Al Goldstein is co-founder and CEO of one of Chicago’s fastest-growing startups, Avant (formerly AvantCredit), which offers installment loans and lines of credit to borrowers just below prime at higher interest than ordinary rates.
“Chicago has the right climate for a tech-based startup to succeed,” Goldstein told Blue Sky. “We’re seeing top talent that may have started their careers in other cities begin to flock here.”
Goldstein also co-founded payday lender CashNetUSA, which became Enova. That company spun off from Cash America in 2014. In 2009, five years after co-founding CashNetUSA, he co-founded real-estate investment company Pangea Properties.
Goldstein received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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Avant launches investor marketplace via $400 million financing deal – April 13, 2015
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Chicago-based AvantCredit announces $225 million in funding – Dec. 4, 2014
Chicago-based AvantCredit announces $75 million in Series C funding – July 23, 2014
AvantCredit raises $20M in equity financing – Aug. 14, 2013
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