Al Goldstein

Al Goldstein

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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