Our Story

A better loan

While taking out loans for business school, our co-founder David found himself asking a lot of questions: Why is the process so confusing? Why is the customer service so bad? Why are the interest rates so high? Isn’t there a better way for people to borrow?

That led to the creation of CommonBond, a company that offers affordable lending solutions. Our products—solar financing, and student lending—are designed to save people money and drive sustainable impact.  

Since we launched in 2012, we’ve funded over $5 billion in better loans. Our approach is no big secret: lower rates, simpler options, and a world class experience—all built to support you throughout your loan journey.

Our social promise

A better way to do business

The way we see it, businesses can and should be a positive force for good. We’re passionate about giving people the opportunity to live to their full potential, and we know offering better lending products is just one way we can make a world of difference.

Our partnership with Pencils of Promise has provided schools, teachers, and technology to thousands of young students in the developing world and our yearly trip to Ghana gives customers and team members a chance to visit the amazing classrooms we’ve built together.

Our impact in action

Making a world of difference

So far we’ve provided schools, teachers, and technology to thousands of young students, and our annual trip to Ghana gives customers and team members a chance to build more amazing classrooms alongside members of the local community. Here are some photos from our most recent visit.

Over

$2MM

donated to students in need through our Social Promise.

Over

470

schools built through Pencils of Promise programs.

Our culture

Who we are

With headquarters in the heart of SoHo, our team of capable and caring employees work in cities across the U.S. They are drawn to our flexible work culture, and to our core values  (which include“Having Fun”) and high standards. Our employee benefits are true to our mission too. Like what we’re about? Join our team.

Our leadership

Taking care of business

CEO & Co-Founder
David Klein

David is CEO and co-founder of CommonBond. Before that, he worked at American Express and McKinsey & Company. He graduated from Brandeis University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. David was one of Crain’s New York 2016 40 Under 40, and is a 2017 Ernst & Young New York Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.

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Chief creative officer
Cara
Phillips

Cara leads Creative at CommonBond where she is in charge of brand and product design. Before coming to CommonBond she delivered results for the digital team at Newsweek Magazine for many fortune 500 brands at Federated Media. She has her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration on visual arts.

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VP, Operations
Steve Balik

Steve oversees the operational processes that underpin our products and leads the customer service and underwriting functions. Before CommonBond, Steve oversaw large-scale field operations on highly competitive political campaigns at all levels of government. He has a BA in English and Political Science from Hofstra University.

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President
Robb Granado

Robb leads operations at CommonBond, including care, application processing, and quality. Robb founded Raiseworks, a lending platform that connects businesses with individual investors. Before that, he was a consultant for Seabury Group. Robb also served as a Captain in the US Air Force. He has an MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from UNC.

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VP, Engineering
Jeremy Hodges

Jeremy leads the Engineering & Technology team at CommonBond. Previously, he was Director of Software Engineering at Ally, one of the largest digital banks in the United States. Jeremy has been a Software Engineer for over 22 years serving brands such as the Olympics, Microsoft, Lowe's, Zagat, and more.

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Chief Operating Officer
Pete Wylie

Pete leads operations at CommonBond as well as our student lending business. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Gradible, a fintech company that helps people evaluate and optimize student loan repayment options. In 2016, CommonBond acquired Gradible. He has also held management roles at Tough Mudder and 3Ships, a digital agency. Pete is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Vp, People
Keryn
Koch

Keryn leads the people team at CommonBond; overseeing HR, recruiting and culture. Previously, she was the Director of HR at Yodle, a high growth online marketing company based in NYC. Keryn started her career at Barclays Investment Bank where she held various roles in HR. She is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.A. in Economics.

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CEO & Co-Founder
David Klein

David is CEO and co-founder of CommonBond. Before that, he worked at American Express and McKinsey & Company. He graduated from Brandeis University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. David was one of Crain’s New York 2016 40 Under 40, and is a 2017 Ernst & Young New York Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.

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President
Robb Granado

Robb leads operations at CommonBond, including care, application processing, and quality. Robb founded Raiseworks, a lending platform that connects businesses with individual investors. Before that, he was a consultant for Seabury Group. Robb also served as a Captain in the US Air Force. He has an MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from UNC.

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Chief Operating Officer
Pete Wylie

Pete leads operations at CommonBond as well as our student lending business. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Gradible, a fintech company that helps people evaluate and optimize student loan repayment options. In 2016, CommonBond acquired Gradible. He has also held management roles at Tough Mudder and 3Ships, a digital agency. Pete is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Chief creative officer
Cara Phillips

Cara leads Creative at CommonBond where she is in charge of brand and product design. Before coming to CommonBond she delivered results for the digital team at Newsweek Magazine for many fortune 500 brands at FederatedMedia. She has her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration on visual arts.

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VP, Engineering
Jeremey Hodges

Jeremy leads the Engineering & Technology team at CommonBond. Previously, he was Director of Software Engineering at Ally, one of the largest digital banks in the United States. Jeremy has been a Software Engineer for over 22 years serving brands such as the Olympics, Microsoft, Lowe's, Zagat, and more.

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VP, people
Keryn Koch

Keryn leads the people team at CommonBond; overseeing HR, recruiting and culture.  Previously, she was the Director of HR at Yodle, a high growth online marketing company based in NYC. Keryn started her career at Barclays Investment Bank where she held various roles in HR. She is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.A. in Economics.

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VP, operations
Steve Balik

Steve oversees the operational processes that underpin our products and leads the customer service and underwriting functions. Before CommonBond, Steve oversaw large-scale field operations on highly competitive political campaigns at all levels of government. He has a BA in English and Political Science from Hofstra University.

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Our investors

Built to scale

Our investor list is a who’s who of the brightest financial and operational minds around the world, including Tribeca Venture Partners, Social Capital, August Capital, Neuberger Berman, and individual investors like former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer.