We love what we do. Over 350,000
customers have been helped
by transparent & convenient
personal loans.

Avant is built from a team of passionate Chicagoans looking to change the online lending industry. Starting in 2012, our mission is to lower the barriers and costs of borrowing.

Life at Avant.

Not your average financial firm.

Laughter, snack munching and tech-chats are just a few things you’ll hear in our office. With our Chicago, Los Angelos and London locations, we’re close to diverse restaurants, transportation and residential living.


We encourage and sponsor our team to visit conferences, take educational courses and progress themselves professionally. This growth directly benefits us and we make it a priority for the Avant family.


We love to stay connected. We stay connected through town halls, demo days, and team outings.


Enjoy great benefits, like 401k matching, discounted gym membership, flexible work hours, a challenging work environment, and more!

Total Employees


Funding to Date

$1.8 billion

Loan Portfolio

$2 billion

Countries Served


Customers Empowered


Analytics driven management.

Raising the bar for the lending industry.

Al Goldstein

Chief Executive Officer

John Sun

Chief Credit Officer

Paul Zhang

Chief Technology Officer

Adam Hughes

Chief Operating Officer

Suk Shah

Chief Financial Officer

Anna Fridman

Chief Compliance Officer

David Pickel


Ryan Mclennan

General Counsel

James Paris

‎EVP, Capital Markets and Corporate Development

A forward-thinking engineering culture.

We look to solve hard problems.

Build Fast

We view code that is written as a draft. Nothing is ever final. We believe that the best process is iteration and we want to get products in front of customers fast.

Learning & Growing

We encourage continual learning, continual improvement, continual iteration of all things. Our employees attend, present, and support conferences and local user groups.

Agile Teams

At Avant, we work in flat, well balanced teams. Each team has a mix of skill levels and talents to complete projects quickly. Trying new ideas is encouraged since we aim to be a leader in the lending industry.

Remote Work

Delivery and results above hours and time tracking. We employ a relaxed working environment with schedule flexibility and remote working opportunities.


The best idea wins. We defend our work with vigor and back our decisions with metrics. Politics have no place at Avant which allow us to move fast and make the quickest decisions.

Work-Life Balance

We work hard and play hard. Our teams always make it a point to take a step back from their work and have a good time.


December 2012
John and Paul complete Y-Combinator and join forces with Al to revolutionize online lending

February 2013
Avant issues its first loan and raises $1 million in seed funding

May 2013
Avant has 28 employees, and raises a Series A round of $8 million

May 2013
$25 million debt facility was raised from Victory Park Capital

August 2013
Avant has 90 employees, and has raised more than $30 million

October 2013
Avant has been launched in the UK

April 2014
After growing to 120 employees, Avant raises a Series C round of $75 million

July 2014
Avant closes $200M in debt financing with Victory Park Capital

August 2014
Avant closes $200M in debt financing with Jefferies

December 2014
Avant closes Series D round of $225 million with Tiger Global, August Capital, DFJ Growth, RRE Ventures, KKR and Peter Thiel.

January 2015
Forbes lists AvantCredit as #6 on “America’s Most Promising Companies” list

March 2015
AvantCredit rebrands to Avant. Avant acquires debt management tool Ready For Zero and opens LA office.

April 2015
Avant launches the Avant Institutional Marketplace in a $400M financing arrangement with KKR, Jefferies and Victory Park Capital

May 2015
Avant reaches $1 billion in loan originations milestone

June 2015
CEO Al Goldstein is named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest winner and Avant announces a 2016 headquarters move to Chicago Loop

August 2015
Avant closes $200M debt facility with JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. First Asset Backed Securitization is secured with Jefferies.

October 2015
Avant closes Series E round of $325 million with General Atlantic, Balyasny Asset Management, J.P. Morgan, Tiger Global, and August Capital

Your challenging, new experience begins at Avant. If you’re driven, talented and passionate about your work, let’s chat.

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