For the last 3 years, I've had this crazy habit of writing a weekly newsletter that I share with our employees and shareholders at Self. I also include a photo and various stats, revenue projections and KPIs. My goal is to keep everyone on the same page — especially as we scale.
Let's get started and take a closer look at what we accomplished in 2018.
Clearly, those are 3 killer New Year resolutions. In January, Gaby and Joanna joined our team.
Our engineering team made progress on building our mobile app in React. Colin joined in February.
We launched our app in the App Store and Google Play! Will joined and Karthic celebrated his 2nd year at Self.
Kelvin Pho, our VP engineering and Brian Vitone, our VP operations, both celebrated their 1 year anniversaries at Self. So lucky to have them on our team.
We made some improvements to our app.
Brett joined as our Chief Marketing Officer and Kristin, Matthew, Tim, Andy, Ally and Rob joined. We celebrated Reesa's 1-year anniversary.
Jeff joined while David, Philip and Kshitija celebrated 1-year anniversaries.
Tim got Google Analytics working the right way. Brandon celebrated his 1-year.
1 million individual payments processed! James spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt and the CFPB's Credit Visibility Symposium. Kat celebrated her 1-year and Aziz joined. Thanks to Lead Bank for the sweet pen.
Happy Halloween. Igor and Austin joined our team and we were included in Fintech 4 Good.
We raised $10 million led by Altos Ventures and Silverton Partners. A few great angels, Kickstart Seed Fund and Accion Venture Lab joined in as well. Marketing team crushed November with our best month, ever. Allie, Jorge and Terii joined and we miss Jayadeep (pictured left).
You can now open a Credit Builder Account and build credit right inside the app. Huge improvement to our app functionality.
I'm so thankful and frankly, incredibly lucky to have the support from you. Members, our shareholders and our killer team.
James Garvey is the CEO and co-founder of Self Financial, a venture-backed startup that helps people build credit and save money.