South African fintech startup JUMO has announced the appointment of Amazon EC2 founder Chris Pinkham as an active independent director of the company.
Cape Town University-educated Pinkham begins work for the South African company with immediate effect, having left his role as vice president of Engineering at Twitter in February this year, and will be working with JUMO’s leadership team on technical and product strategy.
“Chris is an Internet and cloud pioneer,” said Andrew Watkins-Ball, founder and CEO of JUMO, according to a press release.
“We are building large scale, high impact technology teams and Chris brings an awesome combination of creativity and scars to the table.”
JUMO, the financial services platform for emerging markets, analyzes user data collected from mobile phones and networks to predict whether a person is able to repay a loan, offering tailored financial products based on that analysis.
Since its inception in 2015 the company has disbursed 17 million loans ranging from as little as two dollars up to $50,000, according to VentureBurn.
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