CMU TEBA Speaker Series: Consumer Finance


Vishwas Prabhakara, COO at Digit

Chris Faught, GM and Head of Expansion at Affirm

David Zabowski, VP of Engineering at NerdWallet


6:00-7:00pm Registration, drinks, light apps

7:00-8:00pm Speakers and Q&A

8:00-9:00pm Networking

Tickets are $10 and include beer, wine, and light apps.

Note: This event is open to the public. Feel free to invite anyone who may be interested

Vishwas Prabhakara, COO at Digit

Vishwas Prabhakara is the COO of Digit, a popular personal finance tool that creates a path to financial health by automating savings and paying off debt. Prior to joining Digit in 2018, Vishwas was Vice President and General Manager of Yelp Reservations and Yelp Nowait. Vishwas been fortunate to have worked in senior, executive, and founder roles with great people at companies such as Yelp, ESPN, Digg, Fanvibe and BeRecruited. He’s been named to the Silicon Alley 100 and the 16 Entrepreneurs to Watch lists by Business Insider. He received a B.S. in Information Systems and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and is an alumni of Y Combinator.

Chris Faught, GM and Head of Expansion at Affirm

Chris Faught is the GM and Head of Expansion and Omnichannel at Affirm, where he leads product, partnership, and market expansion efforts to bring honest and transparent financial products to millions of consumers. Most recently, he led Affirm’s partnership with Walmart. Before Affirm, Chris built his career at the intersection of retail and financial technology in various capacities: in venture capital at Innovation Endeavors, in product strategy at Facebook, and in management consulting at Booz & Company. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

David Zabowski, VP of Engineering at NerdWallet

David Zabowski is the VP of Engineering at NerdWallet, where he leads the company on its mission to provide clarity for all of life’s financial decisions. David loves building software that makes people’s lives better. Throughout his 20-year career, David has built and scaled consumer experiences at companies ranging from tiny startups to heavy hitters like Intuit and Yahoo. When David isn’t working hard to ensure NerdWallet has the best engineering talent and tech, you can find him cycling, working on his house or hanging with his wife. David has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Organized by your CMU TEBA Committee (Carnegie Mellon University Tech & Entrepreneurship in the Bay Area).

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A special thanks to our event space sponsor: Affirm

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