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!
Head of Mobile Engineering
Beau is Head of Mobile Engineering at Finch where he manages our development team and gets product out the door faster than you can say Ship! Previously at Loke Digital building Australia’s top consumer loyalty apps for Gelato Messina, Nandos, NAB and more, Beau is passionate about creating beautiful mobile experiences. It should comes as no surprise that he’s the author of the book, ‘Simulations in Swift’ as well as popular iOS open source project, FaceAware, which detects and centers your face in a selfie – you’ve probably used it! Beau’s unique appreciation for design, development and user experience is thanks to his background in the Arts (he used to be a music teacher in a past life!) When he’s not deep in code, Beau is chilling out with chihuahuas and working on his art skills.
Stepping out of agency land to adopt startup life (is she crazy?!), Jess is Marketing Director at Finch. With a Masters’ from RMIT and over a decade’s experience working with Australia’s top brands (including Toyota, Slack, Australia Post and Sportsgirl, not to mention building Melbourne’s infamous Silicon Block) Jess has all the mad growth hacking and partnership skills down pat. At Finch, she’s leading the charge to both acquire customers, and retain them. When she’s not deep in fintech land, she’s still in tech land. As MD of Girls in Tech Australia, Jess is passionate about helping women find support and growth opportunities in the industry. Partial to a vino-cheese board combo to pass the time, you’ll also find her boogying at music festivals all summer long.
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.