Jared Hecht, Co-Founder & CEO of Fundera

After graduating from Columbia University in 2009, Jared joined Tumblr during a major growth phase for the company. While at Tumblr he entered a hackathon attempting to solve a group texting problem which resulted in GroupMe, a free group messaging service that essentially creates a private chatroom for a small group. Jared and his co-founders sold GroupMe to Skype for $80million. He stayed on for 2 years before leaving to start Fundera, a company providing a safe, friendly, and free way to find your lowest rates on small business loans, guaranteed. Fundera is backed by several well known VCs and has raised $14million to date. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more about Jared’s career and what it’s like to sell a company in your early 20’s.

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