jared hecht

  • Fundera Picks Up $11.5 Million In Series B Funding

    Fundera Picks Up $11.5 Million In Series B Funding

    Fundera, the online credit marketplace that helps small business secure loans started by GroupMe cofounder Jared Hecht, has today announced the close of a $11.5 million Series B funding round led by Susquehanna Growth Equity with participation from existing investors including QED Investors, Khosla Ventures, and First Round Capital. Alongside the funding, SGE’s Scott Feldman and… Read More

  • Fundera Has Secured $12M In Funding For More Than 300 Small Businesses

    Fundera Has Secured $12M In Funding For More Than 300 Small Businesses

    Fundera, the lending match-maker for SMBs, has helped secure funding for over 300 small businesses, with more than $12 million in loans funded. The company originally launched in February 2014 as a service that paired SMBs looking for a loan with the lenders who could help them out. In the beginning, it was simply a matching service, but over the course of 2014 the company has transformed into… Read More

  • GroupMe Founder Gets $3.4M to Make Small Business Loans More Accessible With Fundera

    GroupMe Founder Gets $3.4M to Make Small Business Loans More Accessible With Fundera

    In the past five years, the number of bank loans under $1 million has dropped by more than 20 percent. This puts small business owners, arguably the driving force of our economy, at a severe disadvantage when it comes to starting a business. But Jared Hecht, co-founder of startup success story GroupMe, alongside cofounders Rohan Deshpande and Andres Moranis, is today launching a totally… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) The GroupMe Guys Reveal How To Land A Job At A Startup

    All week long we’ve been running clips from the Founder Stories interview with the GroupMe Guys, co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. In the video above, they answer some rapid fire questions about how to impress startups during an interview (give great product feedback), what do they look for in “social engineers,” and what is the hardest part of running a… Read More

  • How GroupMe Won SXSW with Grilled Cheese

    (Founder Stories) How GroupMe Won SXSW: Grilled Cheese

    At this year’s overcrowded and overhyped SXSW conference in Austin, one of the few startups to break through the noise was group text messaging app GroupMe. How did GroupMe win SXSW? Grilled cheese. The company rented an outdoor food shack for something like $10,000 and turned it into the GroupMe Grill with free grilled cheese sandwiches and beer. The grilled cheese, says… Read More

  • GroupMe Guys Founders' Early Careers

    (Founder Stories) Who Are These GroupMe Guys?

    How do you become a startup founder? There are many paths, but often founders grow up at other startups. GroupMe co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci are still pretty young. Both graduated from college only a few years ago, but both also did stints at other startups before creating group-messaging phenom GroupMe at last year’s Disrupt Hackathon and subsequently raising $10.6 million. Read More