Kevin Jean-Charles grew up in a lower-middle class family that encountered surprise expenses often. Enticed by the idea of financial freedom, the Boston University graduate founded various ventures early on in his career. His latest endeavor, however, tugged at his heartstrings the strongest.
A young father of four, Kevin found himself wanting to better manage his finances. He began by tracking his cash flow on a spreadsheet. This process worked so well he was quickly able to make some great short-term financial decisions. Kevin’s success at managing his own finances inspired him to think about how he can service others who may not have as strong of a financial education as his. He was motivated to help marginalized populations better understand the complex financial concepts and jargon that he was easily able to grasp by developing a tool that most people could navigate. It was out of this desire that he developed Finslide, a project management style mobile app and fintech budgeting tool that helps wage workers make meaningful short-term budgeting decisions.
According to the Federal Reserve, 47% of Americans say they lack the ability to pay a surprise $400 expense without selling something or borrowing money. Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts, although only 14.5% live below the poverty line. Finslide aims to disrupt this reality through technology and financial education.
In this innerview, Kevin reminds us that when we marry an innate interest with something that matters deeply to us we can create truly remarkable things.
Have an innerview into the life of Kevin Jean Charles, Finslide.
Filmed by Ashley Priessnitz & Edited by Andrea Villamil
The Series: Have an #innerview into the lives of people who have steered away from conventional career and life pursuits in exchange for non-traditional, multi-dimensional pursuits.