As SVP of Technology at Even, Chris Bunk wears a lot of hats, which includes managing the Engineering Team and heading up some of our most important technical initiatives.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and where do you live currently?
Windsor, CT is my hometown. I’ve been quite a nomad, living in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Boston, and NYC, before laying my roots in Norwalk, CT, where I currently reside with my wife and three young kids.
When did you start at Even and what is your current role? Describe your team and how it fits into the company.
I joined Even in the summer of 2019 and currently serve as the SVP of Technology, overseeing the operations of engineering and product. The teams I lead are responsible for cultivating the technology that connects consumers with the best financial products for their needs, as well as the platform that supports Even’s ecosystem of partners, which is crucial to delivering the best user experience.
What is your favorite thing about working at Even?
The team’s high level of talent inspires and motivates me, but it is the collaboration and support I see play out every day that makes me the most grateful for where I get to work. Building a platform that gives users the best possible product requires balancing considerations from very different consumers and partners, which always brings new challenges.
Luckily, as hard as we work, there are a lot of opportunities to unwind and bond over shared interests. Team boat trips, our very prestigious beer guild, and Alex’s homemade kombucha ― which has been at Even longer than me ― are all ways we have fun.
What has been your biggest accomplishment or crowning achievement working at Even so far?
Helping build a strong organizational architecture, with cross-functional groups of people working toward clear objectives in an empowered and efficient way, has driven strong outcomes for the company. There are initiatives at Even where we need to pull people from so many departments ― engineering, product, marketing, sales, compliance, data science, and so on ― and I think we’ve done a tremendous job at executing what is not an easy undertaking.
With such effective collaboration, there are so many potentially interesting areas for us to explore. Going forward, we have to balance discovery in promising areas with focused and deliberate execution on our most promising prospects.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time for hobbies?
I enjoy everything outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing, boating, swimming, and surfing to name a few. I enjoy live music and festivals; my eclectic taste includes jazz, blue grass, rock, and rap. Also, experiencing new cultures through travel always leaves me wanting more. I additionally love to cook and bond with my family at home ― they hold my heart (and most of my free time).
What words of advice or encouragement would you have for a prospective Even employee?
Our full product suite and its functions are expansive and intricate; it took me a long time to build a strong base knowledge of everything. When learning it yourself, try to focus on the end-user [consumer] and their needs and pain points. In doing so, you will find it both easier to retain all of the aspects of our business model and brainstorm ways to improve upon them.
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NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2022 -- Even Financial ("Even"), the category-leading embedded finance marketplace and independently managed subsidiary of MoneyLion, Inc. (NYSE: ML), has announced a new partnership with Tally, a leading financial automation company, to include the company's low-interest credit offerings on its platform.
"Tally has built a powerful tech-enabled system to help people solve one of the biggest financial problems today: paying off credit card debt," said Phill Rosen, Founder and CEO of Even. "We're thrilled to welcome Tally's line of credit offerings to Even's unparalleled network of financial services providers."
Tally is designed to help its members pay off their debt faster and save them money on interest and late fees. Members can lower their monthly payment with Tally's lower-interest line of credit, if eligible. Typically, at least a 580 FICO score is needed. Tally's system is customized to save people as much money as possible.
"Americans today owe nearly $1 trillion in credit card debt. We know from our research that many want to pay down their debt but struggle to get started. That's where Tally comes in," said Jason Huynh, VP of Credit, Analytics & Operations at Tally. "Our system combines financial automation with a low-interest line of credit to give people the help they need to get on track to pay off their credit card debt for good. We're thrilled that our partnership with Even will allow Tally to help even more people."
The launch of Tally on the Even platform enables consumers to get matched with Tally's custom, low-interest line of credit accounts of up to $25,000 in just a few minutes. After getting matched, eligible consumers complete the process through the Tally app. There are no out-of-pocket costs.
Tally is the latest partner to join the Even marketplace, a growing network of over 400 financial services partners and 500 channel partners covering a breadth of financial services including loans, credit cards, mortgages, savings, and insurance products. Even's marketplace technology enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security, at scale.
About Even Financial
Even digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and fintech companies on mobile apps, websites, and other digital touchpoints through its marketplace technology. Even's infrastructure leverages machine learning and advanced data science to solve a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition, seamlessly bridging financial services providers (such as SoFi) and channel partners (such as TransUnion) via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces. Even enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Even was named one of "America's Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2021 and was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world. Learn more at www.evenfinancial.com.
Tally is a consumer financial tech company pioneering full-service financial automation to help people save money, pay down their debt and reach their goals sooner. Founded in 2015, the company built the first fully automated debt manager to help put billions of dollars back in people's pockets. In 2021, Tally was named to Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies list and to Quartz's Best Companies for Remote Workers. Previously, Tally made Forbes' Next Billion Dollar Startup list, Forbes' Fintech 50 list, and the app won Real Simple's Smart Money award. Learn more at meettally.com.
NEW YORK, NY, April 19, 2022 -- Even Financial (“Even”), the category-leading embedded finance marketplace and independent subsidiary of MoneyLion, Inc. (NYSE: ML), has announced it has now facilitated over $5 billion in consumer credit, as of March 2022. Leveraging machine learning and advanced data science, Even solves a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition by seamlessly bridging financial service providers and channel partners via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces.
“Surpassing $5 billion in consumer credit facilitated through our marketplace is an enormous achievement for Even as we continue to help build the future of finance technology,” said Phill Rosen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Access to credit has long been a challenge for many hard-working Americans, and we are dedicated to alleviating this issue by providing consumers personalized financial services offers that meet their needs, when they need it most. Reaching the $5 billion milestone reaffirms that our mission is driving significant value for both consumers and our partners."
Even has grown its embedded finance marketplace offerings beyond loans to cover a breadth of additional financial services including credit cards, mortgages, savings, and insurance products. Within loans, Even offers the largest network of premium, connected loan providers - across a wide array of products including unsecured personal loans, secured personal loans, line of credit, student loan refinancing, and auto loan refinancing. Leading financial services providers, such as LendingClub and SoFi, partner with Even to reach qualified consumers searching for loans, benefiting from Even’s unparalleled network and native integrations.
The company has continued its rapid growth trajectory in 2022, growing its network to include over 400 financial services partners and 500 channel partners. Even's marketplace technology enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Earlier this year, Even announced the close of its acquisition by MoneyLion, the award-winning digital financial platform, which will continue to advance their combined efforts of providing financial access and advice to hard working Americans.
About Even Financial
Even digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and fintech companies on mobile apps, websites, and other digital touchpoints through its marketplace technology. Even's infrastructure leverages machine learning and advanced data science to solve a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition, seamlessly bridging financial services providers (such as SoFi) and channel partners (such as TransUnion) via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces. Even enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Even was named one of "America's Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2022 and was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world. Learn more at evenfinancial.com.