We Are Ending the Student Loan Crisis

Learn about Sootchy’s mission from our Founder and CEO, David Adefeso

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Our Story

Our story is your story. From our Founder to our Interns, every member of Team Sootchy is impacted by the student loan debt crisis in the US. We understand what it’s like to want to follow your passion knowing the corresponding salary might not pay off your debt for many years. And that’s why we want to help.

Our Mission

Debt-Free Education for All is more than a mantra, it’s the mission behind everything we do at Sootchy. We wake up thinking about ways to achieve that goal, and go to sleep wondering how we can do more tomorrow.

Our Team

We’re Tech Experts with a Passion for Financial Freedom

David Adefeso

Founder & CEO

At 21 years old I boarded an airplane to New York. I had $250 in cash, no friends and no job. Now I feel I have achieved the American dream but it came at a price: $125,800 in student debt to earn a Harvard MBA. I paid mine off only because I got incredibly lucky with a terrific Wall Street Investment Banking job right after graduating from Harvard advising some of the world’s largest companies on multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions and financing.

Most of our children never get that lucky. Many will graduate with student loans equivalent to a mortgage on a starter home. That loan will constrain their choices in life. They will delay buying a home, starting their own business, working for a charity they are passionate about, and even starting their own family and kids.

We want our children making those choices because it’s the right decision for them at that point in their lives rather than because of the noose of student debt they carry everywhere. That’s why I created Sootchy.

The last 16 years of corporate and personal financial planning experience I’ve had solving financial problems for many American families has shown me, pretty clearly, that the answer is actually very simple, and it’s been in front of us all this time; we’ve just had our eyes closed.

Argi Avetisyan

VP of Product

Argi builds the technology platform that powers Sootchy. As Lead Software Engineer he tackles the back-end challenges that make it easier for families to open a 529 investment account and start saving for their child’s education.

Argi has spent his career developing software solutions that improve people’s lives. Before joining Sootchy he worked for a health tech company where he led the rebuild of a medical records management system to increase the efficiency of healthcare practice operations. He’s excited to be part of solving the student loan crisis, one code at a time.

Nate Ahn

Lead UX Designer

Nate is a tri-lingual user experience and design wizard, with extensive experience in the advertising and marketing space. He has created full-scale media campaigns, aligning every asset to achieve the marketing goal.

His past clients include Hyundai Motors, GENESIS, Korean Air, BBCN Bank. Nate earned his BA in Visual Communication Design from KyungHee University in Seoul, Korea.

Sargon Saadi

Software Engineer

Sargon is a full-stack Software Engineer working collaboratively on every aspect of the development process.

In addition to his certificates in Web Development and AWS, he obtained a BA in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago where he produced multiple documentaries in war-torn countries to raise awareness about the persecuted ethnic minorities.

Working with Sootchy is an extension of his drive to make a difference in the lives of many people. He is proud to be part of bringing Sootchy to future generations.

Alex Lazarian

Content Creator

Alex creates content to power families with information about Sootchy and the investment world. As Sootchy’s Content Creator he is in charge of visuals, filming and graphics for Sootchy’s social media channels.

Alex has an expansive range of experience in the social media space. He previously worked at a social media agency creating content to engage audiences in e-commerce and the food industry. Alex recognized the huge burden of taking on student loans when he moved to the U.S. to pursue college 3 years ago and believes Sootchy’s is a life changing resource to achieve the American Dream.

Chris Thompson

Lead Mobile Developer

Prior to joining Sootchy, Chris spent his career building mobile apps that help the under-dog become an over-achiever. His most recent experience was as a co-founder of Sober Sidekick, where he built a new mobile technology from the ground up in order to help people in recovery build a healthy life and a social network for users to support each other through the ups and downs of their recovery journey. Chris joined Sootchy for the opportunity to make an impact by being part of a debt free solution for student loans.

Rajsuthan Gopinath

Software Engineer

Raj is a front-end developer and programmer based in Srilanka. His dream has always been to pursue a career in software engineering and helping to develop Sootchy’s front end capabilities for our website is part of that journey. Raj is motivated and happy to be a part of the team at Sootchy and our mission to make a difference in the lives of families striving to save for education. Apart from his work as a developer, Raj likes to spend time helping students from low-income backgrounds find job opportunities while they are still in school.

Ankur Shah

Software Engineer

Performance-driven and motivated Full Stack Developer with 10+ years of extensive experience in a web development participating in all phases of software development. From coding to functional and supervising other employees and providing solution to their technical questions and determined to achieve extraordinary results. Possess a strong attention to detail. Having in depth knowledge about Javascript and C#.Net