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James Paris, CEO of Avant — Pioneering Online Credit

Miguel Armaza sits down with James Paris, CEO of Avant, one of the pioneers in online lending dedicated to providing banking solutions for the US middle class. Since 2012, Avant has served over 1.5 million customers with over $6.5 billion in loans and 400,000 credit cards.

The company has also raised over $600 million of equity capital from General Atlantic, JP Morgan, Peter Thiel, Ribbit Capital, DFJ, Tiger Global, QED, August Capital, and many more!

We talked about:

  • James’ background as a traditional investment banker
  • The story behind Avant
  • Their decision to spin out Amount, a SaaS business
  • His thoughts on the evolution of the fintech lending and underwriting space
  • Talent and company culture
  • Why you should always be nice to your interns and junior employees
  • And a whole lot more!

Full interview → Spotify | Soundcloud | Apple

About Avant

Avant is dedicated to building premier digital banking solutions for the middle class through a combination of technology, analytics and superior customer service. Since 2012, Avant has connected over 1.5 million customers to $6.5 billion in loans and to 400,000 credit cards. A high growth financial technology company, Avant has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fortune, Bloomberg, and has raised over $600 million of equity capital. Visit www.avant.com for more information.

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