Her company’s student
loans for professional
and vocational training
don’t leave borrowers
drowning in debt.
This San Franciscan
has guided Credit
Karma’s U.K. launch
through the craziness
shouldn’t shred your
credit history. Her
startup helps keep
Former McKinsey consultant Fitzgerald spent the financial
crisis advising big, flailing insurance companies. So, naturally,
she decided to start an insurance company of her own.
Policygenius, which Fitzgerald co-founded with McKinsey
colleague Francois de Lame, started as an online broker
of life insurance, selling old-school policies to phone-call-averse Millennials via quirky subway ads. In January, the New
York City startup began offering home and auto insurance,
an expansion Fitzgerald calls “an absolute rocket ship.”
The growth is a challenge for recruitment. But she is glad,
she says, to have “champagne problems.” —MARIA ASPAN
These founders are redefining old businesses like insurance and banking,
and bringing financial services to people who have never had them.