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 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.
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.
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.
Leo is a frontend developer with a passion for creating beautiful user experiences. With a bootcamp Certificate in Web development from Microverse, Leo also has a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering.
In his own words, he says he joined Sootchy because of the diversity of the team, and the opportunity to play a role in solving the student loan crisis.
Outside his work as a developer, Leo actively participates in mental health awareness campaigns in his home country, Uganda.