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March 25, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: David Chang - CEO at Gradifi

For the 85th episode of our podcast, I interviewed David Chang, CEO at Gradifi.

If you’re a member of the Boston tech community, there’s a good chance you know who David Chang is. As an operator, he’s been part of some amazing teams at companies that have all scaled and exited like TripAdvisor, m-Qube, and WHERE. As an angel investor, he has invested in 40 companies. And, one could argue that the most important role that he’s played is one as a mentor and advisor to countless entrepreneurs.

In his current position at Gradifi, David is leading a company that is trying to solve a $1.5 trillion problem: student loan debt. Gradifi gives employers the opportunity to make direct contributions to their employees’ student loans, allowing them to pay off their loans faster. It’s a great benefit, for sure.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of topics, like:

  • David’s philosophy on paying it forward and why it is so important.
  • The details behind David’s background and a deep dive into his experience at TripAdvisor, m-Qube, and WHERE.
  • Advice on whether or not to attend business school.
  • The story of his own startup, which was like an early version of Instagram.
  • All the details on Gradifi in terms of its mission and how they are helping ease the burden of student loan debt.
  • Why he is bullish on the Boston tech ecosystem.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.