People and Culture
Weifang Zhu is the Chief Operating Officer of Even Financial where she is responsible for overseeing multiple functions ranging from Data Science to Finance & Operations.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and where do you live currently?
I grew up all around the east coast and midwest - currently residing in New York but like to call Ohio my childhood home!
I have a very energetic frenchie named Oliver who I bring to the office occasionally. He loves to run around and sniff every crevice and every corner of the office for hidden snacks. I also have a very supportive partner who feeds me and keeps me alive during the busy periods at work.
When did you start at Even and what is your current role? Describe your team and how it fits into the company.
I have been at Even since October 2018 and I am the Chief Operating Officer. I oversee the Data Science, Business Intelligence, Finance and Operations, and Governance, Risk and Compliance functions at Even. It may seem like many different functional areas, but I like to think of my role as finding ways to ingrain data into the decision making and operational structure of every core operational function at Even, making sure we build systems in a well thought out way to maximally empower our people and support high velocity decision making. My teams do this by supporting the company and our customers with on demand insights and predictions, and also by establishing thoughtful policies that lead to flexibility and adaptivity in our core financial, legal and security operations.
What is your favorite thing about working at Even?
First, the people! Everyone here is not only brilliant intellectually, but also chill enough to grab a meal with after work. I love all the hobbies that people take part in - from hot sauce making to kombucha brewing to making art and smoking meats, it’s all great.
Second, there is no end to the new and interesting problems that you see at Even and that you are empowered to tackle and handle (with support). It’s quite unique for a startup to sit at the intersection of so many interesting market dynamics in finance, and oftentimes we are at the forefront of innovation helping our partners engage their consumers with finance for the first time, or launch new financial products. I’ve learned so much here, and I still feel like I’m learning, which is good!
What has been your biggest accomplishment or crowning achievement working at Even so far?
One of the top accomplishments is definitely how proud I am of everything my department (Growth and Operations) has been able to accomplish in two to three short years with a small, but mighty team. We’ve adapted relentlessly to changes in the company, the market and the world (hello, COVID) in the past three years, and yet we can still take a moment to enjoy and laugh together while simultaneously crushing our quarterly goals. I can’t think of a better team to work with, and I am especially grateful for the support that each and every one of my team members has provided to me over the years.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time for hobbies?
I love to dote on my doggo, and buy him way too many treats - though, I’m not sure if that counts as a hobby. I also spend my free time traveling to remote countries and scuba diving. I’m currently working on completing a multi-year trip through the silk road, and looking forward to when things fully open up again!
(Diving in a cenote in Mexico)
What words of advice or encouragement would you have for a prospective Even employee?
We love working with smart, hungry individuals that want to GSD. You should also have a sense of humor :). We’d love to hear from you!
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