Built in Seattle with Adam Schoenfeld

Matt Oppenheimer (Remitly CEO) on finding things that piss you off, willful ignorance, taking the road less traveled, and COVID-19

Episode Summary

1,000+ employees, over $300M in funding, nearly $1B valuation, just 9 years in... Remitly's numbers impress. But I love the story even more. Go behind the scenes with Matt Oppenheimer on the path from business school to Kenya to Seattle, his learnings building Remitly, and how he's leading during COVID-19.

Episode Notes

On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with Matt Oppenheimer, CEO and co-founder at Remitly.


Guest Bio:

The inspiration behind Remitly came when Matt was working for Barclays in Kenya and saw how difficult it was to send and receive money overseas. Matt was drawn to the global impact his business could have: remittances eclipse foreign aid in improving global wealth equality and give people who receive them upward mobility. He began working on the problem immediately as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highway 12 Ventures in Idaho and launched the company from Techstars in Seattle. Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.

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