An exclusive Tech Tribune Q&A with Parker Graham (founder and CEO) of Finotta, which was honored in our:
Tell us the origin story of Finotta – what problem were you trying to solve and why?
Finotta’s origin came from a pivot from my first version of the company. Originally, we were building a debt repayment robo-advisor, but came to see that we could solve a much bigger problem by helping regional/community banks and credit unions create relevant and personalized software solutions for their customers in their mobile app.
What was the biggest hurdle you encountered in your journey?
Ha, too many to count. Probably the biggest was continuing to believe in what we were building even when others doubted us. I cannot tell you how many people talked bad about me behind my back when I was at my lowest lows the last few years. Crazy thing is, those people are now some of the loudest cheerleaders and high fivers now that we have a lot happening for us. They know who they are, and they know I know they are fake, but they have to keep up appearances. Every day we succeed is an amazing day because its another day that we prove them wrong.
What does the future hold for Finotta?
Having our technology in every financial institution’s app has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it!? In all seriousness, we are here to build products to help them evolve and better serve their customers in the digital channel. Right now, that channel is incomplete. It’s missing features, solutions, and products for both retail and commercial customers. We are here to fully bring to life what digital banking can do for customers so we can create a world without barriers, where financial equality is accessible to all.
What are your thoughts on the local tech startup scene in Overland Park?
It’s growing like crazy. Seems like every day there is a new tech company raising money and moving into an office down the hall from us. Its infectious and I love to see it happen. Soon, very soon, we will see another massive exit in OP, which will only continue to snowball what is happening right now.
What’s your best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Always stick to the 3 H’s: stay humble, hopeful, and hungry.