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Columbia University, BA 2000
Political Science

Current Companies

Co-Founder & CEO

Former Companies

Co-Founder, Board of Directors
Business Development Manager

Web Presences


Jared Hecht

Jared Hecht is a co-founder and the chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. 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 the Columbia University Entrepreneurship Organization and is an investor and advisor to startups such as Codecademy, SmartThings, and TransferWise. Jared received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University where he served as the publisher and managing director of Inside New York.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Guest of a Guest 8/2013Debt$560k5
Wildcard 7/2013Series A$3M6
SmartThings 12/2012Seed$3M23
Bondsy 7/2012Seed6
Frontback 6/2012Seed$910k9
Timehop 1/2012Seed$1.1M10
Dispatch 11/2011Seed$965k12
Timehop 1/2011Venture Round9



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