Venmo was founded in 2009 by two former college roommates who wanted a better way to pay each other back. What started off as a simple SMS platform to send and receive money has evolved into a social payments app allowing people to split bills, pay each other back for rent, and make purchases at approved merchants - all the while making these life stories more fun and less awkward. Here's some of the team that makes it all happen. You could be on this page, too. Check out our open positions.
Mike has made a career (if you want to call it that) of starting and growing new businesses. He went to Wharton -- this was many years ago. His passions are his wife, their two boys, their golden retriever, playing golf (no time for this), and running marathons.
Anthony studied Computer Science at Columbia University and was a researcher at Columbia's Bioinformatics Department. Prior to joining Venmo, Anthony liked to break things and make memes at Google. Anthony dislikes physical bills, which is why he joined Venmo.
Amanda has worked in a wide range of places, including government, investment banks, and startups. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Information Science. In her spare time, she loves to dragonboat (ask her what that is), cook, eat, and drink wine - preferably in that order.
Simon is a jazz sax player, oneironaut, and metalhead hailing from Hershey, PA. He graduated from the University of Rochester last spring, and never-graduated Hacker School in August.
Jeremiah spent the past several years building DevOps practices in IT at Kansas State University. Prior to K-State, he mostly worked in unix admin and computer security roles, including malware research and secure network design. When he is not automating the building (or breaking!) of software and systems, he likes all to do all kinds of outdoor activities, and spend time with his family.
Iffat has experience in corporate recruiting, career counseling and workforce development. Her previous work experiences led her to a career in People Operations and a MA in Organization & Leadership with a focus on Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. When she’s not venmoing her friends for french fries, she can be found chatting about her love for potatoes, coffee, hot sauce, and cake. She also likes some non-food related activities such as aimless walks around NYC and hunting for good fiction.
Katie is a Hacker School alum with a past life in astrophysics. As a NJ native coming to NYC by way of SF, she is excited to explore the city but refuses to stop wearing T-shirts in winter. In her free time, she endlessly refactors her Harry Potter-themed text adventure, plays board games, and reads comics. And in case you haven't heard, the truth is...she is Iron Man
Selena received her Accounting degree from the University of Illinois - perhaps because it won her pick-your-major-coin-flip, but perhaps not. Prior to joining the team, she dabbled in accounting of the public sort and poked around in the hedge fund world. She enjoys summer days, thinking about her next meal, and spending more money than is fiscally responsible. Selena lives in Chicago because walking up hills leaves her winded.
Esther studied economics at Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Wharton School, where she learned to get a kick out of finite mixture models. She loves to play with dogs, surf, and think of puns. Formerly a consultant, Esther joined Venmo because she thinks it's the best way to get paid.
Edmund is a California transplant to NYC. A recent Computer Science graduate from UC Davis, he is very excited to put his years of studying to use at Venmo. His life revolves around food, so expect to catch him trying out a new restaurant or cooking his ol' classic of steak and potatoes at home.
Contributor to various open-source projects including Django and Sentry, Chris sees himself as a product-focused engineer and is the creator of http://sayitagain.me. He likes urban history, espresso drinks, speakeasies, and classic 90s LucasArts adventure games. Ask him about Loom.
Born and raised in New York City, Amanda briefly defected from the East Coast to get her Computer Science degree from Stanford, but has now returned to her hometown. When not at work she can be found playing board games, singing karaoke and conquering the world in Civilization 4.
James worked at Kansas State University in both unix administration and devops positions for years. He enjoys running in his time off.
Born in China, Zihao grew up as a huge OKC Thunder and OU football fan in Oklahoma. He studied finance at the University of Pennsylvania and has investment banking experience in technology coverage and mergers & acquisitions. He dreams of going walletless in the not so distant future.
Craig graduated Boston University and worked in start-ups, the British Consulate, and dabbled in financial consulting. In his free time, Craig scuba dives, kills it at trivia, and collects maps. Having suffered an unfortunate archery incident at summer camp, he now blames it on a shark attack.
Nav has a background in Quality Assurance, Release Validation and Support. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Engineering. Nav enjoys EDM (Porter Robinson), cooking, photography and good coffee. Most interesting fact about him: he has been skydiving three times.
Kevin studied Computer Science at Michigan Tech University—way up north—and moved straight to NYC after graduating. Since then he's worked for a number of tech companies, including Huge and Squarespace. In his free time he enjoys camping or catching a Mets game. His favorite band is The Hold Steady.
Eileen was born and raised in New York. She studied Computer Science at Hunter College, and is adamant about clean code. She enjoys board games, coffee, the season fall, and Reddit's Aww page. Her latest obsession is zombies and she secretly hopes for a zombie apocalypse.
Kate graduated from Bowling Green, where she studied political communications and journalism. When she’s not falling over in yoga class, you can find her eating French fries, cheering on Detroit sport teams, and slowly learning Mandarin.
Roopak studied Computer Engineering and has an MBA and an MA in International Studies from the Wharton School. Roopak has been to over 70 countries and loves road-tripping, including an epic trip from Philadelphia to Alaska. In his downtime he runs, plays tennis and hits the gnarly mountain slopes.
Hailing from Southern California, Mark has been programming in some regard for 15. When he's not parked in front of a glowing display, you can find him playing guitar, cooking or watching baseball. Say hey! @hyperspacemark
Francesco's work with international aid and technology startups has contributed to successful microfinance initiatives in 3rd world countries and the growth of industry leaders. Also an artist, he's an expert in antiquarian photographic processes and is obsessed with cameras of all kinds.
Lindsay is a McGill engineering dropout in a committed relationship with her Macbook. She likes making cool stuff happen on the web and can often be found playing online capture the flag way too intensely. Send her all the music / recommend all the TV shows @levlinds!
Ny was born and raised in Denver, where she learned how to snowboard and run long distances, a mile high up! She enjoys the outdoors, especially backpacking and rock climbing. She also likes learning about what drives people to do things and creating experiences that make life easy. AND she love spicy food!
Josie studied Design at Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys solving problems and generating ideas. She’s been a Venmo user since 2011.
Born and raised in Korea, Miri moved to the US to get her MBA at University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and then moved to SF in search of better Korean food. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching cooking videos on YouTube, and stalking people's food pictures on Instagram.
Joel is perpetually curious, which is what draws him to the wild world of data. After finishing his masters in stats, he took a detour in option trading before finding his passion in tech. Joel has had every hobby imaginable, and currently aspires to be a cheese monger.
Amy is an onion enthusiast from Olympia, WA. She enjoys wandering unfamiliar city streets, putting things into neat piles, and challenging people to eating contests. Her goal is to develop a stare that is at least half as sultry as the one Lucas sports.
Jacob is a Bay Area native, and back in SF after pit-stops in Chicago and NYC. He has a background in payments and ecommerce, is a sucker for a good sandwich and lover of all things outdoors.
Julia is a self-taught Product Designer, working in startups (and game studios) for the past eight years. She was born in Russia, raised in Israel and now lives in NYC with her husband. Food, film, techno, foreign languages and fashion are her favorite things!
Kerrie studied cognitive science and computer science at the University of Georgia. She loves the Boston Red Sox, board games, and her long maintained delusion that she could maybe make it as a rapper. She’s most proud of her penmanship and the IMDB page for her Jeep.
Travis loves good music, good beer and good food. Perfection then, is having good people to share them with.
Chilean that enjoys nature, discovering new places, movies, board games, bass guitar and laughing. Originally from Santiago, Gonzalo moved to SF in search of new challenges (especially English!). He is still on a mission to find the best Ceviche and Pisco Sour from SF.
Noam was born and raised in Tel Aviv, where he studied Film (only to become a risk manager for PayPal). He spent 5 years there before moving to Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. Other than working for Venmo, he plans to continue following his passion for Rock n' Roll, movies, sports and good food.
Patrick is a resident of Ridgewood, Queens and is working towards a BS in Computer Science at Pace University. His interests include coding, music, baseball, and Sushi (his dog - but the food is good, too). When not on his computer, he can be found cruising around in his 18-year-old station wagon.
Christina studied Computer Science at VA Tech. Her area of focus was in Human-Computer Interaction. After graduating she worked in a variety of groups at AOL (Advertising, Games.com, Mobile) and worked at Amazon in both the Appstore and AWS Mobile organizations.
Hiro blends experience with the creative process, a Wharton MBA and his background in engineering to drive the creation of compelling user experiences. In his downtime, he is either chilling with his wife Laura and dog Yoda or out by the ocean looking for surf.
Daniel had a lot of different jobs before falling in love with software: taxi driver, newspaperman, range cart operator, wine steward, and graphic designer to name a few. When he's not working with code, he enjoys making art and playing soccer. His art is average. His soccer is extremely suspect.
Todd loves to know how things work, and given a bag of tools, will likely take stuff apart.
Emily recently returned from an overseas adventure and is entering tech again by problem solving for others (i.e. consulting). She studied Information Science at Cornell and spent years playing with data at Squarespace. Current hobbies include cardio kickboxing and attempting to bake fancy things.
Basil grew up as a Third Culture Kid, easily moving between two different worlds. This life experience provided him the necessary skills to become a successful leader. With 20 years in software development, he's spent the past 13 years at AOL overseeing various software and test engineer teams.
Rob is Venmo's head of legal. When not working, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and son, working out, and catching up with friends over drinks (and using Venmo to charge anyone abusing his tab). Lawyer jokes are welcome.
Ke is a coder and a basketball fan. In his mind, "geek" is a compliment and Michael Jordan invented basketball. He studied CS at USC and had a MBA from Smith. After graduating, he worked at Aol. He's enjoying coding on Android since 2009, but he's an iPhone user, life never lack paradox.
Mike has a thirst for knowledge and cream soda. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics. When Mike isn't at Venmo, you can find him doing Kaggle competitions in his apartment. But he's not antisocial: he has a dog.
Israel-born, New York-raised. After earning my degree in Neuroscience, I decided to pursue a career in data science. I love to travel, write and listen to music, learn new languages (currently working on Japanese), and discover new cultures (especially through food).
Dane graduated from the University of Missouri with a Joint BS in Electric and Computer Engineering. Venturing west he made his way from GPUs to software and now excited to be on the venmo team. If you venture to his neighborhood you will surely find him in the karaoke bar.
Melanie studied information science at Cornell and has spent her post college years in a variety of roles doing product management, operations, strategy and tech consulting. She loves traveling, running, good food, good coffee and a good dad joke.
Israel-born, Canada-raised, lives in Teaneck NJ. Spent the past 5 years growing YouNow out of nothing, wow lessons learned. When not working to bring products to life or helping everyone I can in the office, I am a loving father of 3 and married for 18. Soccer and Aikido are just 2 of my passions.
Nate lives in Portland, OR. His cat is named Unix and she is the best cat. He is a poet and uses software to generate cut-up poetry from large piles of text. In a past life he was a performing harsh noise musician.
Originally from Ohio, I've been in Chicago for 6 years and working at Venmo for almost 2. I love crime tv, radio rap, and sour punch straws, and I have an orange fluffy cat named Kit. I accidentally killed my cactus by watering it with LaCroix. I wish it were Halloween every day.
Transplanted desert dweller Scott studied Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona and is thrilled to have joined the Venmo family after working in biotech software Avid cyclist non fiction reader Simpsons watcher and shuffleboarder Pet enthusiast If it ain t broke here let me try
Born in Kansas. Has lots of sneakers. Programs computers, but is very suspicious of them.
Born and raised in New Delhi, Gautam is now a junior at the University of Waterloo where he studies Software Engineering. When he's not programming, you can find him trying out new food, making short snaps about new places, playing ping pong, and listening to audio books.
Born and raised in Chicago, Keely got a BA in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder and swore she would never leave the Centennial state. Home for 8 years, her affinity for the mountains means a piece of her heart will always be out West. Outside of work, Keely enjoys puns, donuts, volleyball, quality time with family, and being outdoors.
Erin was born and raised in Indiana and relocated to Brooklyn to join the Venmo Risk Team. She studied Communications and Culture with a focus in Film Studies at Indiana University and spent many years catching fraudsters at Angie's List. When not saving Venmo from bad guys, Erin enjoys refinishing furniture and playing board games.
I was born and raised in Chicago, huge Cubs fan (before the bandwagon got full lol). Fried chicken and Hip-hop connoisseur.
Justin went through 5 majors at Northeastern University before deciding on computer engineering. He likes coding and loves solving problems. Now he lives in NYC and pursues an MBA part time. He enjoys playing the sax, anything fitness related, and still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India – got my hands on to computer through my fascination for PC games... oh did I say PC! Well that was early 2000 but trust me I am still very young ☺. Came to US in 2008 for Masters in Software Engineering, graduated in 2010 and have been settled in Bay Area ever since... Love my work at Venmo and above all I love Venmo! P.S. if you have extra bucks feel free to Venmo me ;)...
Born and raised in India, moved to bay area nearly 8 years ago.When i am not programming i typically like to spend time with family, hangout with friends, traveling and occasionally test my cooking skills :)
Aditi completed her masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and since then has taken up a variety of roles in the tech industry. She loves the sunny weather, enjoys a peaceful trail, spends time in home improvement projects and is an avid traveller. But most of all loves the time spent with hubby and son!
Terry is an intern on the iOS team. He is a CS student at Princeton University with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, fin-tech, and payments. When not in the office or in the classroom, Terry can be found binge watching TV shows, working his way down the IMDb Top 250 list of movies, or talking about fantasy football or the Philadelphia Eagles.
Alan is originally from a holler in a small Eastern Kentucky town, Morehead. Morehead is known for the county clerk Kim Davis' denial of same-sex marriage licenses as well as being the most LGBT-friendly city in the Bluegrass state. Alan is very proud of the latter. Alan left the nest to be a foreign exchange student in Poland and then lived in Denver, Colorado for 5 years before coming to San Francisco. He believes that the manufacturing of both single ply toilet paper and Cheetos Puffs should be punishable crimes.
Gudrin is from South-Africa and her native language is Afrikaans. She did her Masters in Quantitative Risk Management, loves reading, chocolate and coffee. Something that is close to her heart is understanding more about the purpose of life and the people around her. She believes that everyone should be treated with respect and love.
David is a junior studying computer science at University of Waterloo in Canada. In his spare time, he likes to try new food, travel and getting destroyed in Smash 4.
LA native in Brooklyn by way of San Diego. Studied Anthropology and Literature at UCSD. Marcus Aurelius is my homeboy.
Native New Yorker. Dreamer. Believer.
Born and raised in Whitefish Bay, WI; but, long time Chicago resident. She is a math teacher by degree turned developer by choice - currently moonlighting as an Engineering Manager. Outside of the workplace, you can usually find her traveling, sailing, skiing, hacking with buddies, or just enjoy Chicago with her wonderful husband, Weston and daughter, Winnie!
Originally from Atlanta, Tolar studied Computer Science at Wake Forest University before going on to build software at Cox Newspapers, Condé Nast Publications, News.me, Digg, Modest, & Braintree. He enjoys cooking, long walks, and singing karaoke in tiny rooms.
Communications grad and chicken nugget connoisseur. Likes: old t-shirts, the internet, emotionally investing in TV shows, and finding better ways to get things done. Dislikes: systemic racism, tomatoes.
I love solving problems and eating tacos.
Nina is a senior software engineer at Venmo, working on internal tools for developer productivity. In her spare time, she skis and snowboards, mountain bikes, and rock climbs from her home base in Portland, OR.
Born in Ensenada, Mexico. Raised in California (Banana Slug for life!). Re-born in Denali, Alaska. Now living in Chicago. I spend my days in Venmo Support, and striving to become an Overwatch Pro. I love good music, tequila, and people that like good music and tequila.
Dejin worked on his PhD in HCI at Penn State University. He conducted very first research studies on how people use microblogs, and worked with Cisco and IBM Research about supporting informal communication at workplace. Before joining Venmo, he developed various web apps at PayPal (Wallet, PayPal Here, Invoice, Unified Sign-in, Merchant Portal).
Brian is an open networker and sees value in all of life's relationships, whether it's professional or personal, he is open to making a connection. Outside of work Brian enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with his family.