Max Levchin has been a serial entrepreneur for nearly two decades — and over time, he’s realized he’s also a serious one.
Levchin joined Kara Swisher on the latest episode of “Re/code Decode“ to talk about his nearly two decades founding companies such as PayPal, Slide.com, Glow and Affirm. Although Slide.com was focused on social entertainment, he said applying data to more weighty problems like fertility and money lending has been more enriching for him.
“Today, most banks have a fundamental misalignment of incentives with their customers,” Levchin said in reference to his financing startup Affirm. “A tremendous amount of profits come from late fees.”
He also discussed mentoring entrepreneurs, why finance is becoming a hot field for both founders and investors, and the future of Yahoo, from whose board he recently stepped down.
“There are things that are worth destroying because there’s a better version,” Levchin said. “But an iconic Internet brand like Yahoo that still has a billion people who see it every month … I hope there’s a place [for it] in the new world.”
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