What is your professional background and what led you to start Kindur?
I spent the first 17 years of my career at JP Morgan Asset Management where I built the equity derivatives and alternative investments businesses. During this time, I was based in London and New York building and launching a number of investment products. For the last decade, I've been having a conversation with my dad about 'when' he would retire. A few years ago, the discussion moved from when to 'how'. As we started to navigate through the series of decisions he needed to make, I was surprised by the complexity of modern retirement and how much the current system forces consumers to DIY some pretty complex decisions. Kindur was founded on the principal of empowering baby boomers to retire fearlessly.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had told you about being a female founder?
When you build a company from scratch you have the opportunity to be purposeful in building diversity into your culture from day one. In the rush to ship and show traction, there are times when you might want to take short cuts and hire quickly. One of the best pieces of advice I got from our CTO was to be purposeful about hiring. From our second hire, we've had a structured process for hiring. Not only has it helped us be purposeful and fair in our evaluation of candidates but it has also given candidates confidence in our company as they experience our hiring process.
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