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Chicago’s 101 Fastest Growing FinTech Startups

At Fintech Energy we track over 200,000 fintech startups and over 1,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and organisations we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.

We’ve ranked the top 101 FinTech companies in Chicago. The companies, startups and institutions listed in this article are all exceptional companies, well worth a follow. We have included links to their websites, socials and CrunchBase (if you’re interested in their financials).

We selected the organisations listed in this article based on:

  • Track record
  • Executive leadership
  • Market share
  • Innovation
  • ESG rating

Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as CrunchbaseSemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.

Top FinTech Companies & Startups (Chicago)


Envestnet

FoundersBill Crager, Brandon Thomas, James Lumberg, Judson Bergman
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Envestnet is a provider of technology-enabled investment and practice management solutions to financial advisors.


Jump Capital

FoundersMichael McMahon, Sach Chitnis
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Jump Capital is a venture capital firm specializing in Series A and B expansion stage investments in technology and software.


NextCapital

FoundersDirk Quayle, John Patterson, Jon Hagen, Rob Foregger
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NextCapital provides a personal benchmarking tool to help clearly understand how investments are performing.


Capital Markets Gateway

FoundersGreg Ingram, Michael Wilcox, Stamo Hadjiyski
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CMG is a fintech firm offering an integrated digital workflow and analytics platform for capital markets professionals.


Braintree

FoundersBryan Johnson, Jenna Wyer
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Braintree’s payment platform provides all the tools online and mobile businesses need to accept payments.


ErisX

FoundersJoe Lubin
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ErisX specializes in digital asset space that offers both spot and futures contracts on one platform.


Backstop Solutions Group

FoundersAndy Pruitt
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Backstop’s mission is to help professionals in the institutional investment industry use time to its fullest potential.


YCharts

FoundersAra Anjargolian, Shawn Carpenter
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YCharts is a financial software company providing investment research tools including stock charts, stock ratings, and economic indicators.


Amount

FoundersAl Goldstein, Al Goldstein
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Amount is a digital technology company that accelerates digital transformation for financial institutions.


CMT Digital Ventures

FoundersColleen Sullivan, Jan-Dirk Lueders, Scott Casto
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CMT Digital is a venture capital firm engaging in the crypto asset and Blockchain technology industry.


FranShares

FoundersKenny Rose
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FranShares will soon offer investors access to direct franchise location ownership and income for as low as $500.


Clockwork

FoundersFady Hawatmeh
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Reinventing FP&A for growing companies and their advisors


GeoWealth, LLC

FoundersUnknown
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GeoWealth is an end-to-end technology platform and turnkey model marketplace.


Halo Investing

FoundersBiju Kulathakal, Jason Barsema
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Halo Investing is a financial technology platform that provides structured note investments to the average investor.


OppFi

FoundersTodd Schwartz
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OppFi a financial technology platform that powers banks to help the everyday consumer gain access to credit.


Tiv

FoundersJed Strong, JP Pillat, William Danford
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Tiv is a financial technology company that offers mobile banking and rewards products built for the gaming community.


AeroPay

FoundersDaniel Muller
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The payments company for the next generation.


Zero Hash

FoundersBrian Liston, Edward Woodford
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Zero Hash is a B2B digital assets-as-a-service technology platform that offers turnkey solutions such as NFTs for its clients.


Yield Protocol

FoundersAllan Niemerg
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Yield is building a decentralized lending protocol to bring fixed-term, fixed-rate lending to decentralized finance.


Groundbreaker

FoundersEd Cravo, Jake Marmulstein, Roger Smith
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Groundbreaker offers an all-in-one real estate investment software to automate fundraising, investment management, and investor relations.


Lightbank

FoundersBradley Keywell, Eric Lefkofsky, Joshua Hernandez, Logan LaHive
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Lightbank VC is a venture fund that invests in entrepreneurs solving the biggest problems in society


Bridge Financial Technology

FoundersAdam Hammouda, Alan Illing, Ayman Kaddoura, Rasheed Hammouda, Sanjay Sharma
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Bridge is using software to change the way financial advisors run their businesses and interact with clients.


ML Tech

FoundersLeo Mindyuk, Markus Leballeux
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ML Tech is a FinTech startup building the next-generation trading platform within the crypto asset space.


Cypher

FoundersBarrett Williams
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Cypher is a decentralized synthetic asset protocol, allowing retail and institutional investors to create and trade pre-public markets.


Ascent

FoundersAaron Droba, Brian Clark, Shreyas Gosalia
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Ascent provides a cloud-based platform that helps financial services firms to keep their businesses compliant.


M1 Finance

FoundersBrian Barnes
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The Finance Super AppTM


SwervePay

FoundersBrad Bialas, Jaeme Adams
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SwervePay develops payment solutions for the healthcare and auto service industries.


Lendr

FoundersLinda Wang
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Lendr is a finance company that provides merchant cash advances to small to medium size businesses.


DrawBridge Lending

FoundersJason Urban, Thomas Anderson
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DrawBridge offers a lending loans with no margin calls backed by Bitcoin holdings.


MortgageHippo

FoundersMichael Salichs, Valentin Saportas
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MortgageHippo is a B2B fintech company delivering white-labeled web and mobile-ready digital platforms to banks and mortgage lenders.


ArgonCredit

FoundersGary Zumski, Raviv Wolfe
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Argon Credit is a online personal loan startup. Currently growing in the U.S. with plans to expand into the U.K., Europe and Australia.


Rapunzl – Invest. Share. Win.

FoundersBrian Curcio, Christopher Thomas, Myles Gage
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Rapunzl is an award-winning app that allows you to earn cash & scholarship prizes while you learn how to invest.


Tractiv

FoundersDrew Orsinger
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Providing usage transparency in the market data industry.


LQD Business Finance

FoundersGeorge Souri
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LQD Business Finance is a Chicago-based, technology-enabled company that provides small and medium sized businesses with structured loans.


taxProper

FoundersGeoff Segal, Thomas Dowling
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taxProper is a property tax management platform that provides homeowners with tools to save money on their property taxes.


Promus Ventures

FoundersMike Collett
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Investing in early-stage deep-tech software/hardware companies run by visionary and tenacious founding teams.


Origin Ventures

FoundersBruce N. Barron, Steven N. Miller
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Origin Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in software and marketing businesses enabling the Digital Native economy.


Vertical

FoundersAaron Priest, Adam Seithel
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Construction SaaS + Fintech


Rippleshot

FoundersCanh Tran
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Credit and Debit Card Fraud Detection


Peanut Butter

FoundersDavid Aronson
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Student loan assistance as an employee benefit


Payline Data, LLC

FoundersJeff Shea, Sean Miller, Steve Blentlinger
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Platform for Killer Payment Experiences for in-app, in-store and online for buyers and sellers alike. Experience Payments Differently.


Tagomi

FoundersGreg Tusar, Jennifer Campbell, Kevin Johnson, Marc Bhargava
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Tagomi is a cryptocurrency trading platform that provides access to priced liquidity, low commissions, and maximized client return.


Cumulus Funding

FoundersNathan Popkins
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Cumulus Funding provides funds to help you make purchases or pay down loans, credit cards or other bills.


WealthBlock

FoundersDeji Jimoh, Trilliam Jeong
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WealthBlock is a technology firm that helps people take control of their financial future.


Spring

FoundersJoseph Holberg
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Spring provides a holistic, unbiased financial wellness benefit to companies to increase employee recruitment, productivity, and retention.


InfoReach

FoundersAlex Korsky, Allen Zaydlin, Vitaly Shatsky
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InfoReach is non-biased software created for the financial asset trading market.


Diffuse

FoundersKenny Estes
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Diffuse is a platform of cherry picked emerging funds who use our rigorous investment process.


Stacked

FoundersJoel Birch
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Stacked is a smart automated crypto investing platform.


Public Good Software

FoundersChris Gansen, Dan Ratner, Jason Kunesh, Josh Culley-Foster, Paul Smith
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Meet new donors and raise more money by making online fundraising easy and accessible to all.


Simplex Investments

FoundersDoug Anderson, Mathew Gray
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Simplex Investments develops proprietary software to capitalize on financial market opportunity.


FRST

FoundersJonas Frost, Patrick Gorrell
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FRST provides unique datasets and professional-grade tools to digital asset traders.


Remitap

FoundersAnil Sharma
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Fintech App, Mobile Payment, Remittance


Airfordable

FoundersAma Marfo, Craig Henry, Emmanuel Buah
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Payment plans for flights before your departure


Ditto

FoundersChris Pardo
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$1-A-Ditto across Brokerages & Exchanges Globally -A StatsBased IncomeDriven Platform Powering Decentralized PonziProof Investing


Loan Ecosystem Online

FoundersDavid Tannenbaum
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Loan Ecosystem Online is a fintech platform that utilizes advanced encryption technology to provide military-grade security for information.


Lotic Labs

FoundersMatthew Marshall, Matthew Strongin, William Tynan
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Lotic Labs powers financial innovation for water and the environment.


Pangea Money Transfer

FoundersKyle Stoner
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Pangea Money Transfer is a global remittance and underbanked financial services provider.


Akouba

FoundersChris Rentner, Evan Hareras, Nick McMillan
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Akouba is a the first SAAS platform to provide community and regional banks with an online, end-to-end, small business lending solution.


Bixby Research and Analytics

FoundersBrian Conroy
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Bixby is af fintech platform that analyzes financial information in the private debt market.


Braviant Holdings

FoundersMatt Martorello
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A leading provider of tech-enabled credit products and services for underbanked consumers


Current Mobile

FoundersDan Novaes, Kiran Panesar, Nick Mcevily
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We enable millions of budget-conscious consumers to earn income from their daily habits.


Neurensic

FoundersDavid Widerhorn, Paul Giedraitis, Sanjay Vohra
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Machine learning regtech firm offering SaaS surveillance technology for detection of financial markets manipulation.


FeeBelly

FoundersMichael Asare
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FeeBelly: Fintech app helping consumers instantly spot & avoid costly hidden fees & details in any doc or Agreement before they Sign or Pay


Medean

FoundersEmily Kolar, Erik Skjodt, Matt Karazin
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Medean is an all-in-one budgeting app that uses gamification and peer comparisons to improve financial wellness


Glidera

FoundersDavid Ripley, Michael Xakellis
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Glidera makes digital currency wallets better by providing applications the ability to offer bitcoin buy and sell services.


DRW

FoundersDon Wilson
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DRW is a diversified trading firm that combines technology, research, and risk management to capture trading and investment opportunities.


Guaranteed Rate

FoundersVictor Ciardelli
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Guaranteed Rate provides mortgage lending services such as home loans and home mortgage refinancing services.


OneSpan

FoundersThomas Kendall Hunt
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OneSpan, is a cybersecurity provider in the financial services industry specializing in digital identity and anti-fraud solutions.


EarlyBird

FoundersCaleb Frankel, Jordan Wexler
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EarlyBird is empowering parents, family, and friends to collectively invest in a child’s financial future, starting at the earliest age.


Trading Block

FoundersBiju Kulathakal
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Trading Block is an online brokerage, allowing self-directed investors identify new strategies for generating portfolio income and more.


ChangEd

FoundersDaniel Stelmach, Nick Sky
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ChangEd is a mobile app that helps pay down student loans by using spare change from everyday purchases to make additional payments.


CreditNinja

FoundersMark Friedgan
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CreditNinja is a fintech company.


Safe Rate

FoundersDylan Hall, Shima Rayej
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Safe Rate develops long-term mortgage financing options for home buyers and investors in the mortgage industry.


Cardley

FoundersRichard DeNardis
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Cardley is a technological company that offer a platform for startups based in Chicago to connect and share with their clients.


Financial Solutions Lab

FoundersJennifer Tescher
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The Financial Solutions Lab cultivates, supports and scales innovations that advance the financial health of LMI and underserved individuals


Supernova Technology

FoundersDavid Zylstra, Jaramee Finn, Jeff Finn, Julie Schmidt, Thomas Anderson
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Supernova Technology offers securities-based lending solutions that connect and empower the entire financial ecosystem.


Rewards Network

FoundersMel Chasen
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Rewards Network is a provider of capital and marketing services to the restaurant industry.


DRW Venture Capital

FoundersDon Wilson
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DRW Venture Capital is an arm of principal trading firm that invests primarily in financial and enterprise technology.


Neon Financial Inc.

FoundersAveedibya Dey, Megha Agarwal
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Neon offers Buy Now Pay Later for essential bills


Conotoxia

FoundersMarcin Pioro
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Conotoxia Holding enables international money transfers, online currency exchange, multi-currency cards, online payments and Forex trading.


Tastyworks

FoundersTom Sosnoff
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Trade options, stock, and futures at one of the premiere brokerage firms in the industry.


R7

FoundersBen Buettell, Tyler Engh
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R7 Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies building transformational technologies.


InHub

FoundersAriana Amplo, Kent Costello
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InHub is the investment community’s #1 RFP and DDQ management platform.


OptionsHouse

FoundersUnknown
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OptionsHouse is an online stock and option broking company that provides trading platforms for retail and institutional options.


Decred

FoundersAlex Yocom-Piatt, Dave Collins, David Hill, Jacob Yocom-Piatt, John Vernaleo, Josh Rickmar
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Decred is an open and progressive cryptocurrency with a system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain.


Oranj

FoundersDavid Lyon
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Oranj provides wealth managers with digital advice tools to enhance the client experience and connect with and convert more prospects.


Kora

FoundersHao Liu
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Kora is the banking app for college students


Prota Ventures

FoundersWill Little
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Prota Ventures is a venture-building and early-stage investment firm engaged in investing in early-stage companies.


Green Key Technologies

FoundersAnthony Tassone
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GreenKey is the voice-driven collaboration platform for financial markets: enhancing compliance and enabling sophisticated data analytics.


Advyzon

FoundersHailin Li
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Advyzon is a cloud-based platform for investment advisors that combines portfolio management, flexible performance reporting.


umaproject

FoundersHart Lambur
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UMA is a decentralized financial contracts platform.


KAOSHI

FoundersChukwunonso Arinze, Princess Oti
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We build financial technologies that enable banks and financial institutions offer bespoke financial services to immigrants in the diaspora.


Hehmeyer

FoundersChristopher Hehmeyer
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Hehmeyer is a proprietary trading firm that provides trading advisory services.


Cambio

FoundersBlesson Abraham
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Cambio is an enablement banking and financial habit-building app for the underserved


Dividend.com

FoundersPaul Rubillo
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Dividend.com is a dedicated to dividend stock investing. We provide proprietary stock ratings, tools and news on dividend stocks.


Financial Health Network

FoundersJennifer Tescher
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Financial Health Network is a trusted resource for business leaders united in a mission to improve the financial health of their customers.


Arthur Andersen LLP

FoundersArthur Edward Andersen
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Arthur Andersen is an accounting firm providing services in assurance, taxation, corporate finance, and more.


optionsXpress

FoundersNed Bennett
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OptionsXpress is a online brokerage firm owned by Charles Schwab.


Base Capital

FoundersBrendan Florez
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Income Share Agreement company integrating artificial intelligence into the servicing of ISAs.


Magma Capital Funds

FoundersGershie Vann
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Quantitative Hedge Fund


Dirt

FoundersJayson Dombele
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Making personal finance & financial literacy less mysterious, more human and accessible to everyone, anywhere

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