Jared Hecht is a co-founder and the CEO at Fundera, an online marketplace for small business financial solutions.
He started Fundera after his cousin experienced the frustration and lack of transparency of applying for a small business loan. Previously, Jared co-founded GroupMe, a group messaging service that in August 2011 was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Prior to GroupMe, he led Business Development at Tumblr where he focused on international expansion and strategic partnerships.
Jared currently serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University Entrepreneurship and is an investor in startups such as TransferWise, Sweetgreen, and Flatiron Health. Jared received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University where he served as the publisher and managing director of Inside New York.