At Finch, we know that food and fun and travel is life. We also know that it can add up, faster than your paycheck comes in.
That’s why we’ve created Finch: a financial app for your social life where you can run tabs, pay friends and track your social spending, in one convenient place.
Our mission at Finch is simple: help Australian millennials build financial confidence through beautiful user experiences and data intelligence. A financial app that meets you exactly where you’re at in life and grows with you as your priorities and values inevitably change.
To make it a bit of fun, we’re combining data intelligence, behavioural psychology and gamification to present your financial world in a way you’ve never seen before.
It’s about time.
Co-founder & CMO
Part startup marketer, part digital strategist and skilled PR hacker, Shahirah is the creative brains behind the Finch brand. She’s brought fame (and some fortune!) to a long list of tech startups across Silicon Valley and Australia ranging from big data to fintech to gaming. When she’s not leading marketing, analytics or healthkicks at Finch, Shahirah is Head of PR at Girls in Tech Australia where she champions women in STEM and entrepreneurship. Unplugged, you’ll find her mastering her lotus headstand or on a hike.
Toby Gardner (CFA, MBA)
Co-founder & CEO
Toby is your finance guy’s finance guy. Having paid his dues in Silicon Valley and the US for over a decade, he’s worked with some of the biggest names in Technology and Finance. A 40 Under 40 award winner, Toby is also a CFA Charterholder and has an MBA from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). At Finch, he is responsible for our strategic direction, product design, and business model. Outside of work, Toby’s a mad Oregon Ducks fan and avid snowboarder.
Susan is Product Manager and Head of Culture of Finch – yes, jogging meetings is a thing! Previously, she worked at Virgin Velocity Prepaid Card. At Finch, Susan translates feedback, business requirements, tech specs and design speak into beautiful customer experiences. When she’s not coming up with a-ha UX flows she’s sipping on exceptional gin (which may or may not be responsible for her genius!).
Kelvin is UX/UI Designer who only ever wears black, navy and grey (true story!) He has a degree in Finance & Economics and is completing his Masters in Human Computer Interaction at University of Melbourne which makes him a double threat and a perfect fit for Finch. Kelvin spends his days designing, prototyping, and testing our flows to create magical user experiences (the ones that are so good you don’t think about it – yep that’s him). When he’s not in the zone, Kelvin loves travel, photography, and a good drop of Pinot.
Don’t be fooled by the friendly face, Lizzie’s a real life crime stopper! Previously, an AML/ CTF officer at Bankwest (Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing), Lizzie monitors transactions for suspicious behaviour and ensures our AUSTRAC compliance obligations are met. Her favourite part about working at Finch? Being part of a dedicated team who constantly think outside the box and strive for excellence. Lizzie’s based in sunny Perth where she’s proud mum of two kids, loves the beach and makes a mean chocolate cake!
Product and Marketing Assistant
Lyena is Product and Marketing Assistant at Finch and “Original Fincher.” As one of our earliest adopters (she was a beta tester before launch!) Lyena now applies her deep product knowledge to customer journey mapping, app testing, and marketing. A self-confessed travel addict, Lyena moved to Australia by herself when she was just 16, and has since backpacked across 26 countries (and counting!). It’s no surprise that she loves meeting new people and speaks 5 different languages… of course!
Sanjay is the Legal Intern at Finch and researches on all things legal and compliance. Hailing from a small town called Dawson Creek in Canada (generally mistaken for the hit 90s TV Show Dawson’s Creek), Sanjay won his first title as International Curling Champion at the age of 17! Several medals later, Sanjay hung up his curling shoes to head Down Under to complete his Juris Doctor at Monash University while lapping up the insanely good Melbourne food and coffee.
CFO (Chief Fluff Officer)
Yuki is our #finchfam puppy with 16 weeks’ experience being irresistibly cute! When he’s not swimming in his water bowl or finding the tiniest, most uncomfortable nooks to nap, Yuki makes sure the team gets their recommended dose of daily cuddles and exercise.