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LORI SHAO, FOUNDER & CEO

How it All Started

Finli was founded by Lori Shao, a veteran of the fintech industry and mother of two children.


As a mother, Lori recognized the value neighborhood schools and studios brought to her family. However, she also felt the financial burden associated with class fees and wanted to find a way to encourage friends and family to contribute directly to her children’s classes instead of buying them gifts.


Thus the first iteration of Finli was created. When Lori realized other parents could benefit from Finli, she left her full-time job to build out the payment software.


Shortly after soft-launching in July 2019, Finli was selected to join Techstars LA’s accelerator program. In addition to helping families manage class payments, Lori discovered Finli could also lift the administrative burden from family-centric small businesses and help advance them out of their antiquated billing systems.


Today, Finli continues to evolve its capabilities to service family-centric businesses, which includes creating Stand Up For Small Business and Finli Grant.

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