, a QED portfolio firm, by its acquisition in 2020. In his spare time, he’s a long-distance bike owner and budding rock climber.


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 group. 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

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