CEO Reaching For the Sky With GreenSky Credit

GreenSky Credit is an a typical finance company headquartered in Atlanta that provides loans for housing and home-improvement projects and is doing extremely well. Its CEO, David Zalik, co-founded the company in 2006 and, since then, has stood out for not only his success but also for – unlike many other financial startups – having no difficulties working with big banks. Among other things, GreenSky Credit generates and services loans for major banks and earns tidy profits as a result.

The company is known for being “frictionless.” In fact, clients can apply for a loan on their cell phone and get a decision within seconds. While GreenSky Credit rarely offers loans over $65,000, they do a tremendous volume of business, and they farm out some of their services to contractors to reduce overhead.

Zalik has become a billionaire through his company, but he’s not the type to toot his own horn; in fact, he rarely gives interviews or speaks with the press. Nevertheless, Zalik is drawing headlines in the financial press by taking the first steps towards making GreenSky Credit public, and an IPO to the tune of five billion is being forecast. Because of Zalik’s comfort in both the corporate and startup communities, the Wall Street debut of his GreenSky Credit is something savvy investors are looking forward to.

While running a highly innovative company, Zalik is known for his old-fashioned financial conservatism. The culture at GreenSky Credit isn’t like the go-go image that many startups present. There are no ping-pong tables at the office or catered concerts by rock stars for employees. Like Warren Buffet, Zalik doesn’t waste a penny no matter how successful he becomes. Perhaps this attitude comes from the company’s humble origins; for the first eight years of its history, Zalik relied on a mere 10 million, raised with his own real estate as collateral, to keep the operation going.

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Students Soar With Rocketship Education

Every child is unique, and each one has their own special way of learning. Children have been literally forced to try to learn by traditional means, one way of learning for the entire class. Rocketship Education is an innovative learning style that not only educates the students, they inspire communities, engage the parents in student learning, and empower the teachers to strive for excellence in teaching and leadership. The Rocketship Education System is a non profit network of public charter elementary schools. These schools are designed for children that live in low income to poverty leveled neighborhoods and do not have access to excellent, good quality schools. The students are given personalized lessons that are developed for their particular style of learning. Whether the student is a visual learner, learn best bu listening, or a kinetic learner, the teachers are prepared to offer the best plan for them. The teachers at Rocketship are backed by coaching professionals to give them the most modern and up to date learning techniques. They are given in house staff development and leadership training so that they can best serve the students.

At the Rocketship Schools, the students are called Rocketeers. Each Rocketeer has lessons that are tailored to their learning style, and targeted to meet their specific needs. The combination of tutoring, technology and traditional instruction allows each student to learn at their own pace. The Rocketship model finds that by having parents engaged in the learning process helps to eliminate the student achievement gap. Parents play an essential role in the blended model. Parents are the most powerful advocates for their children and community. They provide the leadership at home by being the positive role models, taking care of home and helping with homework. Parents are also leaders in the community by being in advocacy groups, and standing up for their children and their community. Rocketship started from the realization of a pastor who discovered that non of his young people in his parish were academically qualified to attend any college. After much work, the first Rocketship opened after 2006, in the Bay Area, California.