FutureFuel.io is now Candidly!

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Meet the founder

At Candidly, we’re passionate about what we do because we’ve been there ourselves.

Six years ago, our founder and CEO Laurel Taylor was on the fast track to reaching her career goals. But the weight of the student debt she and her mother had racked up to fund her education — rang in at almost $200,000 — was holding her back from realizing her full potential. So Laurel took matters into her own hands, and in 2016, founded Candidly (then called FutureFuel.io) to address the unmet — and urgent — market need for smart solutions that support individuals and families through every step of the planning, borrowing, and repayment experience.

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60 team members, six countries, one vision

We’re a remote-first team of leaders, creators, visionaries, parents, partners, cycling enthusiasts, winemakers, and champion jugglers (yes, really!) united by a single, shared vision: a future in which education helps people move forward — and never holds them back.

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Cecilia Schiebel Software Engineer

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Mike Dao Software Engineer

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Cesar Nascimento Software Engineer

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Shanice Dennis-Russell Software Engineer

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Nuno Leong Software Engineer

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Rodrigo Souza Software Engineer

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Ruben Fonseca Software Engineer

Location Marker Barreiro, Portugal

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Ruben Gomes Software Engineer

Location Marker Quinta do Conde, Portugal

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Sergio Moreira Senior UI Designer

Location Marker Famalicao, Portugal

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Tiago Raposeira Software Engineer

Location Marker Lisboa, Portugal

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Tiago Silva Software Engineer

Location Marker Rio Tinto, Portugal

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Vinicius Siqueira Software Engineer

Location Marker Ourém, Portugal

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Mulumba Nasiifu Software Engineer

Location Marker Kampala, Uganda

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Alexandria White Visual Designer

Location Marker Fort Worth, TX

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Ana Avila Partner Account Manager

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Andrew LaGreca Head of Recruiting

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Benjamin Levine Chief of Staff & Head of Data Science

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Bennett Blau Director of Partnership Relationship Management

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Brianna Jones Software Engineer

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Chris De Arcangelis SVP, Engineering & InfoSec

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David Sauro Head of Cybersecurity

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Eric Brickman Chief Operating Officer

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Eric Edgerton Software Engineer

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Erica Miller Controller

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Frank Steinberg Software Engineer

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Jackie Ward Chief People Officer

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James Sheridan Head Student Debt Coach

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Jordan Klein Enterprise Account Executive

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Kevin Morris Software Engineer

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Kevin Solan VP, Marketing

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Kevin Walker Co-Founder and President

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Lakshmi Kadiyala DevOps Engineer

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Laurel Taylor Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Lauren Elkins Marketing Engineer

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Lawrence Rausch SVP, Lending Partnerships

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Lydia Ward Marketing Manager

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Maria DiMaggio VP, Operations & Payments

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Mark Rose SVP, Product & Experience

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Mary Lansberg Head of Project Management

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Meera Oliva Chief Marketing Officer

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Michael Kosoff Director of Marketing

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Michaela Noe Head of Customer Success

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Nicholas Ferdon SVP, Revenue & Partnerships

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Patrick Hendershott Data Scientist

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Paul Kovarsky Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Ross Orthwein UX Designer

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Sam Martin Data Scientist

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Sam Murphy Customer Success Manager

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Samantha Silberstein Student debt coach

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Scott Iwamoto Compliance Manager

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Sheetal Suchde UI Designer

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Steve Saracino Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Zainab Rehan Lateefi Senior Product Manager

Location Marker Glendale, CA

Total lifetime student loan debt of the Candidly team

$1,555,500

Percent of Candidly team with student loan debt

57%

Current outstanding student loan debt of the Candidly team

$287,000

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Our values

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Empathy

The people we serve and how we treat each other come before the bottom line, period. Compassion and understanding guide our roadmap, and every step we take demonstrates how we value our customers, our team, and our community.

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Collaboration

Our team may be fully remote-first, but we’re never distant. Intentional collaboration and open communication keep our growing team nimble so we can always be ready for what comes next (and, not to mention, it’s more fun that way!).

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Humility

The phrase ‘humble and hungry’ gets thrown around a lot — but at Candidly, it’s more than just talk. Doing the right thing is never the wrong answer, and learning from failure is just as — if not more — important as celebrating success.

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Desenrascanco

Pronounced "dez-zen-ras-can-so", desenrascanço is a Portuguese word for the art of disentangling one’s self from a problem under unconventional circumstances (sort of like MacGyverism, if you will). We practice resourcefulness and tenacity every day so that when urgent needs arise, we can respond not just with grit — but with efficiency and poise, too.

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Leadership

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Benjamin Levine Chief of Staff & Head of Data Science

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Chris De Arcangelis SVP, Engineering & InfoSec

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Eric Brickman Chief Operating Officer

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Erica Miller Controller

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Jackie Ward Chief People Officer

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Kevin Solan VP, Marketing

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Kevin Walker Co-Founder and President

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Laurel Taylor Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Lawrence Rausch SVP, Lending Partnerships

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Maria DiMaggio VP, Operations & Payments

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Mark Rose SVP, Product & Experience

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Meera Oliva Chief Marketing Officer

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Michaela Noe Head of Customer Success

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Nicholas Ferdon SVP, Revenue & Partnerships

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Board of directors

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Laurel Taylor

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Kevin Walker

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Jenny Abramson

Jim Palermo

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Observers

Alan Becker

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Anthony Marino

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Bharat Rajaram

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Claudine Emeott

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Michael McGovern

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Stuart Nagae

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