Building a startup

29 Nov 2021
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Building a startup

Building a startup

29 Nov 2021
About the speakers
  • Bolun Li
    Bolun Li
    CEO and Founder at Zogo
  • David Nohe
    David Nohe
    CEO at FinGoal
    @fingoaldavid is CEO @therealfingoal. ex-Wellfit founder (acq'd); ex-Apple; recovering lawyer; based in Colorado.
  • Jehan Luth
    Jehan Luth
    CEO and Founder at BANYAN
    Luth has a background touching receipt level data from multiple verticals. He worked in CPG while at Campbell's Soup and FinTech/OCR while building receipt capture apps for clinical trials at Med School.
  • Castleigh Johnson
    Castleigh Johnson
    CEO at My Home Pathway
    Mr. Castleigh Johnson is currently the Founder and CEO of My Home Pathway, a financial technology firm that helps mortgage companies turn rejected mortgage applicants into qualified mortgage applicants through proprietary algorithms and customer engagement programs. Previously the Founder and CEO of Trifigo, a financial technology firm that has developed a more engaging and effective way to improve financial behaviors, by focusing on providing knowledge and incentives that align to improve credit scores and financial outcomes. Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of professional experience prior to starting his own firm, in various roles within Risk Management, Operations, Consulting, Bank Supervision and Corporate Sales. He has worked with some of the largest domestic and international financial service institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, AIG, Bank of Montreal and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In his previous corporate role at Bank of Montreal as the US Model Governance Director, Mr. Johnson oversaw the implementation of the US Model Governance standards for the domestic entities as well as the remediation of Federal Reserve and OCC outstanding regulatory findings. Mr. Johnson is an alum of the Inroads Internship program as well as a Fellowship recipient for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Bunton Waller, JP Morgan Investment Banking Summer Associate program. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Management and International Business from Penn State University and his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from New York University. Featured in Forbes magazine, Housing Wire and Driven Society podcasts, NYU and Babson Black Alumni Conferences, Fashion Institute of Technology and NYU Student Financial Literacy Guest Speaker.

Key takeaways

Stick to what you're passionate about since there are those who would appreciate it.

There may be a method of starting your business without funding, try to find this method.

Putting together a strategic advisory team, learning from their experiences, and tapping into their network could be beneficial to a new Fintech founder.

As a founder, being open to change and learning to prioritise are two key skills to have.