Like most things that challenge the status quo, Qapital was born out of frustration. Founders George Friedman and Katherine Salisbury were trying to save but nothing seemed to work for them. Tired of a system that treated everybody the same – regardless of their motivations and their personalities – the couple set out to create a new way to save. With co-founder and CTO Erik Akterin on board, the result was an app that empowered users by putting their personal goals at the core of the product, and then supercharging their savings efforts with clever tips and tools rooted in behavioral psychology. Three years later, and having helped hundreds of thousands of users save an average of $5,000 annually, Qapital is now a full-service banking app that helps its members save smartly and invest confidently – all so they can spend happily.
George started his career in financial services at Nomura in NYC and went back to Sweden to lead projects at Avanza, Scandinavia’s largest brokerage bank. After spending a few years at Avanza, George decided to create an app that he would like to use to help him save. Today, George is the face of Qapital, an app that has helped customers save more than $600 million. His day-to-day includes outlining our strategic vision, networking with investors and press, and managing everyday operations.
The idea for Qapital originated from a savings pain-point that Katherine and George faced as a couple. Today, as co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Katherine shapes Qapital’s principle strategic initiatives, including investor relations, product roadmap, and customer acquisition.
Katherine graduated from the University of Chicago with honors, then Cornell Law School where she focused on International Business Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. She began her legal career at White & Case, later moved to Simpson Thacher, and, in 2007, was named Vice President and Counsel at Jefferies Finance LLC, the finance arm of a global investment bank. Before starting Qapital, Katherine co-founded Friedman & Salisbury Sports Management LLC, which provides complete management services, advice, and assistance.
Erik has a history of startups under his belt. After college, he founded a web development and consulting business. Later, he worked at Avanza, where he was the tech lead and rebuilt Avanza’s entire tech stack. Today, Erik works both behind (and in front of) the scenes to make sure that Qapital’s tech is customer-centric, leading edge, and has bank-level security.