Team

Meet the Lend-Grow team

The Lend-Grow Story

Lend-Grow was started after recognizing a real need among online financial marketplaces; none of them had all the information you needed, and most of them present results influenced by revenue or commissions. Lend-Grow’s founders spent years at big banks, and saw firsthand how smaller banks were shut out online, making it much harder for borrowers to find the best loan deals. That’s where the idea for Lend-Grow was born. Lend-Grow is an online ecosystem that connects borrowers with banks of all different sizes, and the information they need to make informed decisions. Many online marketplaces do not feature smaller banks, which can offer their customers better deals (because they don’t have million-dollar marketing budgets). Consumers are left with the search results which are paid to be there.

At Lend-Grow, we created a marketplace and suite of tools which are attuned to your needs. Our goal is to create a digital experience which helps you find what works best for you. By using data curated from local lenders, small lenders, national lenders and credit unions, customers finally have a complete set of information which they can use to get the best possible deals out there.

Our Pledge

At Lend-Grow, we will:

  • Have the most comprehensive set of information, including both big and small lenders, to help you make financial decisions with confidence.
  • Be empathetic to your needs, giving you the tools you need to find the deal that makes the most sense for you.
  • Be independent and objective, not letting fees guide how we present the information to you.

The Lend-Grow Team

Nish Krishna

CEO

Nish has managed lending businesses at both large (Capital One, E*Trade) and mid-sized banks (M&T Bank, PenFed Credit Union) over the past ten years.  Prior to Lend-Grow, Nish established the Personal and Student Loan business at PenFed Credit Union. Nish grew the business to $1.2 billion in loan balances. Nish received his MBA from Darden Business School.

Harris Schachter

Head of Marketing

Harris has spent past nine years in Marketing leadership roles at financial services, healthcare, and startups. Harris managed the organic growth channel (SEO and Content) for Capital One’s US Card business and grew visitors 1.5x from 9M DAU to 12M DAU. Harris actively advises startups on organic growth, his online blog on performance marketing gets 1M annual visitors.

Satnam Gandhi

CTO

Satnam Gandhi has over 20 years of experience in leading in technology roles at both large organizations and startups. Satnam was the CTO at PageScience, an AdTech startup that he led from the seed stage to its successful acquisition by a larger, established firm. Satnam has led in technology leadership roles at IBM, Accenture, and Condé Nast. He is a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.

Shishir

Lead Engineer

With over five years of experience as a software developer, Shishir has worked on multiple applications starting from NMS software system to next gen container-based micro-services. He has built proficiency in Software Architecture Design and Web Application Development during his term with multiple organizations. Most recently he interned for Amazon and is currently obtaining his Masters in Software Engineering at University of Maryland.

Scott Wilson

Content Marketing Manager

Scott has extensive experience as a writer, mostly in the journalism world. He worked as Executive Producer at the ABC affiliate in Lynchburg, VA for nine years, where he produced a daily newscast and managed a team of producers. Scott has also written for two regional magazines and was a copy strategist for a Los Angeles-based digital marketing company. Scott got a bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Tech.

Rajasekhar Gutta

Full Stack Developer

Rajasekhar is a full-stack Web Application Developer and Software Engineer. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Masters of Engineering in Software Engineering from the University of Maryland. His primary focus and inspiration for his studies is software applications which took over our lives in the last decade. He is very passionate about various Application Development Platforms from web to mobile, and strives to better himself as a developer to provide the best effort and best possible outcomes.

Rucha Patil

Data Analyst

Rucha recently graduated from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in Information Systems. She is fascinated by the power of data and loves to visualize, analyze and interpret data to derive valuable insights that guide business decisions.

Natali Wein

Consultant

Natali began her career as an English teacher to middle school students while volunteering with Teach for America in Phoenix, AZ. After her service, she pivoted her skillset to work at Lend-Grow as an HR Consultant. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University.

Jesse Tublin

Data Engineer/Intern

Jesse is currently studying for his BS in Computer Science at UMBC. Jesse has been working at LendGrow since June 2020.

Michael Woods

Data Engineer/Intern

Michael is a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Computer Science. He works as a software engineering intern at Lend-Grow.

Investors & Advisors

Sam Yount

LendingTree, Personal Capital

Kellyn Smith Kenny

AT&T, Hilton, Uber

Benjamin Blatt

Pagaya, CommonBond

Sarah Gravitt-Baese

Capital One

James Mendelsohn

Liberis, McKinsey

Jen Finn

Capital One

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