Founder’s Corner: NerdWallet’s Tim Chen with advice for aligning an organization, staying focused, and managing headcount without politics

October 9, 2017

It’s been nearly 10 years since Tim Chen, founder and CEO of NerdWallet, began tinkering away building the startup he helms today. NerdWallet—now 450 employees strong—helps people make better financial decisions.

Tim shares the history of the organization along with advice on hiring, managing headcount, aligning your vision, and staying focused. Listen in for our conversation with this startup leader who is aiming to make NerdWallet tomorrow’s everyday GPS for money matters.


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In this season finale of Founder’s Corner, you’ll hear:

  • How Tim sets goals within the company and rallies stakeholders for input in order to maximize alignment

  • Frameworks for setting up successful meetings—particularly, how different meeting styles serve different purposes

  • How Tim stays focused on leading the company by avoiding the email inbox albatross

  • How to manage headcount requests objectively, without falling victim to political in-fighting

Prior to launching NerdWallet, Tim Chen worked on Wall Street but quickly realized there wasn’t much transparency in personal finance. Since 2009, he and cofounder Jake Gibson have been helping to bring more clarity to people's financial decisions with NerdWallet. Tim holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University

Subscribe to Founder’s Corner on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Overcast, and learn more about NerdWallet here. Join the conversation with Rob Veres on Twitter and at @OmidyarNetwork (#ONFoundersCorner).

Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team invests in early-stage startups that aim to build great for-profit businesses that can change the world and achieve positive societal benefits at scale.



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