For the Love of Money by Sam Polk
“I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
— Michael Jordan
As Liza Minnelli once sang, “money makes the world go ‘round.”
Financial services and products are cornerstones in our lives. And, historically, they have been opaque and misunderstood, the cause of grief and stress, and not built to serve everyone equally.
I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to back founders building financial services and products that better serve people and businesses alike.
I studied Economics and Political Science at Williams College.
My career began at Promontory Financial Group, advising banks and fintechs on risk management and strategic and operational initiatives. I then joined two teams at Affirm: the Financial Partnerships team, where I focused on consumer and merchant underwriting, and the Corporate Development and Strategy team.
Oh, and I’ve been writing a fintech newsletter, The Fintech Update, since 2017.
You can catch me reliving my glory days playing men’s league soccer, enjoying the outdoors (🥾 or 🎣), or doing the NYT crossword